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Why lens replacement surgery could be the next step for Chris Evans

Radio star Chris Evans has revealed that he now needs reading glasses, several years after undergoing laser eye surgery – a common issue that Laser Eye Surgery Birmingham can help to resolve.

Chris underwent laser eye surgery in 2013 and says the treatment left him with such improved eyesight that he no longer needed glasses. Last month he even revealed live on air that since the procedure, he only continues to wear his distinctive spectacles (with clear lenses) in order to look like the Chris Evans we all know!

However, more recently Chris admitted that he now needs his paperwork to be printed in a larger font and has been forced to buy reading glasses.

Although laser eye surgery treatments such as the LASIK and LASEK procedures can produce brilliant results for the under-50s, at the age of 53, Chris would now be a strong candidate for lens replacement surgery.

This is a more permanent treatment for someone like Chris, whose original lens will still be in place. As the lens in our eye ages, our vision can deteriorate.

The solution is lens replacement surgery, in which the lens is gently softened and removed using an ultrasound instrument. It is then replaced with one of the latest state-of-the-art intraocular lenses – offering improved vision that has transformed thousands of lives, thanks to our highly experienced eye surgeon Mark Wevill.

The procedure is painless and takes just 10 minutes, so why not see if lens replacement surgery could work wonders for you too?

Our extensive 90-minute eye analysis will ensure that we make the right recommendation for you and your vision. So, whether you’ve had laser eye surgery in the past and are seeking further treatment, or the experience is entirely new, you can rest assured that improved vision is in store for you at Laser Eye Surgery Birmingham.
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Top of the class for amazing vision

Top of the class for amazing vision
School will soon be out for the summer, which means forgetting about the textbooks for a few weeks.

However, before we know it, students and teachers everywhere will be back in the classroom for another academic year. If you’re aiming for top marks for yourself or your students, vision problems can really prevent you from making the grade.

Students, do you find yourself struggling to see the board or read your written materials? Perhaps you’re a teacher or lecturer who finds marking your class’s work a real chore?

Wearing glasses or contact lenses can help with short and long-range vision problems, but these solutions can also be expensive, inconvenient and even uncomfortable. Student budgets rarely allow for the luxury of frequently replaced glasses or contact lenses. Plus, if you enjoy extracurricular sports activities, they can be hazardous or even prohibitive.

At Laser Eye Surgery Birmingham, we’ve got A+ solutions for vision correction, regardless of your age and requirements. Our cutting-edge LASIK and LASEK laser eye surgery techniques can banish the need for glasses and contact lenses altogether, leaving you free to enjoy the world around you without the burden of corrective eyewear.

For mature students, you can forget about reading glasses. Our lens replacement surgery is more suitable for people over 50, so you too can throw away the spectacles, to reclaim the simple joy of reading and studying.

Optegra is also the first provider in the West Midlands to offer the innovative SMILE procedure and our eye surgeon Mark Wevill is one of the few professionals in the Birmingham area qualified to carry it out.

Quick, pain-free and surprisingly affordable, our vision correction treatments could put your enjoyment of life into a whole different class. Summer is the perfect time to undergo treatment and change your world, so you can head back to school with top grade vision.
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The Love Island star who fell for laser eye surgery

The Love Island star who fell for laser eye surgery
If you’re one of the millions of TV viewers who has been enjoying Love Island this summer, you’ll be familiar with the difficulties of both staying cool and looking hot on the beach!

Former Love Island star Kaz Crossley has recently revealed the struggles she endured on the show while trying to deal with her poor eyesight. Kaz, 24, told the press that she had suffered from vision problems since primary school and her time on the glamorous TV dating show last year really exacerbated the issue.

Keen to look her best in the luxury villa, Kaz wore contact lenses every day but this soon became uncomfortable and inconvenient.

She told the Express: “It was affecting me quite a lot. There were times I’d forget my contact lenses. No one really knows I wear glasses but it was a really big struggle wearing contact lenses every day. People who wear glasses will understand wearing contact lenses is a massive chore. You need your eyes to rest as well.”

Designer sunglasses are a must on the Love Island beaches, but without prescription shades, Kaz was forced to keep wearing contacts. Kaz also found that another fashion staple – false eyelashes – were impossible to wear with glasses.

“My eyes were really dry, it was a lot of playing around with your eyes,” she said.

That’s why Kaz decided to rid herself of glasses and contact lenses by undergoing laser eye surgery and she’s delighted with the results.

If you’d like to transform your life too, Laser Eye Surgery Birmingham offers state-of-the-art LASIK and LASEK vision correct treatments, which are great for people up to the age of 50. For older patients, we offer lens replacement surgery that also provides fantastic results – you’t won’t believe your eyes!

So, dump your glasses and contact lenses and start your love affair with great vision today.
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You won’t miss the small print with our vision correction treatments

You won’t miss the small print with our vision correction treatments
During the recent visit to the UK by President Donald Trump, there was a lot of talk about negotiating contracts and signing deals.

But the President probably wasn’t reading too much small print during the trip, as he is famously rumoured to have an aversion to being seen wearing reading glasses.

Reading glasses are nothing to be ashamed of and many of us will need some form of short-distance vision correction as we age. But the fact is that using reading glasses can be inconvenient and expensive over time, particularly if you also have to wear other types of glasses.

At Laser Eye Surgery Birmingham, we offer state-of-the-art laser eye surgery treatments to rid you of glasses and contact lenses, whatever your age.

Generally suitable for patients aged between 20 and 50, our LASIK and LASEK vision correction procedures are quick, painless and surprisingly affordable.

If you’re over 40 and have presbyopia (difficulty reading and seeing your phone), you may be suitable for the Zeiss Presbyond treatment. This can restore reading vision and remove the need to carry reading glasses around everywhere you go.

The need for reading glasses is particularly common in people aged over 50, but we can help more mature patients too. Lens replacement surgery is a highly effective treatment, which involves the gentle softening and removal of your lens by our skilled eye surgeon Mark Wevill. Your natural lens will then be replaced by one of the latest intraocular lenses, all in about 10 minutes.

If you’re tired of squinting at small print or having to keep taking reading glasses on and off, it’s time to give yourself some VIP treatment. Get in touch with us today to find out what we could do for you.
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Laser eye surgery offers advantage on the tennis court

Laser eye surgery offers advantage on the tennis court
On 1st July, Wimbledon gets underway once again and is sure to provide another thrilling fortnight of world-class tennis action.

Tennis clubs are likely to see a surge in interest after the tournament, as novices and returners alike are inspired to pick up a racket. But if you have vision problems, getting onto the court can be challenging.

Wearing glasses to play as energetic a sport as tennis is far from ideal, because glasses can move around on the face as you chase the bal. Some people avoid playing simply because they’re afraid of dropping and damaging their glasses.

Older players who wear varifocals face yet another problem. The lower half of the lenses, designed for reading, will be out of focus during the match and can give the ground a curved appearance. Not very helpful when you’re trying to land a match-winning shot!

Contact lenses aren’t always a satisfactory solution either, as even the tiniest bit of dirt or grit caught behind them can cause great discomfort and even infection.

As for so many sports, Laser Eye Surgery Birmingham can provide the answer with our life-changing vision correction techniques. Our LASIK and LASEK laser eye surgery treatments can rid patients of glasses and contact lenses, while for older patients, lens replacement surgery could be a more effective way to achieve similar brilliant results.

Although tennis isn’t a contact sport, accidents are always a possibility. Optegra is the first provider in the West Midlands to offer the innovative SMILE technique, which leaves the eye more robust and less vulnerable to injury. Our eye surgeon Mark Wevill is one of the few professionals in the Birmingham area to be qualified to carry out the procedure.

Even if you’re not a Wimbledon champion in the making, you deserve to play to your full potential, with help from Laser Eye Surgery Birmingham.
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How blended laser vision surgery helped Carol Vorderman tweet

How blended laser vision surgery helped Carol Vorderman tweet
Recently, TV celebrity Carol Vorderman revealed that she had undergone blended vision laser surgery. She tweeted that she was “very happy” with the results and how she was tweeting without reading glasses for the first time in many years. So, what procedure did the former Countdown star actually go through and could it work for you?

Blended vision laser (BVL) surgery is a procedure in which eye surgeons give patients improved range of vision by adjusting the depth of field in each eye. One eye is given better near sight and the other, enhanced distance vision – the result being vastly improved eyesight overall, from nearby to the horizon.

As we grow older, the lenses in our eyes harden and can struggle to focus nearby. Our natural lenses can’t be softened again. But by using the laser to create a special shape on the cornea, our range of vision can be rejuvenated.

BVL surgery is a combination of two techniques, including the copyrighted Presbyond procedure – Laser Eye Surgery Birmingham is the only provider in the Birmingham area to offer Presbyond.

This is a great option for someone in their 50s, like Carol and we’d be delighted to talk to you about how BVL surgery could transform your life too.

Another alternative way forward for older patients is lens replacement surgery – also known as refractive lens exchange (RLE). During this procedure, your natural lens is gently softened and removed, before being replaced by one of the latest, state-of-the-art advanced optic lens implants.

Quick and painless – both BLV and RLE take less than 10 minutes – lens replacement surgery could solve the conundrum of your failing eyesight and give you a new lease of life, just like Carol.

We’ll take you through a thorough personal eye assessment before discussing your options and selecting the most effective approach for you. So, why not start the countdown to better vision and give us a call today?
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Make a splash this summer with better vision

Make a splash this summer with better vision
Summer is just around the corner and you might already be gearing up for your annual getaway in the sun. That’s an exciting prospect but, if you’re already packing your suitcase, you might have noticed a bit of a problem.

People who wear glasses or contact lenses have to allow space in their luggage for all the equipment that goes with that. For the average summer holiday, glasses wearers will probably need to pack prescription glasses, plus a spare pair in case the first get lost or broken, prescription sunglasses, contact lenses, contact lens solution, non-prescription sunglasses for when they’re wearing contact lenses and, if you’re over 45, possibly prescription and non-prescription reading glasses too.

If you’re planning to swim or take part in water sports, that can pose another dilemma. Contact lenses can be washed out or, even worse, cause a serious eye infection due to bacteria in the water. Glasses are impractical for most water sports, but if you can’t see without them, not wearing glasses could be dangerous.

However, there is a way you can lighten the load and enjoy all activities this summer with help from Laser Eye Surgery Birmingham. Laser eye surgery removes the need for glasses and contact lenses, giving you improved vision and a lighter suitcase.

Our quick and painless LASIK and LASEK vision correction procedures have transformed thousands of people’s lives. Also, Optegra’s incredible new Zeiss Visumax femtosecond laser is the first in Birmingham to offer the innovative SMILE vision correction procedure.

For older patients, lens replacement surgery can be a more effective solution for optimum results, allowing you to enjoy your holiday without the burden of glasses or contact lenses.

It is recommended that you shouldn’t swim for four weeks following laser eye surgery, so now is the time to book your procedure and give your summer a brighter outlook.
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Life’s a Picnic without Contact Lenses and Glasses

Life’s a Picnic without Contact Lenses and Glasses
School’s out for the Easter holidays, which means it’s time for the first real family outings of the year.

Whatever the British weather decides to do, people all over the country will be heading for the attractions, theme parks, sports centres and beaches, in a bid to keep the children entertained.

Active days out make wonderful memories for all the family. But if you wear glasses or contact lenses, life’s no picnic when you’re trying to enjoy the great outdoors.

Having a rough-and-tumble game of rugby or hitting white water rapids with the children isn’t safe if you wear contact lenses. Most spectacle wearers will have experienced that sinking feeling when they’re trying to enjoy a fairground ride, rollercoaster or boat trip on choppy waters, only to see their expensive prescription glasses go flying off into the distance.

Add the all-too-common symptoms of hay fever that can severely irritate the eyes in spring and summer, and you have a recipe for a disastrous day out.

Why put up with it for another year? At Laser Eye Surgery Birmingham, we can transform your family adventures by ridding you of contact lenses and glasses altogether. Along with LASIK and LASEK laser eye surgery, we’re also among the first in Birmingham to offer the incredible new SMILE vision correction procedure.

SMILE, or Small Incision Lenticule Extraction, is a minimally invasive procedure that has corrected myopia and/or astigmatism in more than 1.5million eyes all over the world. We’re delighted to be offering this innovative treatment to patients in the West Midlands.

Older patients can also gain a new outlook on life with lens replacement surgery, which can offer excellent results. Better vision means better quality time with the grandchildren – so, come into the clinic for a chat and find out how your precious memories could become crystal clear in 2019.
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Beat the Pollen Count this Year with Laser Eye Surgery

Beat the Pollen Count this Year with Laser Eye Surgery
The return of spring brings warmer weather and lighter evenings – along with the dreaded pollen.

For those unfortunate enough to suffer from hay fever, brighter days often come with a disappointing downside. If you wear contact lenses, the common symptoms of hay fever – such as watering eyes, itching and irritation – can be made several times worse.

Many people who endure severe symptoms opt to remove their contact lenses and wear glasses instead, until the situation improves. But wearing glasses can be restrictive and frustrating, particularly if they prevent you from taking part in a favourite outdoor activity or you simply don’t like the way they look.

This year, you can fight back against pollen and reclaim your summer by investing in laser eye surgery. Surprisingly affordable, the LASIK and LASEK procedures are quick and pain-free. Also, our new Zeiss Visumax femtosecond laser is the first in Birmingham to offer the innovative SMILE vision correction procedure.

In just 10 minutes, you could give yourself a whole new lease of life this summer. Laser eye surgery won’t cure your hay fever, but at least you can say “buzz off” to glasses and contact lenses this year!

Not sure if you’re too old to benefit from laser eye surgery? More mature patients may see much better results from lens replacement surgery, also known as refractive lens exchange. In this procedure, our highly experienced surgeon will gently remove your deteriorated lens and replace it with an advanced optic lens.

As a first step, we’ll carry out a 90-minute Advanced Eye Analysis to determine which treatment will offer the best result for your eyesight, so rest assured, you’ll be in very capable hands.

So, why not get in touch with Laser Eye Surgery Birmingham to find out how you could look forward to brighter days ahead?
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Eye Surgeon Mark Wevill has a New Outlook on the World

Eye Surgeon Mark Wevill has a New Outlook on the World
After transforming the lives of over 20,000 patients with laser eye surgery, our surgeon Mark Wevill has now undergone a laser vision correction procedure himself.

During his long career at the leading edge of laser eye surgery, Mark has seen the many benefits of undergoing one of these treatments. Whether through a LASIK or LASEK procedure or, for older patients, lens replacement surgery, Mark has given thousands of people a new outlook on life.

So, when the time came to address his own need for reading glasses, Mark didn’t hesitate to turn to the technology that has given the gift of improved vision to so many people.

“I’ve always had perfect vision but as I’ve grown older, I’ve started to need reading glasses,” Mark said. “I began to find this frustrating because everything nearby appeared to be blurry. Activities like reading a book, looking at my mobile phone and using my computer became difficult, so I had to start using reading glasses in order to do these ordinary, everyday tasks.”

Like so many people in the same position, Mark discovered that living with the need for reading glasses led to inconvenience and expense.

“I had glasses scattered all over the house, car and office, yet I was always losing them and having to buy new pairs,” Mark said. “But fortunately, as an eye surgeon, I knew exactly what the solution was.”

Mark chose to undergo the Presbyond Laser Blended Vision procedure and the results have been fantastic. Suitable for all ages, this technique has worked wonders for Mark and he hasn't used glasses since. He's still discovering his old pairs of reading glasses gathering dust all over the place. So, now he’s keen to help even more people enjoy the benefits of improved vision without glasses.

“Come along to the Laser Eye Surgery Birmingham clinic, so we can have a chat, assess your eyes and find out what your options are,” Mark said. “I trusted my own eyes to laser vision correction because I know that better eyesight really changes lives.”
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Reasons for Sportsmen and Women to SMILE

Reasons for Sportsmen and Women to SMILE
Recently, we announced that the innovative SMILE vision correction procedure is now available to patients in the Birmingham City area. Optegra is the first provider in the West Midlands to invest in the cutting-edge equipment required to deliver the procedure, the highly accurate Zeiss Visumax femtosecond laser. Our eye surgeon Mark Wevill is one of just a few professionals in the area who are qualified to use it to treat patients.

Mark has performed thousands of femtosecond laser eye surgery treatments and learned how to carry out the SMILE procedure with the femtosecond laser during an intensive training period in India. During his time there, Mark had the pleasure of performing SMILE laser eye surgery on a number of patients, giving him the chance to witness the life-changing power of this incredible new technique.

The arrival of SMILE in Birmingham is particularly good news for people who play many sports, such as football, tennis and rugby, because SMILE leaves the eye less vulnerable to injury in the months and years following surgery. For this reason, the procedure is also recommended for professions such as police officers and security guards.

Scientific research has revealed that SMILE can be better suited to those who suffer from dry eyes, compared with LASIK laser eye surgery. Recovery from the SMILE procedure can also be faster than from other treatments.

The high precision, high speed Visumax laser creates a small lens shaped piece of corneal tissue, called a lenticule, inside the cornea in an average of just 23 seconds. The lenticule is then removed through a small laser guided opening at the front of the eye, reshaping the cornea and correcting your eye's focus error.

So, if you want to get back onto the sports pitch or simply take on the world again without glasses or contact lenses, speak to the team at Laser Eye Surgery Birmingham today – you could soon have a new reason to smile.
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SMILE – The Latest in Vision Correction Technology is Here

SMILE – The Latest in Vision Correction Technology is Here
Have you been watching the Six Nations Rugby Championship and wishing you could join your heroes on the pitch? If you yearn to take up the sport or dig out your old kit, but feel you can’t because of poor vision, we’ve got some news that’s really going to make you smile.

Our incredible new Zeiss Visumax femtosecond laser is the first in Birmingham to offer the innovative SMILE vision correction procedure. The Visumax is the only laser capable of delivering this technique, which can be a better option for sports people and those with dry eyes or thicker glasses prescriptions.

SMILE stands for Small Incision Lenticule Extraction, a minimally invasive procedure that has corrected myopia and/or astigmatism in more than 1.5million eyes all over the world. So, it’s high time this fantastic new technique came to Birmingham!

The high precision, high speed Visumax laser creates a small lens shaped piece of corneal tissue, called a lenticule, inside the cornea in an average of just 23 seconds. The lenticule is then removed through a small laser guided opening at the front of the eye, reshaping the cornea and correcting your eye's focus error.

People who require higher glasses prescriptions can be treated with SMILE and the eye is stronger after this treatment than with many other vision correction procedures. Also, there is less dryness afterwards, which is great news for anyone who already suffers with dry eyes.

Our eye surgeon Mark Wevill is delighted to be able to offer this procedure to patients at Laser Eye Surgery Birmingham.

Mark said: “I’ve used all the different femtosecond lasers and the Zeiss Visumax is the best by far. It’s much gentler and more comfortable than others, and my patients are finding that the treatment is painless and less stressful."
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Give the gift of better vision this Valentine’s Day

Give the gift of better vision this Valentine’s Day

Whether you want to treat your significant other or show yourself a little TLC, laser eye surgery is the gift that just keeps giving.


Wearing glasses or contact lenses can be expensive, time-consuming and annoying – in some situations, such as taking part in certain sports, it can even be dangerous or prohibitive. So, as Valentine’s Day approaches, what better time to show a little love for yourself or another by investing in improved vision?

At Laser Eye Surgery Birmingham, we have the latest in laser eye surgery technology for LASEK and LASIK procedures. We can now offer the exceptionally accurate and gentle new Zeiss Visumax femtosecond laser for advanced LASIK AND SMILE vision correction treatments. We are now the first in Birmingham to offer the innovative SMILE vision correction technique with the Visumax laser, which cost hundreds of thousands of pounds. Of course, the price of SMILE and other laser eye surgery procedures is a fraction of this.

Have you been told you’re too old to have laser eye surgery? That doesn’t mean that you have to put up with failing eyesight. Our lens exchange surgery procedure, also known as refractive lens exchange, can achieve fantastic results for over-50s. So, there’s no reason why your love affair with the visual world can’t continue well into your later years.

Quick, painless and surprisingly affordable, our vision correction treatments have transformed the lives of thousands of people in the West Midlands. In just 10 minutes, with very little downtime, you could be seeing the world around you in a whole new light.

When you come to Laser Eye Surgery Birmingham, you will undergo an extensive Advanced Eye Analysis, before our highly experienced eye surgeon Mark Wevill decides which procedure will yield the best results for your individual vision.

Visit our Stories page to hear from some of our patients who have made the fantastic decision to give themselves the gift of improved vision.

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New Femtosecond Laser Brings Eye Surgery Innovation to Birmingham

New Femtosecond Laser Brings Eye Surgery Innovation to Birmingham
The future is even brighter for laser vision correction in the West Midlands with the introduction of the only Zeiss Visumax femtosecond laser in Birmingham. It’s the most gentle and comfortable way to have LASIK with the precision you expect from Zeiss.

As a highly experienced eye surgeon who has performed over 20,000 laser vision correction procedures, Mark Wevill is committed to staying up-to-date with technological advances in the field. In order to offer Mark’s patients the best possible treatment, hundreds of thousands of pounds have been invested in the new Zeiss Visumax femtosecond laser by Optegra Birmingham Eye Hospital. So, the laser is available to patients wanting LASIK at Laser Eye Surgery Birmingham.

This incredibly precise femtoseconds laser gently cuts tissue with thousands of pulses of low energy laser. (If you’re wondering, a femtosecond is a millionth of a billionth of a second!) The Visumax is used to prepare the eye for LASIK laser eye surgery by accurately creating a contact lens-shaped ‘flap’ of tissue, before the cornea below is precisely reshaped with Zeiss Mel 90 laser for correcting vision. Nowhere else in Birmingham will you get the precision of two Zeiss lasers for your LASIK laser eye surgery.

Gentler and safer than other femtosecond lasers, the Visumax exerts less pressure on the eye during treatment. This means that the patient will experience no discomfort, vision blackouts or bruising.

Patients who have been treated with Visumax LASIK surgery are delighted with the results. For example, Lisa W said: “I can’t believe how easy that was. It wasn’t uncomfortable at all and I can see now! Thank you so much, Mark.”

The Visumax is the only femtosecond laser with the ability to carry out the innovative SMILE vision correction technique. Watch this space, as we will have some very exciting news about the SMILE procedure soon.
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Say ‘I do’ to a Future without Glasses

Say ‘I do’ to a Future without Glasses
Love is often in the air at this time of year, with the romantic atmosphere of the festive season having resulted in many newly-engaged couples. As Valentine’s Day approaches, sales of diamond rings are sure to soar once again.

If that’s the case for you, congratulations! When you start planning the big day, choosing a photographer will be a major decision – but don’t forget about the images themselves. You’ll be looking at your wedding pictures for the rest of your life, so many people find this happy occasion is a catalyst to finally address their poor or failing eyesight.

When you imagine your look on the big day, glasses might not be a welcome part of the ensemble. Losing a contact lens during the first dance would be very distracting! Plus, just think how much lighter your honeymoon suitcase would be, if you no longer had to pack spare glasses, lenses and all the associated kit…

At Laser Eye Surgery Birmingham, we offer the latest in LASEK and LASIK procedures that can make glasses and contact lenses a thing of the past.

For over-50s, laser eye surgery might not be the best solution for you, but there’s no reason why you can’t also look your best on your wedding day. Lens replacement surgery – alternatively known as refractive lens exchange – offers excellent results for older patients, by gently removing your own lens and replacing it with one of the latest intraocular lenses.

Quick and painless, these treatments can not only transform the way you see the world, but also how the world sees you. Don’t worry about using up too much of the wedding budget on eye surgery, as these life-changing procedures are surprisingly affordable.

Get in touch with us today and make improved eyesight your ‘something new’.
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Mark’s latest mercy flight changes lives forever

Mark’s latest mercy flight changes lives forever
Whenever he can, our eye surgeon Mark Wevill donates his time and expertise to help those who would otherwise have no option but to suffer vision problems for their entire lives.

Mark is a regular visitor to Swaziland, where many people living in poverty cannot afford eye treatment. In November, Mark joined Swiss charity Mercy Air on a helicopter mission to a remote village to restore sight to poor people in a rural community.

Along with the Mercy Air team, Mark travelled to the remote village of Mkhuzweni to do free eye assessments for 120 people with eye problems. Of these, around half were given glasses and 24 were given appointments to have cataract surgery at the regional eye hospital free of charge, with free transport to the Good Shepherd Hospital. 

People with less severe eye conditions can also receive treatment at their own cost. Cataract removal has a transformative effect on people who are living without adequate healthcare.

“It’s a very tough call for me to choose the best candidates, but we always do the best we can to help,” Mark said. “Mercy Air take helicopters on outreach trips to remote areas where there are no roads and they do this all around the world, not just in Swaziland. They do whatever they can to alleviate poverty and help people in need – I’m always delighted to play my part and help to relieve suffering however I can.”

As well as offering cataract surgery and eye clinics, Mercy Air also provides clinics for hearing care, oral health and general medical care. More information about Mercy Air can be found on their website https://www.mercyair.org

You can find out more about Mark’s charitable trips to Swaziland here
https://www.lasereyesurgerybirmingham.com/swaziland-charity.
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Resolve to enjoy improved vision in 2019

Resolve to enjoy improved vision in 2019
Unlike many New Year’s resolutions, making the decision to have vision correction surgery will definitely bring long-lasting results.

Perhaps you’ve had enough of wearing glasses or fiddling with contact lenses and all the restrictions those place on your life. If you’ve resolved to try bungee jumping or white water rafting this year, you definitely need to consider eye surgery for safety reasons!

Common concerns include cost, taking time off work to recover and worries about whether the procedure will be painful. At Laser Eye Surgery Birmingham, we can put those fears to rest and ensure that 2019 is the year you finally see a clear and bright future.

All our procedures are quick – often just 10 minutes – and pain-free. Treatments are also surprisingly affordable, so why not give us a call or explore our website for more information?

We offer the latest LASIK and LASEK laser eye surgery procedures, using state-of-the-art equipment. If you’re over 50 and are experiencing eyesight problems, you don’t have to accept this as an unavoidable part of the ageing process. Our lens replacement surgery, also known as refractive lens exchange, may be a better option for you than laser eye surgery. During this short procedure, your own lens is softened and gently removed, to be replaced by one of the latest intraocular lenses.

The result could give your vision the new lease of life you’ve been looking for and open up fresh horizons in 2019.

This year, our highly experienced eye surgeon Mark Wevill will be adding another dimension to Laser Eye Surgery Birmingham’s services. He’ll be undertaking extensive training on the new SMILE – Small Incision Lenticule Extraction – procedure by Zeiss. This technique uses a femtosecond laser system with high precision and speed to reshape the cornea and correct refractive errors.

We’ll be releasing more information about this new addition soon, so watch this space!
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Snow Vision Problems on the Slopes this Winter

Snow Vision Problems on the Slopes this Winter
If you’re planning a ski holiday, remembering to pack all your gear can be a huge task. When you already have a groaning suitcase to carry, it’s a real hassle to have to fit all your vision aids in too.

Whether it’s prescription sports sunglasses or contact lens cases and lotions, you probably wish you could drop all the extra baggage and travel more lightly. Also, as for many sports, trying to use glasses or contact lenses while skiing can be cumbersome or even dangerous.

Well, there’s good news – with help from Laser Eye Surgery Birmingham, you could be enjoying your next ski break with vision as clear as the driven snow.

Offering the very latest techniques in LASIK and LASEK laser eye surgery, we could banish the need for glasses or contact lenses altogether. These quick, pain-free procedures transform lives in the West Midlands every day – plus, they’re surprisingly affordable, leaving you with more budget to enjoy the après-ski!

If you’re over 50, laser eye surgery may not be the right option for you. We also offer lens replacement surgery – alternatively known as refractive lens exchange – which can achieve great results. After a comprehensive eye analysis process, our highly experienced surgeon Mark Wevill will choose the right solution for you from a selection of the latest intraocular lenses.

During the painless 10-minute procedure, your own lens is softened and gently removed, to be replaced with the new intraocular lens. With your new improved vision, you will be hitting new peaks of sporting achievement in no time.

So, why not forget about glasses and book yourself a ticket to a brighter future? Get in touch with our friendly team today and let’s get you on route to the improved vision you deserve.
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Mark returns to Swaziland with the gift of improved sight

Mark returns to Swaziland with the gift of improved sight
Our eye surgeon Mark Wevill has performed thousands of laser eye and cataract operations during his long career, giving countless people a better quality of life. Whenever possible, Mark likes to offer the benefit of his experience to help people who are in desperate need of eye treatment.

This month, Mark returns to Swaziland to volunteer his time and expertise to communities that suffer from a lack of eye healthcare. Most of the work Mark carries out there is the diagnosis and treatment of cataracts, a procedure that makes a world of difference to those he helps.

When a cataract forms across the previously clear lens, our vision becomes cloudy and many tasks become more difficult. As a highly experienced refractive cataract surgeon, Mark not only removes the cataract, but also replaces the lens with one of the latest intraocular lenses. These amazing lenses extend the range of vision and often have a transformative effect on people’s lives.

For this reason, Mark never travels to Swaziland empty-handed. Thanks to the generosity of the team at the UK division of Lenstec, a state-of-the-art lens manufacturer, Mark always goes armed with hundreds of the latest intraocular lenses. With this donation and Mark’s skill, he is able to positively change the outlook of many people who would otherwise be facing an unclear future.

"Cataracts disable millions of poor people and the only barrier to regaining their independence and dignity is a painless 15-minute operation,” Mark said. “Unfortunately, there are few capable eye surgeons in the poorest countries. I may not be able to help many, but I do what I can to change a few of their lives. And it's amazing that in giving, we receive."

Next month we’ll hear more about Mark’s trip and his mission to bring improved vision to people in need. https://www.lasereyesurgerybirmingham.com/swaziland-charity
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Why having laser eye surgery could help save the planet

Why having laser eye surgery could help save the planet
Like many people who are concerned about environmental damage, you may be looking to reduce the amount of single-use plastics you consume in your everyday life.

From taking reusable shopping bags to the supermarket, to forgoing a straw in your cocktail, there are many ways that ordinary people can help to reduce their impact on the environment. However, if you wear disposable contact lenses, you could be contributing to plastics pollution without even realising it.

A study by US researchers has found that 15-20% of contact lens wearers there simply flick the used lenses down the toilet or the bathroom sink, rather than disposing of them in the bin. This can result in many of those discarded lenses ending up in waste water treatment plants, before ultimately being spread onto farmland as part of sewage sludge – thereby increasing the plastic pollution problem.

There is a way that you could enjoy the double benefit of never having to buy, carry or wear contact lenses again, while also doing your bit to protect the planet. LASIK or LASEK laser eye surgery – or, for older people, lens replacement surgery – could free you from glasses and contact lenses by giving you dramatically improved eyesight. Not only would you have the freedom of better vision, you’d also have the peace of mind that comes with no longer using disposable contact lenses.

If you’re not sure whether laser vision correction could be for you, why not give us a call at Laser Eye Surgery Birmingham? Our highly experienced eye surgeon Mark Wevill has carried out these quick, pain-free procedures on over 20,000 people, making the world a brighter place for those who previously suffered from poor vision. Get in touch today to find out what Mark could do for you.
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