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Written answer: Slight blur in one eye

Recently I have noticed a bit of a blur in my left eye. It’s slight but noticeable. I’m short sighted. I am eight weeks pregnant and currently taking 75g of aspirin daily. Any ideas or should I get this looked at?

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Written answer: Changing from monthly to daily contact lenses

I have monthly contacts and really need daily ones and was going to purchase them elsewhere. I have been advised that I need a different prescription? Please could you let me know what type of contacts I can buy?

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Written answer: Dull ache and eyelid twitching

I have had severe twitching under my left eye for a couple of months now. It has been near constant with only very short breaks of perhaps 5-10 mins of no twitching, and it can be seen twitching by other people from a distance away. I know eye twitching is very common and usually clears up by itself, but my eye has now presented with a constant dull ache in the eyeball and a bruised feeling around the eye socket.

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Written answer: Paying for an eye test

Do you still have to pay for an eye test when you are 20 but still in full-time education, if so how much?

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Written answer: Contact lenses for keratoconus

I have a condition known as keratoconus. Do you supply contact lenses for this condition?

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Written answer: Discomfort with new glasses

I just bought a new eyeglasses last week but my left eye is experiencing itchiness, eye muscle pain, soreness and discomfort (tired) when wearing the new eyeglasses. After wearing it for sometime, my vision will get blurred and is not sharp.

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Written answer: Do these floaters indicate an emergency

I went to get my eyes tested over a year ago and I said about my floaters and they said there was nothing to worry about. My normal ones are black circles but since Monday (now Thursday) I’ve had this grey shape going up and down in my eyes and also a silver what sort of looks like a vein and they are constant all day. I’ve rang the Specsavers nearest to me and they don’t have an appointment until Monday.

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Written answer: More difficult to read in new glasses

I have recently collected a pair of glasses that have been prescribed specifically for VDU work but I am finding that they actually make everything worse, even looking at the computer screen that they are supposed to help with.

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Written answer: Vision has deteriorated

I wear glasses full-time and cannot function wit out them. My present glasses are only nine months old, I also wear contact lenses when I leave the house, they also are only nine month old since my last eyesight test. I have noticed recently that my eyesight is not so good and I’m struggling to see with both my glasses and contact lenses. Today I had to ask someone for help as I could not read the time table. They did at first look at me strange but kindly enough they help me. Is this normal for needing new glasses contact lenses so soon. Should I return to the optician and speak to him. My glasses are strong, but I fear that I’m needing stronger ones.

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Written answer: Distance is not clear in new glasses

I have just got my first ever pair of glasses. I asked if I had to wear them all the time and the optician said ideally yes. I’ve put them on today, and whilst computer and close vision is better, it’s blurry when I look into the distance. If I take the glasses off I can see distance fine. Do my eyes need to get used to the glasses or could the prescription be wrong?

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