Most popular answers
- Red eye and blurred vision
- Dryness and blur
- Floaters for four days
- Is glaucoma hereditary?
- Uncomfortable contact lenses
- What causes cataracts?
- Symptoms of diabetes
- What causes dry itchy eye lids? (Blepharitis)
- Different types of conjunctivitis
- Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
- Prescription explained
- Colour vision tests
- Retinal detachment
- Retinal Photography
- Bruce Fitzgerald BEng (Hons) BSc (Hons) MCOptom
- David Hill BSc (Hons) MCOptom
- Dr Nigel Best DOptom MCOptom FBCLA FAAO
- Elizabeth Lumb BSc(Hons) MCOptom
- Gillian Syme BSc (Hons) MCOptom
- Jill Campbell BSc(Hons) MCOptom
- Neil Constantine-Smith BSc (Hons) MCOptom
- Nicola Nisbet BSc (Hons) MCOptom DipOc
- Nigel Davidson BSc (Hons) MCOptom
- Paul Carroll BSc(Hons) MCOptom MBA
- Paul Morris BSc (Hons) Optometry MCOptom
- Samia Qureshi BSc (Hons) MCOptom
- Sanjay Patel BSc (Hons) MCOptom
- Seamus Breslin BSc (Hons) MCOptom
- Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom
Ask the Optician
Type your question below to search through our Ask the Optician Q&A archive. Or, if you can’t find what you’re looking for on eye health, you can ask one of our qualified optometrists.
Several months ago a piece of plastic bounced into my right eye, it was pretty painful but after about an hour it was fine and haven’t had any problems since. Last night at around 4 am I woke up with sharp stabbing pain in my right eye, I could barely open it and bright light was incredibly painful.
I think I have what is termed as floater in my right eye, they have been there for a week now. Should I book an opticians appointment or go to my GP, or will they disappear over time?
I was diagnosed with an eye ulcer in my left eye 5 weeks ago. I have been taking my eye drops as instructed and have been signed off by the eye doctor. But i can still see a clear bubble in the front of my eye. I have had no pain or blurred vision at all from this ulcer it was my optician who noticed it
Nearly two weeks ago I feel asleep with my daily contacts in my eye. Upon waking up I realised the one contact in my right eye had moved very far over to the right of my eye (towards my ear).
Had eye tests over the last eight years and they have always been very similar results, this year they have changed more in respect to the axis – would like to know why this is and if I should go for a second test to get this checked?
I have been wearing daily disposable contact lenses for four years without any problems. As of eight weeks ago my right eye began to get irritated by the contact lens (left eye is fine). The contact goes in easily however it doesn’t feel quite right. As the day goes on my eye starts to get itchy, at times it stings, and I get a light yellow discharge forming in the corner of my eye.
I have just received my first pair of glasses from Specsavers. I am unsure when to wear them for the best or whether I should be wearing them all the time? I use a computer for the majority of the day and also do quite a lot of driving.
My prescription is – Right eye: Sph 0.00, Cyl -0.50, Axis 175.0 and Left eye: Sph 0.00, Cyl -0.50, Axis 5.0.
When will I benefit most from my glasses?
After my recent eye test I reluctantly decided to try varifocal lenses for a second time. The first time, about six years ago, I failed and had to revert to bifocals, but now middle distance is causing me more problems. I have had a separate pair of glasses for my computer for several years, but I am having problems now in daily life e.g. libraries and museums. I am 66 and need support for both distance and reading, but I have astigmatism.
Could you please tell me, would an optometrist be able to tell me if I have a problem with Age related Macular Degeneration (AMD) or if it is a problem with some medication I am taking. Would they be able to tell if it was indeed AMD rather than my medication?
My last eye test was April 2013 when my lens’s were changed, since then my diabetes has been difficult to keep under control, blood sugars are high, increased insulin has made little difference in bringing them down. My eyesight has changed, becoming more blurred, changing from close up work (writing etc.) to a more normal vision can take up to 1/4 hr, to resolve. Should I arrange for another test, and would there still be help towards the cost of lenes if required? I have long term illness in addition to diabetes and been unable to work for a long time. I am over 60 and in receipt of guaranteed pension credit along with high rate DLA.