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Vision deteriorating rapidly in one eye


My eyesight in my left eye feels like it is deteriorating rapidly. I wear glasses and contact lenses and my last eye test was only a few months ago, however at various times of the day my vision is completely blurred in my left eye. I had laser eye surgery around eight years ago but eyes have been slowly going back to my old prescription. Wearing my glasses if I close my right eye and look at this screen it is a fuzzy blur. Sometimes during the day it feels OK but mostly the vision is blurred. Could it be damage from the surgery causing this?

Answer Written answer:

It may be something to do with the laser surgery, but there are no definite recorded problems so many years after surgery. There is a reason why the vision is blurred and is changing rapidly and you need to have this investigated. The first step is to see your optometrist again and depending on what is found you may need referring for specialist opinion. The added complication is your contact lens wear which may be affecting the cornea in some way and causing the blurred vision. Either way your optometrist is the first step.

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Optician's Biography

Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom has been a qualified Optometrist for over 35 years, and has a vast experience of almost all aspects of optometry. He joined Specsavers Opticians in 1993 first in Liverpool and for 15 years as a director of Lancaster and Morecambe. He served on many panels and committees whilst a director, including those responsible for IT design and professional advancement. He was regional chairman of the North West directors of Specsavers for over 12 years and as such was involved in almost all aspects of optometry on a business and professional level. He has been involved on the Local Optical Committee for many years and is currently Vice Chairman in his area.
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