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Written answer: Axis of cyl seems to have changed dramatically

I’m just a little confused. The axis measurement seems quite different- I’ve always known the astigmatism is worse in my right eye. Should I go for yet another test and as I am still in a position to receive NHS benefits, is there some way I can still claim them, despite having an NHS test in December 2012.

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Written answer: Itching on top eyelid

I’m a soft lenses wearer on daily disposables and over the last fortnight or so I’ve noticed itching on the top and underneath my eyelid. I had a pretty bad throat infection over the winter period which cleared up following a sequence of antibiotics and I assume that I may have caught a bacterial infection in my eyes as a result of this. I popped along to my doctors around a week ago and they prescribed me Chloramphenicol which I’ve been taking ever since.

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Written answer: Vision standard for the police force

I am a Specsavers customer who is considering applying to the Derbyshire Constabulary.

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Written answer: How do I order single vision distance glasses from my prescription?

Please, can you confirm how I order single vision lens for distance glasses from my prescription?

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Written answer: Tinted contact lenses for migraine

I’ve been using FL-41 tinted glasses with a lot of success to treat migraines. I was wondering if it was possible to have the same tint in contact lenses due to physical sensitivity to wearing the glasses that has become worse over time?

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Written answer: Can see the computer screen better in glasses then contact lenses

I have to change from lenses to wearing glasses when I’m using my computer, why is this? Is there a stronger contact lens prescription than +8 which I currently use? Will I require stronger lenses as I become older?

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Written answer: Interest in Clarivu replacement lenses

Just heard about Clarivu and I’m very interested. I’m 68 and always been very shortsighted. Now I have three states…..glasses for reading, glasses for distance and glasses off for small print and applying make up. How would replacement lenses cope with these three situations?

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Written answer: Will I be able to wear a contact lens in one eye?

I have just had Cataract surgery on my left eye, and my consultant told me that I should get a soft contact lens for the other eye until I have that one done as well (about 6 weeks). He said ‘just get one from Specsavers’ but I’m not sure how to go about that? Would you be able to do a contact lens assessment for just one eye?

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Written answer: Slight cold feeling in one eye

Lately I have been getting a slight cold/draft feeling in my left eye with occasional headache that is minor, no blurred vision at all. I do wear glasses for reading and close up work but feel the lenses are too strong. I have an imbalance in my left eye, any ideas to what this is? I’m 22.

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Written answer: Eye is sore after trying to remove contact lens

Last night I took my soft contact lens out of my left eye, but couldn’t seem to get it out of my right eye. After many different attempts and lots of time later, I felt something pull/stick on my eye. Having then rubbed it and my eye being bright red and irritated, I decided to call it a night and went to sleep. I woke up in the morning, still unsure whether my lens had come out. I couldn’t tell due to my eye being so red.

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