Q&A Series: What are the Latest Advancements in Laser Eye Surgery & Vision Correction?


advancements in laser eye surgery

Gone are the days when laser eye surgery was only suitable for the most clear cut of patient prescriptions. Technology and expertise have advanced a great deal in recent years, meaning vision correction is now available to a much wider range of people with even the most complex of refractive errors. Read on to see if these new laser eye treatments could work for you…

kamra-fda-approvedKAMRA Vision™ Lens Technology

To Treat: Long sightedness (Hyperopia) and age-related long sightedness (Presbyopia)

What is KAMRA Vision™?

Now FDA approved, the KAMRA™ Inlay is a mini ultra-thin opaque ring with an opening in the centre. It is much smaller than a contact lens and lighter than a grain of salt. The opening in the centre of the inlay restores near and intermediate vision by focusing light coming into the eye. In addition, the inlay’s advanced design features 8,400 high precision, laser etched micro-openings along the surface to help your cornea stay healthy.

Benefits:
• Procedure time takes less than 15 minutes.
• Improved vision will be noticed within a few days.
• Provides natural vision without compromise.
• Restores everyday near vision and reduces the need for reading glasses.
• Revives near and computer vision, while maintaining good distance vision.
• Works continuously for constant, long term near vision rejuvenation.
• Proven with over 10 years of clinical research and development.

Find out more here.

ReLEx (Refractive Lenticule Extraction)Relex_

To Treat: Short Sightedness (myopia)

What is ReLEx?

ReLEx SMILE(Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) is a ground-breaking new technique that take laser vision correction for short-sight beyond LASIK. It uses the femtosecond laser to precisely separate and then remove a ‘lenticule’ (a very thin disc) of tissue to re-shape the cornea and change its lens power.

Benefits:
• Rapid visual recovery
• Minimal Post-operative discomfort
• Suitable for higher prescriptions
• Idea for patients with thin corneas
• 20 minute procedure

Find out more about ReLEx here.

Premium Lens TechnologyINTACs

To Treat: Short sightedness, Long Sightedness, Astigmatism, Presbyopia, Cataracts.

What is Premium Lens Technology?

LaserVision is pleased to offer a wide variety of Premium Lens options which can treat and wide range of refractive errors and offer the chance to reduce dependency from glasses which was not before possible. This is especially popular with our premium cataract treatment, whereby patients can experience better vision than having experienced before the cataract developed.

Multi-focus lenses have begun to make a significant impact in treating vision correction meaning that following treatment, patients may have clear vision up close, at intermediate distances and at far distance. It may eliminate the need for bifocals or reading glasses. Prior to this lens implants were fixed-focus, which gave patients clear distance vision, but meant they still needed to wear reading glasses.

What Types of Lenses are Available?

There are several types of lens and these are namely; monofocal, multifocal (also called bifocal), accommodative, toric for the correction of astigmatism and phakic lenses. Sometimes combining lenses is necessary and it may even be necessary to have lenses specially made.

Find out if you are suitable for vision correction with premium lens technology by enquiring with us online here.

The latest Z8 Femtosecond Laser TechnologyZ8 Femtosecond Laser

LaserVision are proud to be the ONLY centre to offer the Z8 Femtosecond Laser technology for unprecedented and unrivalled precision and safety for many procedures including cataract and RLE procedures.

Some of the many benefits of the new Z8 laser are:
• Faster eye recovery time compared to previous and current femtosecond laser technology.
• OCT technology to allow for micron precision laser pulses for increased accuracy.
• The fastest and lowest energy laser on the market.
• Minimal side effects.
• Fast procedure time.

Procedures available using the Z8 Laser:
• Laser cataract surgery
• KAMRA
• Bladeless LASIK
• Customised partial thickness and full thickness corneal transplants
• Inverse DSAEK

Here at LaserVision, we only believe in personalized vision correction which is why every procedure and aftercare plan is tailored to suit each patient. To determine which treatment option will give you the best results possible, please enquire to book a consultation at your nearest clinic online here or give us a call on 0800 024 8888.

Patient Stories: Cataract Complications & World Firsts


Read the first in our patient story series where we look back on a case in which our expert Consultant Surgeon Mike Tappin developed a world-first pioneering surgical technique, now used by surgeons worldwide.

Background:

Mr Ron Hoad came to our specialist Consultant Surgeon Mr Mike Tappin at our Guildford clinic after having a routine cataract operation. Unfortunately he had a condition affecting his cornea called fuchs endothelial dystrophy. This meant he was experiencing complications following surgery which led to the cornea becoming cloudy giving further vision problems, especially with glare at night.

What is fuch’s endothelial dystrophy?

Fuch’s endothelial dystrophy (FED) is a slowly progressive disease. There is a slow loss of endothelial cells from the inner layer of the cornea. If the number of cells drops below a critical density the cornea will begin to become cloudy and blur the vision. Although early signs of the dystrophy can be seen in people of their 30s and 40s, the disease rarely affects the vision until the person reaches their 60s or later. Happily, many patients may have microscopic signs of FED without ever having any significant visual symptoms. Find out more.

The solution:

After a thorough consultation and discussions with Mr Hoad, it was decided to perform a corneal transplant, which involved a revolutionary technique pioneered by Mike Tappin. Mr Hoad underwent the first true endothelial cell transplant, which was the first of its kind in the world at the time. This technique has now paved the way for the procedure now commonly called, DMEK.

The result:

Postoperatively, Mr Road had very successful visual recovery and with new glasses he achieved 20/20 vision. However after some time, the other eye began too become misty. It was decided to undergo combined cataract and corneal surgery at the same time, repeating the technique previously used on his other eye . Within 3 months, Mr Road’s vision was excellent.

Long lasting results:

The first part of his surgery was performed in February 2005 and the second part in Jan 2006. 12 years on, Mr Road is still experiencing excellent vision and is happy driving and working after the original surgery – a testament to the longevity of results from the pioneering surgery.

If you would like to talk to one of our expert Consultants about your vision, please get in touch to book a consultation with us at your nearest clinic online here or phone us on 0800 024 8888.

Q&A Series: Will Laser Eye Surgery Correct a Reading Prescription


laser eye surgery to correct a reading prescription

Forgetting your reading glasses is a common frustration for many people and even when you do have them, finding them to read something or look at a picture is quite simply an everyday irritation. Many patients who come to LaserVision often ask us if laser eye surgery will correct a reading prescription and the simple answer is yes! Read on for a breakdown on which treatments will get the best results to correct a Hyperopia (long sightedness) and Presbyopia (age related long sightedness).

Please note as everyone’s eyes are different, we will only recommend a treatment plan after a comprehensive eye assessment at a consultation with one of our renowned Consultant Eye Surgeons who are all corneal experts. Book a consultation at your nearest clinic here.

LASIK

The most common form of laser vision correction in the world, LASIK aims to reduce a patient’s dependence on their glasses or contact lenses with current research suggests that over 99% of patients reach the legal driving standard without glasses or lenses following LASIK treatment.

LASIK is a virtually painless procedure and most patients only need anaesthetic drops to numb the eye prior to having this performed. The majority of patients say they feel no pain at all, though some mention feeling mild pressure or vibration during their treatment.

Find out more about LASIK for treating a reading prescription here.

 

Refractive Lens Exchange

With the ability to correct any prescription error including long sightedness, Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) or PRELEX is the alternative solution to laser eye surgery for those who are over the age of 40 and want a permanent solution for vision correction. With major advances in lens technology, this procedure involves removing the natural lens of the eye and replacing it with an artificial lens to restore vision.

The artificial lens can be of the correct focusing power to correct the vision and reduce or alleviate the requirement for glasses. The procedure is more advanced form of cataract surgery as the lens inserted is more technologically superior and the results more accurate.

Find out more about Refractive Lens Exchange Treatment for reading prescriptions here.

 

KAMRA Vision

The KAMRA™ Inlay is not laser eye surgery but a tiny eye implant that restores near sight, providing a welcome alternative to reading glasses for patients with presbyopia.

Regardless of when you lost your near vision, the KAMRA™ Inlay may be able to restore it. Whether glasses or contact lenses have always been a part of your life or you have just started wearing reading glasses, the KAMRA inlay has the ability to reduce or eliminate your need for reading glasses.

Find out more about the KAMRA™ Inlay here.

 

Laser Vision Correction with Blended Vision

Blended Vision is an advanced method for treating patients with presbyopia. It offers the opportunity to achieve freedom from glasses by combining the simplicity and accuracy of corneal refractive surgery with the benefits of increased depth of field in retaining visual quality.

Find out more about Blended Vision to correct a reading prescription here.

 

To find out which treatment would be most suitable to correct your reading prescription, please book a consultation at your nearest LaserVision clinic here.

Laser Eye Surgery in Nottingham – Clinic Showcase


Laser Eye Surgery Nottingham

In the latest in our new clinic showcases, we’re pleased to feature our new Nottingham clinic as we continue to expand our unique offering of personalised vision correction across the UK.

We’re pleased to host our laser eye clinic within the BMI The Park Hospital in Nottingham; part of BMI Healthcare, Britain’s leading provider of independent healthcare. BMI are a nationwide network of hospitals clinics performing more complex surgery than any other private healthcare provider in the country.

Consultations and Treatments available at LaserVision Nottingham:

  • Cataract Surgery
  • Refractive Lens Exchange
  • Corneal Cross Linking
  • Corneal Grafts
  • Implantable Contact Lens

Resident Consultant Surgeon at LaserVision Nottingham: Professor Harminder Dua MBBS, DO, DO (Lond), MS, MNAMS, FRCS, FRCOphth, FEBO, MD, PhD , FRCP (Edin) and FCOptom.

Professor Dua is an internationally renowned Ophthalmologist who has influenced and continues to influence all aspects of ophthalmology across the globe through his activities related to teaching, training, research and innovation. He is a world authority on cornea and ocular surface disease.

Specialist in: Cornea, Ocular Surface, Anterior Segment, Cataract, Refractive Laser & Lens Surgery.

Notable achievements: Just to mention a few, Harminder has enhanced clinical and basic knowledge in ophthalmology through over 320 publications and over a thousand presentations in international meetings. His surgical innovations, including Fine Needle Diathermy (FND) occlusion of corneal vessels, Sequential Sector Conjunctival Epitheliectomy (SSCE), Alcohol Delamination in management of recurrent corneal erosion syndrome and classification of chemical burns of the ocular surface (Dua Classification) are practiced internationally and have changed clinical practice. He currently serves as Editor in chief of the Journal of EuCornea, Member of the International steering committee of the second dry eye workshop (DEWS II), Chairman elect of the Advisory committee of the International Council of Ophthalmology and as Civilian consultant adviser to the Royal Air Force.

Fellowships: Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (F.R.C. Ophth.), the European Board of Ophthalmology (FEBO), Fellow of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and Honorary Fellow of the College of Optometrists, United Kingdom.

Read Harminder’s full profile here.

Resident Consultant Surgeon at LaserVision Nottingham: Mrs Dalia G Said MBChB, MSc, MD, FRCS

Specialist in: Cornea, Ocular Surface, Anterior Segment, Cataract, Refractive Laser & Lens Surgery.

Dalia Said is a vastly experienced and highly trained consultant ophthalmologist in Nottingham University Hospital (NUH) with a special interest in cornea and ocular surface, cataract and lens surgery. She is also the clinical lead for eye casualty at Nottingham University Hospital and is an expert in eye emergencies.

Notable achievements: Dalia is the clinical lead for eye casualty at Nottingham University Hospital and is an expert in eye emergencies while also having extensive experience in managing complex corneal infections, performing refractive surgery and was at the forefront of collagen cross-linking for infections and keratoconus.

Fellowships & memberships: Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow, member of the European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons, American Academy of Ophthalmologists, Medical contact lens and ocular surface association, Egyptian ophthalmologic society and the Egyptian society of cataract and refractive surgery.

Read Dalia’s full profile here.

Nottingham BMI The Park Hospital Facilities:

• 85 beds
• All rooms feature en-suite facilities
• Satellite TV and telephone
• Five theatres
• Intensive care unit
• Nutritional menus
• Ample car park

Location:
BMI The Park Hospital
Sherwood Lodge Drive
Burntstump Country Park Arnold
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
NG5 8RX

Contact details:
T: 0115 731 2020
E: nottingham@laservision.co.uk

Make an enquiry to book your consultation at LaserVision Nottingham HERE

The Eye’s Ability to Regenerate Found in Zebrafish Study


zebrafish regenerate eyes

The ability of fish eyes to regenerate following damage or injury has long been known however new research is now paving the way for new therapies for humans.

As humans, we can encounter a number of different eye conditions and damage that unfortunately don’t have the ability to repair themselves. Such conditions include age-related macular degeneration and Retinitis Pigmentosa. Fish eyes however have the unique ability to restore sight within a few weeks and the new research that has just been published could one day help develop ways to induce self-regeneration within the human-eye.

As cited on mnt, “The researchers started out from the hypothesis that a neurotransmitter might be responsible for retinal regeneration in fish. Fish and mammals have a very similar retinal structure, so Mahesh Rao – a graduate student and study co-author – thought of extrapolating the results of a mouse study and test them on zebrafish.

The mouse study that triggered Rao’s hypothesis discovered that this neurotransmitter – called GABA – controlled the activity of some retinal stem cells. GABA neurotransmitters normally act as inhibitors, lowering a neuron’s ability to excite the neurons around it. GABA neurotransmitters are very prevalent in the brain, occurring in 30 to 40 percent of all the synapses.

Among other cells, the retina also contains a type of stem cell called Müller glia. In humans and other mammals, these cells provide “architectural support” that traverse all of the retina’s layers – but in fish, these glial cells also play a crucial role in regeneration.

During the regenerative process, these cells undergo a form of regression called dedifferentiation, meaning that they go from a specialized state back to a more general, simpler state. They then differentiate again, but this time into replacements for the nerve cells that were damaged.”

The study’s lead author explains the findings and the contribution of the research:

The prevailing belief has been that the regeneration process in fish retinas is triggered by secreted growth factors, but our results indicate that the neurotransmitter GABA might initiate the process instead […] Our theory is that a drop in GABA concentration is the trigger for regeneration. It initiates a cascade of events that includes the activation of the Müller glia and the production of various growth factors that stimulate cell growth and proliferation. If we are correct, then it might be possible to stimulate human retinas to repair themselves by treating them with a GABA inhibitor.”

This is incredible research with huge potential and we shall continue to keep our readers up-to-date with further progress on this research.

Q&A Series: What are the Different Types of Laser Eye Surgery


What are the Different Types of Laser Eye Surgery

Here at LaserVision we are often asked about the different types of laser eye surgery available and which type is most suitable for each refractive error. As we specialise in personalised vision correction, we always endeavour to complete a comprehensive consultation before recommending a treatment option. In our latest blog however, we have developed a guide on the different types of laser vision correction and their general suitability.

LASIK

LASIK stands for Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis.

The facts:

  • LASIK is the most common form of laser vision correction procedure in the world.
  • More than 15 million LASIK procedures have been performed worldwide.
  • Over 99% of patients reach the legal driving standard without glasses or lenses following LASIK treatment.

The procedure:
LASIK is a very quick procedure and involves creating a thin flap in the cornea and the laser is then applied to the mid corneal structure. The flap is then replaced and the vision recovers very quickly.

Benefits:

  • Very quick procedure generally 5-10 minutes per eye
  • Virtually painless
  • Very fast recovery time

Most suited to:
Myopia, Hyperopia and Astigmatism.

LASEK

LASEK stands for Laser Assisted Epithelial Keratomileusis.

The facts:

  • LASEK is the main alternative to LASIK.
  • Success rate is very similar to those for LASIK.
  • Healing process is generally shower than LASIK.
  • LASEK surgery involves excimer laser and wavefront technology.

The procedure:
LASEK involves preserving the extremely thin epithelial layer by lifting it from the eye’s surface before laser energy is applied for reshaping. After the LASEK procedure, the epithelium is replaced on the eye’s surface.

Benefits:
LASEK is the safer option for patients with a thin or steep cornea.

Most suited to:
Myopia and Astigmatism where LASIK is not suitable.

ReLEx and SMILE

Femtosecond Laser Extraction and Small Incision Lenticule Extraction

The facts:

  • A new ground-breaking technique.
  • Uses just Femtosecond laser technology to create a removable lenticule.
  • The procedure takes laser vision correction for short-sight beyond LASIK.

The procedure:
It uses the femtosecond laser to precisely separate and then remove a ‘lenticule’ (a very thin disc) of tissue to re-shape the cornea and change its lens power.

Benefits:

  • Makes laser vision correction more suitable for patients with higher prescriptions and thinner corneas.
  • Very quick surgery time.
  • Reduced risk of ‘dry-eye’ symptoms post treatment.
  • Very quick surgery time.

Most suited to:
Myopia, Hyperopia and Astigmatism.

RLE

Refractive Lens Exchange

The facts:

  • RLE is generally more suitable than laser eye surgery for patients over 40.
  • Recommended for patients whom have lost the ability to accommodate the need for glasses to read as well as see in the distance.

The procedure:
Refractive Lens Exchange involves the replacement of the natural lens in the eye, with a new mono-focal, multi-focal or pseudo-accommodative intra-ocular lens implant (IOL).

Benefits:

  • A comprehensive range of bespoke lens treatment options to provide the best, personalised vision correction.
  • It may eliminate the need for bifocals or reading glasses.
  • Immediate improvement in vision following treatment.

Most suited to:
Patients over 40 with Myopia, Hyperopia and Presbyopia.

Please note, that only after a thorough assessment of your eyes can we accurately recommend a personalised treatment plan to get the best results. A LaserVision consultant surgeon can expertly guide you through the best treatments for you – make an enquiry here.

Laser Eye Surgery in Woking – Clinic Showcase


Laser eye surgery woking

This month, we’re very pleased to be showcasing our new Woking clinic as part of our monthly spotlight feature as we continue to expand our personalised vision correction services across the UK.

Based within the Woking Nuffield Health Hospital in Surrey, this hospital was a clear choice for us having become an established and trusted part of the local community and is one of the leading private healthcare providers in the South East.

Consultations and Treatments available at LaserVision Woking:

  • Refractive Lens Exchange
  • Cataract Surgery
  • YAG Laser Treatments

Resident Consultant Surgeon at LaserVision Woking: Mr Michael Tappin MBChB FRCS (Ed)

Specialist in: Cornea, Cataract, Refractive Laser & Lens Surgery

Notable achievements: Among the highlights of his career has been the development of the pioneering technique of endothelial cell transplantation now known as DMEK; being the first surgeon in the UK to perform this technique in 2005.

Fellowships & memberships: Mike is a fellow of the Royal College of Opthalmologists, has fellowships in Corneal and Refractive Surgery at Moorfields Eye Hospital, Cataract Corneal and Refractive Surgery Lions Eye Institute Perth Australia and is recognised as a Specialist corneal and refractive surgeon by the royal college of ophthalmologists. Mike is also a member of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons and UK and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.

Read Mike’s full profile here.

Woking Nuffield Health Hospital Facilities:

• Two high specification theatres.
• Private en-suite rooms.
• Free Wi-Fi.
• Phones.
• Daily newspapers on request.
• Concierge service on request.
• Toiletries.
• Digital TV.
• International menu tailored to your needs.

Location:
Woking Nuffield Health Hospital
Shores Road
Woking
GU21 4BY

Contact details:
T:01483 209518
E: woking@laservision.co.uk

Make an enquiry to book your consultation at LaserVision Woking HERE.

Q&A Series: What is the cost of Laser Eye Surgery?


what is the cost of laser eye surgery

A question we are often asked is, what are you’re prices for laser eye surgery? This is an important factor to consider, and often a deciding factor when comparing different eye clinics for treatment. However, as LaserVision specialise in personalised vision correction for all of our patients, it can be difficult for us to provide general prices as each treatment is tailored and therefore prices really do vary. We have put together some ballpark figures for our treatments to help answer this question however we highly recommend that you book a consultation with us to obtain a more accurate price range and to see how personalised vision correction can benefit you and your eyes.

*Please note prices may vary between our clinic locations due to different costs incurred at our hospital locations.

LaserVision will never offer price incentives or offers to encourage you into treatment when you may not be ready. Our prices are reflective of the high standard of expertise, treatment and care you will receive with us. 

Consultation fees for laser eye surgery

A consultation prior to making a decision about laser eye surgery is essential, mainly to determine your suitability and talk through all possible options and outcomes. Unlike some high street clinics, we do not use a consultation to give you a sales pitch. With LaserVision, you will always see a specialist Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon who will thoroughly assess your eyes to determine your suitability for vision correction treatment. If you are suitable, your consultant will then talk with you at length about what treatment options are recommended for your eyes. This will also allow you to discuss the benefits, affordability and all the facts before making your decision.
Our consultants will give you honest, expert advice, and will make you aware of all possible outcomes. As specialists in complex corneal and intra-ocular surgery, the surgeons at LaserVision may be able to offer alternative treatment if laser surgery is deemed not suitable.

Prices for consultations at LaserVision are sometimes FREE for an initial Refractive consultation but can start from £195 depending on the type of consultation you require and which clinic you wish to attend.

For more information about the importance of a consultations, click here.

The Cost of LASIK, LASEK, SuparaLase Laser Eye Surgery

From £1,950 per eye.

The price includes:
• FREE initial consultation
• The consultant surgeon fees
• Diagnostic eye assessment
• Optometric refraction
• Any required take home medication on day of surgery
• The appropriate post operative care till discharge
• Wavefront treatment
• 12 months free follow-up

The Cost of Presybopia Treatments including Laser Eye Surgery

From £1,950 per eye.

The price includes:
• FREE initial consultation
• The consultant surgeon fees
• Diagnostic eye assessment
• Optometric refraction
• Any required take home medication on day of surgery
• The appropriate post operative care till discharge
• Wavefront treatment
• 12 months free follow-up

The Cost of Private Cataract Surgery

Consultation fee: from £195

Cataract surgery with standard lens.

From £1,950 per eye

The price includes:
• The consultant surgeon fees
• Diagnostic eye assessment
• Optometric refraction
• Any required take home medication
• The appropriate post operative care till discharge

Cataract surgery with premium lens and femtosecond laser technology

From £3,750 per eye

The price includes:
• Ziemer Z8 femtosecond laser technology
• The consultant surgeon fees
• Diagnostic eye assessment
• Optometric refraction
• Any required take home medication on day of surgery
• One post operative care. Post Op consultation in lin with Insurance company standard (unless agreed otherwise)

The Cost of Refractive Lens Exchange

Refractive lens exchange with femtosecond laser technology:

From, £3,750 per eye

The price includes:
• Ziemer Z8 femtosecond laser technology
• The consultant surgeon fees
• Diagnostic eye assessment
• Optometric refraction
• Any required take home medication on day of surgery only
• YAG laser capsulotomy
• LASEK enhancement with wavefront treatment
• The appropriate post operative care till discharge
• 12 months free follow-up

The Cost of Implantable Contact Lens Surgery

From £3,300 per eye

The price includes:
• Diagnostic eye assessment with consultant surgeon
• Endothelial cell count
• Optometric refraction
• YAG laser peripheral iridotomy (YAG PI)
• Surgical procedure
• Consultant fees
• Anaesthetic fees
• Hospital facility fees
• Any required take-home medicine on day of surgery
• LASEK enhancement and wavefront technology
• 12 months free follow-up

The Cost of YAG/SLT LASER Treatment

From £545 for one eye / £945 for both eyes

The price includes:
• Consultant surgeon fee
• Hospital facility fees
• Any required take-home medication
• 1 month follow-up

The Cost of Therapeutic Laser Eye Surgery

Pricing for Photo-Therapeutic Keratectomy (PTK) treatment is upon request.

Are there any hidden costs?

There are no hidden costs. The fee in which we quote at your consultation is completely inclusive of treatment, post-operative care, follow up visits for 12months and any necessary enhancements.

 

Book a consultation with us at your nearest LaserVision clinic HERE or request a brochure for more information HERE.

To help further your research, read our helpful Q&A series of blog posts HERE

Laser Eye Surgery in Portsmouth – Clinic Showcase


laser eye surgery in portsmouth

As we continue to expand our personalised vision correction services across the country, we shall be showcasing our new clinics and all they have to offer in a new monthly spotlight feature. This month, we’re pleased to feature our Portsmouth clinic based within the Spire Hospital in Havant, Hampshire.

With 97% of patients happy to recommend Spire Portsmouth Hospital to their family or friends, patients can be reassured by Spire Portsmouth’s extremely high healthcare standards. This is why we have chosen this hospital as the ideal location for our South Coast clinic.

Consultations and Treatments available at LaserVision Portsmouth:

  • Refractive Lens Exchange
  • Cataract Surgery
  • YAG Laser Treatments

Resident Consultant Surgeon at LaserVision Portsmouth: Mr Rakesh Jayaswal MBChB FRCOphth FRCS (Ed)

Specialist in: Cornea, Cataract, Anterior Segment, Refractive Laser & Lens Surgery

Notable achievements: Appointed in 2009 to his consultant post, Rakesh has led the corneal service, introducing several new techniques, including corneal lamellar and endothelial transplants and latest innovative techniques for the treatment of keratoconus. Rakesh specialises in the treatment of complex corneal and anterior segment disease as well as cataract and refractive surgery.

Fellowships & memberships: Rakesh is a fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London and the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, and a member of the American and European Society of Refractive Surgeons. He has several papers in peer review journals and has presented in over 30 national and international meetings over the years.

Read Rakesh’s full profile here.

Spire Hospital Facilities:

• 50 en-suite patient bedrooms
• Free Wi-Fi
• Dedicated phone line
• Daily newspapers available on request
• Concierge service available on request
• Toiletries
• Digital TV with a wide range of channels
• International menu tailored to your needs

Location:
Spire Portsmouth Hospital
Bartons Road
Havant
Hampshire
PO9 5NP

Contact details:
T: 01483 209518
E: Portsmouth@laservision.co.uk

Make an enquiry to book your consultation at LaserVision Portsmouth HERE.

Stem Cell Research Paving the Way to Treat Irreversible Vision Loss


stem cell eye research

Irreversible and degenerative eye conditions including macular degeneration and glaucoma have no known cure as of yet, just treatments to delay and halt the progression of further vision loss when diagnosed early enough. Further to our previous blog detailing the development of cell reprogramming to treat degenerative eye conditions, pioneering new stem cell research is now emerging which is now providing hope for new treatments that have the potential to restore and renew vision that was once lost.

Still in its infancy, research is well underway that is investigating the use of stem cell secretions in the form of exosome-based therapy to treat Glaucoma. Current treatments currently available include laser surgery and medication to reduce further damage to the optic nerve.

As cited on medicalnewstoday.com, “according to a new study, stem cell research has shown promise for treatment. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) have been shown to have protective effects on retinal ganglion cells. The loss of these latter cells and their axons is one of the leading causes of degenerative eye diseases such as glaucoma. A new rodent study performed by researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI) – a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – points to a potential new avenue for treatment, using only stem cell exosomes.

Using exosomes isolated from stem cells has some advantages over using entire stem cells. Exosomes can be purified, stored, and precisely dosed in ways that stem cells cannot. Furthermore, cell-free exosome therapy does not include the risks commonly associated with stem cell transplantation; the body’s immune system cannot reject them and there is no risk of unwanted cell growth.

However, Stanislav Tomarev, Ph.D. – a principal investigator at the NEI and the study’s co-author – also acknowledges that further research is needed in order to fully understand the exosomes’ specific contents.”

In the treatment of macular degeneration, cell replacement technology is showing real promise in its early stages of research and may one day be able to restore sight to the blind. As cited on medicalnewstoday.comresearchers transplanted stem cell-derived retinal tissues into animals with end-stage retinal degeneration. They found that this tissue could be coerced into forming structured outer nuclear layers that included mature photoreceptors.

The study, led by scientists Masayo Takahashi and Michiko Mandai from the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Japan summarised the results: “We showed the establishment of host-graft synapses in a direct and confirmative way. No one has really shown transplanted stem cell-derived retinal cells responding to light in a straightforward approach as presented in this study, and we collected data to support that the signal is transmitted to host cells that send signals to the brain.”

Further studies are now required to make these findings more applicable to patients, however this exciting study inches the industry ever closer to the ability to restore lost vision.

Source: www.medicalnewstoday.com


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