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Written answer: Dizzy in new glasses

I recently got new prescription eye glasses, the new one are giving me a headache and make me feel dizzy when I move my head around. Is this because the prescription is too strong? Also when I get my eye checked the lines doctor shows and ask which one is clearer to me all seem the same.

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Written answer: Are these contact lenses OK for me?

A friend is giving away some lenses and I was wondering if they were ok for me? They are BC of 8.7 and a DIA of 14. I wear BC of 8.3 and a DIA of 14.

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Written answer: Cannot read with glasses over contact lenses

My prescription is -3.25 right and -2.5 left. I have both distance glasses and lenses to correct my vision. Recently my optician has suggested that my distance vision has got slightly worse and now I am also long sighted + 1.5. I have just purchased two pairs of glasses for distance and for reading.

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Written answer: Correcting vision for reading using contact lenses

I am 48 and started having vision problems. I visited an Ophthalmologist who prescribed me reading glasses with +1.75 for both eyes. I am feeling uncomfortable in wearing glasses.

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Written answer: Qualified to see and dispense glasses

Can any one sell prescription lenses? I am wondering what the law is – and where i can find information regarding this matter. I feel a local optician may have been breaking the law by dispensing and selling spectacles without any person having an appropriate qualification etc.

At this time i wish to remain anonymous. thank you.

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Written answer: Can I buy glasses without having an eye test?

I recently lost my glasses and I’m due for an eye test but can I buy a new pair and new lenses without having to have an eye exam?

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Written answer: Sleeping with the light on

Will years of sleeping with the light on make me go blind? I started sleeping with the light on around the age of five/six due to a traumatic experience in childhood and only just recently stopped at the age of twenty. I originally had 20/20 vision as a child and now require glasses/contacts at all times as I have myopia (I think my vision is around -2.50 in each eye).

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Written answer: Contact lens in one eye for reading

From the age of about 45 my reading vision has deteriorated (I’m now 48). All completely common symptoms of presbyopia. I enquired about monovision lasik, however was advised my vision hadn’t deteriorated enough for that and suggested I try a contact lens fitted in one eye. Can you advise whether Specsavers can do this type of treatment, and how successful it normally is? I don’t currently wear glasses except for reading.

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Written answer: Optician says I can use ready readers

My optician say I need anti-fatigue lenses and I can use a ready readers of +0.50 but the range I am finding is from +1.25 to +3.50. Can you advise whether I can use one withinn this range?

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Written answer: Glasses seem very strong for my five year old

I took my daughter who is five years old to the optician due to her experiencing headaches. She has never shown any problems with her actual eyesight before and passed a previous school sight test. She has always read books very well and not had a problem with tripping over or mis-judgement of things in her path.

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