The incredible vision of a south-east African tribe

The incredible vision of a south-east African tribe Our vision adapts to the world we live in. But natural evolution can only move so fast, and there’s no limit to the speed at which the world can change. So, when in just a few generations the average person’s day shifts from spending hours out in wide-open spaces, full of natural light, different colours and contrasts, and moving objects at varying distances, to sitting in an office in a city and…

Myopia is becoming the new normal

Myopia is becoming the new normal Many of us who live in cities and work from a desk so most day-to-day activities happen within a few feet of our faces. Being able to see anything further than a car approaching in the distance is essentially unnecessary. It’s no surprise, then, that rates of myopia have been soaring over recent years. According to a 2019 study in the Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science journal, more than 32 percent of the world’s population has myopia, otherwise…

Can gene therapy cure blindness?

Can gene therapy cure blindness? There’s a lot of coverage about new “genetic therapies” and techniques and whether or not they’re going to bring about a revolution in medicine. From designer babies to stem cell therapy, every week there are stories that describe their promise as a miracle cure or layout their risks and explain why they should be avoided at all costs. Gene therapy is a hot topic for the media and, as a treatment that can clearly help…

The road to better vision…

The road to better vision… As a full-time athlete within the British Para-Cycling Team, Karen Darke, MBE FRSGS, has devoted her life to training, competing and pushing herself to her limits. Embarking on adventures from covering the 372-mile ice cap in Greenland whilst sitting on skis and using her poles traverse the ground, to climbing Mont Blanc, Matterhorn and El Capitan, she doesn’t let anything stop her. In 2012, she became a silver-medallist in the London Paralympics, and in 2016…

How to age gracefully (with Phil)

How to age gracefully (with Phil) There comes a point in everyone’s life when they find themselves faced with the inevitable truth of ageing. Even though it’s happening from the very moment you’re born, it can be decades until you have to face the fact — not least because most of us are pushing it away for as long as possible. For Phillip Schofield, that time came at just sixteen years of age, when his hair started to turn grey….

London’s mayor committed to reduce pollution, what that means for your eyesight

London’s Mayor committed to reducing pollution, what this means for your eyesight Think of cities with a serious pollution problem and you think of Delhi or Beijing — places known for their heavy smog clouds that sweep over and blanket whole neighbourhoods for days, weeks, or months on end. Somewhere that doesn’t immediately come to mind, however, with all its talk of protecting the environment and supporting green energy, is London. Yet surprisingly enough — at least for those that…

Laser eye surgery is nowhere near as scary as you might think

Laser eye surgery is nowhere near as scary as you might think Imagine being told that in just a few minutes you could have your eyesight corrected to near perfect. No overnight stay, no painful procedure, just a few minutes lying on a bed. Before I go any further, I have to say that my eyesight was not terrible – I had astigmatism and was slightly long-sighted. But I use the computer for a gazillion hours a day, so I…

Laura’s journey to 20/20 vision

Laura’s journey to 20/20 vision Although getting laser eye surgery feels like a huge decision, it’s a simple procedure and one that can change your life in countless ways. In this two-part article in Reader’s Digest, you can follow Laura Dean-Osgood’s journey from short-sightedness, dry eyes and even a sight-threatening eye ulcer to 20/20 vision. While part one covers Laura’s initial consultation, which revealed that she had a condition that dries her eyes out, and the preparation she had to…

Stars Who Have Had Laser Corrective Surgery

Stars Who Have Had Laser Corrective Surgery Laser Eye Surgery has become a common procedure among celebrities—Brad Pitt, Tiger Woods, Elton John, Courtney Cox, and Nicole Kidman, are just a few of those who’ve been freed from their glasses or contact lenses. And as you can imagine, these big stars who rely heavily on their vision don’t go to any old clinical practice to have the work done. Over the years we have seen many a famous face walk the…

We’re In The Press And On TV (Again)

Last Week We Appeared In The Daily Express And On ITV’s This Morning. As one the world’s leading Laser Eye Surgery clinics, we’re often asked to comment and provide expert opinion in the media and, for some strange reason, last week was a busy one! Our lead surgeon and founder, Dr Dan Reinstein, was invited onto ITV’s This Morning on Friday to help bust some Laser Eye Surgery myths and answer viewers’ questions. Professor Dan Reinstein pointed out an eye…