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Written answer: Pain in left eye

I have developed a pain in my left eye, it’s a dull ache but a sharp pain when looking at light or go outside. It’s also watering a lot, tears are clear. It does feel a bit gritty. Any ideas?

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Written answer: Struggling in contact lenses

I have been told I have astigmatism in both eyes and have just started trying contact lenses (five days ago). I have a lens for short sight in my left eye and one for long sight in my right eye – is this the best way forward – I’m struggling with constantly “trying to focus” and after a few hours my eyes ache and I have to remove them.
I have been prescribed glasses but would really like to persevere with lenses – what would you suggest? This is the first time I have worn lenses/glasses.

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Written answer: I don’t quite understand my record card?

I don’t quite understand my record card? The results are as follows:

SPH CYL SXIS

R – -0.25 +0.50 180.0
L- -0.25

My optician said I have better than 20/20 vision, can you elaborate?

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Written answer: White line protruding from sclera and growing

If you were to look at my eyeball right now, you would see a white line, a little more than a centimetre in length, that is protruding as to appear like there is something on top of my eyeball. This is on the white part of my eye called the sclera. It is on my right eye, close to my lower lid, towards the outside. It started on the outward part one week and one day ago and has since extended inwards and closer to my iris. It has over doubled in one week. It does not hurt, just feels like I have something in my eye and the sensation of dryness but is not dry.

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Written answer: Do I legally require glasses for driving?

Do I legally require glasses for driving with the following eye test results?

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Written answer: Pulsating dark areas in vision when driving

Sometimes when I am driving I get what appears to be pulsating, rippling dark areas in my eyes. It makes it difficult to see. I can look through theses spots and it doesn’t typically last too long. Usually stops after I get out of the car and stop focusing. Other times I will get what I have heard to be white blood cells, these what look like pin prick that are bright white that kind of shoot through my vision.

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Written answer: Large change of prescription in one eye

I have 43 years experience of wearing glasses – since I was seven! My prescription is complex and now includes correction for shortsight, age related longsight and astigmatism. About nine months ago I noticed I couldn’t see clearly through my left eye. Around the same time I developed a chalazion on my left lid. I had my eyes tested twice in four months but only a tiny change (0.25) was noted.

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Written answer: Nothing is working to clear up blepharitis

I have had Blepharitis since January this year and have tried many things prescribed by my doctor and Optician, nothing is working, what can I do.

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Written answer: Migraines, sore eyes and vision is not as clear

I went for my two year eye test last July 2013 and I got new glasses as my prescription changed. However for the past few weeks I’ve been getting bad migraines and sore irritable eyes and my vision is not as clear as it use to be, and I am getting concerned because I drive. I was wondering if I should get another eye test? And if so would it be free as I am currently unemployed and have a tax exemption card. Also if I was to need a new prescription would I be able to get my lenses in my old frames?

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Written answer: Require polaroid sunglasses for fishing

I wear varifocal glasses but require polaroid sunglasses for fishing, can I wear bifocal sunglasses?

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