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I was prescribed opticrom drops by my optician due to excessive watering – possibly due to having dry eyes or an allergy.
I have used them for a few days. How long after using the drops can I wear my soft contact lenses? I have had a complete break from my lenses while I have used the drops.
I wear contact lenses but to me they don’t feel strong enough to give me the clear vision I need. I have told my optician this and they have tried increasing the power but this reduces clarity and gives blurry vision.
I’ve used to wear rigid gas permeable contact lenses for many years. I haven’t worn them for about a year now. They have been stored in Bausch and Lomb fluid. If I give them a good clean, will they still be wearable? Hope you can give me some advice.
Could you explain my prescription please? Had my Specsavers appointment today. Have ordered some glasses and have been advised to wear them most of the time and just wondered if you could explain my prescription further.
I am 14 years old and my glasses are really hurting the back of my ears. I know I don’t need them adjusting as when I use a cream/oil to clean my nose as it gets really greasy they sit properly, so do you think I should just keep cleaning them or do you have any other idea of how I can resolve this.
I find it hard to focus at long distance after doing close work. I have never been for an eye test. My distance vision seems to have got a bit worse then before. I am in high school and 14 years old. I want to know if it is likely that I will need glasses? I want it sorted before my exams start.
Do I need to ask for any specific test to be done as part of my eye test if I suspect I have Central Serous Retinopathy? Is it easy to distinguish this from macular degeneration (wet or dry)?
My wife has redness and soreness under both eyes, she has tried Blephaclean wipes but these seem to exacerbate the problem. She used some wipes supplied by one of your shops which seemed to help. At the moment we are on holiday and are in Europe and do not know what to ask for. Can you suggest a temporary solution until we return to England?
I started wearing contacts about a month ago, I replace them every month just like my doctor directed. About a week ago I noticed that I felt like I had something in my eye so I stopped wearing contacts for a few days and the problem went away. My problem now is that every time I use my contacts my eyes get a little red. I see like a few red veins and a small red spot. My eyes don’t look very red just a little bit. Is this normal or I need to go to the eye doctor? I don’t have any pains or discomfort just a little red on my eyes.
I saw one your opticians this weekend and my new prescriptions is: R: SPH:-0.25/ CYL: -1.25/ AXIS: 180, L: SPH:0.00/ CYL: -0.25/ AXIS: 20. In the past I got my glasses for reading and working with computer however I no longer work in the office and I wear my glasses mainly to watch TV, occasionally to check my emails on PC or my phone and sometimes around the house as well.