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Written answer: Muscle imbalance causing double vision

I saw an optician who referred me to neurology and orthoptics for further assessment. They did several which revealed exophoria that breaks down to alternating tropia. What do they mean by that? Other symptoms I have are double vision, headache and pain/strain in one eye, which leads me to close the eye. Should this be a cause for concern?

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Written answer: Can I have this prescription made at another opticians

I have recently been diagnosed with dyspraxia and visual dyslexia. I received a slight sight prescription as well as my lenses tint on my glasses prescription. With this prescription can I go into another optometrists and can I get a new pair of glasses from them? I am at university at the moment however may not be in the same city after I graduate.

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Written answer: Contact lens prescription

With my previous prescription I had glasses at -7.5 and -6.5 and contact lenses at -7 and -6. My new prescription is -8.25 and -7.25. Should I keep using contacts that are 0.5 weaker (-7.75 and -6.75) or switch to 0.75 weaker (-7.5 and -6.5)?

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Written answer: Can a strabismus be fixed with glasses?

I have a stabismus with my right eye turned slightly. I have had it since birth and wore a patch when I was young to get it to the point where I can function with it at a pretty good level. I am now 37 and it seems to be bothering my more that I can remember.

Can this be fixed or helped with glasses? My left eye it perfect and actually has better than average eyesight. I have heard of prism lenses but don’t want four inch thick lenses.

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Written answer: Red blob on white of eye

I have type 2 diabetes and also glaucoma, which is worse in my right eye. About three days ago, my husband told me that my right eye was really bllodshot. Never thought anymore about until yesterday morning when I noticed that my eye isn’t bloodshot, but I now have a red ‘blob’ on the white part of my eye. It doesn’t bother me at all. Could you please advise as to what it could be?

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Written answer: Do I get a free eye test if unemployed

I am unemployed in Glasgow Scotland since 31st of January this year do I get free glasses or contacts or eye tests?

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Written answer: What would be my near Add?

I was wondering what my Near/Add would be if my prescription is
Right Eye – Sph +5.50
Cyl +2.00
Axis 105

Left Eye +5.50
Cyl +1.25
Axis 55

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Written answer: See stars when stand up quickly

Can you tell me what causes you to see stars in both eyes when you stand up quickly or cough too hard? I seem to suffer from this from time to time but (apart from being very short sighted) I have been told by my optician and ophthalmologist that both of my eyes are fine.

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Written answer: Would distance glasses benefit me?

I have been prescribed a stronger prescription for my readers and there has been a change in distance at Left 0.75 Right 1.00
Readers are great for job but quite distorted otherwise such as tv and computer.
Near prescription is Left 2.00 Right 1.75.
I find tv a bit hazy round edges without glasses but ootician only really asked about driving which I don’t. Would distance glasses benefit me?

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Written answer: Scratch on eye has not settled

I was cutting some tile and I think a piece of chip off the tile hit my eye. Felt nothing for a day or so, but day two my eye felt like there was something in it (left side of my left eye). I went to emergency & they numbed my eye, put the dye, black light. They said it was just a scratch that had swollen up a little. So I used prescription for five days. Today my eye still has the bump and now feels like my eyeball is swollen and the bump with little scratch is still there. Please help.

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