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Written answer: Eyewear for working at a computer screen

The Display Screen Equipment Regulations 1992 [amended 2002] cost my organisation a fortune every year. I have just read a Q&A on your site that says there is no such eyewear that is specifically for working at a computer. Why then when employees from my organisation take the form to the opticians that allows the optician to sign it to say that the glasses their customer is purchasing are for use at a computer are they doing so every single time?

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Written answer: Cannot wear new glasses at work

I got my eyes tested in January and I feel that my glasses are too strong for me. I usually wear them for work as I need them when under artificial light my old pair were perfect as I could see near and far however with this pair I struggle to see in the distance and have to remove them to see. I can’t not wear them at work as I get headaches and my eyes are very strained otherwise. Would this suggest that the prescription isn’t right for me? I was told to give it a while for my eyes to adjust but after 6 months they haven’t.

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Written answer: Using eye drops before inserting contact lenses

I suffer from severe hay fever and have just been prescribed 2% Sodium Cromoglicate drops to take 4x daily. The drops contain benzalkonium chloride which I am aware is contraindicated for use with soft contact lenses. My question is; can I use the drops when the lenses are out and then wait before reinserting the same day? The leaflet says wait 15 minutes before re-insertion.

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Written answer: Hard lump on eyelid

I have had a stye on my upper eye lid on my right eye for the past 6 months. It started off quite painful and swollen, as soon as it appeared on my eye lid I used warm compression about 4/5 times a day but nothing happened apart from the pain eased. I then used ointment which I bought over the counter which US used specially for styles but again didn’t get again better. I then left it as I thought it may just disappear on its own but it’s been nearly over six months now and the lump on the eye has become quite hard and seems like another lump as grown on top of the old lump. It’s not painful anymore but I feel very self conscious.

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Written answer: Grey cloud forms in upper half of one eye

I have a “grey cloud” that forms in the upper half of my right eye. About six years ago it was happening about twice a week. My ophthalmologist could find nothing wrong. At that time, I had been on a seizure medication for migraines. I discontinued it due to the possible side effects on vision. I had no more episodes until now, 6+ years later. I have had two episodes that last about 1-2 minutes. It is only on the top half portion of one eye. I only take: fish oil, vit. E, erythromycin for resaca (3rd year), Prevacid (into my 3rd month) and tylenol PM (4-5 times a week).

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Written answer: Can I order varifocals with separate prescriptions for near and distance?

I have separate glasses for reading/computer work and distance. Can I use the separate prescriptions I have for these to order Bifocals or Varifocals online? Or do I need to a specific bifocal/varifocal prescription from my optometrist?

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Written answer: Small circular raised spot on sclera

Pinguecula: this morning when I awoke I suspected I had grit in the eye. On examination, there is a small circular raised ‘spot’ on the sclera. It is in my right eye on the inner (nose side) side of the eye; not on the cornea or iris (dark brown).

I visited a local optician who said it is a pinguecula. I have decided to wait and see; and if it gets worse visit my normal optician: Specsavers in Ringwood. I had a sight test there within the past 2 months. I am male, age 63, and generally in good health.

Does this plan sound suitable, please?

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Written answer: Eyes are dry with daily contact lenses

Last year I started using Daily Disposables from Specsavers – I was prescribed the Easyvision Sential for a simple short-sighted prescription (-2.25 and -2.50). The decision was made to go with Sential because I was going to Asia for three months and needed the extra moisture.
I have recently started using Clariti 1 day (with a different opticians) and am finding my eyes are very dry but was given the impression that these were very similar lenses? I’m struggling to understand how my eyes would be so much drier in London compared to the humidity and heat in SE Asian countries. Can you advise please?

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Written answer: One side of objects looks closer then another

I recently have noticed that sometimes when I look straight on at something which should be straight, it looks weird. For instance my keyboard (and other keyboards) the keys on the left feel closer to me and the keys on the right feel further away and it feels like the keyboard is tilted when it isn’t. The issue is more noticeable in this circumstance, however I also feel it when looking at screens and flat images.

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Written answer: Headaches behind eye when sneeze

I get a headache behind my right eye when I cough or sneeze, which goes away after five to ten minutes. I have had this for nearly a year.
I had my eyes tested with Specsavers and got new glasses (bifocal 1 foot and 2 feet).
Now my right eye goes in and out of focus, for no reason, be it either reading/computer work or looking in the distance. It changes focus within seconds. By rubbing my eye it might get better, but no guarantee. Can you advise me?

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