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Written answer: Sixteen year old’s glasses are broken

My 16 year olds glasses have broken, they are only four months old, do I have to pay for a new pair?

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Written answer: Struggling to read a license plate

I am 21 years old and wear glasses, I am short sighted and have a wobble in my left which is corrected when I wear my glasses. I really struggle to read a number plate from 20 meters and worry I won’t be able to pass, however I play golf on a regular basis and can see a golf ball 250 yards away! Is there anyway to correct my viewing distance?

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Written answer: Beams of light after cataract surgery

After having cataract surgery to my right eye, I am experiencing laser type diagonal beams coming from the centre of all artificial lights (i.e. car headlights and street lamps) and the sun.

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Written answer: Constant blurring, headaches and light headedness

I wear contact lens and also have Varifocals. I have constant blurring, headaches and occasional light headedness. Have been back to my opticians on several occasions and they have been more than helpful but don’t seem to be able to solve my problem. Have considered laser treatment, but am a little nervous. Should I go to another optician for a second opinion? The contacts I wear at the moment are Acuvue oasys for astigmatism with hydra clear plus. Would appreciate any help you could give me, feeling quite desperate. I am 67 years of age.

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Written answer: Dizzy, headaches and feeling sick when wearing glasses

I have just started to feel dizzy, headache and feeling sick when I put my glasses on, they are nearly two years old. I need to wear them all the time but I have had to take them off to stop the feeling. I have also just noticed a bump on the back of my head which hurts when I touch it. Is it my glasses or do you think it’s something else? So far it has been two days.

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Written answer: Product to keep eyes in good condition?

I had an eye test in Yeovil and when asked by me for a product to help keep my eyes in good condition he wrote on my prescription the words VULONALE PLUS, which I cannot find in the Pharmacies. What would you recommend?

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Written answer: When can I wear my contact lenses after corneal abrasion?

I wear daily disposable contacts nearly everyday, however last week my left eye began to feel painful, red and was very sensitive to light. After visiting my optician they referred me to eye casualty where they said I had a corneal abrasion (probably caused by contact lenses), they gave me some antibiotic drops and some lubricating eye drops. After a week my eye felt fine and they said my eye has completely healed, however I am uncertain if it is safe to wear my contacts or should I wait for my eyes to rest a while?

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Written answer: When outside contact lenses seem blurred

I’ve been wearing contact lenses for many years now, but recently when I wear my contacts outside and try to read something on posters or something the letters seem to be blurry or doubled up. I am with Specsavers, it happens only when I’m out or sometimes when I’m reading something on the phone or newspaper as well.

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Written answer: Am I suitable for laser surgery with a squint?

I am shortsighted and I have a squint in my right eye, I can control it to a certain extent, but of course when I’m tired or angry it will drift. What I would like to know is would I ever be suitable for laser surgery? What if my eye drifts? I am 46 years old, I wear gas permeable lenses, but always wondered about laser surgery.

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Written answer: New glasses feel too strong

I have recently got some glasses from a new prescription and I am struggling to get used to them as when I wear them it feels like they are too strong but then sometimes they feel fine. Is this a normal thing for just getting used to my glasses? I only wear them for being on the computer and things and watching tv etc. but I haven’t worn glasses for a while since my last prescription which was three or four years ago, do you think they may be too strong?

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