Part 2: Eye Surgery Then And Now

In 1990 Susan Singleton had radial keratotomy, in what was then a new eye surgery technique, to correct her myopia. Twenty years later she underwent the latest laser procedure to correct presbyopia or aging eyes……

Less Than Six Degrees Of Separation

I have long believed in the “Six degrees of separation” theory, sometimes referred to as the “Human Web”. It refers to the idea that everyone is at most six steps away from any other person in the world……

The Amazon Connection

While mentioning the iconic glasses jar on the reception desk at the London Vision Clinic: who would have thought that this jar of redundant specs would link two strangers from different countries… while travelling up the Amazon in Peru……

Previously Blind Bob Sleigh Hero Wins Gold

Previously Blind Bob Sleigh Hero Wins Gold Truly it must be amazing to look back on one’s career and realise that among its many highlights, you have contributed to your country’s gold medal collection – and without even being a world class athlete. Add into the equation restoring the sight of a champion Olympian who goes on to win the first four-man gold medal for his country in 62 years and you have the making of a national hero. This…

No “Sell By Date” On After Care

There is No “Sell By Date” On After Care I was thinking about Patsy and the vet’s behaviour when I met Dr Dan Reinstein’s wife, Ursula, at the clinic’s Thanksgiving party. I discovered that Ursula had trained and qualified in veterinary medicine and was also fascinated to learn that she had also  joined the ever-growing list of London Vision Clinic patients – a few months previously, Dr Dan had corrected his wife’s eye sight. I wondered what it must have…

And The Patient Patient

The Patient Patient Since his childhood in the Kashmir region of Pakistan, Menir Ahmed suffered from poor eye sight – at the age of ten he was extremely short sighted (-9 or -8). His youth was blighted by all the inconvenience associated with wearing glasses so thick that they affected his peripheral vision and dashed any sporting  aspirations he had. As an adult, Menir read about Laser Eye Surgery and began his painstaking research into the subject. However, despite his…

Binning The Alice Band Of Glasses

Binning The Alice Band Of Glasses Returning to the scenario of sitting next to someone famous in the waiting room of the London Vision Clinic…. Should one put down one’s reading matter and offer to make them a cup of tea? Or would that appear too ingratiating for comfort? I would have to contend that, in this situation,  there can be no fixed agenda… it all depends on… well every thing from pre-op nerves to general feelings of sociability or…

Blind In Business

Blind In Business Unfortunately it is not only those poor people in Nepal and other Third World countries whose eye sight problems cannot yet be solved. Despite amazing medical advances, there are still many people in our midst who would cheerfully hand over their life savings or travel to the ends of the earth to undergo any pioneering form of treatment in order to prevent their blindness. They would opt for any sight enhancing surgery, choose lenses or glasses (however…

Squinting Super-Models And Other Diner Table Chat

Squinting Super-Models And Other Diner Table Chat I can share with you that as well as the menu (which was somewhat unusual), holidays, and Alena and Ana Rita’s bag snatching adventure – there were a couple of sight related topics which I found fascinating at the London Vision Clinic team dinner. One took us back to the first primitive attempts at cataract surgery. It turned out that nurse Kim’s grand-mother had performed her own version of a cure on those…