The unhealthy season
The average Brit spent a total of 40 hours on the sofa last Christmas, a survey found. Research concluded that a combination of nodding off after food, bingeing on Netflix’s Christmas offering ( A Christmas Prince, anyone?) and yet another round of Cluedo, Scrabble or similar led to a stunning five hours a day clocked up on the couch. What else would we do? Experts suggest that we revive the once traditional Christmas walk. So gather up the family and head out together for a brisk walk in the festive chill. Only 30 minutes outside getting your heart rate up can do wonders for your health. Regular walking helps to improve heart and lung fitness, strengthen bones, increase muscle strength and reduce body fat, which we’ll all need come January. Turn back to page 35 for some of our favourite winter walks in Surrey.
£519.62, amazon.co.uk £279, powerhouse-fitness.co.uk £369, ironmaster.co.uk
Doctors and patients in this area of medicine are very particular about the results achieved and safety is always at the forefront of any decision.
Most procedures are now well established and the largest increase in patients seeking such treatments is in the 40-70-year-old category. There are many factors for this including active lifestyles, frustrations with changes in vision and high expectations. As a result, lens exchange surgery, which is an evolution of cataract surgery has shown huge growth in recent years.
In the search for ever increasing safety and precision, doctors have carried out a revolutionary new procedure which offers many of the benefits of premium trifocal lens technology with complete lifelong reversibility.
The Trifocal DUET procedure was performed for the first time in the UK earlier this month by Rakesh Jayaswal, a Consultant specialising in Corneal and Refractive Surgery at the Spire Hospital in Portsmouth. The procedure involves removal of the natural lens as performed in traditional lens exchange and cataract procedures, but instead of one intraocular lens being inserted, two premium lenses are used to restore vision for all distances. A distance correcting lens is permanently placed within the structures that hold the natural lens and a reading lens is inserted just in front. The advantage of this approach is that should the patient become intolerant of a trifocal lens in the future then the lens may be removed at any point in time.
Mr Jayaswal says “We have always looked to see how technology can optimise outcomes and improve patient safety and satisfaction even further. Whilst traditional lens surgery is safe, the DUET procedure is a true game-changer. It offers patients and doctors the highest level of safety using the latest premium lens technology by allowing lifelong reversibility. As the eye is a living tissue, should the health of the eye change for any reason over the course of time then premium lens can be removed safely in a matter of minutes.”
The ten-minute procedure was first performed on a 49-year-old lawyer from London who was developing symptoms from an early cataract. Whilst being counselled on surgery, he was unsure about the use of trifocal lenses as there is a small risk of patients not adapting to the vision. “As soon as Mr Jayaswal offered me a reversible solution, it was an easy decision” said Mr Higgins. “In my eyes, this is a miracle. I was operated on in the evening and as soon as I woke up the next morning, the world was a different place. I haven’t needed to use glasses for anything since. The clarity is absolutely perfect”
DUET surgery can also be used in any patient who may be disappointed with their continued dependence on glasses after previous cataract surgery. The use of the second lens allows for patients to upgrade the optics of the original lens to the very latest trifocal technology.
Laservision are now offering the latest in lens surgery in their hospital based clinics across the UK which include Guildford, Portsmouth and Woking.