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Written answer: Optician wrote to GP with regard to high pressure

I had my eyes tested in Trowbridge Specsavers and they said I had high pressure in both eyes and said they would write to the doctor. I went to the doctor soon after and mentioned it but they had not received the letter at that time. Do I need to go and chase up some sort of eye appointment or would it have been for information? I had my last test done in August but my eyes have definitely changed since then, think I am on annual check ups so next one August.

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Written answer: Circle with jagged edges that lasted 10 minutes

I was reading a newspaper when all I could see were the middle letters of a word I then had a circle with jagged edges going round and round, this lasted about ten minutes what could cause that? On a visit to my doctors I mentioned this she said it could be a migraine but there wasn’t any pain.

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Written answer: Lower eyelid is red in the morning

I wear glasses for reading, pc work as I’m longsighted. I have very sensitive eyes, and can only wear special make-up etc.
I have for about the last six months my lower eyelid is always red even when I wake up in the morning. They always feel tried? I have no discharge or flakiness, they are only red.
Is there a reason for this? I went to a pharmacist who gave me Brolene eye drops but these do not seem to make any difference. Please could you advise.

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Written answer: Colour vision and the fire service

Personally I have never really thought about it but I am planning a career in the Fire Rescue Service. Would I be able to get this tested and how much does this usually cost as I was told I had red/green deficiency in school.

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Written answer: Frequent burst blood vessels

I have frequent burst blood vessels in my right eye, at the moment I also have conjunctivitis, which is new. My father has glaucoma and was blind in one eye as a consequence. I wear varifocals normally but havn’t had my eyes tested for several years and have been wearing normal glasses for close up reading. Could this be why I’m getting so much trouble with my eyes. I’m also menopausal, which I’m told can cause the problem I’m having. I would be grateful for any advice, I am getting my eyes tested next week, when the conjunctivitis has cleared up.

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Written answer: Can I have an eye test at another branch?

I am currently a student away from home at university in Bristol, I have had all previous sight tests and prescriptions done back home at the Kidderminster branch in Worcestershire, however I feel I need a new sight test and prescription now. Is it possible I can have the test done in Bristol instead of having to travel back for it, or is it just easier to have it done at home?

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Written answer: Can I have an eye test on my own at age 16?

Will I need someone over the age of 18 with me for the eye test and collection of glasses because my mom and sister are very busy at work most of the time. (I’m 16 and in full-time education).

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Written answer: Is a full eye test necessary?

I have seen my GP this morning who has recommended I see an optician. My eyes are red and itchy with some soreness on the lid. My eyes are also watery and when I wake up I am picking bits off my face! She has prescribed sodium cromoglicate drops. When I rang to book an appointment at Specsavers and explained the situation I was told I would need to have a full eye test which I have to pay for in full. My last test was less than two years ago so is this really necessary?

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Written answer: Sharp pain in eye

A couple of weeks ago I felt a sharp pain in my eye and now I can see a blood vessel in the same area. I also feel like I have something in my eye. Should I see someone a doctor or optician.

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Written answer: What are multifocal contact lenses?

Can you tell me please what multifocal lenses are? I currently use 1 day Acuvue moist for astigmatism, I don’t think I have a particularly strong prescription but as I understand it I have one eye for close up and one eye for distance. Do multifocal lenses work in the same way? I have recently had my prescription changed as I didn’t have very clear vision, despite this I still don’t have clear vision, I wondered whether multifocal lenses would be more suitable?

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