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My 16 year daughter starts college in September and is very keen to move from specs to contact lenses. Could you please give me an idea of the cost, she is -7.5 in both eyes and had her eyes checked last summer. I would be grateful if you could give me the cost towards the upper end of the market so that I won’t have a nasty shock later on! We cannot go to the local branch until her exams are over in June so an idea of the cost would be great.
My sons corrected vision is 6/7.5 with a visual field of 8.5. What does this mean please?
Slightly confused, but hoping you may be able to answer my question. I already wear monthly disposable contact lenses, but now changing to continous wear so need to have another fitting. I was wondering will I need to be wearing my glasses or my contact lenses for my appointment? I do carry my glasses with me but need to know if I should already be wearing them. Also what to expect on my fitting.
What makes the part of the eye between the nose and pupil so red and almost yellow looking . The rest of my eye is not to bad , but this area is particularity bad in the morning.
I used to wear monthly disposable toric lenses and am thinking of getting lenses again. I’m not sure how much I’d wear them- likely daily in good weather but maybe less during winter. What I want to know is how long monthly lenses can be used for? Do they have to be thrown away after a month regardless of time worn, or are they suitable for 28 days of actual wear, even if this is spread over say two months or more?
I have heard that photochromic type lenses don’t work in cars as windscreens have a UV filter in them. I would like to have one pair of prescription glasses that do both jobs. Would I be better to buy a second pair of prescription sunglasses.
I recently had an eye exam because I was having intermittent blurred vision and headaches. I was given glasses Rx .5 sphere -1.0 cyl. This Rx makes vision better close up but worsens my distance vision and it gives me a headache if I drive with the glasses on. I had the Rx checked and the lenses are right. I feel like I’m wearing expensive reading glasses. Do I even need glasses with such a minor correction? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I work a lot on computers, but over the last few months have been finding that I’m continually having to focus my eyes in order to see clearly. I had an eye test three years ago, and I’ve been wearing the prescription from that test ever since (I’ve been wearing glasses since I was seven, I’m now 34), however over the last few months I really feel like it may have changed.
Can I buy polarised prescription varifocal sunglasses in a semi ‘wraparound’ style?
My distance vision is fine but I need glasses for reading and middle distance i..e arms length. My problem is I’m a cab driver and need to see my sat nav and data system whilst driving. I was recommended varifocals but with them on my middle vision and my distance vision was really blurred and to read I had to put my head too far back and lower my eyes all the way down to the point where I was looking at the bottom of the frame.