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Written answer: Blurred and double vision

I have been told I have astigmatism also I have blurred vision and double vision, my prescription is as follows right eye. 1.5 cyl -1.75 axis 7.0 left eye 1.5 -2.00 cyl 168.0 axis. I am only 32 and have been referred to a specialist urgently and was wondering what’s going on and how bad my eyes are, I appreciate your response.

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Written answer: Not comfortable in bifocals

I have both +0.75 D and -0.75 D on either of the eye lenses. Presently I am using bifocals but I am not feeling comfortable. May I know which type of lens will be most comfortable for me.

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Written answer: Coloured overlays for dyslexia?

Do any of your stores offer testing for coloured overlays to help with dyslexia?

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Written answer: Options for correcting eyes

I previously asked if hypnotherapy was a normal option for those people with problems putting in lenses. I had damage to my eyes many years ago while working in a foundry. Small metal fragments attached themselves and caused scarring.
I am very wary of having anything near my eyes. I have been refused laser surgery and I struggle to use varifocals for playing golf or for working. Are there any options?

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Written answer: Splashed floor cleanser in eye

Floor cleanser splashed in my left eye. I rinsed my eye immediately and put some allergy drops in to sooth it, it’s not red. should I be worried?

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Written answer: Monthly contact lenses become blurry

I wear monthly contact lenses, most months I get on fine and dispose of them at the end of the month. However, some months after about a week the contacts become really blurry. I’ve tried removing them and cleaning them, checking they’re not in the wrong eyes etc but the only way to solve the problem is to dispose of them and open a new pair of contacts. The new ones will usually be fine and will last the whole month but, again, some months they’ll become really blurry before the 30 days are up and I need to change them early. The ones I have in today are blurry and I’ve only been wearing them for about 10 days. I have taken them out, cleaned them and checked they’re in the right eyes. I’m getting through my lenses far too early. I’m sure my prescription is ok as when they’re not blurry my contacts are fine.

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Written answer: Left eye will not open right away

For the last three weeks whenever I wake in the night or early morning, my left eye will not open right away. It usually opens after a few seconds/minute and stings whilst doing so. There is no pain or symptoms during the day, except that if I really concentrate on it, I suppose it does feel a little bit uncomfortable i.e. rather like the feeling of an eyelash in your eye. I am 71 years of age.

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Written answer: Hypnotherapy for handling contact lenses

Are customers with problems putting in lenses ever successfully referred for hypnotherapy?

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Written answer: Referred because optic nerve is raised

I came for a routine eye test on Monday and the optician told me she was referring me to an eye specialist at the hospital because my optic nerve is raised. I had a phone call a few hour’s later to say they needed to see me asap so I went the following morning and after tests said he thought it could be optic disc drusen but is sending me for an emergency MRI which I have on Monday. I’m a bit concerned as it’s all happened a bit fast and the specialist was very vague and quite unhelpful. If you could give me any information that would be great I am also been suffering from constant headache in my left eye and unexplained blackouts which I’m under a epilepsy specialist, but all my EEGs are normal so the doctors are struggling to confirm epilepsy or not as I don’t shake just pass out. Could this be anything to do with my eye’s?

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Written answer: Large floater in good eye

I have had a large question mark floater for around six months which was examined in my last sight test in November. The optician said it couldn’t be removed and that I would have it for the rest of my life. It is now badly affecting my vision, and since I don’t have any vision in my other eye, you can imagine how concerned I am. I read somewhere that this could be a sign of impending retina detachment. Can anything be done to improve my situation?

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