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Written answer: Laser refractive surgery before joining the Royal Navy

My son is starting Royal Navy training for 10 weeks in May. He was considering laser surgery but hasn’t had this as was unsure when he would be starting. Will he be able to have it done during his time in the Navy or is it too late?

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Written answer: Vision is blurry for TV and lectures

My eyes are blurry when I watch t.v. and when I’m sitting in lectures and have to look at slides from a computer?

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Written answer: Told to wear glasses when concentrating

I recently got a pair of glasses, this is my first time wearing glasses. I was told to wear them for concentration, but I’m not entirely sure what that means.

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Written answer: Will my eyesight get worse as I get older?

I’m aged 16 and I have recently been told I need glasses because I am a bit shortsighted. I am worried. Will this mean my eyesight will get worse as I get older?

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Written answer: Visual field has not met the false positive error test

A relative has been notified of very strange wording in relation to the Field Test carried out recently. It said she hadn’t met the false positive error test? What does this mean?

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Written answer: Will someone with a result of 6/9+3 need glasses?

Will someone with a result of 6/9+3 need glasses?

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Written answer: Ghost image through one eye

I have started to see a ghost image through my left eye, usually looking at upright structures (telegraph poles, distant motorway signage and aircraft) the further away the more pronounced.

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Written answer: Bloodshot and dry eyes

I started wearing daily disposable contact lenses (Acuvue moist) about a year or so ago, once or sometimes twice a week. About two months ago I noticed my eyes were getting very dry later in the evening and early morning and I started to have yellow ‘gunk’ form each morning in both eyes (enough to blur vision as it was not just in the corner of each eye but along the bottom lid).

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Written answer: How long will it take for my prescription to settle

I have recently had two successful bouts of laser treatment for retinal tears in my left eye. How long should I wait before consulting my optician about changes to my prescription? I wear contact lenses but now am unable to read or use a computer whilst wearing lenses. My vision in my glasses is not good either. I still have floaters and blood in the back of my eye which my hospital Consultant has said will eventually disappear but may take some time.

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Written answer: Prescription has two rows of numbers

On my Specsavers prescription there are two rows of numbers in the boxes headed “Sph, Cyl ” and so on.
Why are there two rows, please? Each row contains different numbers. Which row should I pay attention to, please?

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