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Heather's big swim #1

HC twitter 2 400Heather is swimming from Donegal to Portstewart in July. It will be more than 13 miles and very cold. The swim will officially be observed and recorded by the Irish Long Distance Association (ILDSA). Heather says: "I will be raising money for charity and achieving a lifelong dream. Since I was a little girl growing up in Portstewart, sitting on the strand beach, twiddling the sand between my toes, I have looked across the sea to Donegal and wanted to swim to the other side. The swim is likely to be more than 13 miles long, as with the tides and currents around that area, I will swim quite a zig zagged route increasing the distance of the swim. I also need to take into account the fast flowing waters of the River Foyle and the River Bann which I will cross en route. But I have a training plan, and a lot of great friends and professionals on board to help me prepare myself the best I can both physically and mentally."

We are excited and inspired by Heather's dream and honoured to be on the team. Thank you, Heather for chosing us to do your laser eye surgery. At least you won't have to worry that losing your contact lenses during the swim ends the dream! You can follow Heather's laser story here or her swimming story at www.swimforportstewart.com

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Vision myth #9

Trump 1987 400Myth #9: Laser eye surgery is a new procedure with a short track record.

Fact: New York ophthalmologist, Dr. Steven Trokel performed the first laser surgery on a patient's eyes in 1987. And there have been many improvements in the lasers since then. But some things haven't changed since then, such as the "billion dollar" ego!

Mark Wevill has been correcting vision with lasers since 1996 (click to read more).


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You are invited!

Destiny Africa choir 400Would you like to help a charity that's building a medical centre in an orphanage in Uganda? Kampala Children's Centre gives orphaned Ugandan children a home, an education and the warmth of a family in such a loving way that they themselves become agents of positive change? Destiny Africa Children's Choir is an energetic dancing and singing group of talented children from KCC who have performed in stadiums, theatres, in front of presidents and prime ministers in the UK, the USA and Europe.

The Kampala Children's Centre has only been in existence for 10 years, but in this time a primary and a secondary school has been built on site and now a medical centre is being built which will serve the centre as well as the community. To raise funds to equip this centre, a gala performance and dinner is being held at The Forest of Arden Hotel in Meriden at which the choir will be performing throughout the evening with their usual vibrant energy and enthusiasm. Tickets cost £45 per person. Contact us for details & bring your friends to one of the best evenings of singing and dancing that you will see in a long time.

Read more about them at: www.destinyafrica.org

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French surgeons use a VR headset to help with brain surgery

Brain surgery 400Surgeons in France have used a virtual reality headset to aid them in a brain surgery operation to remove a tumor. The conscious patient was played a piece of VR software that activated certain parts of the brain during the surgery. This enabled surgeons to monitor the neural connections in the patient's brain while removing a cancerous growth. "In creating a completely artificial world for the patient, we could map certain zones and connections of his brain related to functions that we could not, up to now, easily test on the operating table," comments Philippe Menei, one of the neurosurgeons.

Performing brain surgery on conscious patients is a common practice and it is even more common during eye surgery. Did the French patient see anything unusual during his brain surgery? We don't know, but eye surgery patients do see interesting sights ... more later.
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What a fantastic laser the new Zeiss Mel 90 is!

Mel 90 excimer laser mark wevillJust finished another day correcting vision with our brand new Mel 90 laser. With the precision and accuracy that Zeiss are so well known for, my patients were commenting on how much better their vision was immediately after the surgery. It was a pleasure to use & we're looking forward to correcting our patients' vision next week too! Its fab being able to create a personal treatment plan from the best of the many items of advanced technology that Optegra has invested in.
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Vision myth #8:

cold excimer laser i 400Myth #6: The eye laser is hot and causes burning when correcting vision

Fact: Excimer lasers are "cold" lasers, and do not burn eyes. The smell that occurs during treatment is corneal tissue being precisely vaporised as the cornea is reshaped. Nothing burns. In fact the laser is so cool that it can make shapes on matchstick heads without settting them alight!
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Ligo, the new way to see

Ligo Birmingham University 400 1Until recently, everything we could "see" was seen using light or radiation waves.But now researchers, including the University of Birmingham Gravitational Wave Research group, working on the LIGO experiment have detected a signal from a binary black hole. This exciting discovery is the culmination of over 40 years of work by an international collaboration of thousands of scientists and engineers at the Advanced LIGO experiment, one of the most precise instruments to have been designed and built. The successful operation of Advanced LIGO is one of the greatest achievements of experimental science – and Birmingham played a key role. Now we will be able to "see" or get images of the universe using gravitational waves. 

Want to know more? www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/...

Or click on the video to see a new way of seeing our universe

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Another brave, happy patient!

Trustpilot Aris reviewThank you Christina!

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Laser safety fact 400Myth #5: Vision correction surgery is 100% safe. This is not true.

Fact: Every operation has risks. Laser or lens surgery may affect your vision so that neither glasses nor contact lenses can sharpen vision back to your pre-surgery vision. So choose an experienced surgeon who will explain the risks to you personally and keep them to a minimum. Many people want vision correction surgery but very few need it. So carefully consider the risks and benefits.

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Vision myth #4:

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Myth #4: Laser eye surgery is not safe

Fact: Over 50 million people have are enjoying the life changing benefits of laser eye surgery. Would they have had it if it wasn’t safe? Click here for more information about the incredible technology used to make it safe.

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Thank you Manisha!

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see https://www.iwantgreatcare.org/doctors/mr-mark-wevill

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Chinese New Year celebrations, 8th February

Chinese New Year 400

Its the year of the monkey and people born in the year of the monkey are intelligent and liked because of their extraordinary nature and magnetic personalities. And being born in the year of the monkey gives you sucess in any field you try!

The Monkey years are 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 and 2016.

Enjoy lion dancing, martial arts, parades & delicacies at the Arcadian, Birmingham. For a full programme see: cnybirmingham.org.uk/chinese-new-year-2016


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Vision myth #3:

dependent on glasses 400Myth #3: Wearing glasses too much will make your eyes dependent on them

Fact: A third of 16-24 year olds and (lots of other age groups too) think this is true, it’s not. If you need them, wear them or talk to us about other options.

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Vision myth #2:

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Myth #2: Watching TV up close will damage your eyes.

Fact: Half of UK adults think this is true, it’s not!

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Thanks for your recommendations, Fay

Fay Jordan Trust Pilot... and thank you for your trust!
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Vision myth #1:

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Myth #1: Wearing someone else’s glasses will damage your eyes

Fact: Half of UK adults think this is true, it's not!

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... and a Happy New Year to you too!

Great reviews and testimonials 400Thank you for the thanks & Veuve Cliquot Roseanne!

For more reviews, see: www.iwantgreatcare.org/doctors/mr-mark-wevill

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Thank you Shona, and to all our patients and colleagues, we wish you all a blessed and wonderful Christmas and 2016!


The Birmingham Laser Team

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Do you like the little sprout?

Sproutboy BBC 400Its cold and dark but the little sprouts come out at this time of year. Like them or not, they are good for our eyes. Sprouts are a storehouse of Vitamin A, Zea-xanthin and several other flavonoid anti-oxidants which protect the macula against macular degeneration (ARMD). The macula is the most important area at the back of our eyes for giving us clear vision.

And the humble sprout is also a low glycaemic vegetable useful for losing weight and a source of other important vitamins and trace elements that keep us healthy. Di-indolyl-methane boosts our immune systems, sinigrin protects against colon cancers, Vitamin A keeps our skins and eyes healthy and protects against lung and mouth cancers. Vitamin K slows down Alzheimer's, Potassium controls heart rate and blood pressure and iron builds blood cells.

So, take a fresh look at those humble sprouts at Christmas dinner this year. Sprouts aren't sweet but this BBC ad is!
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Stop tomorrow's children becoming short-sighted today!

Myopia familyMyopia is the most common eye disorder with 40% of Europeans and over 90% of Koreans and Japanese having to wear glasses and contact lenses to correct the disorder. The rapid increase in the numbers is caused by a number of factors including spending more time indoors (see "the myopia epidemic").

Myopia is caused by the eye growing too long. The focus can be be corrected with laser eye surgery and lens surgery, but diseases linked to the elongated eye such as retinal detachment, macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma are still more common. So preventing or slowing down the elongation of the eye is important for the future eye health of today's children.

Encouraging children to play outdoors has been known to help. But a recent study of 400 children has shown that a low dose of a well known eye drop called "Atropine" can slow the progression in some children too. So hopefully this epidemic of myopia can be stopped and even reversed.

Read more in "The Ophthalmologist"

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