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Written answer: NHS optical voucher

I had an eye test at Specsavers and am entitled to an NHS voucher. As it was a small specsavers there was no glasses that I really wanted however when I said I would be back to look they kept my NHS voucher in my file and would not let me take this home.

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Written answer: Rim of eye is always red

The rim of my eye is always red. I have tried Blephasol solution and Simple wash etc. Also, sometimes my eyes feel heavy and I have to sometimes squint when viewing technology products, eg computers, phones and television.

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Written answer: Glasses need repairing in store whilst I wait

I sat on my glasses and one of the hinges has bent and is now wonky, is it possible for them to be repaired in store while I wait?

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Written answer: Slight redness on removing contact lenses

I have been wearing contact lens for three years and I have get used to them. Recently, I have noticed that the white part of my eyes beneath my lower eyelids are usually slightly red after I remove my contacts. I also noticed that the area of redness are wider when the lenses are drier. However, it usually recovers within a few minutes. I think the cause of redness might be the sudden removal of stuck lenses on the eyes. I used to pinch my lenses out gently with my index finger and my thumb, is it the right way? Is there any way to prevent the slight redness?

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Written answer: Employer insists that I leave my glasses at work

My employer has offered to pay for my glasses as long as I leave them at work. I require my glasses for driving so they’ve said I will have to buy a second pair of glasses.
If my employer pay for my glasses is it essential I leave them at work at the end of the day?

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Written answer: Variable vision in toric soft contact lenses

My problem is like some in the articles I’ve read in here, but I managed to acquire more information on what I have, not sure if it will help, but I hope it does. I have toric contact lenses for three days now, and my problem is that they are blurry, from time to time. I tried to observe and understand why and when. I noticed it’s happening only in closed places, like in small rooms. When I get outside I see full hd, literally, no clearer than what it gets.

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Written answer: Distance glasses seem to hurt right eye

I have just got two new pairs of glasses, one for reading & one for distance. I am ok with the reading ones but the distance ones seem to hurt my right eye which is lazy & has been all my life (I am 68). I am wondering if they have made the lens too strong? In the mornings & sometimes through the day my eye feels gritty & waters.

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Written answer: Pain over right eye

I have pain over right eye which travels down to almost my jaw line.

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Video and written answer: Can see what looks like a piece of cotton

When I turn my eyes to the left I see what looks like piece of cotton but to see it correctly I need to look cross-eyed I have no pain and it does not bother me but there may be something wrong.

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Written answer: What prescription do I use online?

Basically I wear prescription contact lenses (Acuvue Oasys) my RIGHT EYE is Sph: -3.0 Cyl 1.00 Axis 168 and my LEFT EYE Sph -2.5 Cyl 1.00 Axis 165 (the lady actually said that the test indicated I need -2.75 for my left eye but didn’t want to jump up the strength too much yet so only updated it to -2.5). I’m thinking of getting glasses online because they are cheaper and there is a much wider variety of options.

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