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Written answer: Eyelids strained and inflamed

What does it mean when optician says eyelids stained and inflamed and to take Piriton and go back in two weeks and if no better use sodium.

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Written answer: Strong prescription in contact lenses

My prescription is R +6.50 and L +6.75 with +2.0 near on each as varifocal lenses. Can this be put into a contact lens? The reason I ask is that several years ago, I was told that for above +4.00 prescription these were unavailable. If this is still the case, why? What exactly is the problem with a strong prescription in a contact lens?

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Written answer: Smudge mark when look through varifocals

In my varifocals which I have had since February, when I look through them I can see a blur in my vision like a smudge mark. Is this normal? I did not have this with my other glasses which I have had for ten years.

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Written answer: Eyes do not work together

I have a full driving licence. I have had some operations the last one before 10 years old now 34. My eyes work independently, when looking distance one focuses and the other drifts to the side and for things close by the other eye focuses with the other eye drifting to the side. For work I am required to undertake a test including the Snellen test which states that you must use both eyes ‘together’ unless you only have sight in one eye. I have sight in both eyes but as stated use them independently not together. If I take this test and fail as I do not use both eyes together and they report this to the DVLA could I lose my licence?

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Written answer: Can I wear contact lenses with a chalazion?

I believe I have a chalazion and I wanted to know if I could wear my contacts while I wait for it to heal?

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Written answer: Eye test for safety glasses

Is the eye test the same for someone who is looking for safety glasses?

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Written answer: Ingrowing eyelashes

It is a question about ingrowing eyelashes on the lower eye. Is there anything I can do to get rid of them. At home l can get them out with tweezers but it is very difficult as l have to wear glasses to see it and a very strong magnifying mirror and l have to let them grow a bit so that l can see them to use tweezers which is painful. The doctor said there is nothing that can be done, but try using baby shampoo to help get rid of them. Is there anything you could suggest as my eye is very sore with this problem. Thank you very much for any help and information you can give me.

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Written answer: Change of cyl axis

My last five annual eye tests and prescriptions consistently show my R and L axes to be 95 and 80 respectively. Having recently moved home I have been obliged to visit a different optometrist. His prescription lists the R axis as 80 and the left as 95. Both eyes are identical in all other respects. Has he made an error in recording the results or can the axes change in this fashion? Thank you.

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Written answer: Will this prescription make a difference?

I have been prescribed glasses with a prescription of
L: -0.75
R: -0.75

Are these worth getting, will they make a difference?

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Written answer: Unbreakable glasses

I have an autistic son who needs glasses. He’s had them before but breaks them really easy. Are there such a thing as unbreakable glasses? If he had laser eye surgery would they be able to give him a general anesthetic to perform it?

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