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Optegra surgery team professional development

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The European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (ESCRS) Congress in Barcelona had over 5000 delegates & over 1000 presentations. Experienced surgical team members Liz & Sally have just returned & are updating other team members with pearls of wisdom on topics including swept source optical coherence tomography, toric lens calculations & real tapas!

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Optegra Birmingham invitation


To hear about vision correction, meet the team, & see our 5* hospital & impressive technology

If you haven't met us yet, we invite you to hear how we could change your life & give you vision for the way you live. You can meet the surgeon & team, & see our 5* hospital & impressive technology over some nibbles & a tipple.

And if we have already given you new vision, I hope you don't mind hearing from us again. Please share this invitation with a friend.

Call or contact us to book places for you & some friends. Then why not enjoy an evening out in Birmingham afterwards?

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The amazing new Ziemer Z8

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Another good day at Space Healthcare changing lives, but this time with the new, amazing Ziemer Z8 eye laser.

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Thank you Dennis!

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Eyedrops to dissolve cataracts?!

Eyedrops 2According to the World Health Organisation, about 20 billion people have cataracts & the greatest burden of this treatable blindness is borne by the poorest countries. Thousands of cataract surgeries are done every day but surgery programmes are not keeping up with the increase, especially in poor countries where facilties & funding are scarce.

Until recently the only  treatment for cataracts has been surgery. But scientists have found that Lanesterol  eye drops can "dissolve" cloudy cataract proteins & it is a safe, natural compound found in our bodies. Trials of these eye drops will start within a year. These drops could change our lives & the lives of millions in poor countries.

Read about the cataract epidemic in this eye surgery textbook chapter written by  Mark & about the eyedrops in the Telegraph newspaper.

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Cycle to work day 3/9/15

Cycle to work Brum 300Great to see people on their bikes for the Cycle To Work Day (see www.cycletoworkday.org) in Birmingham.
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Cycle to work day 3/9/15

Cycle to work 200x375Wheels pumped & ready to roll for Birmingham's Cycle To Work Day Tomorrow!
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Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre visit


Mark Wevill KCMC eye clinic 450Thanks to Drs Makupa & Maro for inviting Mark Wevill to visit KCMC, Moshe, Tanzania. The skills of the surgeons, diagnostic and surgical equipment, rural outreach programme and the quality of eye care provided to the region were impressive. We hope the cataract surgery instruments donated by Optegra are helpful.

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Cataract surgery review best surgeon

...and from a grateful surgeon with gratitude for your kind words and the present.  Thank you Charles,  from Mark

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What a hoot!

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Owl spotting at the Millenium Center!

The Birmingham Big Hoot Owls that we have seen are fab & hope to see all 100 before  they're sold in aid of the Birmingham Children's Hospital.

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Thank you

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The Future of life

Surgeon controlled robots aren't much of a concern after reading the Future of Life Institute's open letter on autonomous weapons, signed by Elon Musk (Paypal, Tesla etc ...), Stephen Hawking & other artificial intelligence experts about autonomous robots that can decide what is a target and terminate it as in the film Terminator. See the letter @ futureoflife.org

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Robotics, the future of eye surgery?

Robotic eye surgeryAre surgeon controlled robots the future of eye surgery? Well, they are precise, movements can be minimised or magnified to improve accuracy, tremors can be reduced and the surgeon doesn't even have to be in the same room or country. But what if the instruments aren't correctly aligned, if there is a delayed response, the link between the surgeon and the robot goes down and magnified movements aren't anticipated? Will there be sensory feedback to the surgeon so that the "feel" of the tissue is true?

It is controversial but these robots are being developed and not only for eye surgery. Read more in this article by Dr. Marc De Smet in "the Ophthalmologist" ...  

Will human surgeons be redundant one day? Will this be the same day robots are driving our cars, trading on the stock exchange and even governing without human intervention? The answer depends on our personal pragmatic or paranoid view of the future.

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Hear Fay talk about her LASIK and the difference it has made to her vision on youtube.

But you don't have to believe us, visit iwantgreatcare.org to read the reviews. And call or contact us to book an appointment.

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7 Tips to avoid summertime itchy, red, puffy eyes

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Summer is fantastic, but those itchy, red eyes aren't! Pollens from grasses and trees cause a nasty reaction in some eyes but there are ways to calm it:

1. Stay indoors when pollen counts are highest, usually in mid-morning and early evening. So before you plan your day, check out the easy to read map on the Met Office Midlands pollen count forecast.
2. Driving? Keep the windows closed and run the air conditioner.
3. At home get rid of the pollen in dust. Wash your bedding frequently, get a new mattress and clean floors with a damp mop. Sweeping stirs up rather than getting rid of pollen and other allergens. Curtains trap dust, so put up blinds.
4. Leave your eyes alone, don’t rub them. You are rubbing the pollen in and making your eyes more itchy and red. Try cool compresses instead.
5. When you go out, especially to do sports or in the wind, wear your glasses (wrap around types are better) which blocks pollen from your eyes.
6. If you have dry eyes, use lubricating tear eyedrops to dilute and wash out the pollens that have got into your eyes.
7. Don't wear your contact lenses, they will irritate your eyes even more. So switch to glasses until the pollen count goes down or have laser or lens surgery to correct your vision!

If this doesn't help then get professional help. 

So, reduce the amount of pollen getting into your eyes and anything else that can irritate your eyes and your eyes will look and feel better this summer. 

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All the best to the Bikeathon riders on Sunday


Hot town summer in the city / Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty / Apologies to Styx, Stranglers & others for using this ditty / But if you don't get out it will be a pity / So why not do the Bikeathon this Sunday 5th July (sorry this doesn't rhyme!).

Hope its a great day out for all riders & well done for helping to fight blood cancers!

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Birmingham's cycle revolution

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Birmingham city council’s £24 million pound investment transforming the canal towpaths into bike networks has made cycling into the city a great way to get to work. Rush hour on the canalside watching ducklings and goslings is so much better than glaring at the tail lights of the frustrated driver in front.

So thank you to our city council and why not try out a new workday commute? Arriving healthier and happier is a great way to start the day! See the maps & read more on the Birmingham cycle revolution site ...

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Zeiss Academy @ Royal College of Physicians

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I hope my colleagues enjoyed my presentation about new vision correction technologies at the Zeiss academy meeting at the Royal College of Physicians in London. And I took the opportunity to demonstrate new computer technology to some older physicians including Dr. Edward Archer (1717-1789) who helped develop the vaccine for smallpox which has saved many millions of children.

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"Well worth it" Volkswagen advert

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Volkswagen does it again! This quirky ad gets a giggle but with an important message about compromising on quality!

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The Look of Silence

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Mass killings in Indonesia in the mid-1960s didn't make the news much internationally. But this film, The Look Of Silence reveals the anguished memories and opened in the UK today.  An optometrist whose older brother was killed in the slaughter interviews the brother's killers and sometimes gives them eye tests as well. Laser eye surgery won't help the killers whose insight which is worse than their sight!

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