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Written answer: Standard of uncorrected vision for the police service

I have passed my police community support interview and I am waiting to undertake a medical eye examination. My worries are that my eye sight could knock me back and I’m just wondering what my chances are in reaching the vision stage of 6/36 on an eye chart. I currently wear contact lenses that have been prescribed to me. Here are the details of the prescription. Left and right both the same -2.75 PWR cooper vision. It would be appreciated if you could let me know where I stand?

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Written answer: Need a frosted lens to occlude one eye

I have ocular myasthenia gravis and need to patch one lens of my glasses to stop my binocular double vision.

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Written answer: Ache on the temples when adapting to contact lenses

I commenced a soft contact lens trial today, following a new eye exam, and vision is very good. After two hours wear I started to get an ache on the temples, (rather than a full blown headache) and am aware that it takes time to get used to wearing lenses. The discomfort did not come on straight away, rather after a couple of hours. Could I ask if this is a normal sensation as I am just commencing use, or should I be concerned? The sensation is like a tightness in the temple area.

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Written answer: Don’t know when to wear glasses

I’m new to wearing glasses and don’t know when I should be wearing them. My prescription is right – sphere = Plano, Cyl = -0.75, Axis =10. Left – sphere= Plano.

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Written answer: Prescription slightly lower then required

Can you ask the optician to put in a lens slightly lower than your prescription?

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Written answer: Painful, sticky eyes with sensitivity to light

For the last few years I have been suffering from dry eye syndrome. Lately I have been suffering from painful eyes, a pronounced blink, a feeling that there is something sticky running down my eyes, and to much light going into the eyes. Suffered with these symptoms before, but this is now five days. My optician seems to think it is due to the above, and I am worrying to much. She has given me the phone number of my local hospital eye department for further advice, but said it is up to me. Is she correct, and is there any cause for concern. Otherwise I feel fine.

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Written answer: No intermediate addition on prescription

I have Inter-ADD of 1.75 in both eyes shown on my old prescription but nothing in this box on my new prescription, reasons please?
I ask because with my new reading glasses I am having problems using my computer which I did not have with my old reading glasses. Old readers Near-ADD +2.25 new +2.50
Do you have and optional distance from eyes to screen please?

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Written answer: Sunglasses are not dark enough

I’ve got a polarised RayBan. It is suppose to help cut the glare but I don’t feel much difference because the lens are very light. It lets so much sunlight in that it hurts my eye. So are there anyway that I could make the polarised lens darker?

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Written answer: Streaks coming off lights

When I look at lights I see beams/streaks coming off them. My eyes were decent at about 4 dioptres, and I wore contact lenses for maybe 12 hours 1 night (I rarely wear contacts) and I think that’s when the problem started. At first I believed it was due to dry eye, or that my eyes needed a rest. But it’s been a year, and I still see streaks. They are extremely apparent with my new pair of glasses to boot.

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Written answer: Headaches and problems in focusing after wearing contact lenses

I’m 16. When I was younger I wore glasses all the time but eventually I switched to contacts that I could only wear during the day. Then I switched to sleep in contacts and became very dependent on them. Recently I went back to the eye doctor to get a new prescription as my eyesight had begun to worsen slightly. While I was buying more contact lenses, I made the abrupt decision to buy a back up pair of glasses. Afterwords, I took out my contacts and put my glasses on. Immediately following, I acquired a headache and my eyes had trouble focusing. Is this simply because my eyes need to readjust to glasses, or is it something else entirely?

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