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Written answer: Tiny spots in vision

Recently I have been seeing unfocus and tiny dark spots in my vision. They seem to move about exactly as I move my eye to try and focus on them and are changing place all the time.

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Written answer: Prescription unusual or complex?

I have been told by an online spectacles company that “due to my prescription being more complex than normal” I will need to pay more than their advertised price for lenses from them.

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Written answer: Contact lenses to try with dry eyes

I have dry eye and have not worn contacts for a very long time. I would like to try lens again and would be grateful if you could recommend such a lens and where I could purchase them from.

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Written answer: How to I get an NHS voucher?

I’m on JSA, but I need reading glasses. I know about the voucher, but I don’t know how to get it? Is there any form I have to fill?

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Written answer: Standard of vision for Army Engineers

My son is wanting to join the Engineers as a carpenter & Joiner, whilst we have started the application process I wanted to check whether his vision may be an impairment for him to join the army.

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Written answer: Problems with double vision

I realized I am amblyopic at the age of 8 years. I am 33 now. At that time, my left eye was normal and the right eye required -10 lenses. There was no squint. I tried wearing patched spectacles for a few years.

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Written answer: Adult strabismus

Can adult strabismus occur without causing any change in vision?

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Written answer: Sensitivity and blur in central vision

I noticed my eyes were more sensitive to light last week so booked a eye test. I told the optician that I am occasionally seeing black flashes when going from dark lit areas to light. I also noticed in both eyes part of my central vision was blurry.

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Written answer: Floaters after laser repair to retina

I had a laser procedure yesterday to repair two tears. The doctor said there would be some floaters and flashing for a while and not to worry about them. He said that if I saw the spider web effect to call him. I do have floaters and every once in a while, I get a rather large stringy one that is darker and thicker than the others. Should I be concerned about this? Or are these to be expected?

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Written answer: When should I wear my glasses

At a recent eye examination I was told that I am short sighted in one eye. As a result of this I have been prescribed glasses for watching television and driving.

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