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Written answer: Wearing glasses without suitable lenses

I wear two types of glasses on a regular basis: one pair has lenses specially suited to my eyes which I use when driving, reading from a distance etc, whilst my other pair are reading glasses that have lenses which are NOT specifically designed for my eyes. I want to wear the reading glasses on a daily basis when I don’t need to wear the other pair (just because I like the look of them, they are half-moon spectacles), however I’ve been told that wearing glasses without suitable lenses can be damage the eyes. So, my question is, will wearing my non-reading glasses on a regular basis help to prevent any damage that might be caused by wearing the glasses with the non-suitable lenses?

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Written answer: Dark shadow in right eye for a few seconds

I have floaters but this was different. While watching tv I had a dark shadow in my right eye, couldn’t see out of my eye for a few seconds but when it went my vision was blurry. I am shortsighted and wear glasses, should I be worried?

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Written answer: Slightly swollen eye with sharp stabbing pain in corner

My wife who is 64 has a slightly swollen right eye with a sharp, stabbing pain in the corner.
These symptoms come and go…usually lasts for two to three days. She is allergic to animals but has no contact with them and is not a hay fever sufferer.
She has tried taking piriton to ease the pain but it doesn’t really help. I have suggested paracetamol but not tried yet. Any ideas?

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Written answer: One eye is getting worse in a short time

My wife is partially blind in one eye since birth (she has had a permanent lens fitted but the vision is constantly blurred and cannot be corrected). Her other eye was fine but a couple of years ago she started wearing glasses and now it seems to be getting worse faster (she jumped from -1.25 to -3 in about 12 months). Why is this happening and will it keep getting worse so that one say she won’t be able to see even with glasses? I am worried about her being blind? Also she reads from her phone in the dark regularly, can this make it worse?

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Written answer: Blood in eye

I have been wearing contact lenses for about 16 years. I have begun wearing them only on weekends and now wear my glasses during the week. On Sunday when removing my contact lenses I notice a small amount of blood in my eye. It wasn’t a burst blood vessel as the blood was on the outside of my eyeball (not under the jelly part). I discovered it was on the outside because after gently rubbing my eyelid over it the blood vanished. This happened again on Monday and Wednesday. I have been checking regularly, but the blood seems to only appear once a day and then disappears when my eye lid slides over it.
Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated.

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Written answer: Can I wear contact lenses instead of varifocals?

At the moment I wear varifocals, would I be able to wear contacts instead of glasses?

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Written answer: Can I have bifocals with prism only in the reading area?

I have prisms in reading glasses but only magnification in my distance glasses. Can I have bifocals?

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Written answer: Referred because blood vessels appear thicker than usual

I recently visited my optician to be told the blood vessels in my retina are thicker than usual and my retina has also changed shape. I am really scared and my appointment for the specialist is in nine weeks away. I’m wondering all sorts and would like an honest opinion please.

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Written answer: Lenses appear really thick

Just bought a new glasses (-5.0 myopia + 0.5 astigmatism) with the Super thin + light option.
But the glass seems really really thick. How can I check if the glass is a Super thin?
How thin should it be?

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Written answer: Cleaner for coated lenses

Could you please let me know is Specsaver’s (Green Coloured Solution) Coated Lens Cleaner different than Simple Lens Cleaner (White Coloured Bottle). I have been told by sales person they both can be used for coated lens while one clearly says it is for coated lens and other simply says lens cleaner. I am conscious about my optical lens as I want to use the most suitable lens cleaner to keep the coating in best condition. I hope your answer is going to help in this regard.

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