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Written answer: Is the duochrome test compulsory?

I had an eye test at Specsavers last week with an optometrist I had never had before. This test was slightly different as she did not perform the Red/ Green test (Duochrome test). Should she have performed this or is it not compulsory?

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Written answer: What does ‘activity on the retina’ mean?

Today I had an Optomap scan which revealed a couple of spots in my retina – I was assured it was all fine and harmless and probably been there forever and to go back next year for another scan, which is all fair enough and fine. Also, there was a light area of ‘activity’ on my retina. I was told that this was nothing to worry about either; absolutely nothing to worry and I’m all clear until we check again next year.

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Written answer: What do these findings mean for school eye test?

My question is regarding my five year old girl. Today we have received School Screening Results and it says that she failed on Vision Screening Test . Her father has got astigmatism and I am worried that my daughter might have inherited it. What I cannot understand and therefore I got in touch with you is the result. It is written:

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Written answer: Reading is not as good as previous glasses

The reading part of my new bifocal glasses is not as good as my previous reading glasses,
can you please explain the reason why?

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Written answer: Blurred vision and dizziness with stronger prescription

I am suffering from hyperopia and am wearing glasses since my childhood but there was no problem till 16 years, but now my number is changing rapidly. My old eye power was
right eye=+2.75 left eye=+2.75 now my power has been increased by the doctor as my eyes were feeling strained. Now my eye power is
right eye= +3.25 left eye=+3.25 as my number has increased with a large amount I am having difficulties like blurred vision and dizziness and little amount of nausea. Also I am wearing these glasses for 13 days but these symptoms are there, so when will will be totally fine, how much time will I take to adjust to this power.

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Written answer: Difficult to use varifocals on the computer screen

I’ve bought two pairs of varifocal lenses from your Wimbledon store which I collected last Saturday. Until now I’ve been using reading glasses for reading and VDU work. I spend most of my working day using computer screens.

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Written answer: Do Specsavers test for colour blindness?

Do Specsavers test for colour blindness?

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Written answer: Slept in contact lenses and eye is red and sore

I fell asleep with contact lenses in on Wednesday night, I woke up at about 4 am and peeled them out, since then my vision in the right eye has got so much worse and the vision in the left eye appears to be improved. I put the contact lenses in last night for the football, I took then out before bed, today my left eye is bright red and really stings, I can hardly open my eye and it waters a lot.

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Written answer: Eyes shake when I close them

For the past few days, I have noticed that my eyes have been shaking whenever I close them. If I place a finger on my eyelids, I can feel the shaking. I can sometimes see things shaking in my vision when my eyes are open but cannot physically see my eyes moving. I had an eye test recently and my eyes were fine so I’m a bit worried about this issue. Why is this happening?

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Written answer: Persistent bloodshot and sore eyes

I have been wearing contact lenses with Specsavers for 14 years approximately. But this year (2014) is the first time I have had to wear my glasses due to having bloodshot red and sore eyes after taking my contact lenses out. First of all I thought it was hayever as the pollen level have been very high, but I have been controlling this with beconaise and anti-histamines. I have tried eyes drops and have recently tried an antibiotic eye ointment. Just as I think my eyes have healed after not wearing lenses for a couple of weeks, my eyes react really badly after the first time of trying. I wear monthly disposals and have never encountered this problem before. I really need some help and advice as this doesn’t seem to be going away and has been ongoing for around two the three months. I have seen my GP but I think it may be beneficial to see my optician/contact lenses optician?

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