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Written answer: What solution should I use to rinse/rehydrate contact lenses?

I am on a contact lens trial and have particularly sensitive eyes – I’m therefore trying every lens and solution option available in my prescription (-9.00). I’m at the stage where I think the only solution option left to try is hydrogen peroxide but my concern with using this is that it can take a few attempts to get my lenses in and I can’t re-hydrate the lens in hydrogen peroxide. Is there something I can use to re-hydrate the lens e.g. sterile saline or eye drops? Different websites seems to say conflicting things. My optician has given me some hydrogen peroxide but no saline – although the instructions say that I should in fact wash out the contact lens case in saline.

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Written answer: Missed a point on the visual field test

I had an eye test at my local Specsavers this afternoon. The visual field test was conducted without my spectacles at their request. I am short sighted so found the target I was to look at blurry and the tiny flashing points even more so.

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Written answer: Sharp headaches and eyes and forehead

Recently I have been having very sharp headaches around my eye sockets and forehead only. I have to wear glasses constantly and when I take them off it seems to help. If I take any painkiller they don’t seem to do anything, however if I use the 4head stick, it does give me some relief from the pain.
I have been getting them in the evening but I have been experiencing them in the daytime as well. I never get headaches, so this is very unlike me.

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Written answer: Can I get contact lenses if my eyes are turning in?

Can I get contact lenses if my eyes are turning in?

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Written answer: Lenses stung from new contact lens solution

I have worn soft contact lenses and used all-purpose solution for cleaning and storage for about a decade. Yesterday I picked up some new lenses to try and I was told to use a new kind of solution-peroxide solution. Though I left my contacts to soak for over six hours, when I put them into my eyes one of my eyes really stung and I had to take them out. What should I do? Is it possible to continue the trial using my normal contact lens solution as that seems to be the problem. If so, should I just change them into another case and wash and store normally? Why has this only happened in one eye?

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Written answer: Deterioration in eyesight since taking medication for glaucoma

I am having a lot of problems with my eye sight (detached retina five years ago, cataract and now prescribed eye drops for Glaucoma). Since taking eye drops from last July my eye sight has deteriorated at a faster pace and I am struggling to get by. I am taking Duotrav in both eyes – one drop each morning.
Could this have led to the sudden deterioration and should I continue to take the eye drops? Is there any medical procedure that can stop this deterioration as it is hampering my life and I have had to stop working early because of the concerns that I have over my ability to do the job?

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Written answer: Recently one eye is blurred with contact lens

I recently got new contacts a few months ago, everything was fine. But recently one of the contacts on my right eye has constantly gone blurry, and I don’t know why?
(my contacts are prescribed with astigmatism).

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Written answer: Coloured spots in peripheral vision

For years I’ve been getting, every couple of months or so, coloured spots in my peripheral vision, they change colour depending on what I am looking at and when I try to look directly at them they move. I’ve read about floaters but I can’t find anything about them being different colours. It’s usually no more than one at a time.

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Written answer: Sports glasses for running

I’m looking for a pair of sports glasses I can use when running so that I can see my iPhone, select music, phone numbers and text, as I’m building up to the London Marathon. I’d like a pair I can wear for long periods and probably use at work as well?

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Written answer: Don't notice a difference with new glasses

I’ve just started wearing glasses, the optician said I needed variable focus so that’s what I got. I’ve been wearing them for a day but I don’t notice a difference, is this normal?

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