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Laser eye surgery for cataracts

Cataract surgery

A common eye condition that can lead to loss of vision in the over 40 age group is cataracts. So, what causes cataracts and what can your optometrist do to help?

Cataracts and laser eye surgery

A cataract is the term used to describe the clouding of the eye’s lens, obstructing the iris and pupil and causing the sight to be compromised. The aging process can cause the proteins within the eye to clump together. This causes a small area of clouding, and over time, the clumping spreads, making it more and more difficult to see clearly. In addition to ageing, there are a number of other causes of cataracts including:

• use of steroid medications
• trauma or injury to the eye or chronic inflammation
• statins
• smoking
• obesity
• hypertension
• HRT (hormone replacement therapy)
• diabetes
• alcoholism

You may also be more prone to developing cataracts if you have a family history of them.

Signs and symptoms of cataracts

A cataract may at first have little impression on your vision. You may find that your eyesight has become rather blurred, as though you were looking through cloudy glass. You may find the light from a lamp or from the sun seems to be overly bright. Night driving can become more challenging as you may find that the glare of oncoming headlights dazzles and distorts your vision much more than it did previously.

Some people may find that colours appear faded or not as vivid as they once were.

Eye surgery for cataract treatment

If you think that you may be developing cataracts, you should seek the immediate advice of an eye specialist.

Advanced eye surgery for cataracts is a relatively simple option that you should seriously consider as the condition progresses. Cataract surgery has a good success rate with most people enjoying 20/20 or 20/40 vision afterwards.

Surgeon Mark Wevill will extract the damaged, cloudy lens from your eye and replace it with a clear, synthetic lens made of acrylic or PMMA. Synthetic lenses are designed to protect the rest of your eye from damage by UV rays and some are even designed to correct other visual problems so that you won’t need to wear glasses.

In conclusion

If you think that your vision is becoming cloudy or you experience any of the other symptoms outlined above, why not contact the helpful experts at Laser Eye Surgery, Birmingham for advice.

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The science of laser eye surgery in the West Midlands

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Laser eye surgery is a life-changing procedure that has allowed about 40 million people across the world to experience the world as never before with improved vision without glasses or contact lenses. It's an advanced process that requires top expertise and the latest equipment, and it's all available in one of the West Midland's most advanced treatment centres.

Unique in the West Midlands

As the only provider in the West Midlands to offer Zeiss Laser Eye Surgery equipment, we are able to conduct procedures to an unmatched level of accuracy using the most advanced equipment, including the Zeiss Atlas and the Zeiss MEL 90 Laser. The process, which is much gentler than using a blade, uses laser pulses lasting one billionth of a millionth of a second to first create a flap on the surface of the eye, then re-shape the cornea to correct your vision. Accurate to within 1/1000 of a millimetre, this process is used on all of our procedures to ensure the highest levels of accuracy and safety.

Local treatment in the West Midlands

With treatment based at the Optegra Birmingham Eye Hospital, a spacious and modern facility located in the centre of Birmingham, you can be confident that your treatment will be carried out by eye surgery specialists whose only role is to restore your vision. Looked after by Consultant Surgeon Mark Wevill, a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and world-renowned eye expert, with more than 6,000 procedures and 20 international conference appearances to his name. Trusted to write academic work for textbooks on the subject, you couldn't be in safer hands in the West Midlands than with Mark and his team.

Bespoke treatment in the West Midlands

When you choose Laser Eye Surgery Birmingham, you're not just another patient, your eyes are a unique story with individual requirements, and Mark and his team will work to ensure you get the bespoke treatment you need. And with Mark performing over 20,000 Vision correction procedures, you’ll be in good hands. From cataract surgery to lens replacement , we'll design a treatment programme bespoke to your needs and lifestyle so that you get exactly what you need from your procedure. Using our advanced scanning equipment, we can find out every detail about your eyes and your vision to make the procedure as quick, accurate and hassle-free as possible, whilst also being minimally invasive.

For laser eye surgery in the West Midlands, Laser Eye Surgery have the skills, the equipment and the ethos to be the natural choice.

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Thanks for your kind words and the chocolates! Hope you have a great Christmas too!

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Common myths about laser eye surgery debunked

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Laser eye surgery is capable of correcting a person’s vision to such a degree that eyeglasses are no longer needed in order to see clearly. Since its introduction in 1989, millions of people around the world have had laser eye surgery.

The vast majority of people who have undergone a vision correction procedure achieve 20/20 vision. Many of those people experience a dramatic improvement in their vision immediately after treatment.

Yet, despite the broad success of the procedures, many people are still uncertain about whether laser surgery or refractive lens exchange procedures will be right for their individual needs. Here are some common myths surrounding laser eye surgery and LASIK Birmingham residents should consider.

Myth: No one really knows what long-term side effects might occur?

Fact: There is a persistent belief that LASIK treatments are still relatively new, so there may be some doubt as to what long-term effects might still be unknown. In reality, LASIK surgeries have been commonly performed for almost 30 years with an extremely high success rate.

Myth: I’m too old for laser eye surgery

Fact: The only real age restriction placed on patients seeking vision correction procedures is that they are over the age of 18 when treatment commences. However, there are some patients with age-related eye conditions that might preclude them from going ahead with the procedure. These include glaucoma, cataracts, and macular eye degeneration. In such instances, booking an appointment with a LASIK specialist to discuss options is advised.

Myth: Laser surgery on the eyes will be painful

Fact: The procedure for vision correction surgery is virtually painless. Patients are given a numbing agent prior to treatment to ensure any discomfort is limited. During the procedure, it’s common to feel a sense of pressure as the corneal flap is made, but there is little other pain to be worried about. Some patients may also require a mild sedative to reduce feelings of anxiety before treatment starts.

Myth: Only short-sighted people are good candidates for LASIK

Fact: In the early days of laser eye surgery treatments were only available to short-sighted people. However, the technology behind the procedures has improved significantly, allowing specialists to treat a variety of corrective refractive errors, including longsightedness and astigmatism.

Myth: Some people go blind after laser eye surgery

Fact: There are no recorded cases anywhere in the world of a patient going blind after LASIK surgery. The procedure only reshapes the cornea on the surface layer of the eye.

Myth: It will take months to recover properly after LASIK

Fact: The vast majority of patients are able to drive legally the day following LASIK surgery without the need for eyeglasses.

If you’re sick and tired of wearing prescription eyeglasses, book an appointment with the experts at the Laser Eye Surgery in Birmingham to see the difference LASIK can make to your vision.

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Top advantages of laser eye surgery

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The popularity of laser eye surgery has surged over the past few years, as people strive for alternatives to other corrective measures for poor eyesight. Laser eye surgery is open to most people who are over the age of 21, with healthy eyes and who are able to see with the right prescription of glasses or contact lenses. Are you considering laser eye surgery? These are some of the main advantages of the procedure:

Simple process of laser eye surgery

Laser eye surgery is a relatively simple and quick process, especially with the advancements in technology and the great thing about it is that the results are immediate. Anyone undergoing this treatment will not have to wait months, weeks or even days; the results are instant and the xx person xx can stop wearing their usual glasses or contact lenses. The simplicity of the process is what makes it so appealing to many people who want a change from their usual, corrective eyewear. It is a procedure which has become more advanced over the years, making it simpler and easier.

Laser eye surgery enhances freedom

The most appealing aspect of laser eye surgery is that xx you can be free from wearing xx glasses or contact lenses . Anyone who wears glasses understands how frustrating it can be when they leave these at home or the hassle of trying to remember to put in contact lenses every morning. Of course, these are hugely beneficial to those with sight problems, but laser surgery offers much more freedom.

Laser eye surgery can make you more attractive

It may be the case that glasses make you feel less attractive and you don’t like wearing contact lenses. This can be highly off-putting for some people, who will even go without wearing glasses, even though they can’t see much! Those who get laser eye surgery often feel much more attractive than ever before and this can be an important benefit for self-confidence.

Greater opportunities after laser eye surgery

Laser eye surgery can offer greater opportunities. You may find that you can take part in activities which you weren’t able to before or that there are better career opportunities for you. Some people have a completely new lease of life after laser eye surgery, as they can enjoy much more with their new, perfect vision and freedom from glasses.

At Laser Eye Surgery Birmingham we are experts in providing this treatment to customers and we are happy to help you too. If you’d like more information on the procedure or you want to book an appointment, get in touch today.

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How to minimise cataract surgery recovery time

Cataract surgery is a wonderful operation to restore your sight when your vision goes cloudy as a result of the natural lens in your eye becoming cloudy. Having your surgery performed by a specialist eye surgeon should mean that your recovery time is quick and hassle-free. Here are a few tips to help speed up your recovery time after your procedure.

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After cataract surgery – doctor’s orders

Following your cataract surgery, your doctor places an eye shield over your eye. You must use this protective shield as advised to prevent inadvertently rubbing or scratching your eye especially while sleep.

Your doctor will also prescribe anti-inflammatory, antibiotic eye drops to use. Use these as directed to minimise your recovery time.

Safe activities following cataract surgery

You can watch TV and use a computer for short periods following your surgery, but keep the sessions brief so that you don’t get eye strain.

Recovery tips after cataract surgery

Allow your vision to settle for at least a few days and get confirmation from your surgeon or an optician before driving that your vision is at driving standard to.

You should wear sunglasses when you go outside for the first two or three weeks following cataract surgery. Your eye will be sensitive to bright light immediately after your procedure, and wearing sunglasses will also provide you with protection from windblown dust and debris.

If you enjoy going to the gym, it's best to avoid doing so for a few weeks following your surgery. You should also avoid going swimming or using a hot tub for a few weeks following your cataract surgery. The chemicals contained in the water could irritate your eye and the bacteria could cause an infection.

Don’t be tempted to rub your eye, even if it is irritating as the eye is still healing.

In conclusion

Cataract surgery is a wonderful way to restore your sight. But take care to follow any the post-operation instructions that you are given by your surgeon. And if you use the tips given above to help you should enjoy a speedy recovery and have great vision once again.

For more information about cataract surgery and other eye procedures, contact the experts at Laser Eye Surgery Birmingham.

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European Society of cataract & Refractive Surgeons Congress 2017

ESCRS 2017 400Nearly 10 000 delegates atended the 2017 congress of The European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) in Lisbon, making it the biggest congress of eye surgeons in the world.

Mark was invited to talk to 500 surgeons about choosing the right lens implant for each person. There are lots of different lenses, just as there are different shoes. One shoe doesn't fit everyone & nor does one lens suit everyone. As Mark explained, you need the right lens for you to be as free of glasses as possible.

See more about lens exchange at: lasereyesurgerybirmingham.com/treatments/lens-exchange-intraocular-lens

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Everything you need to know about refractive lens exchange

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Many older people or those with strong prescriptions assume that they would not make a good candidate for laser eye surgery. With advancements in technique and practice happening at an exponential rate, there is now a great alternative for patients for whom traditional laser eye surgery would not be suitable.

Refractive lens exchange reduces the need for glasses or contact lenses and in some cases, can mean patients are entirely glasses-free. It is a great alternative for older patients or those with very strong prescriptions for whom conventional laser eye surgery would not be suitable. RLE can be used to treat a range of conditions such as hyperopia (long sight) and myopia (short sight) and is an excellent option for patients exhibiting the early signs of cataract degeneration.

How does refractive lens exchange work?

During the procedure, the patient's lens is removed and replaced with a clear, synthetic, intra-ocular lens - much like traditional cataract operations. The difference being that the lens exchange is done to correct vision rather than replace damaged lenses.

Patients can choose the prescription of the new IOL and can opt for multi or monofocal lenses. Coupled with this, patients with IOLs remove the risk of cataract surgery later in life as the original, natural lens is removed.

Recovery after refractive lens exchange

The procedure is carried out while the patient is awake with anaesthetic drops. Patients return home the same day (as long as someone else drives them home) with an eye patch that they must wear at night in the week following surgery. On the day of the surgery itself, there will be a feeling of grittiness, light sensitivity, and minor discomfort. Usually, normal washing and non-contact sports can recommence the day after surgery. Patients are prescribed anti-biotic and anti-inflammatory drops to administer at home. Discomfort associated with the surgery normally reduces significantly two or three days following the procedure, though there may be variable discomfort for a few weeks longer. Patients normally feel able to return to work and driving around two weeks after the procedure with follow-ups the day after surgery, at one month, three months, and then one year after surgery.

In conclusion

According to The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, around 95% of patients are satisfied with the outcome of refractive lens exchange surgery. With many patients describing RLE as life-changing, the surgery offers a fresh perspective for patients who would not benefit from traditional laser eye surgery.

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Thank you Albert

AC Happy cataract patientThanks for your kind words and for the thumbs up, Albert.

More patient's reviews at: www.iwantgreatcare.org/mark-wevill

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2017 SASCRS conference

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Mark is one of the international invited speakers at the 2017 South African Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery Conference in Durban. Surgeons from the USA, Europe & the east, including Mark shared exciting new research about understanding the causes of presbyopia (ageing of the natural lens requiring reading glasses) and treatment of it. And new corneal cross-linking techniques to treat a thinning condition of the eye called keratoconus were revealed. 

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Get ready for Snapchat Spectacles

Snapchat spectacles 400"Snapchat Spectacles" sunglasses were launched today, but you'll need laser eye surgery if you don't want to look silly wearing them over your own glasses. The camera lens on the top right of the glasses records 10 second videos which can be downloaded or shared to Snapchat on your phone app. The light on the top left turns on when recording to alert people who don't want to feature in your video. And it is charged by its case.

They're available online for £129.99 or from funky vending machines known as "Snapbots". The Snapbots have a video screen that lets you virtually try out different colours and usually appear in a location for a day. There's one near the London Eye and other locations can be tracked online, so watch out Birmingham!

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"You could not be in better hands ..."

clear vision cataract brum 400Dennis wrote: "Excellent service carried out by Mark and his team, this was not the first time that I have received eye treatment from Mark, also my wife has received cataract treatment from Mark in the past we where so impressed by the courtesy and welcome from all of the Optegra team, and how they made us feel relaxed and at ease the moment we entered the building."

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Thanks Stefka

Trust pilot Optegra review SLThanks for your kind words & we're so pleased your so happy with your vision. Thank you for telling everyone.

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Eye transplants!?!

Neurogenic regeneration 400 tYes, eyes have been transplanted and they work. Unfortunately it's ony in tadpoles. Eyes removed and transplanted into the tadpole's tails were able to see. And it's possible because of neural regeneration. Nerves which are cut can grow again and link up to make an organ function again. This is exciting news for spinal and brain injury patients and people who have lost limbs. We still don't understand enough about this exciting field, but we're learning.

Read more at: Frankenstein-like tadpole experiment

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Thanks for your thanks

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Ready for a summer without glasses!

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Mark @ the National Gallery

Turner painting national Gallery 400Joseph Turner painted "Rain, Steam and Speed – The Great Western Railway" when he was in his late 60's and was developing cataracts. When cataracts form the lens turns yellow. Blue and green colours are absorbed by the yellow lens, don't pass through it and aren't seen well. This famous Turner picture hanging in the National Gallery is mainly in browns, oranges and yellows. 

Pauline isn't a famous painter but click here to hear her talk about how wonderful the colours are after cataract removal and replacement with a clear, new lens, or click here to read more about cataracts.

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Sikh channel news

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Thank you Davinder, Sukhi, Gurpreet & Harjit for inviting Mark Wevill to talk about eye health, cataracts, myopia in children and laser eye surgery on the Sikh Channel today. We hope your viewers enjoyed it as much as he did.

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Myopia cell discovered

Myopia familyMore than a billion people in the world have #myopia (short sightedness) and the number is increasing because it is linked to how much time people spend indoors as children.

A newly discovered retinal cell -- which is highly sensitive to light -- controls how the eye grows and develops. If the cell instructs the eye to grow too long, images fail to be focused on the retina, causing #nearsighted vision and a lifetime of corrective #glasses or #contactlenses. The eye needs to stop growing at precisely the right time during childhood when it reaches the correct length. Read more at


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Pies & eyes ?!?

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No sighs or replies please guys!

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Take care Christy!

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