Eye Care Blog

Optimax news and insights provide a flavour of how life can be brighter and more enjoyable after treatment with us...

We hope these updates help provide you with better an understanding of our vision correction treatments and their benefits.

10 October 2019

Author: Kate Green

New treatment for Keratoconus at Optimax: Small-incision LIKE with the XENIA implant

new keratoconus treatment with small incision LIKE

Keratoconus is an eye condition affecting around 1 in 2,000 people in the UK. The front part of your eye, the cornea, becomes weaker and thinner, gradually losing its shape and becoming more cone-like.

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08 October 2019

Author: Kate Green

What to expect at a child’s eye test

All about children's eye tests

Eye tests are absolutely crucial in maintaining good eye health, and we’ve written previously about the importance of them. They can detect all sorts of hidden eye problems, even revealing the presence of brain tumours and diabetes.

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03 October 2019

Author: Kate Green

Surgeon profile: Meet Dr Ilango, Medical Director for cataract and lens surgery

Dr Ilango talks to patient

Dr Ilango is our Medical Director for Lens Surgery at Optimax, having worked with us for 25 years. He is also a consultant ophthalmic surgeon at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, specialising in cornea and lens implants.

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01 October 2019

Author: Kate Green

The sharp rise of short sight: Is myopia becoming a global epidemic?

short-sight-myopia-global-epidemic

An epidemic is defined as a “widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time”. While myopia (also known as short-sightedness) doesn’t qualify as an infectious disease, there’s no denying that it is becoming more widespread with each year that goes by, with reported cases growing exponentially.

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26 September 2019

Author: Kate Green

The impacts of high alcohol consumption on your eyesight

Impacts of high alcohol consumption on eyesight

Drinking alcohol is a normal part of life for many British adults. While 20% of people surveyed by Drink Aware said that they didn’t drink at all, 57% of respondents had had at least one drink in the week leading up to being interviewed.

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24 September 2019

Author: Kate Green

Optimax surgeon Dr. Bhojani treats her niece with LASIK surgery

Dr. Bhojani treats her niece with LASIK surgery

At the beginning of August, we treated 19 year old Zahra in Optimax Leicester. She had worn glasses for the past 12 years and knew that vision correction treatment was something she had wanted for a long time.

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19 September 2019

Author: Kate Green

Is your eyesight legal for driving? The roadside dangers of cataracts, AMD and glaucoma

Legal eyesight for driving, cataracts and glaucoma

Deteriorating vision is a normal part of the ageing process, be that in the form of cataracts, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, or another sight-related condition.

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17 September 2019

Author: Kate Green

What are the benefits of Laser Eye Surgery for sportspeople?

Benefits of laser eye surgery for athletes

There are many sports where having good eyesight is absolutely crucial to succeed. Attempting to track a tennis ball on court, intercept a football player and tackle them, or follow the lines of the running track all become very difficult when your sight is compromised.

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12 September 2019

Author: Kate Green

How to read your eye prescription

How to read your eye prescription

We get lots of questions about optical prescriptions, exactly what the letters and numbers on that piece of paper mean, and whether or not, based on these numbers, someone is suitable for vision correction treatment with us.

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10 September 2019

Author: Kate Green

12 signs that your child is struggling with their eyesight

12 signs your child is struggling with vision

It can be difficult to know that your child is struggling with their vision because they may not even be aware themselves. If the problem is something which has been present from early in their life, they might just take it as the norm and not give you any indication that something is wrong.

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05 September 2019

Author: Kate Green

Do you drink enough water to keep your eyes healthy?

Keep your eyes hydrated and drink water

We’ve all heard that we should be drinking 2 litres of water a day to stay hydrated, keep our organs healthy, our body temperature regulated, and our energy levels high. Water is what enables our bodies to function, flushing out waste products and delivering oxygen throughout the body.

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03 September 2019

Author: Kate Green

Mother, father and son have their vision corrected together at Optimax

Family receive laser treatment together

Sometimes, treatment at Optimax really can become a family affair. We recently caught up with a mother, father and son who all had treatment with us, and had a chat about their Optimax experiences.

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28 August 2019

Author: Kate Green

What is Eye Sleep, and should you be worried about it?

What is eye sleep

We’ve all woken up in the mornings feeling a bit sleepy, only to find some crusting or gunk in our eyes. Sometimes called “eye sleep”, the substance is a combination of eye debris and hardened tear film which falls into the eye’s inner corner and then dries up overnight, forming the crust.

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21 August 2019

Author: Kate Green

The negative effects of makeup on your eyes

Negative impacts of makeup on your eyes

Makeup has been around for thousands of years and is used in almost every society in the world – from colourful tribal makeup through to the Kardashian-style contouring we know today.

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14 August 2019

Author: Kate Green

Meet the Hawthorns: 3 sisters undergo Laser Eye Surgery at Optimax Glasgow

3 sisters have laser eye surgery at Optimax Glasgow

Earlier this year, we treated three sisters at Optimax Glasgow. Older sister Stephanie, and twins Louise and Pamela, all opted for LASEK treatment in a bid to ditch their glasses for good.

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07 August 2019

Author: Kate Green

What are the symptoms of Dry Eye Disease?

Symptoms and treatment for dry eye disease

Dry eye is a common eye condition whereby the eyes do not produce enough tears for the eye to be sufficiently lubricated. This occurs for a number of reasons and can cause several uncomfortable symptoms. It’s estimated that around 7% of population suffer from dry eye.

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31 July 2019

Author: Kate Green

Eagle eyes: Where does the saying come from?

All about eagle's eyes

We’ve all heard someone with excellent eyesight described as “eagle eyed” by others – but how much truth lies in this well-known idiom? The saying harks back to the Elizabethan era, where it was first reported being used in 1598.

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25 July 2019

Author: Kate Green

Which eye conditions affect women more than men?

Women's eye health risks

When it comes to blindness and eye disease, it’s clear to see that women are at far greater risk than men. Two thirds of global blindness and visual impairments occur in women, and women are much more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, and cataracts than men.

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23 July 2019

Author: Kate Green

How do smart phones damage your eyes?

How smart phones can damage eyes with blue light

Smartphones have become a staple item in everyday life, with 80% of UK consumers owning one in 2018. This number is sure to continue rising as the years go by, and smartphones become more affordable and therefore more accessible.

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18 July 2019

Author: Kate Green

The effects of lash lifts and lash extensions on your eyes

Effects and dangers of lash lifts and lash extensions on eyes

A craze that has begun sweeping the world of beauty and makeup lately is the lash extension. Individual lashes made from either mink, silk or synthetic plastic fibres are glued to your natural lashes to create a longer, fuller look.

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16 July 2019

Author: Kate Green

How can diabetes affect your eyesight?

Diabetes affects eyesight leading to diabetic eye disease and diabetic retinopathy

Almost 5 million people in the UK are living with diabetes, equalling more than 6% of the population. This isn’t a small proportion, and it’s predicted that 5.5 million people will have diabetes in the UK by 2030.

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11 July 2019

Author: Kate Green

Crossed eyes or lazy eyes? The difference between Strabismus and Amblyopia

Difference between strabismus (crossed eyes) and amblyopia (lazy eyes)

Strabismus and amblyopia are frequently confused with each other, and people often use the terms interchangeably. They are, in fact, two different eye conditions, albeit with some shared characteristics.

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09 July 2019

Author: Kate Green

What are the common myths surrounding your eye colour?

Common myths surrounding eye colour, cataracts, endometriosis

Eye colour is a funny, unpredictable thing and is influenced by up to 16 different genes. It’s hard to predict what eye colour your child might end up with, as even one sibling’s eyes can differ dramatically from the next sibling.

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04 July 2019

Author: Kate Green

How can you protect your child's eyesight?

Protect children's eyesight with eye tests

Monitoring your own eyesight is easy; you know exactly what you can see, and you’re aware of any changes that might occur. You’re also likely to know when you need vision correction – be that laser eye surgery, glasses or contacts – and you know how to communicate your visual problems.

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02 July 2019

Author: Kate Green

Prevent sun damage to your eyes by wearing UV protection sunglasses

Prevent sun damage and ultraviolet light wear sunglasses

Summer is well and truly underway and we’re all enjoying the longer days, warmer temperatures, and sitting in the garden with the barbeque burning away. Nowadays, people are quite clued up on the risks of sun damage when it comes to severe sunburn and skin cancer, and sun cream is a staple item for British summertime.

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27 June 2019

Author: Kate Green

Patient profile: Experienced nurse abandons her specs for better vision

Nurse has Refractive Lens Exchange at Optimax

Sue’s Refractive Lens Exchange

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25 June 2019

Author: Kate Green

Sulcoflex Trifocal: New lens technology for Optimax cataract patients

Sulcoflex Trifocal Lens technology at Optimax

The world of lens surgery is constantly developing, with advancements being made all the time. We like to make sure we can offer the latest lens technology to our patients at Optimax, so we’re working with Rayner, a British lens manufacturer, to bring this to you.

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20 June 2019

Author: Kate Green

What are eye floaters, and should you be worried about them?

What are eye floaters

You might have noticed small black spots or tiny flecks in your vision, particularly when you look at bright, plain coloured backgrounds, like a white wall or the sky.

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18 June 2019

Author: Kate Green

Which eye conditions are most common in different countries around the world?

Common global eye conditions, glaucoma, trachoma, cataracts

Out of 7.5 billion people in the world, over 285 million are visually impaired. Of these 285 million, 246 million have low vision, and 39 million are blind. 80% of these forms of visual impairment are actually preventable or curable (and are usually treated in developed countries) meaning that, sadly, 90% of people affected live in developing countries.

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13 June 2019

Author: Kate Green

How can chlorine damage your eyes?

Chlorine damage eyes causing conjunctivitis, pink eye

The summer holidays are fast approaching and, for many people, this means a trip away. Whether it’s Butlins or Bali, it’s likely that you’ll be taking a dip in the pool to relax.

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11 June 2019

Author: Kate Green

Patient profile: Barbara's laser eye surgery at Optimax Harley Street

Barbara Optimax Harley Street clinic manager has laser eye surgery

Barbara is our clinic manager at Optimax Harley Street. She works both in the office and with our patients, as well as scrubbing up and assisting in the treatment room for laser and lens surgeries. It’s safe to say that Barbara knows vision correction treatments inside out!

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06 June 2019

Author: Kate Green

How different are human eyes to animal eyes?

Difference between human and animal eyesight

Animals suffer from many of the same eye conditions that humans do, from cataracts and glaucoma, to short-sightedness and scratched corneas. There are even veterinary specialists dedicated solely to animal ophthalmology!

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04 June 2019

Author: Kate Green

Optimax Peterborough: Meet Tina and her team

Optimax Peterborough clinic team

We know that booking in for laser eye or lens surgery can be quite a daunting process, and there’s no doubting that it’s a big decision. It’s completely normal to feel nervous about the procedure and the appointments that come with it, but something that lots of our patients say is that it’s the Optimax staff who help them feel more positive about the experience.

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30 May 2019

Author: Kate Green

Find out how smoking damages your eyes

Smoking damages eyes, leads to cataracts, AMD, diabetes

We’re all aware that smoking is bad for our lungs, circulation and teeth – amongst a whole host of other body parts – but not a lot of people know how bad smoking is for their eyes.

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28 May 2019

Author: Kate Green

Top 10 foods to keep your eyes healthy

Top 10 foods for healthy eyes

We all grew up hearing that eating carrots helps you see in the dark, and we all know that getting our “5 a day” of fruit and vegetables is meant to help our overall health. But did you know that certain foods actually have specific benefits for your eyesight?

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23 May 2019

Author: Kate Green

What are the risks of missing your regular eye tests?

Missing regular eye tests risks glaucoma, diabetes and tumours

Experts recommend that everyone has an eye test every two years, even if we think we have perfect vision. As well as being “windows to the soul”, your eyes are also windows to your overall health, providing indications of a range of diseases – both directly related to your eyes, and more general health.

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21 May 2019

Author: Kate Green

What are the effects of poor eyesight on your mental health?

Effects of poor mental health on eyesight

Good eyesight is something which a lot of us probably take for granted and isn’t something we really value until it begins to deteriorate. It’s a classic case of “you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”, but worsening vision brings a multitude of other health concerns with it.

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16 May 2019

Author: Kate Green

Is poor eyesight all down to your genes?

Can you inherit myopia and hyperopia in your genes?

We all know that many of our characteristics are inherited from our parents, from our hair and eye colour down to the shape of our nose. They might also pass down certain personality traits or athletic and academic abilities, but what about other aptitudes?

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14 May 2019

Author: Kate Green

Learn about the risks of hay fever to your overall eye health

Risks of hay fever to your eye health

Spring is well and truly upon us and, while it’s lovely to have the blossoms out, the birds chirping away, and the lighter, brighter mornings, the allergies that come with the season aren’t quite as popular. Around 13 million people in the UK suffer from hay fever, which is essentially an allergy to pollen.

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09 May 2019

Author: Kate Green

Laser eye surgery: Knowing the difference between LASIK and LASEK

What's the difference between LASIK and LASEK eye surgery?

When people talk about laser eye surgery, lots of them aren’t aware that there is more than one type available. We offer two at Optimax – LASIK and LASEK – and we’re going to discuss the variations between them, as well as identifying the different advantages for each.

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07 May 2019

Author: Kate Green

Which British celebrities have had laser eye surgery?

British celebrities have laser eye surgery at Optimax

We’ve been looking into which other celebrities have had laser eye surgery and there’s no shortage of people to choose from! You may be surprised at some of the following names, and which procedures they’ve had.

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02 May 2019

Author: Kate Green

Costs as clear as your new vision

Clear costs for laser eye surgery

People put off laser eye surgery or lens surgery for a number of reasons. There’s no denying that it’s a big decision, not least because we all know how important our eyesight is, but people also question the financial cost.

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30 April 2019

Author: Kate Green

How does the ageing process affect your eyesight?

Impacts of ageing on your eyesight

The natural ageing process is something which none of us can hide from. The physical and mental changes it brings are normal and, while you can combat some of them with cosmetic surgery and laser eye or lens surgery, it’s important to monitor things to ensure that you’re still healthy and that the changes are normal.

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25 April 2019

Author: Kate Green

What can you do to keep your eyes healthy?

Top tips for healthy eyes

We all know how important our eyes are. Our sight is the sense that we rely on most on a day-to-day basis and, whether you’re considering eye surgery or not, your eye health should be up there amongst your top priorities. 74% of people in the UK wear glasses or have had laser eye or lens surgery to correct their vision.

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23 April 2019

Author: Kate Green

Ultimate guide to eye surgery at Optimax

Ultimate guide to understanding laser eye surgery and cataract surgery

Do you rely on glasses or contacts to see properly? Have you been considering vision correction for a while but haven’t known how to go about it? We’ve got a full list of all our procedures in one place to help you determine which treatment is best for you and your eyes.

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18 April 2019

Author: Kate Green

Is summer the perfect time for laser eye surgery?

Laser eye surgery in summer

If you’re a wearer of glasses or contacts, you’ll probably know that hauling eye care supplies around on holiday can be a bit of a task. The time of year when people start to go away is approaching, and your holidays are likely to involve sea, sand and sports.

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15 April 2019

Author: Kate Green

Q&A: Presbyopia, cataracts and astigmatism

Optimax Q&A about presbyopia, cataracts and astigmatism

We get lots of questions from prospective patients about different eye conditions, and whether or not we’ll be able to help them achieve clear, natural vision again. We’ll be able to determine your suitability for different procedures if you book in for a consultation.

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11 April 2019

Author: Kate Green

Laser eye surgery: Common fears and myths

Laser Eye Surgery common fears and myths

We know that choosing to have laser eye surgery is a big decision and it’s something that people spend years putting off for a whole host of different reasons. But when we speak to our patients after their procedures, the thing most of them say is “why did I wait so long?”

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09 April 2019

Author: Kate Green

What is Keratoconus?

What is keratoconus and corneal cross linking

Keratoconus is an eye disorder which affects around 1 in 2,000 people. A person’s cornea, the transparent front part of the eye, gradually becomes thinner, weaker, and begins to bulge forwards in a conical shape.

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04 April 2019

Author: Kate Green

Cataracts: Is your car insurance valid?

Do cataracts invalidate your car insurance?

A cataract occurs when the lens inside your eye becomes cloudy, interfering with your vision and getting progressively worse. They usually affect people in their seventies, but can occur at any age.

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02 April 2019

Author: Kate Green

Optimax director pioneers new cataract technique

Optimax director pioneers new cataract technique

Our Medical Director at Optimax, Balasubramaniam Ilango, has been busy pioneering a new technique for cataract treatment. He believes that the issue of negative dysphotopsia, or arc shadows, can now be significantly reduced by a modification of capsulorrhexis (CCC), which he is pioneering.

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29 March 2019

Author: Kate Green

The Great British public’s quest for eternal youth

Laser Eye Surgery is a popular choice

It’s no secret that the UK has an ageing population; the median age of the people living here is rising all the time. In fact, the largest age group in in 2017 was made up of people aged between 50 and 54 years old, totalling over 4.6 million out of 66 million people.

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26 March 2019

Author: Kate Green

Love your lenses... Love lens surgery?

Love Lens Surgery at Optimax

Love Your Lenses Week runs from 23rd to 30th March this year and encourages discussion around all things lenses – from looking after your eyes and getting regular check-ups, to understanding the long-term health effects of contact lenses.

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02 January 2019

Author: Francesca Foster

Amazing eye facts

10 amazing eye facts

For organs so small, it’s amazing how fascinating our eyes are; there’s so much to know.

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10 May 2017

Author: James Seton

Optimax Clinic Leicester

New Optimax clinic in Leicester

Optimax Clinic Leicester has now re-opened after an extensive refurbishment and the addition of a state of the art Lens Surgery theatre.

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07 July 2016

Author: James Seton

Dry Eye treatments now available at Optimax

Dry eye treatments available at Optimax

Optimax has recently expanded its range of treatments to include procedures to relieve eye conditions. We now offer treatment options for conditions such as dry eyes and blepharitis.

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30 June 2016

Author: James Seton

Brighten up your summer with Laser Eye Surgery

Get laser eye surgery this summer at Optimax

Four reasons why Laser Eye Surgery can help you make the most of the holiday season.

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22 June 2016

Author: James Seton

Stay in the shades for healthy eyes this summer

Wear sunglasses for healthy eyes in summer

Serious eye conditions can take many years to develop, and can gradually worsen without protection. Babies and kids in particular need to wear hats and sunglasses, although people of all ages should take precautions whenever they are outdoors.

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04 June 2015

Author: Anjali Soneji

Top UK poll-vaulter has treatment at Optimax

Top poll vaulter has laser eye surgery at Optimax

Top Scottish Athlete Courtney MacGuire recently had treatment with Optimax, with an eye on becoming the UK No.1 in her sport.

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27 March 2015

Author: James Seton

Introducing Symfony Lens on BBC TV

Dr Hamid introduces Symfony Lens

This week our medical director Mr Amir Hamid introduced the Symfony ‘Extended Range of Vision’ lens on BBC News South East.

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27 October 2014

Author: James Seton

Optimax Boxer Takes Title

Boxer Marianne Marston has Optimax treatment

Optimax Boxer and ambassador Marianne Marston won a spectacular victory this month, beating Hungarian #1 and European #3 Marianna Gulyas in a tense, 10-round thriller.

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20 October 2014

Author: James Seton

Big win after treatment

Paul Rees has laser eye surgery at Optimax

Racing driver, Optimax Ambassador and occasional ‘Made in Chelsea’ star Paul Rees made a pit-stop at our London head office last week to tell us how his career has accelerated since having laser eye surgery at Optimax.

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16 October 2014

Author: James Seton

UK Championship Triple – Jumper

Triple Jumper Ricardo Twumasi has Laser Eye Surgery

Optimax Athlete Makes The Leap for Great Vision Ricardo Twumasi, UK Championship Triple – Jumper, recently had treatment with Optimax via the BAC Scheme, set up by Optimax to help British athletes reach their potential.

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01 October 2014

Author: James Seton

Congratulations to Alice Anderson

Alice Anderson wins Laser Eye Surgery

We’re delighted by the reaction from Alice Anderson, after receiving free treatment as winner of our monthly Laser Eye Surgery competition.

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