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Written answer: Free laser eye surgery

I have really bad eyes. Can I be referred for free laser eye surgery as I am afraid I am going to go blind!

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Written answer: Contact lenses for children

My daughter is almost seven and has worn glasses constantly from the age of 1 and a bit. At her latest hospital appointment her consultant mentioned contact lenses. After much research I have realised my daughter would maybe benefit for trying them. She is quite a live wire and is going through glasses at speed. She has hurt her eye area on many occasions when falling over. Would it be worth trying them for a few days and seeing how she gets on? Since finding out that young children can wear them she has been on the internet watching videos and finding out more herself! She is quite mature for her age. She has now got her hopes up so would like to know your opinion.

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Written answer: Need proof of children’s eye test

I need proof of my childrens eye tests that took place at the Basildon branch of spec savers in may last year. Would I be able to get a copy of the eye test results?

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Written answer: Sharp pain behind eye

I experienced a sharp pain behind my right eye on Wednesday which lasted a few seconds. Afterwards and inclusive of today (Friday) the eye ball feels very tender and sore. Do I need to get this checked?

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Written answer: What does my record card mean?

Wondering what my record card means?

SPH. CYL. AXIS
R +6.50 -1.50 x 180.0
L +6.25 -1.75 x 175.0

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Written answer: Am I entitled to a voucher for lost glasses?

I’m currently on income support. I had an eye test a couple of months ago and had a voucher for some glasses. Unfortunately I had my bag stolen and they where inside the bag, am I able to get some new glasses free of charge again or will I have to pay?

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Written answer: Piece of contact lens in eye

A piece of my contact lens broke off in my eye. It feels like it’s still in there. My eye is really red and sore. I’ve tried putting drops in but it feels like it’s still in. What can I do?

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Written answer: Should I have my eyes checked because of conjunctivitis

I have conjunctivitis and I wear contacts. I have not worn my contacts since the infection started. I went to the chemist to get some drops, but she said because I wear contacts I can not have the normal drops. It has, since using the drops, become more painful and sensitive to light. My eyelids and surrounding area have become very swollen and dry. Should I get my eyes checked by my optician? Or carry on with the drops I have?

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Written answer: Phobia of medical examinations

I have a phobia of medical exams including eye tests which makes me incredibly nervous about getting my eyes checked, however I think I may need glasses for certain times. I have good vision when reading or looking at things close up but struggle a bit with reading text that’s further away (tv, road signs etc) It’s not too much of a problem for me which is why I have avoided getting glasses up until now, but I’d like some for watching tv to avoid straining my eyes.

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Written answer: Dizzy and headaches with new glasses

The glasses are a little stronger than previously. Within half an hour or so of wearing the new glasses he was dizzy and suffering headaches. Looking straight ahead his lenses are fine, if however he looks to either side it is blurred. The disorientation is so bad he has gone back to his old glasses.

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