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Written answer: Can I take some contact lenses home to practice insertion and removal?

I had trouble trying to put contact lenses in for the first time in my contact lenses fitting appointment and I was wondering whether its ok to ask the optician whether it’s ok to take a pair of lenses home prior to my repeat appointment for a contact lenses fitting so I can practice putting them in (my appointment is with Specsavers)?

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Written answer: Nine year old daughter may be legally blind

My nine year old daughter eyes are as follows right eye sphere +1.50 cylinder -2.75 axis 20
left eye sphere +1.00 cylinder -2.00 axis 180. The eye doctor said she might be legally blind because he doesn’t think the lenses will help her vision. How bad are her eyes and what do you think? So upset and confused.

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Written answer: Can an eye test detect metal fragments in the eye?

I might be having an MRI in a few weeks. I am just wondering if an eye test at a Specsavers branch would be able to see if there are any metal fragments in my eyes?

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Written answer: Tint required to hide eye

I am about to have surgery on my eye which will make my right eye closed due to cancer. I wear glasses and will like to continue to wear them but will be self conscious with one eye being closed. Can you recommend a tint for my glasses to wear at work that will hide my eyes at all times. I work on a computer for eight hours a day.

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Written answer: Vertigo and varifocals

I have been wearing varifocals for some years now but suddenly just before Christmas I have developed some sort of vertigo. It is slowly improving but now have this awful ‘swimming’ feeling and problems with balance.
Last week when I saw a different doctor they were concerned that I wore varifocals and asked if I could revert to ordinary glasses. When I asked if this was necessary they just said they had some concern (as many doctor have?) with their use but not to bother too much.
I do not have any ordinary glasses and am unable to drive at present.
Could you advise a) whether I should change them
b) what are the problems hinted at and c) can I get them without coming in to the store?

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Written answer: Treatment for iritis

I have iritis starting in my left eye and I can’t get to the doctors. Are you able to prescribe medication?

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Written answer: Yellowness and red patch next to pupil

I have been noticing yellowness in my eyes when I look left, right, up and down, which seems to be at the “back of my eye” as it is not visible when I look straight. Further what is visible when I look straight are loads of red veins and there is a red patch which is next to my left eye pupil. I was just wondering is this serious or harmful. I have been staring at the computer a lot lately so the yellowness, the red veins have not improved but is showing more and now there is a red patch next to my left pupil. Any idea what’s happening and whether I should see an optician asap for this.

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Written answer: Red blotch on white of eye

I noticed my son has a red blotch near is eyeball on the white of his eye. Is this something I should get checked, he is 21/2.

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Written answer: Reading in contact lenses is difficult

I wear the monthly disposable contacts which I just don’t take out, apart from the change over each month. I’ve had these for two years now and I get checked every 12 months. My issue is that reading in my contacts is still hard and my vision distorts when I try and concentrate. I work long hours so it might be safe to say that my eyes may be tired. Can I get laser correction for long sighted and or can I use glasses to assist?

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Written answer: Eye hurts when I look up

I am 13 years old and a couple days ago my eye started hurting when I look around and especially when I look up, like it hurts on my left temple and I really want to know what is happening to it and if I should go to a doctor?

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