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Written answer: Eye protection on a laptop

I have to work on my laptop 10 hours a day, do you think I need any spectacles for protecting my eyes. Otherwise if you know any precautions to be payed please inform me.
note: I am even getting black circles below my eyes.

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Written answer: Eye pain after wearing new varifocals

I received my first pair of varifocals a couple of days ago and have worn them whenever possible, except for driving. I previously had glasses for long distance vision and occasionally wore reading glasses.

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Written answer: Vision is worse since last eye test

I had my eye test one year ago and since then my vision has got worse and my glasses no longer work well for me. I usually receive an NHS Voucher and a free eye test. Would I still be able to get a free eye test and NHS Voucher to use towards new glasses if I were to book a eye test now? I am 18 and in full-time education as well.

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Written answer: Glasses were free with an NHS voucher

In January last year I took an eye test and was given an NHS voucher and got some glasses worth £69 for free even though on my prescription it says First Voucher Type – A, which today is only worth £38.30. How did this happen? I am 18 and in full-time education.

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Written answer: Flying with raised eye pressure

I had a eye test on Friday 9th January at Specsavers in Newtownards. I have high pressure in my left eye a reading of 24. I have been referred back to my GP to have further examination by a specialist. It is likely this will not be until March.

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Written answer: Wearing contact lenses in the rain

I have recently decided to try contact lenses and I was just wondering if I am able to wear them whilst it is raining? As I already know that tap water is bad for the eye when wearing them.

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Written answer: Failed DVLA visual field test

I am a Type 1 Diabetic since aged 13. I am now 41. I have just received a failure on my DVLA Peripheral Eye Test. The failure was a surprise but in mitigation I had suffered a bleed two weeks prior to the test for which I received attention.

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Written answer: Do I need glasses for driving?

I got my eyes tested today and the results are: R 0.00 L. SPH – 0.50. CYL – 0.50 AXIS 40.0.
As I drive would I be commiting an offence if I didn’t purchase glasses? And would my car insurance be invalid and would I loose my driving licence? Also would I be able to read at a distance of 20 meters?

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Written answer: Do I need glasses?

Should I bother buying glasses as I only need them for long distances and I’m not too bad
Also what will happen if I don’t use glasses? What would you recommend?

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Written answer: Occluded lens for one eye

Can you please advise me on where I could purchase an occluder lens for left eye. I have amblyopia and it has caused me no end of problems including anxiety, depth perception and disorientation. I would appreciate your advice very much. I am currently using an eye patch but obviously not the preferred method.

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