Can you imagine a life without reading glasses?



New lens implant technology means Cataract and Presbyopia patients can have sharp vision at both short and long distances without the use of glasses.

Innovative dual optic accommodating lens implants give patients sharp vision at all focal points: a major sight breakthrough for Cataract and Presbyopia patients. Presbyopia is the age-related deterioration in the ability to focus on close objects.

NHS consultant ophthalmic surgeon Mr Bobby Qureshi, one of the UK’s leading eye surgeons and Medical Director of the London Eye Hospital, has announced that he is among the first surgeons in the UK that have been trained to use Visiogen’s Synchrony lens and that he performed the first bilateral Synchrony dual optic IOL lens implant in the UK in July.

“This is a major breakthrough in ophthalmic technology. I feel so fortunate to be pioneering it in the UK,” says Mr Bobby Qureshi. “We have the potential here to change patients’ vision to how it was before their Cataract or Presbyopia..”

The spring action between the two lenses of the Synchrony design allows patients to change the focus from near, to intermediate to distant. Where in the past patients had different lenses fitted to each eye, one that would concentrate on near vision and one that would focus on distant vision, it is now possible for patients to change focus from distant to near on only one eye. It also eliminates the glare and night time halos so common with some other lenses such as multifocal implants.

The lens implant may be suitable for any patient who uses readers or bifocal/varifocals, or if a cataract is present.

The new lens implant puts previously pioneered eye implants in the shade: with other eye implants, over 70% of people are still left with a degree of long sight, short sight or astigmatism after surgery and are unable to say goodbye to their glasses.

After studying at medical school in London, Mr Bobby Qureshi trained and worked at London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital, one of the world’s leading eye centres, and is now Medical Director of the London Eye Hospital. As he pioneered multi-focal lens implants and specialises in cataract surgery, he was the first eye surgeon in the UK to perform Light Adjustable Lens (LAL) surgery nearly a year ago and is now one of the most experienced surgeons in the world using this lens.

To find out more about this amazing surgery, please contact Mr Qureshi by phone at (020) 70602602 or email at 

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Win DKNY shades and a set of luxury suncare


Look fabulous and stay safe in the sun courtesy of The Sun Mousse. Win a pair of DKYN Classic Oval glasses and a full range from The Sun Mouse.

As we experience first really sunny weather it’s impossible not to get excited about the thoughts of spending lazy days in the sun and going away on long awaited sun drenched holidays after the particularly ferocious winter we’ve experienced! However before we get too carried away it’s important to remember that when we enjoy the sun we have to enjoy it safely as let’s face it, being burnt has never been a good or healthy look…

Luckily for us The Sun Mousse is here to ensure we can enjoy the sun whilst being protected… The Sun Mousse is an entirely unique, sun care product providing immediate and effective protection from UVA and UVB radiation with rapid absorption for a lighter feeling sun protection. With its light textured non greasy formula it leaves skin feeling soft and smooth with the added benefits of being water resistant and suitable for the whole family!

Now look tylish in the sun – win a pair of DKNY Classic Oval sunglasses and the full range from The Sun Mousse. To get your hands on this fantastic prize just answer the question below:

Q. What does the UV in UVB stand for?

(a) Ultraviolet
(b) Upperviolet

Send your answer, with your name and address to with UVA in the email header. Please note that this offer closes on 12 June 2010, the Editor’s decision is final, and no cash equivalent is offered.

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New laser treatment for age-related sight loss launches


London: A new laser treatment to correct the need for reading glasses in ageing adults has been launched in the UK.

Ultralase has launched the new laser-based procedure, UltraRenew, which will be available for the first time in the UK to treat presbyopia, the age-related condition resulting in the need to wear reading glasses. The treatment, available to men and women, corrects the problem in just 15-20 seconds.

Staggeringly, this common condition affects everyone during their 40Â’s. Symptoms, including eye fatigue, increase the need for reading glasses as the eyeÂ’s natural lens starts to harden and the focusing mechanisms naturally decrease.

With reading glasses voted amongst the top five premature ageing factors, approximately 4.5 million Britons* could soon be binning their ‘readers’ in a bid to turn back the years as a result of this breakthrough.

Mark Korolkiewicz, Clinical Services Director, commented: “This truly is a revolutionary treatment which will make a huge difference to many individuals lives. It will appeal to people’s vanity, as well as to those involved in reading or detailed work as part of their professional life.

“It’s a real first to be able to offer this laser treatment to men and women in the UK who are generally in their 40’s. The procedure brings a host of advantages over existing treatments, essentially offering a solution to presbyopia without affecting distance vision.

“The advanced technology, linked with the fact that the treatment is carried out by surgeons certified by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, the very highest industry accreditation, means patients should be able to throw away their reading glasses within 24 hours of surgery.”

As part of the development into the treatment, Ultralase questioned over 1,000 individuals into their feelings around wearing reading glasses to reveal that almost half of short-sighted Brits feel self conscious wearing them in public. Reading glasses were highlighted as one of the top five ageing factors alongside hairstyle, posture and dress sense.

Many stressed vanity as the reason for not wanting to wear their ‘readers’, with one in ten stating it makes them look old and an unlucky 13% highlighting they feel unfashionable. Interestingly, when broken down by gender, it is actually men who feel more conscious about reading glasses aging their looks than women.

Hassle was stated to be the key annoyance helping to drive the requirement for the treatment, with one in five fed up with constantly having to take reading glasses on and off during the day.

With prices starting from ÂŁ2,195 per eye, free consultations for UltraRenew are available at all 31Ultralase clinics throughout the UK and Ireland.

Treatment is available from the Ultralase Hammersmith clinic with plans to expand UK wide by 2010. For more information about Ultralase and to book a free consultation visit www.ultralase.comor call 0800 9888 237.

*4.5 Million, based on total number of people needing reading glasses, approximately 42% of 45-62 year olds.

See the light with Foster Grant – eyewear giveway


Forget the jam jars of the old days; reading glasses are now a stylish fashion accessory coming in a range of shapes and sizes to fit any face. The only thing is, the really nice pairs can often be a little bit pricier than the rest, still – you can’t really put a price on looking good. Or can you?

Actually the truth is that you donÂ’t have to. WeÂ’ve teamed up with Foster Grant to offer you a pair of their ready-to-wear reading glasses that will add that touch of style to your look. DonÂ’t worry, youÂ’ll get just the pair that suit your eyes as Foster Grant are specialists in the eyewear field offering glasses that are exclusively designed to optical standards and reflect the very latest fashion and eyewear trends.

At ÂŁ14.99 or under they are a truly affordable alternative to prescription lenses and will offer you the opportunity to look a million dollars for much, much less.

To get your hands on this great prize – we have 10 pairs worth ÂŁ14.99 to giveway – all you have to do is answer the following question and send your answer with your name and address. Please also put Foster Grant in the email header. This offer closes on 30 October 2008.

Which legendary British comedy duo are instantly recognisable by their retro glasses?
A. Two Ronnies
B. French and Saunders
C. The Mighty Boosh

Please note that no cash equivlant is being offered and the Editor’s decision is final.

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Top tips for buying healthy shades this summer


Eighties retro-style sunglasses may be the trendy choice this summer, with everyone from Amy Winehouse to Sienna Miller favouring them – but experts are warning fashion-conscious Brits to focus on looking after their eyes when it comes to buying a new pair of shades.

Research reveals that almost 80 per cent of under-25s put fashion and price BEFORE safety standards when choosing sunglasses.

And with some sunglasses on sale across the UK offering little or no protection from harmful UV rays, The College of Optometrists is warning of the dangers as people prepare for summer holidays.

Sunlight can damage the retina and lens of the eye, increasing the long-term risk of developing conditions such as cataracts and possibly AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration).

Dr Susan Blakeney, optometric adviser at The College of Optometrists, says: “With increasing awareness of the risk of skin cancer, most of us wouldn’t dream of going outside on a sunny day without suncream protection. Yet many forget or are even unaware of just how delicate the eyes can be, and will be going on summer holidays with totally unprotected eyes, or with sunglasses that are not up to scratch.”

The research also reveals:

– The 66 and over age group is the only one to focus on protection over anything else when buying sunglassesÂ…although theyÂ’re also the least likely group to have a pair

– Overall, the majority of Brits (62.6 per cent) are more influenced by how sunglasses look and how much they cost than whether they actually protect eyes

– Around one in seven of us (14 per cent) never wear sunglasses at all

Dr Blakeney adds: “It is particularly worrying that younger people have so little regard for their eyes when up to 80 per cent of exposure to UK over a person’s lifetime occurs before the age of 18. It’s therefore especially important to make sure that children wear sunglasses so that any long-term damage is minimised.

“Summer is just around the corner, so it’s time to protect your eyes by making sure that you’ve got a good quality pair of sunglasses to wear.”

The College of Optometrists offers the following advice on what to look for when making a purchase and how best to protect your eyes this summer:

Buy good quality, dark sunglasses – Sunlight can damage the retina and the lens of the eye, and we risk causing long term damage to our eyesight, developing conditions such as cataracts and possibly AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration) by remaining unprotected.

Check they are up to standard – Good sunglasses donÂ’t need to be expensive: you can purchase perfectly adequate protective sunglasses from high street stores. Look out for glasses carrying the “CE” Mark and British Standard BS EN 1836:1997, which ensures that the sunglasses offer a safe level of UV protection.

DonÂ’t forget your kids – The World Health Organisation estimates that up to 80 per cent of a person’s lifetime exposure to UV is received before the age of 18.* WhatÂ’s good for you is good for them, too.

TheyÂ’re not just for summer though – The sunÂ’s UV rays can be present in high enough levels to warrant protection throughout the year (so while some celebrities may be laughed at for wearing sunglasses in the winter, it actually may be good for eye health.) In fact, some people find the glare of the sun more noticeable in winter, particularly when they are driving, as the sun is lower in the sky. If you drive it is handy to keep a pair of (prescription if you need them) sunglasses in the car. And sunglasses should never be worn when driving at night.
Light coloured eyes are especially vulnerable – People with light coloured eyes are most at risk from sun damage. If you have blue eyes, take even more care to wear glasses in the sun.

People who wear glasses can wear sunglasses too – Sunglasses can be made up to any prescription: distance, reading, bifocals or varifocals.

The College of Optometrists, the professional, scientific and examining body for optometrists in the UK, has launched the appeal as part of its ongoing campaign to raise awareness of eye health.

About the research

The main research for this release was carried out in May and June 2006 by Canvasse Opinion.

About The College of Optometrists

The College of Optometrists is the Professional, Scientific and Examining Body for Optometry in the UK, working for the public benefit. Supporting its Members in all aspects of professional development, the College provides pre-registration training and assessment, continuous professional development opportunities, and advice and guidance on professional conduct and standards, enabling our Members to serve their patients well and contribute to the wellbeing of local communities.

Previously known as ophthalmic opticians, optometrists are trained professionals who examine eyes, test sight, give advice on visual problems, and prescribe and dispense spectacles or contact lenses. They also recommend other treatments or visual aids where appropriate. Optometrists are trained to recognise eye diseases, referring such cases as necessary, and can also use or supply various eye drugs.

Optometrists study at university for at least three years and participate in a full year of training and supervision, called the pre-registration year, before qualifying. Once qualified, they have the opportunity to develop their interests in specialist aspects of practice such as contact lenses, treating eye diseases, low vision, childrenÂ’s vision and sports vision.

All optometrists practising in the UK must be registered with the General Optical Council, the professionÂ’s regulatory body, and are listed in the Opticians Register. The letters FCOptom or MCOptom after an optometristÂ’s name means that he or she is a fellow or member of the College of Optometrists.
There are currently over 10,000 registered optometrists in the UK.

Reader Offer: 10 pairs of Fostergrant reading glasses to be won


Spending hours gazing at a computer screen or trying to decipher tiny handwriting? You might wish you could just pop out and buy a pair of ready-to-wear reading glasses, if only they werenÂ’t all so expensive, and worse, so boring and unstylish!

But help is now at hand for those of us who find reading glasses vital to our daily lives. After all, even the young and fashionable need to be able to see.

Fostergrant has created a new range of exclusively designed reading glasses, which come in a variety of styles for different looks and occasions, all reflecting the latest fashions in eyewear. From full rim to half-rim or even rimless, the choice is yours. There is even a range of lens strengths to choose from, including a new lower strength of +1.00 dioptres for younger wearers.

So there is no excuse now for not being able to read the small print on any of those legal documents you might be asked to sign.

And to make sure you always have 20/20 vision just answer this question and win 10 pairs of Fostergrant reading glasses.

Email us the answer to this question: What is the new lower strength Fostergrant has introduced for younger wearers?

+1.00 dioptres
+2.00 dioptres
+3.00 dioptres

Email your answer with your name and address to: before 31 May 2007.

Prize: A pair of reading glasses worth around ÂŁ14.99 each. No cash equivalent is available. The EditorÂ’s decision is final.

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