Most popular answers
- Red eye and blurred vision
- Dryness and blur
- Floaters for four days
- Is glaucoma hereditary?
- Uncomfortable contact lenses
- What causes cataracts?
- Symptoms of diabetes
- What causes dry itchy eye lids? (Blepharitis)
- Different types of conjunctivitis
- Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
- Prescription explained
- Colour vision tests
- Retinal detachment
- Retinal Photography
- Bruce Fitzgerald BEng (Hons) BSc (Hons) MCOptom
- David Hill BSc (Hons) MCOptom
- Dr Nigel Best DOptom MCOptom FBCLA FAAO
- Gillian Syme BSc (Hons) MCOptom
- Jill Campbell BSc(Hons) MCOptom
- Neil Constantine-Smith BSc (Hons) MCOptom
- Nicola Nisbet BSc (Hons) MCOptom DipOc
- Nigel Davidson BSc (Hons) MCOptom
- Paul Carroll BSc(Hons) MCOptom MBA
- Paul Morris BSc (Hons) Optometry MCOptom
- Samia Qureshi BSc (Hons) MCOptom
- Sanjay Patel BSc (Hons) MCOptom
- Seamus Breslin BSc (Hons) MCOptom
- Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom
Ask the Optician
Type your question below to search through our Ask the Optician Q&A archive. Or, if you can’t find what you’re looking for on eye health, you can ask one of our qualified optometrists.
I usually wear glasses but would like to buy some daily disposable lenses for when I go swimming. I used contact lenses in the past without any problems (hard ones at the time). I went to an optician and he told me that I need to wear toric lenses due to my astigmatism. My question is whether I really need toric lenses or whether normal ones could not do the job. I don’t need them for driving or reading, just really to see around the pool.
We enquired at our local sore in Welwyn Garden City about who could do an Esterman field test. They could not tell us. I would like one for the DVLA. Which stores do this test?
I am a 20 year old university student, enrolled in full time course, am I entitled to a free eye test and glasses? When I was in school, full-time, up to the age of 19, I was given an NHS voucher for my glasses, am I still entitled to this or not?
My mum is 55 years old and is recovering from stroke since eight months. She woke up two days ago with a thick blood clot on one corner of her left eye. She says she does not feel any pain in the eye. I put one hand over her right eye to check if she can see with it. I confirmed she can see with this left eye clearly even with the blood clot. This morning the blood has spread all over her left eye but she still can’t feel any pain in it and she can see clearly with the eye. What could be the cause of this condition and should we be worried.
I had a cataract operation on my right eye last year, I am getting white flashes in the outside corner of that eye, and it has developed two lumps that look like blisters on the opposite side of where I get the flashes is it serious?
My eye sight is -4, I want to pass police 6/36. I’m 19 shall I get laser?
I am a 20 year old very shortsighted person. -8.75 Right eye -8.5 Left eye. I have mild astigmatism. I have been wearing my “old” glasses and not made any new ones with up to date prescription. I recently saw an ophthalmologist at an eye hospital and was told my eyes were dry but healthy. But I want to know is there a chance later in life that my eyesight will get worse to a point that I lose my vision completely if I don’t wear the right glasses/lenses? I’m scared
I have been diagnosed with blepharitis two weeks ago. Not too much stickiness or grit, but much blurring of sight, particularly in the evening. Been using a heat pad twice a day and gently taking index finger along both sets of base of lashes, then bathing. Using antibiotic eyedrops four times a day. Tonight on gently itching a lash I discovered my eyeball is extremely sensitive, particularly the right one. Worried me a bit. Should I continue all treatment or are my eyeballs now very sensitive because of it?
I’m an apprentice on a very low income of 2.68 an hour, which I think would still be classed as a student. As I have a apprentice student card, for my next eye test, lens and glasses etc would I have to pay the full amount or do I get help from the NHS?
I have developed a burning pain in both eyes and both eyes feel very tired. This has been happening for about 10 days now. I do not have any noticeable decrease in vision apart from a small increase in my prescripton (+0.25) to the right eye that had to be made via new contact lenses. More annoyingly though my eyes feel tired especially my eyelids and my left eyelid has started to droop.