The best news about eyes & Birmingham
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.
Thanks 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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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 ...
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.
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!
To hear about vision correction, meet the team including the
surgeon, Mark Wevill, & have a peek at our impressive
technology at Optegra in Birmingham 6 pm on Thursday 18th June
Over some nibbles & a tipple you can learn about how we could
change your life & give you vision for the way you live. We
would also like to answer your questions & for you to see our
5 star eye hospital.
Call 0808 281 8752 to book your place or click to book
Well done the Neale's for your moving "Father & Son" performance. Dad Laurie says “Before my heart attack I always thought there’d be time later on to do everything I wanted to in life. Then I had a wake-up call that maybe I wouldn’t have time. Music was always my passion and enjoying music with my sons is all I’ve ever wanted. Hopefully now this is our time.” As judge Alesha said, we "connect with you because the most important thing in the world is family," And what a family you are! Congratulations for getting through the semifinals & all the very best for the BGT finals on Sunday. CLICK TO LISTEN & WATCH OUT FOR THE LUMP IN YOUR THROAT.