The best news about eyes & Birmingham
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.
We agree with these new guidelines as they will increase people's trust in laser eye surgery as a safe and effective alternative to glasses and contact lenses.
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.
It's an illusion. A "continuous" video is actually a sequence of images captured at 25 per second then linked together called frames per second (fps). Each propeller blade rotates at 15 revolutions per second. So the camera captures each blade just before it completes a rotation and links them in a video creating the illusion that the propeller is rotating in reverse. And why are the blades bending? That's distortion from an oblique view through the edge of the window.
Our visual system has a much faster fps rate than the 25 fps of the video camera so the propeller is a reassuring blur rotating in the right direction, speeding us to our destination. So, no worries, our eyes are better than cameras. Just sit back & enjoy the flight
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!
However successive layers of protein deposits also causes hardening of lenses. After our mid forties we need reading glasses which get thicker and thicker until we develop cataracts. Old dysfunctional lenses can be replaced with new, advanced technology lenses which "rejuvenate" vision so we can read without glasses again. Click here to read more about treatments for dysfunctional lens syndrome. Unfortunately we can't make you live 400 years but we can help you to live better!
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
Birmingham Laser team training
We're regularly training to use new & updated instruments, doing refresher courses & updating our skills or training on new instruments because we want to be the best & care for you the best we can. Most of the training we use every day, but we even train to do things we have never had to do, and develop skills we hope to never have to use such as emergency resuscitation.
We are pleased to report that the resuscitation dummy Annie survived the day to be resuscitated again next time! To read more about this A-team, see: http://www.lasereyesurgerybirmingham.com/about
Read about her big swim next month here: www.swimforportstewart.com and what she has to say about the laser eye surgery that will help get her to the other side: www.swimforportstewart.com/swimblog/an-honest-account-of-eye-laser-surgery