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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.
How to accentuate your eye colour after laser eye surgery
People choose to have laser eye surgery for a variety of different reasons. To avoid the hassle of glasses and contact lenses, to gain freedom to fully enjoy sporting pursuits or to simply gain a confidence boost. Whatever your motivation, you will probably find that you will be showing off your beautiful eyes for the very […]Learn more
The 30 Most Iconic Sunglasses of All Time
Monday the 27th June is National Sunglasses day, so we thought we'd take a look back at the most iconic sunglasses (and their wearers)!Learn more
Sunlight and Your Eyes
We often take our eyes for granted. They are an essential part of our overall health and one of the most important out of all of our senses. We are often told to avoid sunlight to protect our eyesight, but why should we listen to this advice? Sunlight and myopia: Myopia is the official name […]Learn more
15 Foods That Can Improve Your Eye Health
Did you know eating certain foods can actually improve your eyesight, slow down aging of your eyes and keep your eyes in good health?Learn more
From poison to potions: the toxins used in medicine that could save your life…
Worldwide, the prevalence of myopia has been rising dramatically, and it is estimated that 2.5 billion people will be affected by myopia by 2020, but a new study offers sufferers hope. News research reveals that atropine, a toxic substance derived from deadly nightshade, can be an effective and sustainable treatment for progressive high myopia in […]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
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
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
Is your child at risk of myopia?
Many children aren’t aware they have a vision problem and will generally try to adapt, without knowing they could see better – as a parent, you’re the best person to help find the signs. Myopia, or short-sightedness, is a very common eye condition in children that causes distant objects to appear blurred, while close objects […]Learn more
What is macular degeneration?
This is a common eye disease linked to ageing that in time will destroys sharp, clear central vision due to damage to the retina. The retina is the very thin tissue that lives at the back of the eye and contains the light-sensing cells which are sending visual signals to the brain. Sharp, clear, ‘straight […]Learn more
What is age-related macular degeneration?
If you’ve been diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration, you’re not alone. In the UK, over 600,000 people are affected with the condition, and is one of the leading causes of severe vision loss in people over 60. You may not notice any change in your vision during the early stages, especially if you have AMD […]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
What are eye floaters & are they a concern?
Most of us have seen strange shapes floating in our vision from time to time and those tiny spots, specks and flecks that drift aimlessly around our field of vision are otherwise known as floaters. What are floaters? Floaters are caused by small piece of debris that float in the vitreous humour of the eye. […]Learn more
5 Top Eye Patching Tips for Parents
As part of children’s eye health and safety month, we want to provide some helpful tips for parents about patching their child’s eye for certain eye conditions.Learn more
Why Glaucoma Awareness Week is important
This week has been #GlaucomaAwarenessWeek which runs annually from June 12th-18th. Known as the silent thief of vision, Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness – in many cases, up to 40% of sight is permanently lost before the symptoms are spotted. What is Glaucoma? Glaucoma is an eye condition in which the main nerve […]Learn more
Did you know brussels sprouts can help save your sight this Christmas?
Did you know your Christmas vegetables could be giving you more than you bargained for? New research has found that the famously unpopular, Brussels Sprouts vegetables could actually help save your sight.Learn more
New eye layer linked to glaucoma
Last July we reported on a very exciting discovery of a new human body part! It was an extra layer in the eye, called Dua’s layer, named after its discoverer Dr Harminder Dua. The finding of the new layer, was expected to hold the key to many eye diseases, why they occurred, and more importantly, […]Learn more
Ocular Health: A Blind Spot in Parliament
At the end of March, the issue of eye health was discussed in parliament – for the first time in nearly seven years. Led by Wealden MP Nusrat Ghani, a parliamentary blind spot was addressed in a 90-minute debate in the House of Commons Chamber. Ms Ghani called for the government to develop and implement […]Learn more
Eyes are a Focus at Glorious Glastonbury
The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is encouraging music lovers to make sure they take care of their eye health and remember to book eye tests by putting their vision to the test. RNIB is the official health charity partner for this year’s iconic Glastonbury Festival, here at Focus we fully support the […]Learn more
Comparing Surgery Times: Laser Eye Surgery vs Other Surgeries
The idea of any surgery, no matter how big or small, can be daunting. Laser eye surgery may seem like a scary option, your eyes are precious, but in reality, the procedure time is a lot shorter than people think. The duration of a surgery of any kind cannot be predicted 100% accurately. Like a […]Learn more
Colour Blindness: Symptoms and Treatments
Do you have difficulty telling if colours are blue and yellow, or red and green? Do other people sometimes inform you that the colour you think you are seeing is wrong? If so, these are primary signs that you have a colour vision deficiency. Don’t worry if this is the case, as you’re not alone. […]Learn more
The Misleading Prices of Laser Eye Surgery
Adverts can be confusing, especially when it comes to pricing, so when we hear of low price laser eye surgery is it really what it seems or is it too good to be true?Learn more
The Google Doodle Created in Honour of Ferdinand Monoyer
Earlier this week on the 9th May an animated Google Doodle was created in honour of Ferdinand Monoyer’s 181st birthday. The doodle features a pair of eyes on the left, which form the ‘O’s in the word Google, alongside an eye chart on the right. As the eyes squint, the letters on the right become […]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
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
Parents to protect children’s eyes by monitoring digital usage
Most of us don’t go a day without using a digital screen, whether it’s at work on a computer, reading off a tablet or tending to our smartphone – and now younger and younger children’s eyes are being exposed to digital screens, threatening their vision. Tablets and phones have replaced the TV as a way […]Learn more
Eye Allergies to look out for in Children
Children who suffer from allergies will often have symptoms such as sneezing, sniffling and nasal congestion - but if you find that their eyes are red, itchy, and swollen, there’s a good chance they might be suffering from an eye allergy too.Learn more
Prescription Drugs: What ones are damaging your eyes?
What prescription drugs could be harming our vision? For many years there has been speculation over the side effects of major drugs around the world. Whilst adverse reactions to medical prescription are rare, they can and do appear for some of us, especially when drugs are taken for extended periods of time. The below common […]Learn more
Pros and cons of laser eye surgery
Pros and cons of laser eye surgery Despite the procedure being more than 25 years old, laser eye surgery is still regarded as a relatively new operation. The pros and cons of laser eye surgery can help a prospective patient decide if vision correction is right for them. Benefits and risks of vision correction It […]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