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Written answer: Can I have varifocals fitted into a ladies half frame?

Can I have varifocals fitted into a ladies half frame please?

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Written answer: Is my prescription suitable for multifocal contact lenses?

I wear varifocal glasses very happily. My prescription left eye +4.75 with astigmatism and right eye – 2.25 (weird I know). I wear ordinary contact lenses to go out for social occasions but have to have reading glasses for close work. I’d like to know if varifocal contact lenses could be an option for me?

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Written answer: Is a University student entitled to any discounts?

My future daughter-in-law is a student at Salford University, she has been having problems with her sight recently and has just complained that she cannot see the board, even sitting at the front of the class.
She is a foreign student (Lithuanian), I was wondering if she would still be entitled to any discounts.

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Written answer: Trialling multifocal contact lenses

I am currently trialling daily disposable multifocal contact lenses as I’ve recently started to struggle a little with reading. Previously I was wearing -1.75 in both eyes, & my reading prescription has been assessed as +1.25.
Although I’m trying multifocal lenses my practitioner has also changed the power of the left lens to -1.25, which surely is a monovision situation?
I’ve asked about this but still can’t seem to understand why I’ve got mutlifocal lenses with a monovision fitting now? I thought multifocal lenses were an alternative to monovision?
Could you help me understand?

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Written answer: Little black faded dust in right eye

I have a little black faded dust in my right eye. It doesn’t show up all the time. But when it does it moves as I move my eye. Can you please tell me what to do?

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Written answer: Cost of gas permeable lenses if over 60

Do I have to pay for gas permeable contact lenses eye test if I am over 60 years old, or is the price of the gas permeable lenses the full price I have to pay at Specsavers?

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Written answer: Itchy eyes and thin tear film

I had a routine eye test (two-yearly) in February this year and was prescribed a slightly stronger lens for use at a computer or when focussing on a particular thing for extended periods (I am a little bit long-sighted, mainly in my left eye).
Recently, though (in the last four weeks or so), I am wearing my glasses all the time at my desk at work (seven hours daily) and am finding that I need them when using the computer casually at home as well, because it’s taking my eyes a while to focus, and scrolling screens in particular often go blurry.

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Written answer: Can I use Oxipol for gas permeable contact lenses?

My daughter use Oxipol for her soft lenses – can I use it for my gas permeable lenses as well?

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Written answer: Want to have a fitting for cosmetic contact lenses

Does Specsavers offer a service where I can come into the store and have a fitting /lesson & purchase cosmetic contact lenses? I do not need a prescription, however I have read about the dangers of ‘Halloween contact lenses’ and want to be sure that I am not risking my eye health.

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Written answer: Am I able to have an eye test sooner then usual

I am not due an eye test until March 2014, but after some new glasses as the current ones which are very scratched and marked. Would I be able to get a eye test/glasses sooner?

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