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Written answer: Is this a large change in prescription?

I’ve had my eye test and have a concern in my prescription.
Left eye was -1.25 0-25 20.0 Right eye was -1.25 -0.25 65.0

New prescription Left eye -1.25 -0.25 30.0 and Right eye -1.50 -0.25 65.0
The only change was in the first number in right eye and axis in left eye, my concern is would this be a big change and also as my left eye stayed the same would over time time my right eye see the same as my left eye?

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Written answer: Eyes tired and feeling sick working in an office

I work in an office and have been doing my new role for a month now. I have noticed I am getting increasingly tired and feeling sick. I have heard of the ‘condition computer vision syndrome’ and I was wandering what advice you could give me?

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Written answer: Eyesight has deteriorated recently

I am 23, and have recently noticed that my long-distance vision is becoming increasingly worse – for example, if I try to read a sign at the end of a short road, I cannot, and even when looking from one end of a room to the other, my eyesight is extremely blurry. I have also been suffering from more headaches than usual. I am not having an problems with close-up activities, such as reading / using my phone. I do wear glasses, but they are mainly for close up work, such as being on the computer. However, I am a little confused as to when I should be wearing them, as my optician said to wear them for ‘Long periods of time on the computer and driving long distances.’ When I was prescribed them, my sight was not bad enough to need to wear them all the time.

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Written answer: Is it safe to wear contact lenses every day?

I wanted to get a professional response on something. I wear daily contact lenses, pretty much every day for long periods. I try and have one day off every week where I stick to glasses. I was told that while it’s not ideal to wear contact lenses every day it isn’t particularly threatening to eyesight, perhaps leading to dry eyes if proper care isn’t taken.

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Written answer: Scrolling on the computer screen causes dizzyness

I am 85 and wear glasses, recently found watching the internet screen particularly if scrolling through, my eyes suddenly go out of focus and dizzy for few seconds, it is unpleasant and leaves my eyes feeling strained, can you help?

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Written answer: Would prism therapy be beneficial?

I have this problem where I get dizzy in large stores, reading is problematic as well, it seams that the paper that the letters are on move around but words don’t. My question is do you think that prism therapy would be beneficial.

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Written answer: Camera like flashing

Today I started getting what I can only describe as like a camera flash or staring at the sun too long kind of thing in my eye. It made my vision blurred and not straightforward. I was panicking like mad it also was cloudy/blurry around the side and bottom of my eye for a couple of hours it was very scary.

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Written answer: Vision appears to be worse recently

I got my first pair of glasses for seeing in the distance in August last year, but the last couple months I’ve noticed that my vision has got worse and is still blurry even when I wear my glasses. Surely this shouldn’t happen so quick? I tend not to wear them as I don’t like how even blurrier my sight is when I take them off, so could not wearing them cause this?

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Written answer: Dust and fibres in contact lens case

I have noticed that sometimes there is tiny dust/fibre particles in my contact lens case when it has solution and the actual lens in it. Will this cause any problems? Or should I change the solution as soon as possible?

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Written answer: Help towards the cost of glasses if over 60?

I am over 60 and I am entitled to free eye tests does this mean I am entitled to free glasses?

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