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Laser Eye Surgery Blog

The Biased Blogger

The Biased Blogger Let me introduce myself as an award-winning broadcaster, journalist, writer and former patient who is now – proudly – the LVC’s fly on the wall blogger. ‘Aa-haa’, I hear the cynics among you mutter. ‘She’ll be employed by the LVC. Her views on Laser Eye Surgery are hardly likely to be impartial’. Yes, you’re probably right. Obviously I only have a lay person’s knowledge of things ophthalmological but – after more than twenty years of journalistic experience – I… Read more

The Biased Blogger

The Birth Of A Blog

The Birth Of A Blog Like many good ideas, this one pops into my head at 4.00am. Of course the London Vision Clinic parties and Dr Dan on the sax are a great way for existing patients to keep a connection with the clinic and its pioneering work; but here – at the click of a mouse – is another way… The LVC Blog. This blog will tell the whole story of the London Vision Clinic from its inception in 2002 to… Read more

The Birth Of A Blog

LVC Links

LVC Links What no more appointments! No more visits to my friends at the LVC!  After the yearly check-up and that will be that! Without wishing to sound like a sad case or even unduly sentimental, this place has become part of my life and I will miss it. My visits here have been across a turbulent eighteen month period (perhaps longer than usual as I chose to accept an enhancement procedure, more of which later). Alongside the LVC appointments in my… Read more

LVC Links

Decisions, Decisions

Decisions, Decisions! Relaxing on the comfortable leather sofa in the LVC reception area in London´s Devonshire Place  (this was before the move to Harley Street) it occurs to me that I am facing some rather pleasant decisions: which flavour of tea (it is an afternoon appointment and try to keep coffee for the mornings) will I select from an array extensive enough to suit any discerning palette; should I succumb today to the temptation of a chocolate biscuit, something more wholesome and… Read more

Decisions, Decisions

Step By Step Guide To Verbal Anesthesia

Step By Step Guide To Verbal Anesthesia “It is perfectly normal to be anxious before eye surgery – it is after all, eye surgery – but it doesn’t mean that you need chemical alteration of your mental state to have the surgery”, says Dr Dan. Instead he – and many colleagues – use a system of verbal anesthesia. This has nothing to do with dozing off when listening to the party bore drone on with some boring story; nor does it have… Read more

Step By Step Guide To Verbal Anesthesia

WARNING: Smoking Is Bad For Your Sight

WARNING: Smoking Is Bad For Your Sight I have an aunt who smokes like a chimney. In her youth she was a very beautiful model and I recall staying with her for a holiday when I was fourteen. In addition to developing a taste for pink wine, it was the summer that I also learned to smoke. We sat in front of her bedroom mirror and, after I had experimented with her make up and dressing up in her fabulous clothes ,… Read more

WARNING: Smoking Is Bad For Your Sight

The Mentor’s Mentor

The Mentor’s Mentor A “mentor” according to dictionary.com is a “wise and trusted counsellor or teacher” and “an influential senior sponsor or supporter”. One can easily understand how Dr Dan Reinstein would tick the right “mentor” boxes for young up-and-coming ophthalmologists and would-be eye surgeons. He’s brilliant, charismatic, driven, hard working, successful and amazingly talented. In turn,  I imagine that he would lend his support to  anyone with a special flare starting out on a career in eye health. To many of… Read more

The Mentor’s Mentor

Pass The Rescue Remedy, Please!

Pass The Rescue Remedy, Please! Among the English Heritage blue plaques in Harley Street is one dedicated to the prominent Victorian and Edwardian surgeon Sir Frederick Treves (1853 to 1923) who charged the maximum treatment fee of 100 guineas in the 1890s. He is credited with performing the first appendectomy in England on June 29th 1888 (a useful bit of trivia should you ever find yourself needing it on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”) and of saving King Edward V11’s life… Read more

Pass The Rescue Remedy, Please!

Location, Location, Location

Location, Location, Location London’s Harley Street is known throughout the world as the centre for medical establishments. Now that it is the new home of the London Vision Clinic I decided to carry out some research into how this area – stretching from Oxford Street to the Marylebone Road – became synonymous with private health care. Today it is owned by the de Walden family and managed by the Howard de Walden estate which aims to keep a mixture of residential, commercial and… Read more

Location, Location, Location

The Truth Is Out There

One of the main things that has struck me since being associated with the London Vision Clinic and writing this blog is the amount of misinformation that still exists about Laser Eye Surgery. Among the major fallacies would have to be that the need for reading glasses (aging eyes or presbyopia) cannot be corrected successfully by the laser. Alongside this is a disproportionate fear which prevents so many people from considering Laser Eye Surgery and – oddly perhaps -even from finding out… Read more

The Truth Is Out There

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