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Written answer: Shapes seem distorted

I have been having some more problems with my eyes, I wear glasses have bad sight in my right eye. My vision has been OK with my new glasses, but shapes seem distorted, for example a rectangle may appear to be longer at one side creating a very odd effect. I went to the opticians today worried about this.
The optician said he thinks I have Keratoconus, although three years ago an optician sent me to the eye hospital for this disease but it turned out I didn’t have it. I told the optician this, and he decided not to send me. Am really worried that I may have it, should I seek medical help from the eye hospital. By the way the distortion problem is only recent, it is present without my glasses also so I don’t think it is the glasses.

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Written answer: What surgery is involved in glaucoma?

If diagnosed with glaucoma, what surgery would be involved if required?

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Written answer: Is it safe to nap in daily wear contact lenses?

I currently wear daily contact lenses – the Umere lenses bought from Specsavers. I’m wondering what the best way to take regular (daily) naps would be. The naps would be 30 minutes or less, and there would be 1-3 naps per day, every day. Is it safe in the long-term to take such short/regular naps while leaving the contacts in the eye? Alternatively, is it safe to do this while taking the contacts out and storing them in solution for the 20-30 minute period (even though they’re daily disposables)?

I switched away from bi-weeklies to dailies due to irritation in the eyes, so going back to those isn’t a great option.

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Video and written answer: How is glaucoma treated?

I might have glaucoma and have to attend a clinic. How is it treated?

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Written answer: I am 15 and half, do I need to bring my parent with me?

I am 15 and half, do I need to bring my parent with me?

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Written answer: Discomfort with blepharitis

I suffer with blepharitis I was diagnosed last July. I am still frightening myself though as some days I suffer from bad blurred vision, which is stopping me from driving and working. I am an administrator and use the computer all day. I do wear glasses but I get no comfort. What can I do?

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Written answer: Eyes are very tired even with glasses

My eyes get tired very quickly and I find, although I have near perfect sight, I can make things very blurry very easily. The optician who prescribed my glasses told me I have a low accommodation factor and gave me glasses that have really helped. However, now I’m using a computer a lot more and my eyes are starting to tire again even with glasses.
When I went to the optician in 2012, a different one to the original, they just said I don’t have bad eyesight and didn’t seem to listen to me when I mentioned the accommodation thing. I’m only 25 and it’s a real struggle that my eyes get tired so quickly but as I can actually see perfectly well in an eye test I can’t find any help. What would you suggest I do?

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Written answer: Magnifying effect of glasses

I have +6.00 power on both of my eyes. Is there a type of glass that’s available without magnifying effect on my eye. I am forced to use contacts due to this and I am thinking how can I avoid contact lenses.

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Written answer: Do I qualify for NHS glasses?

Can you please tell me if I qualify for NHS glasses? I was on incapacity benefits but with all the changes I’ve now been put on something called employment and support allowance as I am on long term sick and I have been for years, now with chronic epilepsy.

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Video and written answer: Irritation in eyes

For the last three months (maybe more), I feel like I have an eyelash in my eyes, which is irritating my eyes and it seems to be getting worse, particularly while I am sat at work in front of my computer. I am now finding myself pulling my eyelashes/eyelids away from my eyes to get a little relief. Occasionally I am also getting blurred vision. I wear glasses for driving and long distance as indicated when I had my eyes tested around one year ago at my local Specsavers practice. Do you think this could be dry eye? Is it worth visiting the doctor and or local Specsavers for an examination?

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