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Written answer: RAF reserve eyesight requirement

My prescription is below
Right sph -1 cyl -1 axis 95
Left sph -3.75 cyl -.50 axis 160
I would like to join the RAF reserve in a supply role, can you tell me if I would pass the medical?

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Written answer: Shaky eyes

I have had shaky vision for almost three years now. It started after I had an episode of vertigo which I still have weirdness with my head. I also had PVD a little over six months ago. After that happened I had flickering lights in my peripheral vision when I was under bright lights. That has improved but I think I still have it somewhat especially when I first wake up, that’s also when my shaky vision is the worst.

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Written answer: Toric multifocal contact lenses

I have always been shortsighted and have worn toric contact lenses for thirty years. Increasingly with age near distance is blurry. My optician says that multifocal contact lenses are not an option because I do not have binocular vision (due to squint surgery as a child). Is this correct?

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Written answer: Eye-strain and myopia

Do you think prolonged periods of eye-strain (one year) makes someone more likely to become short sighted (aged 18)?

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Written answer: All-purpose contact lens solution

I started to use Baush+Lomb PureVision 2 as my Optician recommended. I used to get multi-purpose solution (blue bottle) but now the new lenses comes with All-purpose solution (green bottle). Is that supposed to be and what’s the difference? All-purpose solution does not disinfect? I have lens mail scheme with a Specsavers.

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Written answer: Is it likely I will need glasses?

So I haven’t been to opticians in 10 years. I’m 16 now, but for years I have had horrid headaches and migraines both behind my eyes and around them. My doctor insisted it was likely caffeine. So for a while I stopped having caffeine (for a few months). But I noticed no change and still had persistent headaches.

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Written answer: Wearing Halloween contact lenses

I recently bought Halloween contact lenses. I have also bought “Lens Plus” Saline solution to clean them in before use in a contact lens case. I want to wear them for three nights (as in wear out one night, take them out, wear the next night etc.) will this be okay? I wear glasses but this is only for eye muscle issues which are not serious.

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Written answer: Problems with varifocals

I just got varifocals and hate them! My optician said my distance is ok but had decided to give my eye muscles a little help. I don’t need glasses for driving she said so what’s the point of the top section of my varifocals? I obviously use glasses for reading and computer work which I’ve been satisfied using my present reading glasses

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Written answer: Sports glasses

My nine year old daughter does kickboxing and will soon need to start light sparing. Do you do any glasses suitable for contact sports?

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Written answer: NHS eye test and over the age of 19

I am 19 but currently still in full-time education, does this mean I don’t get a free eye test on the NHS even though I’m in full-time education?

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