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Written answer: Are my eyes getting better or worse?

Had eye test in Sept 2013 which reads right +4.50 -0.50 75, left eye +6.75 -1.25 50
Had an eye test 8th Aug 2013 right +5.00 -0.75 60, left +7.50 -1.00 55.
I could not focus on distance with new glasses, they said maybe prescription was wrong so they retested my eyes on 6th Sept, right +4.25 -0.50 55, left eye +7.00 -1.00 55

As these are varifocal lenses I am not sure why my prescription has changed in a matter of days. Are my eyes getting better with age or worse, or do I need new glasses or not ?

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Written answer: Feels like a piece of grit in eye

I have what feels like a piece of grit in my right eye – very irritating and has been with me for four days – have tried eye baths and drops to no avail. There doesn’t appear to be any infection. Any suggestions for me?

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Written answer: Vision is blurry at near with distance glasses

I’ve just gotten my first pair of glasses. Is it normal to see somethings blurry up close? It was like that at first but now it has gotten better. Does it keep adjusting over time? Also, when the lenses are foggy, what’s the best way to clean them? Just foggy, no dirt or dust. I’ve tried using the cloth given in my case but it makes it more foggy! Thank you for your time!

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Written answer: Prescription has changed significantly in 12 months

I had an eye test in December last year at Specsavers and it was R-0.75, L-0.50 so was borderline if it was worth doing anything about so elected no to. However, recently I tried my wife’s glasses on out of interest when driving and immediately noticed an improvement which got me thinking. I went back to Specsavers and was advised that my existing prescription would still stand as it should be two years before a retest.

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Written answer: Procedure to request an early eye test.

I’m not due for an eye test for a few months but I think I need one as I am having trouble seeing distance. Last time I tried to book an appointment before I was due for one, they said if my eyesight hadn’t changed then I would be charged. Could you let me know what the procedure is so I can get an appointment earlier without being charged extra? And if I do need stronger glasses and buy them there and then, do I get the eye test free?

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Written answer: Small 'dot like' lights appearing in vision

I’ve had floaters for a few months now but at night and sometimes during the day I have been seeing small white/blue/black lights appear in my vision. They looks different to floaters because they are more like actual lights. I have sometimes seen a black light which looks like a small image burn suddenly pop into my vision and float for about a second then disappear. I have been seeing these white “sparkles” a lot at night at the moment and rarely but sometimes gets a bright white light or flash even when my eyes are closed.

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Written answer: Are my kids entitled to new glasses?

My kids 12 & 8 years old had their glasses with Specsavers six months ago. Are they entitled to new glasses (frame & lens) if their prescription changed in this sixth month check?

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Written answer: Concerned about visual symptoms

When I look at trees or rows of hedging when driving or looking out the window I can almost always see a transparent shadow of their shape above them for a few seconds, I’ve also noticed the same with street lamps and the outline of buildings, it’s like a transparent shadow of its shape. Also, When I’m looking at a computer screen, blank wall or the sky it seems like there are hundreds of moving bright dots (different from the normal floaters) and as I’ve become very aware of it, I can now see these moving dots in all lighting and against all backgrounds. I had an eye check up recently and my pupils were dilated and everything was normal. I worry a lot about my health and particularly my vision but I don’t want to ignore symptoms that need further attention or worry about symptoms that should be ignored. Do you think there is need for concern despite an eye exam which showed up no abnormalities?

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Written answer: DVLA refused driving license renewal due to visual field problem

I have had two field vision tests. The first at a DVLA nominated optician, the second at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. The first told me the test was fine. The second told me that it was good and that I did not miss any lights. Yesterday I received a letter from the DVLA refusing my class two driving license renewal because of an unsatisfactory field vision test. A total shock.What do I do now?

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Written answer: Eyesight requirements for British Transport Police

What would be the eyesight requirements for British Transport Police, as I know they don’t follow the same standards as ministry defence police or regular police forces?

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