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Written answer: Can children receive colour tinted lenses through the NHS?

Can children receive colour tinted lenses through the NHS?

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Written answer: Could I wear one contact lens for reading?

I have had laser surgery on both eyes. Even though I was told that I would need glasses, nobody mentioned the option of having ‘monovision’ so that I could have had laser surgery on just on eye. I use reading glasses, but I wondered if I could wear a contact lens in just one eye only which would replace the reading glasses?

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Written answer: Can I fly if I have glaucoma

My left eye has twice the pressure of my right eye. My doctor thinks I might have Glaucoma. I’m going on holiday in two weeks time. If I have got Glaucoma will this stop me flying.

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Written answer: Coloured swirls in high index lenses

My prescription is -10.5 in each eye. I bought a pair of eyeglasses (1.74 high index) and another pair of coloured prescription eyeglassess (1.67). When I look at the lenses, both pairs show coloured swirls like a rainbow, although the coloured pair is a lot more visible. I questioned the eyeglass shop and they said that is normal due to the high strength of my prescription and high index lenses. Is this true? I had ordered them without antireflective coating as I do not like it when it deteriorates.

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Written answer: Referred to specialist for a patch on retina

I saw an optician today who has referred me to a specialist at the hospital as there is a patch on the back of my retina that is pale? I had an eye exam two years prior and this wasn’t mentioned. I couldn’t really understand what the optician was saying so a bit confused?

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Written answer: Told best to choose oval shaped frames for high prescription

I am very short sighted (don’t know the prescription) and the optician at my last eye test said I could only choose oval shaped lenses to go in the frames. Is this correct? I am due another eye test on the 26th January 2014 and need to know what type of glasses I can choose to wear.

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Written answer: Referred for optic nerve asymmetry

I have been referred to a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon by my Optician.
Diagnosis: Optic Disc Cupping with normal visual fields and intraocular pressures/family history of glaucoma

Visual Activity: 6/7.5 right and 6/6 left
Plan: OCT Retinal nerve fibre layer and repeat visual fields in one year

When I went to the Consultant he completed the above tests and said to me that “everything was fine and I will see you again in a year”.

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Written answer: How much do I get towards glasses on JSA?

I have just got job seekers allowance and my eyes are due to be tested again. How much will I get towards glasses and eye test?

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Written answer: Struggling on computer screen

I’ve recently been prescribed glasses, I have never had to wear them before. I kept getting severe headaches behind my eyes and was struggling reading up close and with the computer for my studies. I’ve been given prism lenses to “strengthen” my eyes up but it is still quite blurry when I am reading. When on the computer it seems to be a little better but it is still not 100%. Also I work with a till computer screen and I am struggling to see that – but if I wear them at work they would be on all day rather than just reading, would this damage my eyes further?

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Written answer: Should I wear glasses all the time?

I have worn glasses since I was 15 because of being short sighted. I was under the impression that I should wear them all the time. A couple of days ago I had an eye test and the optician told me that I don’t need to wear my glasses all the time. My problem is when I take off my glasses inside my house my eye sight is not clear, even sitting at the laptop writing this the text is blurry. I am worried that if I don’t wear them I will do damage to my eyes. Should I wear them all the time or just occasionally?

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