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Written answer: Is there any discounts if in receipt of carers allowance

Do you offer any discounts on an eye test, lenses or glasses for full time Carers? I can prove my entitlement to carers allowance if necessary. I already have two pairs of glasses from Specsavers, so probably would only need eye test and new lenses.

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Written answer: High risk of developing glaucoma if shortsighted?

I am very short sighted -7.75 in both eyes. I am 32 years of age. I understand that if you are very short sighted there is a very high risk of developing glaucoma. I just wondered when and if this might happen? Can you develop glaucoma under the age of 40? I have no family history of glaucoma and have recently had an eye test.

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Written answer: Computer screen is different shape with new glasses

Got new glasses today but this computer screen looks wider at the top than the bottom as does a piece of A4 paper. Is this normal only never had anythiing like this before. New glasses seem a lot stronger than old ones and cant seem to read as clearly. Also edge ot table in front of me looks a little curved. Will my eyes really get used to these?

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Written answer: Is may son age 11 able to get contact lenses?

Is my son able to get contact lenses? He is aged 11 and going to high school soon, he wants me to look into getting them for him starting high school but wasn’t sure if he was able to get them at his age!

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Written answer: Can you explain my prescription?

Can you explain my prescription please, Right

Sph ..+0.25
cyl. . .-0.50
axis. .20.0, Left

Sph….+0.75
Cyl…..-0.75
axis…170.0

Also I have been told to wear my glasses all the time is this right? If so will I need a pair of sunglasses in the summer?

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Written answer: Is my vision correct for reading a number plate?

I have my driving test tomorrow and I want to know if my vision is correct for reading a number plate. Right eye is sph -0.25 cyl -2.00 axis is 2 and half and left eye is sph +1.25 cyl -4.25 axis is 157 and half that’s on distance.

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Written answer: My grandad has glaucoma, do I get a free eye test?

My grandad has glaucoma, do I get a free eye test?

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Written answer: Are multifocal contact lenses available in my prescription

I’m currently trialing Monovision lenses, i.e. one eye is wearing a distance lens and one eye is wearing a near lens but I’m not sure if this is working – I drive a lot and find it quite disconcerting. I’ve been reading about GP Multi-focal lenses and as a Specsavers customer, wondered whether they are available in my prescription. I wear a +7.50 in my left eye and a +5.50 in my right eye, before this trial I wear wearing a +6.00 and a +5.50 with a 1.75 add for reading (via spectacles).

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Written answer: Recently seeing floaters in one eye

I’ve recently been seeing floaters, mainly in my left eye. I’m near-sighted and have a prescription of -3.50 and -4.00 (Contact lens prescription). I had a check up at Specsavers about a month ago and was told the backs of my eyes were healthy. Should I be worried about these floaters?,

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Written answer: Could a tight wig raise eye pressure?

I wear a wig which is quite tight around my head – will this cause my pressure in my eyes to raise when I go to the optician?

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