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Written answer: Specsavers safety eyewear

What BS EN standard are Specsavers prescription safety spectacle lenses?

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Written answer: Reusing old contact lenses

I received prescribed coloured contact lenses a year or so ago for use during fancy dress. They have been kept in cleaning solution, and occasionally I have refreshed this. I’ve worn them only once previously.

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Written answer: No depth perception

I do not have any depth perception whatsoever. I have learned where things are, but I wouldn’t be able to give you a distance average. I have heard that there is some thing in the glasses that correct depth perception problems, or at least help you to be able to see. I want to be able to drive, but if I can’t see they will deny my Driver’s license.

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Written answer: Substitute contact lens solution

I am a new user of contact lenses and had my bottle of solution taken off me at Airport Security today. What do I need to look for as a substitute while I am in Spain please? There are no Specsavers branches in my area. The product is Oxisol.

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Written answer: Police eyesight requirement

I’m applying to be a Police Officer and part of the recruitment is an eye test. I wear glasses at prescription -3.25 left eye and -4.00 right eye. I know the guidelines but I find them confusing and I’m unsure as to whether it means with or without glasses. Do you know if it’s likely I will be able to reach the test requirements?

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Written answer: Moving shapes in peripheral vision

I see after images multiple times per day but this evening, I had a frightening experience. I was putting the grocery shopping away so I had some food on the counter (under a fluorescent light which is located under the top cupboard so the food on the counter would be directly under the fluorescent light) but then I noticed whats very difficult to describe but I could see moving shapes in my peripheral vision to the right – it seemed to be prism like colours but it was moving constantly and lasted for about 15 minutes.

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Written answer: Headaches all day

I had my eyes tested at an independent opticians (one that I’ve been going to for ages) in July and they said I needed glasses for my right eye at a prescription of 0.25 but because I had to pay I decided to get a VDU voucher from work.

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Written answer: Help for sunglare

My mum needs new glasses. When she tries to cross the road on a sunny day, the glare of the sun blinds her even though she has reactions lenses. Would antiglare help her with sunglare?

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Written answer: Prescription has changed and now have headaches

I have not long had a baby and at my appointment my prescription has changed from short sighted to long sighted. I have had my lenses changed as advised. I have now started getting headaches with & without my glasses on. Is this normal?

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Written answer: Pigmented freckle on retina

I am a 23 year old female and I am really panicking. I have a freckle behind my right eye and have been told that there is some pigmentation. What exactly is pigmentation and does this mean melanoma? I have to go back in 6 months and I feel I will be given bad ness upon my next visit to the hospital.

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