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Illumination & imagination

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We may look but not see. And we may see but not have vision.
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British Society for Refractive Surgery

bsrs 400"Thanks to the president of the BSRS (British Society for Refractive Surgery) for inviting me back again this year to talk to surgeon & optometrist colleagues about corneal inlays to improve reading vision." 

Mark Wevill

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Heather's big swim #2

HC laser day 400Heather has had her laser eye treatment! You can read the full story in her blog: "An honest account of laser eye surgery" at But here are some snippets ...

"I was escorted through to a lovely waiting area, there, a lovely lady who I had met at the initial consultation, went through forms and put drops in my eyes. My surgeon then popped in to see me, which I have to say I wasn’t expecting, and it was lovely to see him so happy and calm ready to do crazy things to my eyes.

Mark and his theatre team all spoke to me and confirmed what they were going to do. They did my right eye first. Then it got interesting, from this point everything was like being at the bottom of a swimming pool and opening your eyes, and just seeing people and things above the surface. I could see the outer lights of the laser which formed two dotted circles. Cyber lights started firing up and whizzing around, it did all feel a bit like I was going to be beamed up onto the Starship enterprise, which only lasted (I think) for under 10 seconds. You can’t feel a thing, it is fine. After that (a contact) lens was flipped back over onto my eye, and oh my goodness it was incredible. I could still only see the light dots but they were perfectly clear, I could tell my eyesight was MUCH better already. The same was done to the other, and then I was finished. Probably 7 minutes on each eye I would say.

I stopped myself from high fiving the team as I had wanted to and after thanking them all profusely, sat down with my mother, who was incredibly relieved to have a daughter with two eyes return to her. I sat and looked at everything around me. I could see their faces, I could see the detail in the pictures hanging on the walls and I could read signs already, such relief, and an amazing feeling of joy. Do you know its relaxing too. Spending your day squinting at things isn’t relaxing at all, perhaps my face might have fewer wrinkles too now as a result as I grow older. Mark soon popped in to check on me and asked me to read the time on the clock (which I could!) and checked everything was ok and after being given copious amounts of eye drops and instructions on when to apply them, I was good to go, popped on my Ray Bans and waved everyone fairwell."
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We're so pleased that you're so pleased!

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Shona is so pleased she doesn't have to wear glases now and kindly agreed to talk about her experience. Click on this link to hear what she said: 

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Can you see the instruments during surgery?

Jean 800 3Some people see kaleidoscopes, others see stars, comets or coloured lights. But no-one sees the instruments and its not painful. So its not as bad as you think it will be!

Thanks Jean for sharing your experience and for drawing us the picture.
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Heather's big swim #1

HC twitter 2 400Heather is swimming from Donegal to Portstewart in July. It will be more than 13 miles and very cold. The swim will officially be observed and recorded by the Irish Long Distance Association (ILDSA). Heather says: "I will be raising money for charity and achieving a lifelong dream. Since I was a little girl growing up in Portstewart, sitting on the strand beach, twiddling the sand between my toes, I have looked across the sea to Donegal and wanted to swim to the other side. The swim is likely to be more than 13 miles long, as with the tides and currents around that area, I will swim quite a zig zagged route increasing the distance of the swim. I also need to take into account the fast flowing waters of the River Foyle and the River Bann which I will cross en route. But I have a training plan, and a lot of great friends and professionals on board to help me prepare myself the best I can both physically and mentally."

We are excited and inspired by Heather's dream and honoured to be on the team. Thank you, Heather for chosing us to do your laser eye surgery. At least you won't have to worry that losing your contact lenses during the swim ends the dream! You can follow Heather's laser story here or her swimming story at

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Vision myth #9

Trump 1987 400Myth #9: Laser eye surgery is a new procedure with a short track record.

Fact: New York ophthalmologist, Dr. Steven Trokel performed the first laser surgery on a patient's eyes in 1987. And there have been many improvements in the lasers since then. But some things haven't changed since then, such as the "billion dollar" ego!

Mark Wevill has been correcting vision with lasers since 1996 (click to read more).


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You are invited!

Destiny Africa choir 400Would you like to help a charity that's building a medical centre in an orphanage in Uganda? Kampala Children's Centre gives orphaned Ugandan children a home, an education and the warmth of a family in such a loving way that they themselves become agents of positive change? Destiny Africa Children's Choir is an energetic dancing and singing group of talented children from KCC who have performed in stadiums, theatres, in front of presidents and prime ministers in the UK, the USA and Europe.

The Kampala Children's Centre has only been in existence for 10 years, but in this time a primary and a secondary school has been built on site and now a medical centre is being built which will serve the centre as well as the community. To raise funds to equip this centre, a gala performance and dinner is being held at The Forest of Arden Hotel in Meriden at which the choir will be performing throughout the evening with their usual vibrant energy and enthusiasm. Tickets cost £45 per person. Contact us for details & bring your friends to one of the best evenings of singing and dancing that you will see in a long time.

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French surgeons use a VR headset to help with brain surgery

Brain surgery 400Surgeons in France have used a virtual reality headset to aid them in a brain surgery operation to remove a tumor. The conscious patient was played a piece of VR software that activated certain parts of the brain during the surgery. This enabled surgeons to monitor the neural connections in the patient's brain while removing a cancerous growth. "In creating a completely artificial world for the patient, we could map certain zones and connections of his brain related to functions that we could not, up to now, easily test on the operating table," comments Philippe Menei, one of the neurosurgeons.

Performing brain surgery on conscious patients is a common practice and it is even more common during eye surgery. Did the French patient see anything unusual during his brain surgery? We don't know, but eye surgery patients do see interesting sights ... more later.
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What a fantastic laser the new Zeiss Mel 90 is!

Mel 90 excimer laser mark wevillJust finished another day correcting vision with our brand new Mel 90 laser. With the precision and accuracy that Zeiss are so well known for, my patients were commenting on how much better their vision was immediately after the surgery. It was a pleasure to use & we're looking forward to correcting our patients' vision next week too! Its fab being able to create a personal treatment plan from the best of the many items of advanced technology that Optegra has invested in.
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Vision myth #8:

cold excimer laser i 400Myth #6: The eye laser is hot and causes burning when correcting vision

Fact: Excimer lasers are "cold" lasers, and do not burn eyes. The smell that occurs during treatment is corneal tissue being precisely vaporised as the cornea is reshaped. Nothing burns. In fact the laser is so cool that it can make shapes on matchstick heads without settting them alight!
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Ligo, the new way to see

Ligo Birmingham University 400 1Until recently, everything we could "see" was seen using light or radiation waves.But now researchers, including the University of Birmingham Gravitational Wave Research group, working on the LIGO experiment have detected a signal from a binary black hole. This exciting discovery is the culmination of over 40 years of work by an international collaboration of thousands of scientists and engineers at the Advanced LIGO experiment, one of the most precise instruments to have been designed and built. The successful operation of Advanced LIGO is one of the greatest achievements of experimental science – and Birmingham played a key role. Now we will be able to "see" or get images of the universe using gravitational waves. 

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Or click on the video to see a new way of seeing our universe

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Another brave, happy patient!

Trustpilot Aris reviewThank you Christina!

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Laser safety fact 400Myth #5: Vision correction surgery is 100% safe. This is not true.

Fact: Every operation has risks. Laser or lens surgery may affect your vision so that neither glasses nor contact lenses can sharpen vision back to your pre-surgery vision. So choose an experienced surgeon who will explain the risks to you personally and keep them to a minimum. Many people want vision correction surgery but very few need it. So carefully consider the risks and benefits.

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Vision myth #4:

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Myth #4: Laser eye surgery is not safe

Fact: Over 50 million people have are enjoying the life changing benefits of laser eye surgery. Would they have had it if it wasn’t safe? Click here for more information about the incredible technology used to make it safe.

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Thank you Manisha!

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Chinese New Year celebrations, 8th February

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Its the year of the monkey and people born in the year of the monkey are intelligent and liked because of their extraordinary nature and magnetic personalities. And being born in the year of the monkey gives you sucess in any field you try!

The Monkey years are 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 and 2016.

Enjoy lion dancing, martial arts, parades & delicacies at the Arcadian, Birmingham. For a full programme see:


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Vision myth #3:

dependent on glasses 400Myth #3: Wearing glasses too much will make your eyes dependent on them

Fact: A third of 16-24 year olds and (lots of other age groups too) think this is true, it’s not. If you need them, wear them or talk to us about other options.

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Vision myth #2:

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Myth #2: Watching TV up close will damage your eyes.

Fact: Half of UK adults think this is true, it’s not!

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Thanks for your recommendations, Fay

Fay Jordan Trust Pilot... and thank you for your trust!
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