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Written answer: On lighted signs vision is slightly less clear

I don’t have any problems seeing but one thing I have noticed is on signs that the writing is lit up eg. the notices in a train station it is not always 100% clear compared with if it was just written normally. Sometimes its similar when reading powerpoint presentations, I can read the writing its just not as clear as normal signs. What does this mean?

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Written answer: Need tinted lenses for migraine

I went to Specsavers recently for an eye test and asked them for advice on light lenses for migraines. They said they could not help and I need to go to the doctors. The prescription I need is minimal and I don’t really need prescription glasses. I only want lightly tinted glasses to wear indoors for computers and lights etc. They would not allow me to purchase frames and have a tinted lens without the prescription. I’m starting a new job next week and I need to get some protection for my eyes so I minimise the risk of a migraine attack. Can you help as Im running out of time. Boots wouldn’t help either so my only option is to buy glasses from America which seems stupid.

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Written answer: Ultraclear coating on Reactions lenses

I’m thinking of getting a second pair of varifocals, this time with Reactions lenses. Can I still have an anti reflective coating as per Ultraclear lenses, or do Reactions eliminate the need for an AR coating?

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Written answer: Do your glasses meet any safety specifications?

Do your glasses have to meet any specifications if you use clip-on safety eyewear?
i.e. flip-down lenses and clip on side shields.

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Written answer: Ingrowing eyelash

I have an eyelash ingrowing into my upper eyelid. What should I do?

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Written answer: Left Ortho-K lenses in during the day and now vision is blurred

I forgot to take out my Ortho-K lenses during the day for eight hours. Now my vision is blurred although it wasn’t the previous day. My glasses do not correct this. What do you suggest I do?

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Written answer: Would an eye test detect MS?

I’ve been getting some symptoms recently which all connect to MS. I’m waiting to see a neurologist,but two weeks ago I had an eye test done on doctors referral because of headaches. Nothing showed up except wavy blood vessels. Would the eye test have detected MS at all?

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Written answer: Vision requirement for HGV driving

If my eyes are -1.25 is that within the legal requirement to drive a HGV class 1?

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Written answer: Flashing lights, bloodshot eyes, floaters and headaches

I have flashing lights at the corner of both eyes, badly bloodshot, loads of floaters and headaches.

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Written answer: Rimless glasses have broken

My glasses have no frame. They have a hole in the lens and a small bar bends around and holds the arm of the glasses. The bar has snapped. Is it possible to fit this ? It has snapped at the point where it comes out of the lens.

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