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Written answer: Watery pink eye

I saw my Specsavers optician on Thursday, as a referral from my GP due to having a watery and pink eye for over a week, the optician did a full eye test and advised no serious problems with my eye and no change to prescription.

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Written answer: Contact lenses have disappeared

I forgot to take my disposable lenses out last night…and I cannot see them in either eye today. When I have done this in the past, they have been there the next day.
Is it possible they are still in my eyes somewhere and if so what should I do about it?
I have no pain. Or discomfort but I definitely didn’t remove them.

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Written answer: Contact lens solution causing dry skin

Have you ever heard of Specsavers all in one contact solution (turtle) causing dry skin on hands?

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Written answer: Benefit in glasses?

Would there be any benefit to getting glasses or are they a waste of money at this point?

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Written answer: Need a new pair of glasses

I need a new pair of glasses as mine came apart but I cannot afford to buy glasses and have an eye test. At the moment I am wearing my reading glasses which are of no use when outside.

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Written answer: What do glasses actually do?

I know that eyesight may cure naturally as you go grow older. So, what do glasses actually do because in my experience I don’t think it’s controlling eye sight. I can see without my glasses but not as well.

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Written answer: Explain the change in prescription

Could you please explain my new prescription Right Sph -3.50 Cyl -1.25 Axis 5.0 Left -3.50 Cyl -1.50 Axis 1.0.
My old prescription from three years ago was Right -3.50 Cyl -1.25 Axis 180, Left same as right. What I don’t understand is the Axis. I don’t understand those new figures 5.0 and 1.0 when it used to be 180, is there other way to read them?

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Written answer: Eyes are worse at every eye test

I am 13 years of age right and I have been wearing glasses for two years and I’ve noticed that within every check up I get in Specsavers it’s getting bad every check up, and this leaves me clueless due to that fact that I rarely play video games, have breaks when doing school work and I eat a wide variety of fruits. Is there an alternative as to what can be done to increase my chance of my eyesight getting better.

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Written answer: Corner of eye looks red

I’ve been unwell for a few days with a fever, aches etc and today have noticed the outside corner of my right eye looks really red, almost like it’s bleeding. What could be the cause of this please?

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Written answer: Buying cheap loops

I am dental student and wanted to know if buying cheap loupes would be bad for your eyes in the long run. There are some available on Ebay/Amazaon for £70 with headlights, this is much cheaper than the big brands.

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