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I am having problems with the fitting of my glasses. They are either too loose and keep slipping all day or after getting them adjusted they are too tight. I have been back to Specsavers a few times and the result is either they are too tight or too loose.
Can I drive an HGV with glaucoma in one eye?
I have recently purchased new bifocals, but returned them to my optician because I find that I am unable to read correctly whilst wearing them ( i.e. when reading at normal distance my left is ok, but my right is out of focus unless I bring the book closer, which then puts my left eye out of focus!) My optician states that this is normal and I must persevere for at least a week for my eyes to adjust, is this correct? I have worn bifocals for many years and never had this problem before.
I’m getting an NHS voucher for my glasses, how much will I have pay to buy my new glasses?
I had a stroke 24/04/12 and suffered right hemianopia to my eye sight. There has been some improvement but will I make a full recovery?
I am 67 years old and three months ago was diagnosed with a vitreous detachment in my left eye, the symptoms being arc flashes of light (at night) and one new floater. Over the past six weeks this has greatly improved with hardly any flashing and the floater is becoming less obvious.
I just obtained new glasses after an eye test and my distance prescription is actually worse than the old pair which were already blurring at about 40 feet. With the new glasses, roadsigns don’t sharpen until about 20 feet away and signs 100 yards away are so blurred as to be unreadable. Is that correct?
Written answer: Occasional flash of light in the out edge of vision but optometrist did not dilate my pupil
For the last few days I have been getting an occasional flash of light in the extreme outer edge of one eye. It is only happening when I am in dim light. I went and had my eyes examined yesterday. The optician did a lot of tests, then said that my eyes were healthy. The one thing that concerns me is that he didn’t dilate my pupils for any of the tests. When I asked him about this, he said he didn’t think that pupil dilation was necessary as my flashes were not constant, and because my pupils are fairly large anyway.
My main concern is that I have an ocular melanoma (I didn’t mention this to the optician). Do you think he would have seen a melanoma without dilating the pupil?
I recently had my eye checked recently at Specsavers after I noticed that the vision on my left eye changed a bit. I was prescribed glasses to use when working on computer. I use reading glasses too. But I have a short sight on my left eye. I mentioned this at the test. Now I am seeing a round shadow like spot when I close my right eye and blink my left eye. Do I have a any problem?
Thanks for the very speedy reply I was starting to worry there was something wrong, the family doctor has given me the all clear. Can my style of frame be a contributor as now I have a bow shape frame, and I normally go for a plain frame. Also why is it important they are fitted properly? I seem to get the headache worse at night after taking my glasses off. Thanks again you have put my mind at ease, they don’t go into great details at my local Specsavers.