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Written answer: Can I drive a forklift with a lazy eye?

Can I drive a forklift with a lazy eye?

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Written answer: Do high index lenses cause objects to appear smaller?

I had a question about high index lens. Does the greater the index of the lens such as 1.6 vs 1.67, is there a greater effect of making objects appear smaller through the lens, given the same prescription?

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Written answer: Suitable tint for driving

I am 69 years old and two years ago I was told that I had age related macular degeneration. I wear varifocals with Reactions lenses. I do not have many symptoms yet apart from problems with glare and sensitivity to sunlight. I have heard that blue blocking lenses would help with the glare and also help to protect my eyes. The only problem is that I understand that blue blocking lenses are not suitable for driving as they distort colours but driving is when I really need help with glare both in the sunshine and also with
car headlights at night. Can you offer me any advise as to what my options are to solve these problems?

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Written answer: Headaches above eyebrows

I am 29 years old I have getting some headaches above the eyebrow for five days. I thought it may have been a cold in my head thus I perform some home remedies for it but to no avail did it help. Some of the remedies are: advil cold and sinus, a mixture of rosemary bush and coconut oil. On the sixth day my headache began so bad that I could not function on the roadway while driving thus the seventh day.

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Written answer: Eye test is not due but want to buy sunglasses

I am 17 in full-time education and turning 18 at the end of the month. I already own a pair of glasses that I have to wear for driving and I am wanting to get a pair of prescription sunglasses which I will also wear when I’m driving and my sun visor doesn’t cover my eyes. Unfortunately my eye test isn’t due until August and if I get prescription sunglasses now and I find that my eye sight has changed in August then I will have wasted my money. How soon can I book an appointment and if I book an appointment now and I find that my eyesight hasn’t changed will I have to pay for the test? If so, how much will I have to pay?

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Written answer: Inserting and removing contact lenses

I have an appointment on Sunday because I would really like to contact lenses. However I had one last year as well and I just simply couldn’t get the lens into my eye because I was to0 scared and my eye would flinch when the contact got near. The time I did get the contacts in it started to slide down on my eye. Are there any tips or help to ensure that this doesn’t happen this time around and how I can overcome my fear of getting anything in my eye.

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Written answer: Should I wear my contact lenses to an eye test?

Tomorrow I have an eye test. I normally wear contact lenses. What do I have to do before the eye test? Can I wear my contact lenses?

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Written answer: Prescription Drivewear lenses

My new prescription for distance is rather weak and has not changed in the past nine years Sphere +0.25 (both eyes). Cyl -0.50 (both eyes). Axis 110 (R) and 070 (L).
For the past 11 years I have been using the same pair of non-prescription polarised, photochromic lenses for driving but they are no longer fit for purpose and need to be replaced.
Would you recommend prescription or non-prescription glasses? How effective are drivewear lenses?
(I work in the community so spend part of my day driving in variable weather conditions at varying times of day/night. My eyes are hyper-sensitive to light & glare).

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Written answer: Do I need to wear glasses?

Do I need to wear glasses? Prescription is (sphere right & left +050, cylinder right 050, left 075, axis right 95 left 80? I do work pretty long hours in an office with computers etc, so when I’m tired my eyes seem to struggle slightly, would you recommend glasses?

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Written answer: Recently developed double vision

I developed double vision over the last week when I look up it goes and when I cover either eye it goes. The hospital said it is a muscle that is at fault, what will they do next?

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