Leading consultant ophthalmologist Mark Wevill – whose work has been highlighted in the international press - will be giving a talk on laser eye surgery at Space Healthcare in Leamington on Friday (August 7).
Mr Wevill, who has carried out more than 20,000 laser eye procedures, was featured in the international media for his work with Raindrop, a pioneering new technique from the United States for correcting presbyopia, which affects near eyesight in the over 40 age group.
Mr Wevill, who performed the first Raindrop procedure in the UK at Space, will be discussing corrective eye surgery in terms of the different types of procedure, what’s involved and its suitability for individual patients.
“There is a lot of mythology surrounding laser eye surgery, so we have decided to offer people the opportunity to come and see what happens for themselves,” he said.
Cataracts and lens replacement will also be discussed at the open day, which begins at 4.00 pm. Visitors will be able to tour the £1 million state-of-the-art centre for vision correction and dentistry, including the theatre and private consulting rooms.
Also on hand will be Space optometrist Lesley Mason, who said that people should have their eyes regularly tested or risk putting their sight in jeopardy.
“As with all medical issues, the earlier eye problems are detected the better,” she said. “Some of the people I see have eye conditions of which they were totally unaware, and have to be referred to the eye department of their local hospital. Sadly, these are mainly conditions which would have been detected earlier at a routine eye examination.
“Many conditions affecting the eyes have no symptoms, especially in the early stages, for example glaucoma and early macular changes which may lead to macular degeneration, a leading cause of sight loss. Many general health issues can also be detected, such as diabetes or raised blood pressure.”
Anyone wishing to attend the event should call 01926 282282