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Written answer: Blurred vision worse in one eye

My age is 42 and I am having blurred vision against light. I am unable to drive in the evening and night as the vehicle light completely blurs the vision and when I close my right eye I see very blurred vision. In day and night time while in right eye there is very light blurriness in vision so what can be done about this as I continuously have to work on computer for eight hours on my job.

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Written answer: How do I replace lost glasses?

I got my glasses last week and have been away and seem to have misplaced my glasses? I have only had them a week and wondered how I would have to go about it to replace them? I need them to use for work as I use a computer hours hours a day and that’s just for work.

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Written answer: Cannot afford new glasses

I have recently have an updated eye check and have been told I need to purchase my first pair of glasses. I am 18 years old living out of home, I am on out of home allowance and cannot afford in any way my glasses and I am not okay with getting a loan from somewhere as I don’t get enough money to pay loans back, is there any way I can work around this?

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Written answer: What does the water content of a contact lens indicate?

What does the water content of contact lens indicates? Parts of my eyes are usually slightly pink every time after I remove my lenses, so I am thinking of switching to other brands. I tried acuvue oasys biweekly lens and I find it quite soft and comfortable. However the water content of this lens is almost the same as the Bausch and Lomb silicone hydrogel lens that I used to be wearing. I wander what is the factor that determines the softness of the lenses? Biweekly lenses are quite pricey, do you recommend any monthly lenses? By the way the acuvue lenses is 14.5mm in diameter whereas Bausch and Lomb is 14mm. Does the size of the lens determine how much oxygen the eyes can get?

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Written answer: Will glasses help my vision?

I sit for long periods in front of a computer screen and get dry eyes. Will glasses help with my vision, or am I better on focusing on eye exercises and taking regular breaks to focus at different lengths?

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Written answer: No change in prescription but right eye is not clear

I was in your Manchester store for an eye test, after the test I was informed there was no change in my prescription. I had made a point to tell her that I can’t see clearly out of my right eye (I can’t make out a number plate in front clearly) she insist I got 20/20 so I went away. After a week I rang the store back up asking for a re-test but was told I had to pay for a second test because my first test was an NHS one, I refused. I instead went to another opticians for a free test.

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Written answer: Playing golf in bifocals

I wear bifocals as normal and up to the present have found them better than single prescription or varifocal lenses. What has changed is that I have retired and taken up playing golf more seriously. My local Golf Professional has said that to play up to my potential I need to change my glasses so that I can again look “down my nose” i.e. with my chin up a little when addressing the ball. Therefore to have the ball in focus – the “near” section of the bifocal needs to be at the top not the bottom! I will still need the reading section so that I can mark a card. Is this possible without too much extra expense?

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Written answer: One eye is weaker in a five year old

My five year daughter has been diagnosis with a lazy eye (I think) though does not have the appearance of the condition. Her weaker eye is the left and also has rugby shaped eye balls. She had her first prescription back in May but have not given her 20/20 vision so the consultant has increased the prescription to Right eye – Sph -0.50 Cyl -1.25 Axis 105 and Left eye Sph -1.00 Cyl -0.75 Axis 95. Im struggling to get any information from her hospital consultant how bad her eyes are and more about the eye condition she has.

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Written answer: Small hole inside corner of eye

I have a small hole inside the corner of my left eye just a little sore which came on about two days ago. What should I do?

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Written answer: Do you carry out the full diabetic eye test?

Do you carry out the full diabetic eye test?

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