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Written answer: Need a Jaegar eye test

I need to take a Jaegar eye test can you advise as I’ve never heard of this?

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Written answer: Headaches with reading glasses

Recently whilst using strength 1.0 reading glasses whilst working on a computer I have experienced lingering headaches at the back of my head. Previously the glasses have not caused a problem. What can you suggest?

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Written answer: Contact lenses with dry eyes

I have now been prescribed dailies total and I have been diagnosed with dry eyes. I’ve tried the drops and I do not feel they help at all. Some days seem better than others but today I couldn’t wait to get them out. The lenses were noticeable, my eyes irritated, it felt like the lens was stuck to my eye ball. My eyes were itchy and it was impairing my vision as I would often loose focus. I have a huge box of contact lenses now sat in my cupboard where I have little use for them due to the irritation and I feel I am at a loss. I’ve been to my optician and they basically said it’s your dry eyes, these are the best contact lenses and that was it. I’d be interested to see of there are any other options I could try.

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Written answer: Some kind of allergic reaction

Since September, I’ve been having some kind of allergic reaction. My optician said I have naturally dry eyes and it is nothing to worry about but it’s happening on almost a weekly basis. My eyes become very red, nearly all the white of the eye is red and they become itchy and watery. There is also yellow pus. It normally starts in one eye but then affects both. I wear contact lenses although remove them at the first signs. It will usually last a few days. I’m worried it is due to the contact lenses rather than another allergy but is this normal? Overnight is even worse as I wake up with my eyelids stuck together due to the yellow pus like substance.

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Written answer: Need a new plastic bridge

The plastic bridge frame of my glasses has just snapped. Is this something you can fix?

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Written answer: Can see writing if it is closer?

I can’t see very little writing from a distance but can see it if I come closer. Should I just buy reading glasses from a store? Can that harm me?

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Written answer: Contact lens check up was not the same as previously

I have been wearing contact lenses for years with Specsavers. Today I went for my contact lens check-up in Specsavers Edmonton (I go for these check-ups every two years). I saw a new Optometrist who checked my eye prescription and then checked my eyes using the usual machine (the one where the patient puts their chin on the chin rest whilst the Optometrist looks at the eyes through the microscope).

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Written answer: More difficult to see the computer screen with contact lenses

I have recently started a trial with contact lenses, as part of my job I work with computers for at least seven hours a day. I have found when using them and looking at the screen things can be blurry or harder to see than it is with my glasses. Is this common?

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Written answer: Contact lenses for swimming

I usually wear glasses but would like to buy some daily disposable lenses for when I go swimming. I used contact lenses in the past without any problems (hard ones at the time). I went to an optician and he told me that I need to wear toric lenses due to my astigmatism. My question is whether I really need toric lenses or whether normal ones could not do the job. I don’t need them for driving or reading, just really to see around the pool.

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Written answer: Need an Esterman test for the DVLA

We enquired at our local sore in Welwyn Garden City about who could do an Esterman field test. They could not tell us. I would like one for the DVLA. Which stores do this test?

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