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Video and written answer: Small black dot

I was wondering if you can answer a question. When I close my eyes and just focus (as in a meditation) I can see a small black dot – it moves around as my eyes move slightly behind my closed eyelids. If I don’t focus on it it falls down and then jumps up again. I have had it for years but have always been mildly concerned about it. I thought perhaps it was something on my eye that I can see when the light does or rather doesn’t reflect off it in the normal way. It seems to be associated in some way with my left eye.

Have you any idea what causes this sort of thing – and can you get rid of it? I’m imagining the answer to the latter is “no”.

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Video and written answer: Using baby shampoo to clean the eyelids

I’ve been to the opticians today to get my eyes checked out as I told them what had happened. The red of my right eye has cleared and it no longer hurts but the optician says I need to do this: Get some Johnsons baby shampoo and Cotton wool Pads and then put Johnsons baby shampoo into a dish and dilute with three caps of it with warm water and soak the cotton wool pad and the put it on my right eye while closed and do this for couple times a day. Because I had some extra bits of left overs from the incident yesterday, so I needed to clean it. Is that right? Have you ever heard of it. I’m only asking because I don’t want to get it wrong.

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Written answer: Cannot see far away in new glasses

I need help with my new glasses prescription? Last two years my prescription was (-3.25 -100 45) (-3.25 -100 150) This year prescription started out as (-3.75 -0.50 40)(-3.25 -0.50 155), that first prescription this year was blurry and wrong one and only worn for a day or two and then went back, then the prescription was (-3.75 -100 40)(-3.75 -100 155). These I’m wearing now and been wearing for a week now and can’t see far away that clearly I think they should be left -3.75 to -3.25 other than that I think I should be able to see good.

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Written answer: Pressure and pain behind eyes

I was diagnosed with IIH 10 years ago. I have a VP Shunt, for the last few days I have had a constant headache and today I feel like there is pressure behind my eye very painful. I have also been experiencing dizzy spells and slight nausea.

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Written answer: Severe red bloodshot eyes

I have been getting severe red eyes, bloodshot. Normally one at a time but can get it in both. I currently have it in my left eye. It feels like its bruised and its slightly blurry and sore to keep open. It happens every six weeks or so. There isn’t a trigger that I can identify. I take make up off, wash hands, don’t rub eyes etc. It’s happening more often and remains for longer. I have mist spray and eye drops but they don’t really help!

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Written answer: Hazy and blurred vision in one eye

I’ve had hazy, slightly blurred version in my right eye for several weeks now. This eye also gets red and sore from time to time. My pharmacist thought it might have been an eye infection, so I was treated with Optrex for Infected Eyes which seemed to make it worse and not better. Would you suggest that I see my GP or an Optometrist at Specsavers?

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Written answer: Eight year old struggles with reading

I have an eight year old boy who struggles with reading. It’s difficult to describe how he is, he appears to know the words but when asked to read out loud he gets very mixed up and says the wrong words. Is it possible to get his eyes tested to see if he is dyslectic.

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Written answer: Pain and watery eyes whilst on the computer

I use the PC a lot, almost everyday but it’s really affecting my eyes. I feel pain and they water. Can I get glasses to wear to protect my eyes?

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Written answer: One eye sees duller then the other

I’m 33 and I wear glasses for computer and TV. I had a check up with my optician on 28th December. I told him I was seeing duller in one eye (left) when it was dark. He checked my eyes said one eye was slightly sluggish compared to the other and wasn’t responding as quick. I was terrified, he did further tests and said eyes looked healthy and he’d see me in two years. My eye still felt strange. I went to GP and was diagnosed with sinusitis and given antibiotics. My eyes seemed ok for a while but now again my eye feels strange. I cant explain it’s like slight pressure and certain ways I look I feel like something is blocking my view like a light or something or like a film? However when I close my right eye my left does see perfect?

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Written answer: Pain behind eyes

For the past month I have been suffering from pain behind the eyes, it hurts when I move my eyes, mostly when I look down and to the sides. It is quite sensitive and feels a bit of pressure. I went to the doctor and they prescribed me with a nasal spray and antibiotics due to sinusitis. I took my last tablet yesterday and it is still the the same, no better. Some days its not too bad, and its not stopping me from doing any normal day to day tasks but it is always there regardless. I wear contact lenses and glasses, and have regular contact lens check ups, so I’m not worried in that case that I may need stronger ones. I am going to ring the doctor again but I just wondered if you knew what it could be.

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