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Written answer: Should I be concerned about flashing in one eye?

If you experience flashes in one eye, it’s important to see your optometrist for more information and to rule out anything more serious.

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Written answer: What conditions could be affecting the size or shape of my pupils?

There are slight variations in the size and shape of everyone’s pupils, but if your pupils are significantly different or have changed recently it is worth getting an eye test.

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Written answer: What does it mean if I experience shooting pain in my eye?

Sharp shooting pains in, behind or around your eye area could be caused by a variety of factors. Here are more information on the risks and what to do.

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Written answer: What can I do to treat burning eyes?

If you have a burning sensation in your eyes, there are several options for treatment. These include compresses and artificial tears.

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Written answer: What causes colour vision impairment?

Colour vision deficiency is typically inherited, although there are a number of other causes should you suffer impairment suddenly as you get older.

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Written answer: Why has the colour of my eyes changed?

Changes in the colour of your iris are rare, so you should book an appointment with an optometrist to rule out rare diseases or conditions.

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Written answer: Could steroids be affecting my vision?

Steroids may be prescribed for a number of reasons, but they can cause vision problems as a side effect.

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Written answer: Why is my eyelid twitching?

An occasional eyelid twitch is fairly common in most people, although if it becomes persistent and troublesome it is worth seeking help from an optometrist.

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Written answer: What could be causing flashing lights in the corner of my eye?

A flashing sensation in the corner of your eye should be checked by an optometrist immediately as it could signal an impending retinal detachment.

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Written answer: Is there anything I can do about dry macular degeneration?

Dry macular degeneration is a painless condition that causes gradual central vision loss. Currently there are no cures for the disease.

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