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Written answer: Distance vision blurred in contact lenses

My mother has needed reading glasses and driving glasses for distance for some time. Recently, her long distance vision has worsened so she has been given contact lenses to wear all the time, and advised to use reading glasses when she needs to look at things up close or read.

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Written answer: Yellow lump on lower eyelid

My left eyelid on the bottom has like a little yellow/white lump, my eye dries out and it gets itchy and irritating. What is it?

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Written answer: Distance is not as clear in new glasses

I have prescription reading/close up glasses. When I was prescribed these, I was informed they would be quite strong, but the distance would not be clear. I have found that everything is clearer with the glasses, but very far distance isn’t so clear, I am wearing my glasses most of the day, as everything is clearer & I’m finding that when I do not wear them, I’m squinting again & things aren’t as clear……. is this ok, or do I need bifocals,or different glasses?

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Written answer: Some varifocals better then others?

I am wearing varifocals of standard design. Are some types better for reading than others?

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Written answer: No Sph value in reading prescription

I have just had an eye test done and on my prescription it now number values in the Near section, as I need reading glasses. In the SPH box, there isn’t any numbers, just the letters ADD. In the CYL box, there are numbers which I understand refers to my degree of astigmatism. I was wondering why there are no numbers in the first box and why the numbers are not the same as my distance CYL. Does this vary between distance and reading glasses?

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Written answer: Need glasses quickly

I need a pair of single vision glass immediately, do you have anywhere that does them on site

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Written answer: Struggling without glasses

Today my son has had his eyes tested, his prescription says
Right eye cyl -0.25 axis 105.0
Left eye cyl -0.25 axis 175.0 and then says BVD 12.0
He was given glasses last year but have said today he no longer needs glasses but he struggles without them. He is 11 and starting high school in September.

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Written answer: Measurements when dispensing glasses

I have noticed that all eyewear has predetermined measurements listed on the left arm of the frame. However, if I were to come into store and have my lens width, bridge width and temple arm adjusted, what measurements would you take of my face in order to have it suited perfectly? Would you only measure pupillary distance?

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Written answer: What happens if I fail the DVLA test?

If the DVLA tell me I have to go for a DVLA eye test ( I am a car driver), what happens if I fail and they stop my licence? Can I then immediately sort out new glasses and get my licence back quickly? Can you tell me the procedure?

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Written answer: Vision not equal in both eyes

I recently had my eyes tested and received new glasses. I am finding my left eye isn’t as clear as my right, but together they seem ok. I returned to the optometrist and was retested and they said my prescription is correct and that they balanced my prescription. I would have thought both eyes should be clear and sharp.

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