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Written answer: Surprised that I have astigmatism in both eyes

I just had an eye test and found out that I have astigmatism in both eyes +1.25. I am not short or long sighted. I was told I need glasses but I have chronic fatigue and wondered if it could be that the ciliary muscles aren’t doing their job rather than my corneas being out of shape. Does an eye test prove the corneas are out of shape? My sight was ok before my chronic fatigue came back and it seems strange that the astigmatism is the same in both eyes. Should I get glasses anyway or maybe try another eye test in a few weeks or seek medical advise?

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Written answer: Botox for a divergent squint

I’ve had a divergent squint for most of my life. And after numerous failed operations to straighten the problem, I’m just wondering if Botox would be an option for me?

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Written answer: Flashing in vision

I previously asked about visual snow but I was also wondering if VS can cause blue objects to sort of “flash” when you look at them from the corner of your eye? It sounds strange, and I don’t mean eye flashes, I mean like if there is a bright blue notebook lying on a table and I glance at it from the side the surface of it sometimes seems to sort of completely “flash” in my vision. This only happens occasionally and has been going on for a while so I was wondering if it is normal or because of my visual snow or heightened senses due to stress or something else. Is it harmful? I’ve searched the internet but can’t find anything which describes what I actually experience. Please help, it’s suddenly starting to worry me.

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Written answer: Concerned about losing vision

I worry at times that I may lose my vision one day because I am highly myopic. But I am only 20 years of age. Is it possible for me to lose vision at my age? My prescription is -8.5 in both my eyes! I also have astigmatism too.

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Written answer: Bloodshot eyes but no other symptoms

Over the last month or so, I have had bloodshot eyes, only between the inner eye and the start of the colour (the rest is white, as usual). It tends to come and go every couple of days and I have no idea what’s causing it. There doesn’t seem to be any pattern to it at all. It started in the right eye (and is usually worse in the right) but is now in both eyes. It is not associated with any pain and my eyes do not feel itchy or dry etc. I am under quite a bit of stress at the moment, so I’m not sure if that could be related? Basically I just want to make sure it isn’t a symptom of anything serious, and do you think it is worth making an appointment with my doctor or optician? As I said, it is not causing any discomfort at all, but it is unusual and it doesn’t look very good!

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Written answer: What frames should I avoid with this prescription?

I have a -8 and -8.75 prescription. I have been looking at your frames online, with a strong prescription is there any type of frame I am unable to have? Also would you advise standard lenses or am I likely to need thinner lenses?

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Written answer: Prism needed in the distance part of a bifocal

I have double vision in the distance part of my right eye, and have been prescribed a 1.5 prism in the left eye which, at the moment is in the form of a plastic prism. However, I wear bifocals and have a small semi-circle close vision in the lens. I am advised that due to the prism it will have to be a line across the lens instead of the small semi-circle. I this the only way the prism can be incorporated in my new spectacles.

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Written answer: Flight crew and ground crew standards for the RAF

What level of eye sight does someone need to have to be able to join the RAF as flight crew and as a member of ground crew?

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Written answer: Referred for a large nevus

I had my eyes tested at Specsavers this weekend, a good excuse for some new glasses.I have been referred to the eye hospital after the retina photo showed a ‘large neuvus 4 DD’ the letter said. The optician said it was x5 bigger than my optic nerve so was referring me.My old optician had mentioned I had a small birthmark on the same eye in 2012 however it was a quarter of the size of my O.N. They didn’t used the retina photograph. What are the chances of a birthmark growing at such a rate, what else could it be?

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Written answer: Woke up with sore eye

My wife has woken up with a sore eye, she describes it as stinging and the light makes it worse, can you help?

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