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What material is considered standard and good quality for plastic lenses with indexes 1.50, 1.57, 1.61, and 1.67? Is polycarbonate composite polymer a good material for the above indexes?
Will your varifocals give me as good vision as Hoya lenses?
I’m hoping to apply for the position as a Firefighter. My contact lenses are currently:-
Right: 1 classic toric monthly BC (-2.25) Cyl (8.70) Axis (-1.75) +90.00
Left 1 classic toric monthly BC (-3.50) Cyl (8.70) Axis (-1.25) +90.00
Going by the details above, would I be able to pass the below standards?
Uncorrected vision of 6/18, 6/24 or better.
Corrected acuity should be a minimum of 6/9 binocularly with the worse eye at least 6/12
I have had my normal glasses over a year now and am not due for another eye test for a few months, however I would like some sunglasses for the summer, being 17 would I have to pay or would I be able to get them cheaper/free because of my age?
I was diagnosed with Blepharitis about a year ago which has been unpleasant but manageable. However recently I have had a headache most days and I think this is because my eyes are extremely sensitive to light. I find myself squinting even inside and sunglasses do not help that much. I have read that light sensitivity is a cause of blepharitis and I was wondering if I need to make an appointment at the opticians or the doctors? I think that my blepharitis is linked to allergies which makes the skin around my eyes dark, sore and dry. I understand that the sore skin is caused by blepharitis but I was wondering if you would you recommend making an optician appointment for the light sensitivity and headaches?
Yesterday evening my elderly fathers rather ancient reading glasses frames snapped. I was wondering could it be possible to pop into my local Specsavers store with the old snapped frames and lenses, where they could put the lens into a similar pair.
I have been having pains on and off roughly three weeks in my right eye. My eye is sore to touch, hurts when open or closed. I have a tension migraine as well. My sight can sometimes become blurred just in my right eye, the pain is so bad today it woke me at quarter past three. I have taken painkillers but will be finding some more now as the pain is unbearable. Please can you advise me what to do?
I am using a cream MEDERMA Skin care for scars on a daily basis to reduce a scar that is just above my eyebrows. As it is very close to the eyes, there is some chance of the cream making a contact with the eyes which as per the guideline given by the manufactures, should be avoided. Should I be worried to use this cream?
I got contact lenses on Thursday and I could put them in and take them out no problem when I was at my local Specsavers. But at home I either get just my right one in or cannot get any in. Also when I inserted the lens it stung a lot, is that normal?
I am using the correct method I was shown. Place it on pointer finger, pull down lower eyelid with the same hand the lens is on and use my other hand to lift my top eyelid and then place the lens on the eye but I just can’t do it.
I am 23 years old. I wear contact lenses daily and my glasses at night. Over the past week I have had shooting pains behind my eyes, more so my left, back headaches and dizziness. I sometimes feel like my head is a bit numb, and have a fuzzy feeling. After a few days of a severe headache passed, I still had the feeling once or twice a day of dizziness and my head feeling fuzzy, and the pain behind my eye now and again.