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Written answer: Entitlement to an NHS optical voucher

I have a question regarding a free NHS optical voucher. I went for an eye test today (with my partner – who also had her eyes tested) and when I came to buy my glasses there was a problem, they told me I wasn’t entitled to an NHS optical voucher.

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Written answer: Missing points on Esterman field test

I had an Esterman Field Vision Test at one of your opticians today. I had five missing points , all in the upper left quadrant well away from the central area.

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Written answer: Is this contact lens power correct?

My glasses prescription is-6.50, my optician gave me contact lenses with -5.75 strength. Is that correct?

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Written answer: Wearing glasses not needed

Is it possible to wear glasses when you don’t actually need them that wont ruin your eye site? And if so where can you buy them from?

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Written answer: Large change in prescription

I am 41. Is it a big change that one of my eyes has changed from -1.75 to -2.75 in four years?

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Written answer: Struggle to read print

I currently have glasses, however struggle to read black on a white background, this is made slightly easier if the text size is of a larger size. Please can you explain why this is?

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Written answer: Unopened contact lenses are 10 months old

Is it safe to wear unopened daily disposable soft contact lenses that I got 10 months ago? No problems with my eyes, just don’t really need contact lenses for school.

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Written answer: Glasses over contact lenses

I have a high prescription for both astigmatism and myopia. The type of contact lenses I use do not fill the prescription. I don’t want to appear goofy using thick glasses and so can I use glasses and contact lenses at the same time to fill the whole prescription?

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Written answer: Daughter referred to hospital

My daughter has had a hospital referral following her eye test. She is almost 5 years old. She has been given 0.3 in her right eye and 0.1 in her left eye. Is this why she has a referral and if so, what does it mean?

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Written answer: Dark patch in periphery

I am 20 and I have noticed sometimes with my vision, eg in dim light I can be playing a game, and will notice like a dark patch in my periphery vision like there is a towel or something on the floor, but when I look it’s gone and it’s not there when I turn back to the TV, only if I’m staring at it for a few minutes.

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