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I’m housebound and bedridden, my eyes are bad. Can I get a free eye test if I’m on benefits and disability living allowance?
Thank you for your reply to my recent question concerning floaters.
It seems that I’m shortsighted. Is it true that I am especially at risk because of my short sightedness?What can be done to treat the floaters or to avoid them in future?
I have recently started wearing contacts and have developed a problem in one eye. The white part of my right eye turns a shade of pink and a red line forms around the edge of the lens. This has happend several time and each time I have taken a brake from wearing lens for a few days to three weeks. The condition always returns, sometimes after a few hour sometimes after a few days.
Yesterday I had an eye test at my local Specsavers store. The test revealed that my eyes were quite healthy apart from being very short sighted. Further tests showed that there was no need for prisms to be put in to my glasses, and the problem could be that my current prescription was to high.
I recently had an eye test at one of your stores, the optician said I would need a referral because she could see white shading at back of eyes. What could this be and should it concern me?
I have recently bought a pair of Persol sunglasses online, but the fit is not quite right. The frames are made out of acetate. The arms are quite tight on the temples and do not curve around to fit perfectly. This makes them sit on my nose lower than they should. Can an optometrist adjust them to fit?
My prescription has changed from last year and i’ve had my new glasses for a few days now and they are causing me to have headaches. I was told my astigmatism had gotten worse and that I needed stronger lenses but I’m having trouble getting used to them. Should i give it a couple of weeks to see if it settles down and will my astigmatism continue getting worse as I get older? I have had a lot of problem with my eyes over the last year as I had an operation on my left eye to correct a squint which suddenly deteriorated and the operation was a success after months of wearing a stick on prism and now it seems my astigmatism has gotten worse, is there any connection between the two things?
last year 3/5/12
right eye sph +5.50 cyl -3.50 axis 102.0 prism 1.00 out .00 down
left eye sph +6.50 cyl -3.25 axis 100.0
this year 14/7/13
right eye sph +5.50 cyl -4.00 axis 105.0 prism 1 out 1.00 down
left eye sph +6.75 cyl -4.25 axis 105.0
I have contact lenses and due to astigmatism my left eye has a thicker monthly lens. However my right eye is a thin lense and I always damage it. Can I have one eye on monthly and other on dailies?
I’m a 40 years old mother in very good health, however over the last month I had been noticing floaters and cobwebs mainly in my left eye. I had an retinal imaging done yesterday at one of your Specsavers stores and thankfully no abnormalities were detected. It is suspected that some vitreous or aqueous humour has broken off – maybe as a result of jumping a lot on the trampoline with my four year old daughter and I guess I should not do it any more – which is a real shame for her -and feels like a loss of my own childhood.
I have recently noticed a small strange yellow mark on my left eye. It is on the white part near to the iris on the side nearest the tearduct. Surrounding the yellow mark are several obvious blood vessels. It doesn’t hurt nor is it causing any effect on my vision as far as I can tell. I’m not sure how long it has been there but I remember noticing it about a week ago. Should I be worried or will it clear up on it’s own? I’m 29 I do not smoke and I am a healthy weight. I don’t wear glasses. Many thanks for your help.