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The eye, the window to the soul

Iris cryptSwedish researchers from Orebro University found that subjects with more crypts (pits) on on their irises were likely to be tender, warm and trusting. The link may be genetic and physiological as the Pax6 gene causes changes in both the iris and the anterior cingulate cortex of the brain which is an area which regulates empathy and emotion. So our eyes may well be the window to our souls!

Iris crypts and other features are unique to each eye and person. The chance that 2 eyes have the same iris pattern is 1 in 3 493 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 (there are only 14 000 000 000 eyes on earth). So iris recognition is used for identification at airports and in laser eye surgery to ensure that your laser treatment is correct and unique to you personally (click to read more ...). 

The diversity and uniqueness of our eyes reflects the the diversity and uniqueness of our genes, personalities and souls.

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Stop the match, I've lost a contact lens!

2015 Rugby World cup 600WHAT A RESULT AT RUGBY WORLD CUP 2015

Well done Argentina and commiserations to Ireland & Scotland!

But Cian Healy really should have LASEK so he doesn't have difficulties with his contact lenses when Ireland least need them. It would make a big difference to Cian, but would it have made any difference to the result?

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Thank you, Yvonne & Roy

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Thank you for the huge box of delicious chocolates. We enjoyed them very much. And thank you for the kind words.

Bless you

The eye team

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Live a fuller life after laser eye treatment

Optegra LASIK advert 400As an opera singer, Paula needs to be in the moment when she’s on stage. Being near-sighted was hindering her ability to perform. Then she trusted Optegra for her laser eye surgery. Click here  to see her story...
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Birmingham New Street five years in five minutes timelapse video

Birmingham New Street Station 400This is a fascinating 5 minute video clip! The Birmingham New Street Station transformation is amazing enough, but consider the forethought to have planned to capture these time lapse images over 5 years. And we now have another building in our cityscape to be proud of. Well done to the builders, planners, designers, camera men and women and everyone involved. Click here  to watch 5 years in 5 minutes ...
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Live a fuller life after cataract surgery

Optegra cataract advert 400Jon is a documentary cameraman. When he was diagnosed with cataracts he was very worried. He could no longer see life in the fine detail that his job required. Then he trusted Optegra with his cataract surgery. Click to see a short video clip of his story...
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Future of Eye Healthcare Patrick Dixon 3

Why don't some humpback whales get older? Some show degenerative changes by the age of 50 and later die of old age, but others are over 150 years old with no sign of ageing. Sturgeon fish, some lobsters and turtles are the same and only die if eaten by a predator. The answer lies in certain proteins their genes produce which slow or prevent ageing. Scientists  are now isolating these proteins and genes and some laboratory mice have lived to the equivalent of  150 human years. While its exciting to read about lenses which can reverse the loss of reading vision (click here for more information), eyedrops which can "dissolve" age related cataracts (click here for more information), wouldn't it be better if cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, heart disease and dementia could be prevented?

This was just part of the fascinating massage from Dr. Patrick Dixon, Physician and futurist at the Optegra Future of Eye Healthcare presentation last night. Click here to hear more from Patrick about staying young.

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Thank you Chetan (ICL lens implants)

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Live a fuller life

Optegra lens replacement advert 400 1 Bernie specialises in helping Olympic athletes to perform. But he lives for being out in the elements: exploring mountains, reading maps. Losing quality vision threatened his way of life. Then he trusted Optegra with his lens replacement procedure. Click to see a short video clip of his story...
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Reading books, or on PC's, tablets & Kindles - which is quicker & better?

Reading speedBooks, Kindles, iPads and PC reading speeds and satisfaction were compared (read details of the study here ...).  

Which is best? In the past, reading speeds in books were claimed to be faster by up to 25 times, but this well done study showed the iPad to be 6% slower than a book and a Kindle 11% slower. However the difference between the Kindle & iPad was not statistically significant so it wouldn't be fair to say that the Kindle was worse.

Users were also asked to rate their satisfaction on a 1–7 scale, with 7 being the best score. The iPad, Kindle, and printed books all scored fairly high at 5.8, 5.7, and 5.6, respectively. The PC, however, scored an abysmal 3.6!

But when we get to about age 45, all reading, whether it is on PC's, iPads, Kindles or books becomes frustrating because of aging changes in the lenses of our eyes (called presbyopia - read more ...). It is frustrating and makes us feel old, but there are solutions. Click here to read more about new, advanced lens implants that can free you from the frustration of reading glasses.

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Thank you Miami

Trust pilot Miami saberiClick here to read more 5* laser eye surgery reviews ...
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Live a fuller life

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Click to watch this 30 second TV advert featuring 3 people living "fuller lives" after treatment to correct their vision. A documentary film maker, an outdoor adventurer and an opera singer talk about seeing the difference!

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Birmingham is fab, just watch this amazing video ....

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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 in Birmingham.
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Cycle to work day 3/9/15

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