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Is science fiction becoming a reality?
After years of intensive engineering a bionic eye has been approved for commercial use. Named the Argus II, it is a device that can improve sight for individuals who can see virtually nothing, making previously impossible tasks attainable.
People with certain types of blindness can go from seeing virtually nothing, to being able to read large letters, locate objects and see moving targets, giving freedom and independence.
A small camera is mounted on a pair of glasses, which captures images and then transfers them electronically to the retina. Tiny pixels of light are then processed and transmitted directly to the brain as normal images.
The wearer will be able to see in black and white and hopefully in the future, in full high definition colour!
Scientists have had to overcome many obstacles to produce the Argus II. For example, the human eye has more than 100 million receptors, and each one of these needs to be stimulated in order to produce a good quality image! In just 2 hours of surgery, 20 years of scientific innovation could give a new lease of life to millions.
Smart phones become eye-phones
Researchers at Stanford University have developed two adaptors for smartphones that will allow the phones to take high quality images of both the front and the back of the eye. Currently these pictures need to be taken by a camera that is attached to a slit lamp. The slit lamp is a very expensive piece […]Learn more
How an app can help the blind
A smart phone app has been developed which will help blind and visually impaired people navigate their surroundings. Standard navigational apps currently use GPS and voice controls for directions which can run into problems in certain situations. For example, the directions can stop working when GPS is not available and voice directions can be drowned […]Learn more
Hay Fever: Preventing Itchy Eyes
Spring days are nigh, and for many of us, with the increasing pollen count, Hay Fever is looming. The oncoming bouts of itchy eyes and a runny nose fill sufferers with dread, so what would be better than to prepare for, and possibly eliminate, these symptoms before pollen terrorises them for foreseeable sunny days? It […]Learn more
Healthy Vision Month: Can you spot the sun-seeker not wearing any sunglasses?
The summer months are slowly but surely on their way, so what better way to encourage sun-seekers to protect their vision than with a brainteaser with an eye-testing twist? With the sun fighting to get through the clouds, we’ve come up with this eye-boggling brain teaser that asks challengers to spot the sun-seeker that isn’t […]Learn more
Beauty is pain, but is it worth risking your vision?
A 24 year old Canadian model has recently had an eye tattoo which has left her partially blind. And that’s not the only scar of scleral tattoo. Catt Gallinger herself has said that she’s made a ‘massive mistake’ as it affects her mental health. Have body modifications gone one step too far as people begin […]Learn more
High cholesterol: Did you know it can damage your vision?
Most people are aware that high cholesterol causes health issues, but many aren’t aware of the impact high cholesterol can have on your vision.Learn more
What kind of laser eye surgery is right for you?
Until contact lenses were made popular in the 1950’s, the only way to correct vision problems was to wear glasses. Fast forward to 2016 and there is an abundance of different approaches to correct vision, from reshaping the cornea in laser eye surgery procedures such as LASIK and PRK, to refractive lens exchange surgery. So […]Learn more
Using supplements to maintain eye health
The eye is connected in more ways than one with the rest of the body. When a patient takes a form of medication or vitamin supplements for a systemic condition, ocular effects should be expected whether they are beneficial or risky to your eye health. Read the lists below for more natural approaches to maintaining […]Learn more
Could an iPad game cure lazy eye in children?
We all know that too much iPad use is leading to a number of health issues that could potentially affect our children’s vision – however it’s not all bad news, as research has found an iPad game that can cure lazy eye in children. Lazy eye, also known as Amblyopia, is a condition where the […]Learn more
The Principle Causes of Blindness Worldwide
Worldwide, over 285 million people are estimated to be visually impaired: 39 million are blind and 246 million have low vision. About 90% of the world’s visually impaired live in low-income settings and 82% of people living with blindness are aged 50 and above. So what can cause Blindness? Multiple afflictions can affect the same […]Learn more
Protecting your eyes from the sun
Protecting your eyes from the sun As Britain sizzles in the hottest weather recorded since 2006, hundreds of thousands of people are set to get ready to attend some of the biggest summer events and make last minute holiday getaways. We know the dangers of unprotected skin from the sun’s rays, but what about ultraviolet […]Learn more
Eye Terms & Conditions Glossary
You might have heard of the term LASIK eye surgery, but do you know what it means? What about Amblyopia or Esotropia? When researching anything about eye care, eye health, laser eye surgery, or sight loss you are confronted by a long list of vocabulary that you may, or may not, understand. Here at Focus […]Learn more
5 Random Facts About Your Eyes
Your eyes are one of the most fascinating and developed organs in your entire body. It takes half of your brain to control and process your vision and 80% of your memories are a result of what you have seen using them. We’ve put together some of our favourite fun facts about your eyes. 1) You […]Learn more
What is presbyopia?
Reading glasses and surgical options You can’t escape Presbyopia, the medical term for the loss of reading vision in middle age. Sadly, it will happen to us all eventually. Even if you’ve never had a vision problem before. It usually occurs around the ages of 45-50 in the UK, and earlier in warmer and more […]Learn more
Eye-Inspired Architecture: The L’Hemisfèric
The L’Hemisfèric is a spectacular building located in Valencia, Spain. Designed by Santiago Calatrava and opened in 1998, this unique piece of architecture is a Planetarium for viewing the night sky and a Laserium to showcase light displays, it also houses an IMAX Cinema. What makes this building unique? It’s shaped like an eye and […]Learn more
Revealed: common causes of eye twitches
Eye twitching is pretty common. A twitch usually occurs in the upper lid, but it can occur in both the upper and lower lids. For most people, eye twitches are harmless and will just come and go, but for others, eye twitches can last for weeks or even months and that’s when an eye twitch […]Learn more
City living and dry eyes
An American study has found that city living increases the likelihood of suffering from dry eyes. Dry Eye Syndrome is a condition where either the eyes do not make enough tears, or the tears that are made evaporate from the eye too quickly. Lack of tears causes the eye to dry out which can leave […]Learn more
A CET Evening With Us at Focus Clinics
Here at Focus Clinics, we are proud to announce that we will be hosting a CET Evening, on Thursday the 27th of July, at our clinic in Central London. We are passionate about the optometrist and ophthalmology community across the whole of the UK. We are the most trusted laser eye clinic in the UK […]Learn more
7 Things to Know About Styes
Did you know that there are two types of the common stye, and they’re caused by a natural bacteria on our skin that we coexist with every day? What is a stye? A stye is a small and painful inflammation that appears as a lump on the inside or outside of the eyelid. They can […]Learn more
The secret superfood that could stop you going blind
We are a nation of coffee drinkers. In fact, in the UK alone we drink approximately 55 million cups of coffee every day. Thousands of studies have looked at coffee use in the past few decades and lately, more and more are reporting the real health benefits for coffee drinkers, from helping prevent diabetes, to […]Learn more
Common Habits That Can Damage Your Eyes
"Don't sit so close to the television...you'll ruin your eyes!" Pretty much all of us will have had this shouted at us as kids! And to be fair to our concerned parents, there used to be some truth in the saying!Learn more
What happens if I blink during laser eye surgery?
The idea of having laser surgery can be a frightening thought. One of the most common concerns that we hear is whether you will be able to keep your eyes open for long enough, and then what happens if you blink? We would like to take this time to give you some reassurance. We all […]Learn more
Keep Your Eyes Open to Spot the Symptoms of Cataracts
Cataracts are the world’s leading cause of blindness. Estimates suggest that around half of people aged 75-85 have experienced some vision loss due to cataracts. Primarily a condition that affects the older generation, it can come on as early as your 40s. Rare cases of cataracts have also been seen in young children and even […]Learn more
Children’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month – Education and The Digital Age
As children across the UK skipped out of their school gates and into the glorious prospect of 6 weeks of fun and play, we guess that the state of their eye health was the last thing on their minds. But, as August kicked off this week so did Children’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month. […]Learn more
6 Reasons Why Women Could Be More Prone to Eye Problems Than Men
Studies now show that there is a gap between both sexes in regards to eye diseases and vision problems. Women are more likely than men to lose their vision or experience a variety of eye conditions. With the likelihood higher for females they need to be extra vigilant with their eye care. But, why are […]Learn more
Helping those who cannot see, with science
Helping those who cannot see, with science Scientists from Cambridge University say that they have successfully managed to print new eye cells. These cells could be used to treat and cure certain types of blindness. this Bio-printing technology is the first step towards using 3D printer technology to create artificial tissue, and is currently being […]Learn more
TETRIS improves vision?
Many people believe that computer games can be detrimental to your vision, but surprisingly the addictive puzzle game Tetris can help to improve Amblyopia, commonly known as ‘Lazy Eye’. Amblyopia occurs when the nerves that connect one of the eyes to the brain develop incorrectly as a child. As a result, blurry or wrong images […]Learn more
World Sight Day 2016
285 million people are blind or visually impaired – 80% of those don’t have to be. This day is dedicated to raising global awareness for blindness and visual impairment. Held every year, on the second Thursday of October, World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness and vision […]Learn more
Refractive lens exchange cost
The typical Refractive Lens Exchange cost is £5400 for complete treatment to both eyes, using a standard monofocal lens. This includes your FREE initial consultation and all post surgery appointments and eye drops. If you are found suitable at your initial assessment, a second consultation with your treating surgeon will be arranged and costs £100.Learn more
Warning Signs of Vision Loss in Children
It’s Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month (August) and the World Health Organisation has found that 19 million children in the world are visually impaired. Of this amount, 12 million are visually impaired due to refractive errors which can be easily diagnosed and corrected through a routine eye examination. Do you know how to spot the warning […]Learn more