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Written answer: Can I wear my daily contact lenses for longer?

I built up to 10 hours per day with my daily lenses. Can I wear them for longer than this now?

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Written answer: What strength reading glasses?

My sph R +1.25, L +1.50
cyl left -0.50, axis left 175
near add R 1.50, L 1.50

Which strength reader can I buy as a spare pair?

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Written answer: Difference in material between daily and monthly contact lenses

Is there a difference in materials for monthly contact lenses and daily contact lenses?
are they both made out of different materials and furthermore, how come daillies have to be disposed of after one use?

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Written answer: Can weak glasses cause beaches?

If you wear glasses that aren’t strong enough for your eyes can it cause headaches?

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Written answer: Informing DVLA if I need to wear glasses for driving

Driving eyesight rules:
You must wear glasses or contact lenses every time you drive if you need them to meet the ‘standards of vision for driving’. You must tell DVLA if you’ve got any problem with your eyesight that affects both of your eyes, or the remaining eye if you only have one eye.
This doesn’t include being short or long sightedness and can meet the eyesight standards.

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Written answer: Would I benefit from glasses?

I have recently gone to opticians for the first time and was given a prescription as follows:

Right eye – Sph: 0.00, Cyl: -0.50, Axis: 100.0
Left eye – Sph: +0.50, Cyl: -0.50, Axis: 80.0

I have struggled focusing when reading sheet music during practice and especially when I am tired but apart from this I had very few problems with my eyesight. Would I benefit from getting glasses of such a weak prescription? Will it make any difference?

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Written answer: Glasses are not very good when writing

I have glasses and vision is fine but is not very good with writing but ok with everything else. Why is this? Would I need new glasses because I haven’t had these for very long?

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Written answer: Two eyes tests with different outcomes

If my daughter has received two different outcomes from two different eye tests, one says she needs a strong prescription the other says she doesn’t need any at all. What do you suggest I do? Should I get a third eye test done. I really don’t know what to do for the best.

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Written answer: Variable pain in one eye

Following a cold back in December I had pains in my right eye that did not go away. My GP stated that all looked well and that it maybe tension related. A subsequent eye test and exam at Specsavers showed no issues and I was told again it could be stress linked. I have tried osteopathy and acupuncture to no avail. I have no vision loss but differing pains sometimes twinges, sometimes sharp and sudden, dull aches, mild pain on movement and sometimes the feeling that something is in the eye.

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Written answer: Do I need to inform DVLA?

I need to wear glasses for the first time, do I have to inform DVLA? If yes how do I go about this or will it be reported by yourself as the professional?

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