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Written answer: Seven year old needs glasses for sport

My seven year old son has glasses (roughly -1.75 and astigmatism) for school work and he feels comfortable wearing them all the time. School has suggested he doesn’t wear them for football and rugby. Would he still be able to see sufficiently well to play?

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Written answer: Adjusting to new glasses

I got a new prescription in my glasses last Tuesday and I am finding that my eyes are still adjusting to them. Is this normal or should I go back in to the store and get them to check it?

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Written answer: Cannot read easily with multifocal contact lenses

I have a new prescription for varifocal contact lenses as for the first time I need help with reading as well as my usual prescription for short-sightedness. However, I still can’t read easily and have had to buy +1 specs to wear with the new lenses. Is this common or should the lenses be able to cope with my eyes (my short sight is roughly -3.5 and I have an astigmatism).

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Written answer: Do I require glasses regularly

Few days back I had approached an eye doctor for cause of headache and after he proceeded with eye test and given prescription as follow:

Le sph +0.50
Re sph +0.75

Do I require to wear glasses regularly?

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Written answer: Contact lenses for nystagmus

I have congenital nystagmus. It never really has proven to be an “issue” until recently. I have a driver’s license am capable of doing many jobs, but am in a new career field and this condition has proven to be a hindrance on my job performance.

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Written answer: What is my level of visual acuity?

I have had poor vision from birth as I was born with cataracts in both eyes, they were removed when I was you along with both of the lenses in my eyes, I have a nystagmus in both eyes and went for my annual eye test and got these results:

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Written answer: Police eyesight requirement

I have read that the minimum requirement for unaided vision for entry to the police force is 6/36. However, I don’t know what this means relative to my contact lens prescription. My eyesight is very bad. My right eye prescription is -6.00 and my left is -5.75, adapted for mild astigmatism. Could you please advise whether this is too poor for entry to the police?

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Written answer: Grey patch on white of eye

I have looked at my eyes in the mirror recently as they were feeling a little irritated. I pulled up the upper eyelid and looked down a bit and saw that on the white of my eyes (towards the top of the eye on the white but, directly up from the pupil and Iris) is a grey patch (two of these next to each other on the left eye).

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Written answer: Sunglasses with UV protection

I ordered prescription sunglasses but they were made up with normal prescription glass. The girl apologised and said she could get them tinted but i specifically wanted UV protection am I right in thinking they will not have protection?

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Written answer: Single vision or varifocal glasses?

My mum broke her single focus lens glasses months ago. Subsequent prescriptions have been for varifocal lenses however these (X2 glasses) have not corrected her vision to an acceptable level (she takes glasses off to read).

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