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Written answer: Eyes extremely sensitive to light

I was diagnosed with Blepharitis about a year ago which has been unpleasant but manageable. However recently I have had a headache most days and I think this is because my eyes are extremely sensitive to light. I find myself squinting even inside and sunglasses do not help that much. I have read that light sensitivity is a cause of blepharitis and I was wondering if I need to make an appointment at the opticians or the doctors? I think that my blepharitis is linked to allergies which makes the skin around my eyes dark, sore and dry. I understand that the sore skin is caused by blepharitis but I was wondering if you would you recommend making an optician appointment for the light sensitivity and headaches?

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Written answer: Frames have snapped

Yesterday evening my elderly fathers rather ancient reading glasses frames snapped. I was wondering could it be possible to pop into my local Specsavers store with the old snapped frames and lenses, where they could put the lens into a similar pair.

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Written answer: Pain in right eye for three weeks

I have been having pains on and off roughly three weeks in my right eye. My eye is sore to touch, hurts when open or closed. I have a tension migraine as well. My sight can sometimes become blurred just in my right eye, the pain is so bad today it woke me at quarter past three. I have taken painkillers but will be finding some more now as the pain is unbearable. Please can you advise me what to do?

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Written answer: Should I be concerned about using Mederma Skin Care Cream?

I am using a cream MEDERMA Skin care for scars on a daily basis to reduce a scar that is just above my eyebrows. As it is very close to the eyes, there is some chance of the cream making a contact with the eyes which as per the guideline given by the manufactures, should be avoided. Should I be worried to use this cream?

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Written answer: Cannot insert contact lenses

I got contact lenses on Thursday and I could put them in and take them out no problem when I was at my local Specsavers. But at home I either get just my right one in or cannot get any in. Also when I inserted the lens it stung a lot, is that normal?

I am using the correct method I was shown. Place it on pointer finger, pull down lower eyelid with the same hand the lens is on and use my other hand to lift my top eyelid and then place the lens on the eye but I just can’t do it.

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Written answer: Shooting pains in eyes, headaches and dizziness

I am 23 years old. I wear contact lenses daily and my glasses at night. Over the past week I have had shooting pains behind my eyes, more so my left, back headaches and dizziness. I sometimes feel like my head is a bit numb, and have a fuzzy feeling. After a few days of a severe headache passed, I still had the feeling once or twice a day of dizziness and my head feeling fuzzy, and the pain behind my eye now and again.

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Written answer: Would like lenses made here to be fitter abroad

My father lives abroad. He would like lenses made here for his glasses but will get them fitted in Pakistan. Is this possible? He has a prescription.

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Written answer: Can pregnancy cause a change in prescription?

I had an eye test yesterday and I am not happy with the test, I obviously agreed with it and have ordered new glasses at the cost of £159, but the sight test has been playing on my mind and have called the store today and have kindly offered me a new sight test for Tuesday.
Apparently my eyes have gone from a 6.50 to an 8 in 2 years! I am currently seven months pregnant and understand the hormones can play about with your eyes.
But I wouldn’t have thought that much and when the optician effectively made my glasses to an 8, they were blurry! So she dropped it back down to a 7!
When doing the tests, the lights were not dimmed or switched off when asking about the red / green clearer part and in all honesty, just something didn’t seem right.
But you trust them don’t you and went ahead and paid for the glasses.

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Written answer: Glasses are uncomfortable

My glasses are so uncomfortable from the nose pads. They have been adjusted three times but still they give so much pressure I’m not wearing my glasses. I don’t want to buy a new pair as I haven’t had this pair to long. What can I do?

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Written answer: May have foreign body in eye

I have what I thought was conjunctivitis in my left eye and have been treating it with drops and ointment. However, now I believe that there may be a foreign body in my cornea, grit or some spec. I am not sure if or how an optician can remove this if this is the case or whether I could go to the A & E department. Any advice would be appreciated. My right eye is unaffected.

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