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Written answer: Have some old contact lenses that want to wear

I have a prescription for contacts, I have found two boxes of older contacts that do not expire till 2015. The shere is the same and the cylinder is the same. My new prescription is for base curve 8.7 and axis 70. The contacts are base curve 8.5 and axis 80. How much difference is this and should I be able to use these up rather than throw them away?

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Written answer: Alternative to Easyvision peroxide solution

I currently use Specsavers Easyvision peroxide solution. I use easy vision lenses, one is a toric lens. I am in New Zealand and am running out of solution. I went to Specsavers here but they do not have the same solution. Is there another type of solution I can use? If so what type/name?

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Written answer: Excess mucus

I used to get excess mucus in my eyes before and it passed on to my younger siblings. For me it wasn’t as frequent as it was for them. Soon after I noticed that every time I close my eyes for a long period of time to fall sleep or something they feel tight and dry. My eyeballs become a bit difficult to move. When I manage to get it back to normal by closing and opening my eyes and moving them it doesn’t feel weird or anything.

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Written answer: I have an NHS card exemption so can I get free contact lenses?

I have an NHS card exemption so can I get free contact lenses?

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Written answer: Have to push eyelids up to see properly

As I have got older my upper eyelids have got worse in that sometimes I feel I have to push the skin up to see properly, is there anything at all that can be done about this?

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Written answer: When is the best time to have another eye test?

On December 31st I was diagnosed with progressive myopic macular degeneration and have since commenced on a course of lucentis injections. Having had two of these now, when would I be best coming back for a check of my vision given I last collected a new prescription in September but my vision has changed since then and I now have a loss of central vision.

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Written answer: When do I wear my glasses?

Please could you explain my prescription change and when I would need to wear my glasses as my optician didn’t tell me this?

SPH 0 CYL -1.00 Axis 100
SPH 0 CYL -0.75 Axis 80

SPH +0.25 CYL -1.00 Axis 95
SPH -0.25 CYL -0.75 Axis 70

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Written answer: What daily contact lenses do I need to buy?

I had my last test at Specsavers in September 2013, my prescription is as follows:
Right eye sph +5.25 cyl -0.50 axis 90.0 near +0.75
Left eye sph +5.25 cyl -0.75 axis 175.0 near +0.75
What daily contacts do I need to buy?

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Written answer: What causes me to see stars around bright lights?

What causes me to see stars around bright lights?

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Written answer: Everything looks short, fat and elongated with new glasses

I just received glasses for the first time and wore them yesterday for the first time for most of the day. The only thing wrong was everything looks short and fat and at times elongated but I did notice after a while of wearing them my eyes began to hurt like they were straining or something. Now today I put them on and immediately the pain began and I could not even stand to look at the computer screen with them on with was so bad. I ended up taking them off. Any idea what this could be from? I also have astigmatism in both eyes.

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