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Written answer: Protein removal tablets and contact lenses

I just got myself a pair of contacts after having used spectacles for 10 years.
It’s only been two days now and I already feel comfortable wearing them.
I only have one problem with contact lenses and that is regarding its cleaning and storing process. Different people and sources have told me contradicting ways in how to do clean my contacts. I’m really confused about this and I hope you can help me because I don’t want to do anything wrong.

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Written answer: Would I be able to have another eye test after six months?

i have been for an eye test i the past 6 months and got prescribed a low lens if that’s correct but im now finding i am having more headaches and more blurred vision would i be able to come back and get re assessed and get some new lenses and frames or not

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Written answer: Cluster of tiny bubbles in vision

For nearly a year I have had a visual defect in my left eye which came on suddenly. I told my doctor and he referred me to my optician who examined the eye but could not find anything wrong. I just keep getting new spectacles prescribed. The only way I can describe the problem is like a cluster of tiny bubbles at position – to me – 1 o’clock. It seems to be fixed and though my vision is not completely obstructed, my vision is not always clear

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Written answer: When should treatment begin for glaucoma?

I am 62 year old male. My eye pressures in 2006 were 16 each, in 2013 they were 19 each, in 2014 they were 22 and 23. Full field test, normal cupping .35 -.35, corneal thickness 555. October showed no glaucomatous damage or anything abnormal. My doctor wants me to come back in a year. There is no glaucoma on either side of my family. Is watchful waiting an option? When should eye drop treatment begin?

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Written answer: Sharp stabbing pain for about a second

Sometimes I get a sharp stabbing pain that lasts about a second, in either of my eyes. I have normal tension glaucoma and have had PVD in both eyes. Is this anything to be worried about? Should I get another eye test? I had one last year and was told another wouldn’t be necessary until next year, as I had been seen at the Hospital about my glaucoma, but last time they only did a Field of Vision test, not a sight test.

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Written answer: Will it take a week or two for my eyes to adjust?

I recently had my prescription checked on my new glasses and it turned out that the right eye hadn’t been given a strong enough prescription. I now have the new lens in the glasses (three days since new lens in) and it feels okay but not comfortable yet. I was wearing the weaker prescription for about a month. Will it take at least a week or two before my right eye completely adjusts? Should I be wearing my prescription for small periods of time to help my eyes adjust to the new lens?

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Written answer: Can I buy glasses online?

Can I buy glasses online with my prescription or do I have to come onto one of your shops?

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Written answer: Can I buy contact lenses?

I have a lot of allergies. Like food allergies, etc., but I would like to start wearing unmedicated contacts – precisely grey or blue (my eyes are hazel) But I’m not sure if I will react to contacts. So can I buy contact lenses?

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Written answer: Can eye cataracts make a person feel tired?

Can eye cataracts make a person feel tired?

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Written answer: Noticing nose slightly more recently

I’m twenty years old and suffer from amblyopia in my left eye. Recently, I’ve started to notice my nose slightly within my lower field of vision, which is proving somewhat distracting and giving me eye strain. Is this psychosomatic (I know you can always see your own nose, just the brain usually filters it out) or is there perhaps another underlying cause? I’m currently a student in Film and Media so whenever something goes wrong with my eyes, I worry and stress quickly.

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