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Written answer: Can I switch to Specavers Opticians

I am currently with another optician, and I was wondering if I could switch to Specsavers simply by just booking an appointment with Specsavers or do I have to consult the previous optician I was seeing before? Also, are coloured contact lenses available for people who are short sighted? And if allowed, can you give me a rough idea of the price of monthly contact lenses for people who are 16+ years of age?

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Written answer: Is it possible my son’s sight will improve?

My son was seven and it was diagnosed he is long sighted, he wears glasses and has done for five years now, is it possible his sight will improve with age?

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Written answer: One eye looks darker

My right eye always seems to look darker than other no matter what mirror I look into. I have tried different positions with mirrors in different rooms around the house. I have been to the optician about this and they said my eyes were fine that if I wanted to go see a doctor. I could have had this problem for some time now, I only noticed this change since I had my first seizure from the medication I was on and I am still taking medication, is there anything I could do?

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Written answer: Will I have to wear Transitions lens for ever?

If I choose to wear transition lenses, will I have to wear transition lenses for the rest of my life?

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Written answer: Dull ache behind eyes

I’ve been having a dull ache centered behind my eyes for a couple days, it comes and goes (not constant), doesn’t usually last more then 5-10 minutes, just in one eye at a time, but it’s been in both. I figured it was a sinus thing, as I’ve also been sneezing a lot (although, i’m not stuffy or sore anywhere else, so i’m a little suspicious). This morning when I woke up, my vision seems to be a little foggy in my right eye.
Is this something I should worry about? Could go to a regular doctor about? Or should I get to an optometrist?

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Written answer: Feel as if I am still wearing glasses

I got glasses a little over a week ago and have to wear them all day but I noticed the past two days at least that when I don’t have them on it still feels like I am still wearing them. The feeling is so annoying that it keeps me up at night as I can constantly feel this pressure on the side of my nose and at some points my forehead as well. I am just wondering what could be causing this and if there is anyway to stop it?

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Written answer: Son age five was referred to the hospital

I just took my five and half year old for an eye test and we were referred to hospital but not given any prescription for him. Is this standard practice. We went to Vision Express and my husband had a negative experience with the optician and is worried her ability and patience with our son led her to do this? Clearly I should have gone to Specsavers! HELP I want to sort this quickly for my son and am worried that hospital referral will take 6-8 weeks and he is already struggling at school.

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Written answer: Do I need glasses?

I am getting conflicting information from different opticians. Could you tell me if i need glasses?

Right Sphere +0.25 Cylinder +0.25 Axis 170.0
Left Sphere +0.00 Cylinder -0.50 Axis 15.0

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Written answer: Is it ok to just get contact lenses to change eye colour?

Is it ok to just get contact lenses to change eye colour?

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Written answer: Used eye drops that have expired

I’ve just used expired Optrex infected eye drops. I used one drop only in my right eye. After I put one drop in, I read the label. It says to discard after a five day course. My fiancé gave them to me and said he used them about eight months ago for an irritation from his contacts. Will one drop cause my eye any harm being expired for so long?

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