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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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Athletes can now get ready for next season

Athletes can now get ready for next season
Now that the season is over for many sports, it’s a great time for athletes to consider taking their eyesight into another league.

Whether you’re a professional sports person or a keen amateur, in team or individual pursuits, it’s very important to be able to see clearly while taking part. If you wear glasses or contact lenses, these can not only cause inconvenience, but also pose actual threats to your health and safety.

Glasses are unsuitable for many sports, but even contact lenses can present dangers, particularly if your sport exposes you to water. A recent news story shared the terrible experience of a young woman who wore contact lenses while swimming.

She contracted a rare infection called Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK), which eats away at the cornea. After suffering “months and months in absolute agony,” she was forced to undergo a cornea transplant to bring her ordeal to an end. Read more ...

Prescription sports glasses can help, but why not rid yourself of the burden entirely? If you’re a swimmer, triathlete, paddler, kayaker, rower, cyclist or any kind of sports person, you could enjoy your sport worry-free, thanks to laser eye surgery.

With our quick, painless procedures, you could have your laser vision correction done at any time. But if your sport takes a break over the winter, this is the ideal period in which to give yourself the advantage of improved eyesight, ready to shine next season.

At Laser Eye Surgery Birmingham, we offer the latest cutting-edge LASIK and LASEK laser eye surgery techniques. So, get in touch with our friendly team for a chat or browse our website for more information. When it comes to eyesight, we’re always going for gold!
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Take the fast track to brilliant vision

Take the fast track to brilliant vision
As we get older, many of us will find that our eyesight starts to fail gradually over time. This often manifests itself in the most annoying ways as we start to struggle with close-up tasks, such as reading, using our computers or looking at our mobile phones.

But do you have to live with this slow deterioration of your vision and the inconvenience it brings? Absolutely not!

At Laser Eye Surgery Birmingham we offer the very latest in laser eye surgery techniques and other cutting-edge treatments. If you’re over 45 and struggling with vision problems, you may find greater benefit in lens replacement surgery than laser eye surgery.

This was the case for Gary, a Harley Davidson enthusiast who underwent femto lens surgery and received advanced lens implants after he became frustrated with the effect of poor vision on his daily life.

As an engineer, Gary needed to wear his glasses or contact lenses at work, which was a hassle when he had to wear safety glasses over his normal glasses, for example. The final straw came when, on a motorcycling holiday in Europe, Gary was driven crazy by continually having to remove his helmet and put his glasses on just to read a text on his phone.

On his return home, he turned to our expert eye surgeon Mark Wevill for help. During the painless, 10-minute procedure, Gary’s natural lens was softened and removed, to be replaced by an advanced optic lens. The result has put Gary’s life into a whole different gear.

“Now I don’t need to wear glasses at all and it’s just fabulous,” Gary said.

If you’d like to get on the road to better vision, get in touch with our friendly team or visit our lens replacement surgery page for more information.
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How eye surgeon Mark Wevill changed Amreeta’s life

How eye surgeon Mark Wevill changed Amreeta’s life

Here at Laser Eye Surgery Birmingham, we have transformed the quality of life enjoyed by thousands of people with the latest laser eye surgery procedures and other treatments.

One of our patients, Amreeta, was recently featured on the BBC TV programme, One Day That Changed My Life..

Amreeta, 26, is a radiologist who had wanted to improve her eyesight all her life. Suffering from myopia, or short-sightedness, meant that Amreeta couldn’t even make a cup of tea safely without wearing her glasses or contact lenses.

She sought the help of our expert eye surgeon Mark Wevill to make her lifelong dream of glasses-free vision a reality. After extensive assessment using state-of-the-art equipment, Mark decided that Amreeta was suitable for Visian ICL's, or intraocular contact lens implants, which can be an ideal alternative when your vision can’t be corrected by laser eye surgery. Mark would insert a tiny phakic lens in front of Amreeta’s natural lens – so she would be effectively wearing a contact lens inside her eye.

A major driver behind Amreeta’s decision to seek eye surgery was her ambition to travel around the world, something she felt unable to do while her vision was poor.

“Having eye surgery done is scary, but not as scary as being somewhere and not being able to see,” she said.

Amreeta’s initial nerves were quickly eased by our friendly, professional team and she went on to have the procedure carried out on both eyes. The quick and painless process left Amreeta with enhanced vision almost immediately and her eyesight in both eyes steadily improved over the following weeks, until she achieved better than 20/20 vision.

“To just be able to get up in the morning and see is amazing,” she said. “You can’t put a price on sight.”

To find out more about Amreeta’s procedure, visit our intraocular contact lens implants page.

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My vision correction story: Heidi

My vision correction story: Heidi
Heidi is a team member at Optegra Eye Hospital Birmingham, where she takes care of the bookings for NHS cataract patients and also greets visitors at the reception desk. Heidi had always been very short-sighted – in a family of people with poor vision, she believed that her eyesight was definitely the worst.

Although Heidi sometimes wore contact lenses, if she was having a bad day and experiencing discomfort or dryness, she would be forced to wear thick glasses, which she disliked. She was also concerned about the impression this would make on visitors to a hospital that specialises in giving people freedom from wearing glasses.

Like many people, Heidi had some concerns and apprehension about undergoing laser eye surgery: Would it achieve a good result? Would the treatment be a safe and sensible choice for her?

Our highly experienced surgeon Mark Wevill carried out laser eye surgery on Heidi last year and she says it has changed her life in ways she couldn’t have anticipated.

“My eyesight was minus 7 or 8 before the surgery and this experience has been absolutely life-changing,” she says. “It’s amazing, I can see perfectly – I never imagined the result would be so good. I no longer have to bother with contact lenses or glasses. It’s great to not worry about putting anything in my eyes before I go out of the front door.”

Heidi now has the best eyesight in her family, so her impressed relatives are interested in having laser eye surgery too!

If you’d like find out how laser vision correction or lens replacement surgery at Laser Eye Surgery Birmingham could change your life, get in touch with our team today. There’s never been a better time to give you the improved vision that you deserve.
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Back to school with clearer vision

Back to school with clearer vision
As the long summer holidays draw to a close, children everywhere will be excited about seeing their school friends again – while many parents may be breathing a sigh of relief after entertaining the family for weeks!

Returning the children to school could present an unexpected opportunity for parents with poor vision. If you’ve spent all summer squinting over bedtime stories, or struggling to see your youngsters as they waved from distant roller-coasters, now is the time to consider doing something that’s just for you.

Laser eye surgery – LASIK or LASEK – could transform your quality of life so that, by the time the next school holiday rolls around, you could be enjoying greatly improved vision. At Laser Eye Surgery Birmingham, we offer the latest technology in laser vision correction and thousands of people are now seeing the world more clearly thanks to our outstanding service.

Perhaps you’ll be heading back to school yourself, as a mature student at university, college or evening classes? If you have difficulty seeing the board, watching videos or reading textbooks, there’s never been a better time to look into vision correction. Even teachers could benefit from better vision – then you could see exactly who is misbehaving at the back of the class!

For older students, lens replacement surgery could be a more suitable route than laser eye surgery. Also known as refractive lens exchange, this procedure actually replaces your deteriorated lens with one of the latest intraocular lenses.

All our procedures are quick – less than 10 minutes – painless and surprisingly affordable, and you don’t need to wait for another long holiday to recover. So, why not get in touch with our friendly team today and find out more? You could have A+ vision before you know it.
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How losing your glasses could save you a fortune

How losing your glasses could save you a fortune
There are many reasons to consider having vision correction surgery, but have you considered the positive impact on your finances?

Cost may be a factor when deciding whether to undertake laser eye surgery or other procedures, but at Laser Eye Surgery Birmingham, you’ll find that our quick, pain-free procedures are surprisingly affordable. Not only will your investment in better eyesight give you an improved quality of life, it could also make your wallet happier in the long term.

Eliminating the cost of replacement lenses and frames for years to come is an obvious saving. But did you know that sunglasses are the third most common item to be stolen from people on holiday? Some unlucky travellers don’t even make it out of the airport without losing their designer shades. This would be inconvenient in itself, but when they’re also prescription glasses, the cost of replacements can really drain your travel fund.

Only cash and mobile phones are more attractive to thieves than glasses and depending on the small print of your travel or home insurance, you may find that your policy doesn’t always cover losses of that kind. Why not give yourself an extra holiday treat and take your next break free of glasses and contact lenses?

We’re experts in giving people better vision, using the latest technology in LASIK and LASEK laser eye surgery. Our comprehensive vision assessment will help us to recommend the best procedure for you – no blades are used and each procedure takes less than 10 minutes.

If you’re over 50, you may be suffering from Dysfunctional Lens Syndrome, in which case lens replacement surgery – or refractive lens exchange – may be the better option for improving your sight.

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Life’s a beach without glasses or contact lenses

Life’s a beach without glasses or contact lenses
Packing for your summer holiday is always an exciting experience. It’s fun to start loading your suitcase with your swimming costume, flip flops, beach towel, sun cream… Until you get to the multiple glasses cases, contact lens solutions, spares of everything and so on.

When you’re trying to pack light, a bag full of vision aid supplies can take up an annoying amount of space in your luggage. If you wear glasses, you’ll need your back-up pair, prescription sunglasses and non-prescription shades for when you’re wearing contact lenses. Perhaps you want to have a choice of styles to mix and match with your holiday outfits? Better make a bit more space in the bag then.

If you’re over 45, reading glasses might have to be added to the mix – yet another pair to fill out your suitcase and beach bag.

Contact lenses are no less hassle when you’re going on holiday. There are the cases and solutions to take and if you run out while overseas, depending on your location, it can be hard to track down replacements. Many people prefer to wear contact lenses for sporting activities, but you shouldn’t do that if your eyes are dry or irritated. Some very energetic activities, such as surfing and rafting, aren’t suitable for wearing contacts as they could easily be lost.

Imagine, then, the freedom of taking a holiday without wearing glasses or contact lenses at all. That dream could come true with the help of Laser Eye Surgery Birmingham.

We offer a range of services using the latest eye surgery technology, from LASIK and LASEK laser vision correction to, for older clients, lens replacement (refractive lens exchange).

Contact our friendly team today to find out how your next holiday could be out of this world.
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Why lens replacement beats laser for over-50s eye surgery

Why lens replacement beats laser for over-50s eye surgery
As we age, many of us will start to experience problems with our vision. Glasses and contact lenses come with ongoing costs that will last a lifetime, such as regular eye tests, buying new lenses and replacing battered or lost frames.

That’s why millions of people are turning to the state-of-the-art technologies now available for long-term vision correction. Often, they find that eye surgery treatment is much more affordable than they imagined and they’re delighted by the results.

But if you’re considering eye surgery, it’s important to choose the procedure that’s right for you. ‘Laser eye surgery’ is not a catch-all term; often, the right solution for your vision will be influenced by your age.

People aged between 20 and 50 will generally benefit from laser eye surgery. We offer two types of laser eye surgery, neither of which uses blades. LASIK is a procedure in which the cornea is accurately reshaped; it takes just 10 minutes and you can usually drive by the next day. With LASEK, or advanced surface treatment, the procedure is even quicker but the recovery time is slightly longer.

If you’re over 50, however, it’s likely that you would benefit more from lens replacement surgery. Many people suffer from a slow deterioration of their lens over time, called Dysfunctional Lens Syndrome, which makes the lens less adaptable, flexible and clear. Also known as refractive lens exchange, lens replacement surgery turns back the years with a painless, 10-minute procedure.

Some new lenses can provide focus for near, intermediate and far objects, and correct astigmatism. Another benefit is that you cannot develop a cataract after lens replacement.

Prior to the surgery, it’s very important that your personal eye health is thoroughly assessed to ensure that you are suitable for lens replacement surgery. Here at Laser Eye Surgery Birmingham, our surgeon Mark Wevill will carry out a complimentary 90-minute advanced eye analysis using the latest technology, before selecting the lens that is right for your personal vision needs.
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Taking the Long View Could Mean a Life free from Short Sightedness

Taking the Long View Could Mean a Life free from Short Sightedness
It’s a sad fact that myopia – or short-sightedness – is on the rise. Half of UK teenagers are believed to be myopic and it is estimated that about 200 million people around the globe have the same condition.

So, what is myopia and what causes it to progress? When your eye is too long and the focusing power of your eye is too strong, distant objects are focused in front of the retina. Wearing minus (-) glasses moves the focal plane backward, which focuses the image on the retina.

Parents will naturally be keen to protect their children’s eyesight and being aware of potential hazards early on could help. Staring at screens – including computers, tablets, TVs and mobile phones – can exacerbate the problem, so taking a break from modern life and spending lots of time outdoors may help to reduce myopia in young people.

While this is useful advice for all of us, genetics can also play a role in determining who will develop myopia. So, once the damage is done, can myopia be cured?

There is the option to manage your vision using glasses. But if you don’t want the ongoing, life-long cost and inconvenience of wearing glasses, there are treatments available that offer you long-term vision correction.

Laser eye surgery is a good choice for people aged between 20 and 50 – more than 50 million people are now enjoying the benefits of blade-free LASIK and LASEK laser vision correction. For the over-50s, lens replacement surgery – or refractive lens exchange – is a better option to challenge the impact of the ageing process on your vision.

Here at Laser Eye Surgery Birmingham, we’ve been changing lives with these treatments for many years, offering people freedom from glasses for an affordable price. Get in touch with us today to find how you could see a brighter future.
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How to prepare for your lens replacement surgery

How to prepare for your lens replacement surgery

Lens replacement surgery can seem like a daunting procedure, but it's also an incredibly exciting one because it will dramatically improve your vision and quality of life. Being prepared for each step of the surgery can really help to relieve any apprehension you may have about the procedure, allowing you to focus on looking forward to the fantastic results.

Check you have all the right information about your lens replacement surgery

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists has a helpful checklist of items to discuss with your surgeon before you undergo a lens replacement procedure. It's very important that you ask as many questions as possible before your surgery so that you know what to expect, this will go a long way in reducing any worries or anxieties you have about the procedure.

Before you have the surgery, you should feel fully informed about the following areas:

- The credentials of your eye surgeon and their clinic
- The costs of the surgery, including costs of follow-up visits or treatments
- The expected results of the lens replacement surgery, and the reasons why that particular surgery is right for you
- What the procedure entails, how long it will last, and how your vision and use of glasses will change
- Complications and potential risks of surgery
- The aftercare process, recovery times and the aftercare or follow-up procedures offered to you

Plan for recovery from lens replacement surgery

You won't be able to drive after your lens replacement procedure, so make plans as to how you will get to the clinic and get home afterward. Although most patients are able to get back to their usual activities just a couple of days after surgery, your vision will need 24 to 48 hours to recover. This means you'll also need a friend or family member on hand to help you out around the home and make you comfortable. Your surgeon will advise you on estimated recovery times so that you can also schedule leave from work or clear your diary where appropriate. Make all of these post-surgery plans at least a week in advance of your procedure so that you can look forward to a stress-free recovery.

And here are some links to hear about the difference the treatment has made to some of our patients:

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https://youtu.be/PmrOAMC8KSg

If you have any more questions about the Lens Replacement Surgery process and how to prepare, don't hesitate to get in touch.

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The ultimate guide to undergoing Cataract Surgery

The ultimate guide to undergoing Cataract Surgery

Preparation for your cataract surgery

Once you've made the decision to undergo cataract surgery, you may feel a little bit nervous about the procedure, but don't worry. Your eye doctor will have completed the surgery many times before and will be sure to make you feel comfortable.

Prior to your cataract surgery, typically a week or so before the procedure, your eye doctor will measure the shape and size of your eye. This is done so that they can provide you with the appropriate artificial lens.


The procedure

Throughout the duration of your cataract surgery, you will be awake. Initially, this might sound daunting, but you won't feel any pain or discomfort, as your doctor will using a numbing agent on your eye, and won't use any needles or injections.

Mark Wevill will make a small incision at the side of your eye, and using a gentle ultrasound instrument he will fragment and remove the cataract. Your new high tech intraocular lens is rolled into a cylinder and inserted into the position of the old lens. It's a myth that the eye is removed from the socket to have the surgery. No-one has ever done this and it and in this high tech age it is inconceivable. The surgery is quick and painless.

Typically, the surgery takes about 10 to 15 minutes so you won't need to stay overnight, but you will need to make sure you have someone to drive you home.

Cataract surgery aftercare

There's a whole plethora of health benefits you can look forward to once you've recovered from your cataract surgery, but until then, it's time to rest up. For a couple of days after your surgery, you may find that your eye itches or feels sore. Over this period, you may also find that your eyes are more teary and that it's difficult to see well in bright conditions.

You will be given eye drops for the first week to prevent infection, you will be given an eye shield to wear when sleeping. Be sure to contact your doctor immediately if you feel that your eye isn't healing as it should or if you're experiencing pain. Your eye should be fully healed after 8 weeks.

If you're interested in getting cataract surgery, visit Laser Eye Surgery Birmingham today to book in for an appointment or to find out more about our quality services.

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Is cataract surgery the only solution for cataracts?

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Cataract continues to be a medical concern, especially for the ageing population. It can be quite an debilitating condition that can limit the extent to which sufferers can engage in everyday activities such as reading, driving and outdoor activities.

It is well known that cataract surgery can provide you with impeccable vision, and Mark Wevill, our refractive cataract surgeon, has carried out many thousands of cataract surgeries over the last 25 years. We believe that prevention is part and parcel of good eye care and believe that there are some things you could consider that could help reduce the risks of developing cataract or minimise its impact on your lifestyle if the condition were to occur. Read on to find out more:

Cataract surgery helps and so can regular visits to your optician

Rather than wait until an emergency strikes before visiting your optician, it is wise to get into the habit of visiting your optician on a regular basis. Regular eye checks can help because your optician would usually look out for signs of any eye disorders and it is a great way to alleviate any anxieties you may have about your vision.

An eye check could also mean that your optician discovers the early onset of cataract and can offer timely advice or treatment to help prevent the condition from progressing.

Protecting your eyes from UV rays could delay cataract surgery

You only need to see or experience sunburn on the skin to realise the damaging effects ultraviolet (UV) rays can have. UV rays can be similarly damaging to the eyes and are one of the factors that cause cataract . Ultraviolet (UV) light damages proteins in the lens of the eye causing cataracts and wearing sunglasses, especially when you are younger has a protective effect. And the reflective glare off surfaces like swimming pools and the beach increases the UV exposure and risk of cataract formation.

Keep an eye on your blood sugar levels

Sugar intake and dietary choices feature prominently in the causes of diabetes, and diabetes causes cataracts. And cataract surgery carries more risks in people with diabetes.

Don't smoke or give it up

Smoking increases the risk of developing cataracts by three fold and stopping smoking reduces this risk. Smokers are also more likely to have a poor diet and drink more alcohol, which are also risk factors for cataract. Tobacco smoke contains toxic heavy metals such as cadmium, lead, and copper, which accumulate in the lens and damage it.

Overeating

Obesity is risk factor for cataracts. These health-related factors − diabetes, obesity & smoking may occur together. Therefore, wearing sunglasses, a moderate calorie intake and a healthy lifestyle are the best way to reduce the risk of developing cataracts.

We provide specialist cataract surgery in Birmingham, so contact us today for more information. Our friendly team are on hand to support you in your journey to improved eye health.

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