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I picked up my sons new glasses from Specsavers yesterday. There was no change of prescription but he needed a new pair. He is complaining of rainbows on the bottom part of his glasses. The only difference between the two pairs other than a very slightly bigger pair are the type of lenses you are using. His last pair would have been Pentax I think last year and this pair have the new kids lenses is them. What do you think could be causing the rainbow effect?
I am short sighted and need to know if the varifocal contact lens would be suitable for me. If so would I get the chance to try them and make sure they are suitable before buying or signing up for a long time?
When I wake up my right eye lid is larger than the left. The whole eye feels ‘heavy’ throughout the day, and the eyelid seems slower to react than the left. When my eyes are open wide, the eye lid can get caught and not fall down properly. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I am a 78 year old receiving Pension Credit. I had an eye test yesterday the result of which meant that I needed a new prescription for my bifocal glasses. Can you please say what my entitlements are re cost and also what bi-focal lenses you can offer within the NHS voucher scheme in my case?
What is the appropriate distance one should perform the duochrome test at? I have downloaded a mobile application with duochrome test, and if I look at the characters from 30cm none of them seems blacker on either side, but if I look at them from a meter, I see the characters on the green side grayer. What is the correct distance and what does my test result mean? (I suppose the distance depends on the size of the plate, my phone screen is around 6×9.5cm in size.)
I have been for an eye test today with Vision Express and was hoping to be able to have contact lenses. Unfortunately I was told this was not possible as one of my eyes is not bad enough to warrant a lens but the other is. They told me I couldn’t just wear one lens, but then advised me to purchase two pairs of glasses, one for reading, which I don’t wear glasses for usually, the other pair for distance/driving, which I need the most. Is it possible to wear just one contact or are they just trying to make me pay an outrageous amount on two pairs of glasses, which today just one pair cost me £173.00, that’s with the cheapest NHS glasses…..not on any benefits and don’t work as I’m a full-time mum.
Qualified optometrist Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom answers this question.
Without knowing your prescription it is difficult to say absolutely, but there is no reason why you can’t wear a contact lens in one eye only if that is what you require.
Thanks for your reply to the question above.
My glasses prescription is.
right -0.25 -0.50…30
left -1.00 D
Aided VA Dist Near
right 6/5 N5
left 6/6 N5
This question isn’t for me it’s for someone I know and that is very dear to me and has been going through a very hard time since she got sick and lost her eye sight. My question is, is there any way she can get a surgery so that she can see again? She told me that when it’s really bright outside she can see the brightness and my sister was telling me about different surgery I just wanted to see if since she wasn’t born blind if it could be reverse. Thanks for your time
Written answer: I have a solid white spot by the side of my eye where the bridge of the nose meets the eye
I have a solid white spot by the side of my eye where the bridge of the nose meets the eye. It’s gotten larger over the past few months yet I cannot pop it. My eyesight hasn’t been affected but I’m worried as it is getting bigger. It’s currently about a cm in size.
I have very recently picked up two new pairs of glasses from Specsavers (after multiple visits and three eye tests, all different results). One pair for distance only (single vision) and the second pair for desktop range of work (reading from about 30cm through to computer monitor at about 110cm).
I have been for an eye test today with Vision Express and was hoping to be able to have contact lenses. Unfortunately I was told this was not possible as one of my eyes is not bad enough to warrant a lens but the other is.