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.
Some 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.
Mark Wevill is honoured to have been invited to write a chapter on cataracts once again for the 5th edition of the 1500 page Yanoff & Duker reference textbook used by eye surgeons around the world. Over 250 other authors have been invited to contribute. Thankfully the days of one author writing an entire reference text are over! Click here to read a previous edition of the chapter in Yanoff & Duker.
Please find below PDF to read latest edition, edited by Mark wevill.
Published this week: The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu's discussion of true joy is recorded in "The book of joy". Despite their histories of hardships – or possibly because of them – they are two joyful people who share their thoughts on happiness that is not dependent on circumstances in a changing world. Its how they see, not what they see, that makes the difference.
Attila is fit, trains hard and looks good with the perfect six pack for men's deodorant advertisements. But he can't compete in body building competitions in glasses. He also loves his retro, steel fixie (fixed wheel) bicycle, but glasses and fixies aren't a good mix either. He wanted to look good AND to see well.
After LASIK he says his vision is "fantastic", he's safer on his bike and he's got his mojo back.
Click to hear more about Attila's mojo and the difference LASIK has made. We don't think it's the LASIK that gets the ladies attention though!
Just returned from the European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery congress in Copenhagen. The sun was out and Copenhagen was beautiful. But more importantly, there were fantastic new developments and technologies to share and see with over 5000 other eye surgeon colleagues.
The government can't provide top notch, free and prompt healthcare with the current budget.
So, junior doctors, nurses and others are being told to do more for less in the NHS. So, health professionals are leaving the NHS for the private sector, leaving the country or leaving the profession. So the NHS pays private sector staff to work in NHS hospitals or pays private hospitals to do operations (especially cataracts). So the government tells the NHS not to spend the precious budget on private hospitals and staff. It's a lose-lose dilemma.
So what is going to happen? Either we accept that we won't be getting top notch, free and prompt healthcare or taxes have to increase or we will have to pay for the NHS services we use or we pay privately for healthcare ourselves. It's simple household budgeting: If we don't pay for it somehow, we can't have it.
Heather wrote: "... I stepped into the 15.1 degree Atlantic Ocean at Stroove Beach, with the vast Foyle River to my right, the Innishowen headline to my left and in front, pretty much just horizon as far as the eye could see, other than a slim line where I knew Port Stewart was roughly straight ahead ..."
And we're so pleased that you could see across the bay and that you made it. And congratulations on raising nearly £4000 (to date) for Outdoor Recreation NI & The Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI). To donate, visit Virgin Money Giving.
Read more in Heather's blog about her laser eye surgery: www.swimforportstewart.com/swimblog/an-honest-account-of-eye-laser-surgery