Laser Eye Surgery: Home or Abroad?

Laser Eye Surgery: Home or Abroad? We’re living in a new world, a world dominated by the Coronavirus Pandemic, even forgetting our exit from the European Union. It’s probably fair to say that travelling abroad will never be the same again. However, many still consider going overseas for elective surgery to be cheaper than being treated in the UK. And, what could be better: going abroad and getting some sun, and at the same time, saving money on a treatment…

A guide to good eye health

A guide to good eye health As a general rule, we tend to take best care of the parts of the body we can see. We wash our hair religiously, brush our teeth without compromise, bathe our skin in moisturiser, relax our muscles when they are sore. Of course, this makes a lot of sense; it’s difficult to maintain something that’s hidden behind layers and layers of tissue (or clothes). Vital organs like our livers and intestines don’t make an appearance…

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…

What do your eyes reveal about who you are?

What do your eyes reveal about who you are? Everyone has heard the saying “the eyes are the windows to the soul”. It’s been so overused in advertising and daily speech that it’s almost lost all meaning. But like most cliches, there’s a reason it has stuck around in the public consciousness. Mentioned in the bible in Matthew 6 22-23, and being very similar to proverbs in several languages, such as the French, ‘Les yeux sont le miroir de l’dme’, “The…

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…

How diabetes affects your eyes

How diabetes affects your eyes Many things affect your eyes that you wouldn’t necessarily expect would. The list is practically endless. The fact is, your eyes don’t exist on their own. They are part of a complex system consisting of various nerves, neurons, and organs including the brain. Thankfully, you don’t need to know how it all works in order to see.  One thing we do need to do for our eyes is manage systemic and external factors and conditions —…

What is The Likelihood of Needing an Enhancement? [video]

Most patients after the treatment do not require an enhancement. In general speaking terms, the higher your original prescription the more likelihood, there may be some drift in refraction as part of the healing response. Patients are not able to control the healing response. Therefore it is not down to the individual to cause the eyes to drift but more from the actual eye itself. …

Looking after your eyes camping during festival season

Looking after your eyes camping during festival season You’re planning to go hiking, camping, or to a festival, but between making sure you have everything packed and finalising arrangements, you’re lucky if you have time to give your eyes a thought. Yet other than your legs, sense of hearing, and the folding chairs, clear vision is one of the most important things you need for your trip. And so, especially if you wear contacts, it bears taking a few minutes…

Arghh!! Hayfever and contact lens woes

Arghh!! Hayfever and contact lens woes The sun is high in the sky and the flowers are in bloom. It’s the first few days of spring — one of the best times of the year. So, you jump out of bed, and without thinking, draw the curtains, open the windows wide, and take one big, long, deep breath in. Instead of a nice pleasant aaahhhh at the lovely fresh spring air, what comes out is more like an arghhhh!! as you run sneezing and…

At what prescription do you become legally blind?

At what prescription do you become legally blind? You would think knowing if you were blind or not would be a simple thing. You can’t see nothin’. The world beyond your nose is just one big blur, and trying to do anything without your contacts or glasses always ends in harm or disaster. But nothing is ever that simple, and not least our vision. Your eyes are one of the most complex systems in the known universe, and there are as…