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I should have asked this before I left from the UK. It’s regarding the contact lens that I’m wearing just now the easyvision vitrea. Is there anything that I should be aware of with this particular lens compare with a normal contact lends when purchasing another type of contact lens since I’m now in Asia?
My contact’s don’t seem quite right but I go away in a few days and the opticians can’t fit me in. I’ve only just started wearing them so I was unsure if they would “bed in”.
I am currently on a type of medication and ‘dilated pupils’ is listed as one of the uncommon symptoms in the prescription leaflet. I have noticed that while my pupils respond well to changes in light intensity, they are at times more dilated than other people’s, especially when the light is not so bright. Can this result in damage? I have blue eyes so maybe that plays a part too.
I initially needed glasses for reading, pc work etc – slightly magnified – these have got stronger over the last two years and now I can’t see anything close up so need to put on every time I want to read something. Six months ago I was given some additional glasses for long distance if eyes were tired when driving etc. Now long distance is getting worse.
I have just started wearing glasses and am concerned that my new glasses are incorrect.
I was told I need them for reading and computer work. However, when I wear them everything looks distorted as things on the right look bigger than things on the left.
I spoke to the optician who said it could take a few weeks to get use to them.
My eyeball is slightly sore eye at times and is partly closed so I went to my eye doctor. He gave me neo-poly-dex eye drops, only on it so far two days. I first got symptoms after a long drive, also got medicated shampoo in it.
I have recently had my eyes tested (March 2014) and am comparing the prescription to my previous glasses prescription (April 2010). The cylinder and axis numbers in my left eye have been reduced to zero. Before I get new glasses I’m just wondering if there may have been an error?
I am 15 years old and have just got glasses. My left eye is -1.0 and my right eye is -0.75.
When should I wear my glasses? Is it bad to wear them too much? By wearing them less does it improve or slower the disintegration of my vision? If I am short sighted should I not wear them when I am reading close up or watching a screen?
I have been wearing varifocals for about eight years and have just replaced my old varifocal glasses. I had two pairs previously and these were my first varifocals. One pair were OK but the second pair had to be re-adjusted. My prescription has just been updated and the new varifocals are a nightmare. I have blurred vision when I move my head and have a “swimming” effect. I have taken them back and have been told that I need to chose a new frame as if they alter them this will affect my long vision. There is very little difference in width between the old and new frame. As the new frames were the only ones that suited me, I cannot find another frame and wasn’t told that the new frame would not be suitable for varifocals. In fact I don’t believe this is the case and believe I am being fobbed off particularly as I am not a newcomer to varifocals. The lens prescription was £109 and I was told this was the second best lens. Should I take my glasses to another branch/outlet to see if they can get the vision without the blurriness and swimming effect?
How long do I leave my lenses in the peroxide solution before they are neutralised?