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Written answer: Contact lenses for swimming

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.

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Written answer: Need an Esterman test for the DVLA

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?

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Written answer: Am I entitled to a free eye test and glasses age 20 at University?

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?

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Written answer: Thick blood clot in corner of left eye

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.

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Written answer: White flashes and lumps on eye

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?

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Written answer: Police vision standards

My eye sight is -4, I want to pass police 6/36. I’m 19 shall I get laser?

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Written answer: If I don’t wear the right glasses will I lose my vision?

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

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Written answer: Blepharitis with blurred vision and sensitive eye

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?

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Written answer: As an apprentice do I get help from the NHS?

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?

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Written answer: Pain in both eyes and they feel very tired

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.

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