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Written answer: Polarised prescription lenses

Can I have polaroid lenses in prescription glasses to cut out the glare when I am on my boat?

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Written answer: Woke up with swollen eye and blurred vision

I have had an on going ear infection, I woke one morning to a unexplained swollen eye. It felt weird when I moved my eye and my vision kept going funny (I thought it might have been the swelling) and I had a headache that would not go away. Family doctor put me on oral antibiotics and ear drops, swelling is gone but vision seems to be getting worse. It feels like my eyes are crossing. Do you think this is something to worry about, or do you think it will go away?

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Written answer: Two written prescriptions

How do I know which is which glasses on my prescription as I have two on there?

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Written answer: Are we entitled to another NHS voucher?

Age range 4 years. We visited a local optician and received free NHS glasses for my four year old, these were his first pair of glasses. He complained about vision being blurry with glasses and we went back to the local optician but advised just to persevere. I didn’t feel this was right so visited Specsavers and we received a totally different prescription. Original one was +7 and new is +4.25 and +5.

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Written answer: Wearing contact lenses after an eye infection

I got conjunctivitis one week ago and have been having eye drops for it. I don’t really get any symptoms now except one eye is ever so slightly bloodshot when I wake up, and five mins after that I get no more symptoms throughout the day. I would like to start wearing contact lenses again as I hate wearing glasses. Do you reckon I could start in two days? Or should I go into my local branch and see if my contact lens optician be able to tell if it had gone?

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Written answer: Eye ball has changed shape

I saw the optician one day last week and he said the shape of my eye ball has changed from a football to a rugby ball, why is this?

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Written answer: Cannot read in distance glasses

I have just been given a pair of glasses as I am short-sighted. I can now see more clearly at a greater distance but my close up vision is now blurry when I am using my glasses. Before I could read anything close up but now I have to take my glasses off for reading. My partner has also just been given glasses but she says her close up vision is fine when she is using her glasses. Is this normal? Will my eyes adjust eventually?

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Written answer: Obtaining an NHS repair and replacement voucher

I require an NHS voucher to replace glasses that my daughter has lost. She is 11 years old. I was told to ask for a GOS4 form. Can I ask for this in any opticians or is it restricted to the supplier of her previous glasses? I have been in two different opticians and both gave me different information that conflicted. One said you can request it anywhere, the other said not. Grateful for the government stance on this as I can’t seem to locate it on the NHS website.

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Written answer: Does my son need glasses?

My seven year old has just his eyes tested and we’ve been told he needs glasses. His prescription is +0.5 on the right and +0.25 on the left. He does not seem to have any trouble seeing very tiny things and says he does not have blurry vision. Does my son really need glasses?

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Written answer: Right eye turns out

I’m 52 and have a lazy eye which I have had most of my life. I had three operations when I was young between both eyes and then another one when I was 18 to fix squints. I wore my glasses constantly until I was 16 and then decided to get contact lenses which made my right eye turn out. When I then went to the hospital to ask about correcting my eye when I was 18 the surgeon at the time was really angry with me and kept calling me stupid.

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