Eyes and Ears
I was shocked by how deep the hole was and I worried about how others would react. I needed to find a way to pick my own confidence up enough so I could do the school run without fear of embarrassing myself or my kids. I also didn't want to miss out on such an important part of parenting and I couldn't stay hiding behind closed doors forever.
When I was first able to talk to my mother after her surgery, she said, fighting back the tears: "I just couldn't stop thinking about not seeing my children and grandchildren again." For so many people, that painful thought becomes a reality. A reality that in many cases can be easily avoided.
This autumn, a group of cross-party MPs posed questions to the Department of Health, in an attempt to gather information
Research can make a huge difference, 25 years ago a corneal transplant had a 50/50 chance of success - now it has a 90 percent chance. Cataract procedures are now routine, laser eye surgery is nowadays a very safe procedure - but that is only through years of research.
Skiing for my country during the Sochi Paralympic Games was one of the proudest moments of my life, but it is not an opportunity I would have had were it for experiencing one of the most frightening experiences a person can go through - losing your sight...
Could an eye test really signal the end of an era of perfect vision? me in glasses?, surely not, suddenly I found a multitude of vain reasons to avoid an eye test.
There are 3 potential solutions to the presbyopia problem - multifocal contact lenses, monovision (One contact lens for distance vision and one for reading), or a combination of single vision distance contact lenses with reading spectacles.
The age profile of contact lens wearers has changed very markedly over the past 10 years and particularly within the past 2 years. Ten years ago, the age demographic was probably 16-40 years. Now it is more like 8-80 years.
It's probably no surprise to most of us that contact lenses are extremely useful to sportsmen and women who don't have 20/20 vision. A rugby player with glasses doesn't really make sense considering the heavy contact element of that sport - and indeed if you look at any sport which involves a moving ball of any kind we can see the benefit of contact lenses over glasses.
Disposable lenses are hygienically better and more convenient, so from that point of view daily disposable soft contact lenses could be considered the best option. This is because they are sterile single use lenses, individually packed, you handle them once to insert, once to remove and then discard them. The risk of contamination is extremely low with this modality.