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Written answer: Storing daily disposable contact lenses

If I wear my daily disposable lens for a few hours then decide that I want a nap and take them out can I put them back in once I have woken up? If so how would I go about storing the lenses? I was given the Easyvision all purpose solution but after reading the instructions it is telling me to put the lenses into this container and leave it for six hours to clean, but I do not want that I just want them to be moist enough to wear again.

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Written answer: Should I wait for result of diabetic screening before having an eye test?

H. I have been a diabetic for the last 10 years. A year last April i was told that i would need to go on incelin. This week i have had my diabetic eye screaning. Should i wait for the results first or have a diabetic eye test because i do feel that i need new glasses to read and drive

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Written answer: Glasses cause headaches

I have had my eyes tested many times over the past eighteen months but can’t get reading glasses that do not give me headaches. I wear varifocals for many years but over the past eighteen months I haven’t been able the do close work with them. I bought some prescription reading glasses and some bifocal reading glasses but both give me eye strain leading to a headache but I can see well with both the reader and bifocals.

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Written answer: Glasses are made different to the prescription

My five year old daughter has recently been diagnosed with astigmatism, her prescription said 2.75 but her optician has put her lens at 3.00. The receptionist said it won’t make a difference to her eyes, I was wondering if it would make a difference and how much so?
(The receptionist has openly admitted to not knowing alot about glasses, lenses etc).

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Written answer: Contact lens or glasses?

My prescription is as follows:
Right eye:
Sph: -0.25. Cyl:-0.5. Axis-180
Left eye:
Sph: -0.5. Cyl: -0.5. Axis- 30

I’m 23 years old. Should I opt for contact lenses or spectacles. I work on my computer for almost10 hours a day. If I opt of contact lenses should I go for monthly disposable or yearly disposable. Is there a chance to reduce my power entirely if I wear my spects regularly.

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Written answer: Ordering a different contact lens online

Once I get my contact prescription, can I order extended/continuous wear contacts online with the same prescription?

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Written answer: Would 1.6 high index lenses still be very thick?

If my prescription is -8, -8.25, would the 1.6 high index still be very thick?

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Written answer: Grey/blue colour in the inner corners of eyes

Recently noticed that I have grey/blue in the inner corners of my eyes and the grey/blue coloured area extends to about half way towards my iris. I’m not sure how long I’ve had this, but never noticed until a few weeks ago. I’m 20 years old. What do you suggest this is?

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Written answer: Contact lens option for distance and near

I am both short and long sighted, I used to wear multifocal GP lens but then I began to lose the close up vision I needed, a different optician gave me monovision soft monthly lens which are so much more comfortable. However, I cannot see as well long distance as I want so I was prescribed driving glasses to wear over the lens, the results being as good as I could possibly want. Now I am finding that I need/want to wear the glasses most of the time as the vision becomes so good, but then they make the lens on there own seem worse than ever.

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Written answer: Trialling contact lenses but one lens is not as comfortable

I have just started on the free trial of contact lenses, as difficult as I find to put them in I managed it and my right eye is perfect can’t feel anything but my left eye is a little discomforting. Apparently my eye is a little rugby shaped and I am having to use the Toric lenses in this eye but I’m wondering if these lenses are irritating me. Could I not just use the normal ones?

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