Eye News: The Eye Of God Is Spotted In Space

The Helix Nebula, also known as the "Eye of God"
The Helix Nebula, also known as the "Eye of God"

We’re adding a new feature to the Insight blog this week that features news, some weird and some serious, that appeared recently relating to eyes, vision and laser eye surgery. We hope you enjoy it!

The “Eye of God”

On the immensely grand side of the news we’re delighted to share this outstanding image of the Helix Nebula, taken by the Hubble Telescope, similar to the one that appeared in the Daily Mirror.

According to Wikipedia, “the Helix Nebula, also known as The Helix or NGC 7293, is a large planetary nebula (PN) located in the constellation of Aquarius. Discovered by Karl Ludwig Harding, probably before 1824, this object is one of the closest to the Earth of all the bright planetary nebulae. The estimated distance is about 215 parsecs or 700 light-years. The Helix has often been referred to as the Eye of God on the Internet, since about 2003.”

World Cup ‘Eye Test’ Ad Cleared

And for those who enjoy a little humour in advertising, you may enjoy reading about the ASA’s recent clearance of an Asda ad offering free eye tests for Uruguayans after one of their countrymen “missed” Frank Lampard’s equalising goal at the World Cup…

Eye Experts Say Avoidable Blindness Linked To Poverty

On a more serious note, it seems that the Nepalese beneficiaries of the newly launched London Vision Clinic Foundation are not the only people who would greatly benefit from the correction of avoidable blindness. This piece from South Africa’s Star newspaper highlights Africa’s 10% share of the over 670 million people who suffer from correctable blindness.

Stars Back New Laser Vision Op

Lastly, our very own Professor Reinstein has been quoted in a story appearing in the Daily Express. The story highlights celebrities (TV host Philip Schofield, singer Bonnie Tyler and Limahl and Jo Wood, ex-wife of the Rolling Stones’ guitarist Ronnie Wood) that have had PRESBYOND® Laser Blended Vision to correct their near vision loss (usually occurring after 40 years of age).