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Written answer: Vision in left eye is cloudy after shingles

I had shingles in December 2013 and it affected my eyes. The eyes became inflamed painful and blood shot. I’ve had injections in the eyes and placed on medication. I am much better but my vision on my left eye is cloudy and still red. I used Aciclovir tab and ophthalmic ointment. What do you advise?

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Written answer: Prescription lenses into own frame

Can Specsavers fit my prescription lenses into a frame that I already own and if so will it be free because I am in full time education?

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Written answer: Difficulty with varifocals

I have purchased Varifocals for the first time. The Varifocals make me feel dizzy walking in them. The vision directly in front is blurry unless I drop the glasses part way down my nose (not on the bridge) then the vision is perfect. I went to my opticians today after trying them for over a week and the Manager put a tilt on them which helped slightly but I still have to wear them low or feel sick trying to walk in them. I have been told I will adapt to them. How can I adapt to looking through the blurry part to walk? I feel that the reading part is too high up but the Manager said that the reading part can’t be made lower, is this correct? The measurement she did was 18 from the bottom of the glass.

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Written answer: Halos around bright light and hazy vision

I am really worried about my sight. Lately I have been getting halos around bright lights, everything seems to be hazy I have difficulty with definition especially when in bright sunlight, I am so worried I have stopped driving. I am diabetic and had my last eye test last October.

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Written answer: Extremely watery eyes

I have extremely watery eyes and my optician has advised me to use Blephasol. Will this help?

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Written answer: Quality of vision varies

In recent months I have noticed a significant change in my vision. I’ve had an eye test (fine), a visit to the eye clinic (fine), full bloods (again fine) and now the doctor is referring me for another peripheral vision check, with a four to six week wait at the hospital.

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Written answer: Can I wear the same glasses for reading and VDU?

I was prescribed reading glasses in June last year but didn’t start wearing till January as didn’t like idea of wearing glasses. I am 45 and had hoped to not need for 10 more years.

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Written answer: Bifocals for the computer screen and reading

I have a forthcoming appointment at my local with Specsavers. I currently have spectacles both reading and for VDU use as I work in a Finance Department where I am constantly working on a PC entering invoices. I do not need glasses for distance.

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Written answer: Dry eyes with contact lenses

I have recently been told that my oil glands in my eye are blocked. I had an allergic reaction and dryness from my previous new contacts so changed solution and tried another lens. I now have new contacts which I’m trying for a week, my prescription is wrong and need’s to be changed, things are blurry up front and from far. They are preservative free lenses and the solution is too, so optometrists said I shouldn’t have a reaction but my eyes still feel dry.

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Written answer: May have tiny shard of glass in eye

At the weekend (three days ago) I had to remove some glass from a damaged garage door, whilst removing the glass tiny shards of the glass (almost dust like) may have got into my eye. I haven’t been to A&E as there is no inflammation and no real pain, I am just aware that there may be a tiny something between the eyelid and the eye. I have used an eye wash and my eyes are not running and there is no abnormal discharge after sleep. I am due an eye test so is this something that the optician could examine?

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