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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Looking & seeing

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Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)
Social reformer, naturalist, philosopher, transcendentalist and scientist who believed that the secret of successful living was to focus on the spiritual rather than material concerns.

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No more PIN numbers, passports and passwords?

Iris recognition 400Our coloured, swirling iris patterns make all eyes unique. Even identical twins have different patterns. In 1994, John Daugman, a British computer scientist invented a mathematical process for turning iris pattern images into digital codes. This paved the way for iris recognition systems used in high security buildings and airports. Iris recognition is so reliable that it might replace passports, credit card PIN numbers and all those online passwords.
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Is everyone suitable for vision correction?

Expectations 400Some people aren’t suitable for vision correction surgery. Telling people not to have surgery and to keep their glasses & contact lenses is more difficult than offering them LASIK or lens implants.

This surgery is seldom needed but often wanted. If there aren’t sufficient benefits, the risks are too high or someone expects too much from the technology then a good surgeon will refuse to treat and recommend glasses.

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Happy New Year!

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Thank you Dawn & a happy, healthy New Year to everyone!

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Happy Christmas Margaret & all our patients

Happy christmas cataract patient 800Thank you for your kind words & a very Happy Christmas to you and all our patients too!
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The amazing Heather

film crew lasikHad fun with the film crew & my amazing patient Heather, who swam 13 miles in cold, rough seas for charity this summer. Read all about it:

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