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Written answer: Cyl Axis change

Can an axis measurement change from 70 to 120 and back again?

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Written answer: Headaches and feeling sick after reading

I’m 16 and have been getting headaches and feeling sick after reading or using my phone. Bringing things closer towards me helps me see it better although I’ve been told I’m slightly farsighted by a different opticians and that until it starts causing me a problem, we shouldn’t think about glasses.

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Written answer: Distance vision has changed within a short time

I got new contact lenses early this year, I have been back to the optician in between these times as my near vision is not clear in the lenses so they increased my prescription.

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Written answer: Watching TV in the dark

I was staying at my mums house and it was like 21.hrs in the evening she didn’t put the light on, and was looking at the computer screen in the dark also we were watching TV in the dark. Is this dangerous for our eyes to look in the dark and sit and watch TV in the dark constantly? I did comment and her reply was well I don’t want people knowing what I am doing. SHUT THE CURTAINS and PUT the LIGHT ON would help!

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Written answer: Prescription swimming goggles

I am looking for swimming goggles with +2.25 lenses – do you sell these?

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Written answer: Submit a prescription online

I recently had my eyes tested and am trying to order a new pair of glasses online. I suffer with astigmatism and my right eye axis is written as 2 1/2 & my left as 178.0 I understand the latter but I don’t no how to input 2 and 1/2. Are you able to help?

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Written answer: Coloured contact lenses

My daughter uses acuvue moist dailies +3.5 in both eyes. She is 14 and wants to try some coloured ones. I can’t seem to find her prescription in coloured online can you advise the best option. She wants a very bright aqua blue!

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Written answer: When do I need to wear glasses

I have just got glasses for the first time, my prescription reads sph r -0.25, l – 0.5, cyl r -0.75 l -0.75, axis r 105.0, l 50.0, near r +2.0 l +2.0.
I needed them because reading small print was getting more of a problem, so will be wearing for close work like reading. Do I need to wear for vdu use, tv? What do you advise? Also I have been given “mild ” distance glasses , when should I use these. And how long should I allow to get use to them?

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Written answer: Price on frame includes lenses

Could you tell me if the price for the frames includes the lens for a particular prescription?

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Written answer: Gel spot on white of eye

I’ve got what looks like gel spot on white of my eye. Left my lenses out and it disappeared. I wore my lenses yesterday and it came back. Optician said it’s a conjunctival cyst, but I want to wear my lenses, do you think they are causing this, is there anything I can do as I hate wearing glasses?

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