A Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Mark Wevill has been restoring vision with cataract, lens exchange and laser eye surgery for over 20 years. He has postgraduate qualifications from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and has been invited to speak at over 20 surgeon conferences.
If you are at all worried about eye surgery (as I was) go to see Mark. I thought I needed laser treatment, but was too old. I had lens replacement instead and it is one of the best things I have ever done for myself. No more swapping one set of glasses for another, or stumbling because the floor wasn't where I thought it was. I had my usual diabetic retina scan and eye test a couple of weeks ago, and the optician was very complimentary. She checked me for driving too and told me I no longer need distance or intermediate glasses. I had told Mark I didn't mind using reading glasses, but I don't always need them either. I know this is going to sound overly dramatic but Mark has changed my life and I am truly grateful for his skill and knowledge.
63 years ago as a sports mad 11year old I was given the devastating news “you need glasses”. My mother, bless her, within 12 months found the only Optician in Birmingham supplying contact lenses, not the new style, but hard full eye cover ones. So began the life of artificial eye correction with differing improving methods employed, although the grime of the City of London finally put paid to my wearing contacts continually in my fifties. Then the local optician mentioned that a cataract was starting to affect my vision. I did a lot of research, when you are retired you have the time, and finally decided to contact Optegra for an initial consultation. I walked in and immediately felt confident my choice was correct. The whole place exuded professionalism, appointments on time, excellent surroundings, great ambience and very friendly and helpful staff. Having had a myriad of tests on a seemingly endless supply of equipment I met Mr Wevill who told me I was suitable for multi focal lens replacement and went into great detail what the operation entailed, pros and cons. He then listened intently to my own questions, realising I am sure that I was reticent about anyone performing surgery on my eyes. Like all the staff he was professional, friendly and put me full at ease, I decided to go ahead. I had both eyes done, a week apart, and the surgery involved surprised me. Firstly there was no pain and secondly it was so quickly carried out, approximately 15 minutes or 5 great songs playing at the time, I am not sure this was part of the treatment just that we had the same tastes! The follow up aftercare was thorough over the next 3 months and I am now completely free from the incessant weight on my nose, unfortunately 63 years too late to improve my cricketing and footballing abilities! All I can say is the whole experience was worth every penny it cost and more, I am absolutely delighted with the results. Finally what was the most impressive and welcoming part of the whole experience, a phone call I received from Mr Wevill on the evening following the operations. Silly really, but I thought I am not just a client, they actually care.
I had laser eye surgery from Mr Wevill 6.5yrs ago. And my experience and eyesight to date have been perfect. My sight was particularly poor, hindered by severe short sightedness. I also have narrow eye openings (sorry the technical terminology is lost on me) meaning it’s very difficult to place contact lenses and clamps (necessary for laser surgery) on my eyes. I remember the surgery well as Mr Wevill had with his work cutout with me resisting throughout the procedure. After the experience I had a very brief (almost a few hours) of recovery and the rest is history. Needless to say my eyesight had been one to brag about and I would only recommend this consultant to anyone going forward. Suki
Hi Suki, thanks for taking the time to make my day with a great compliment 6 years after your treatment. I'm so pleased you're still enjoying seeing without glasses all these years later. Thanks again!
My wife & I both attended an open evening at Optegra in Birmingham, hosted by Mr Mark Wevill. We were very impressed by his friendly, professional approach with absolutely no pressure. After extensive eye scans we were deemed suitable for refractive lens exchange which we had performed a few weeks later. The procedure lasted a mere 15 minutes and all the way through we were reassured by Mr Wevill & his team Everyone was extremely kind and really couldn't do enough for us. We religiously followed our regime of eye drops & 6 weeks later, after a couple of follow-up appointments we are free of specs with pretty perfect vision. Mark Wevill is clearly a brilliant eye surgeon who is obviously well respected by his team. He treats each patient with great personal care, he explained everything in great detail and answered questions thoroughly, and we trusted him completely. All in all we are extremely pleased we made the decision to go ahead. Thank you Mark & team! Geoff & Annette Turvey
Hi Geoff & Annette, thank you for your great review and I'm pleased you're seeing so well.
I have been partially sighted since birth having what is called a 'lazy' left eye resulting in monocular vision. I was referred to Mark in mid 2017, having being diagnosed with developing cataracts in both eyes by Graham Parks, Ophthalmologist at Specsavers Aberystwyth. The thought of the gradual deteriorating vision in my right good eye caused me worry and concern and I knew this had to be addressed. Also the possibility of surgery going wrong was in the back of my mind as well. I need the best possible treatment and Graham was right, I could not be in better hands. Mark explained everything and put me at ease at our first meeting and then introduced me to the very pleasant and professional Optegra staff that carried out numerous tests on both eyes using Optegra’s ‘state of the art’ diagnostic equipment. This was followed by a further ‘same day’ consultation with Mark who decided to perform the initial cataract surgery on my left eye. Surgery was carried out a few weeks later. The procedure was quick and painless, carried out in a very professional manner by Mark and his team in very modern, pleasant and relaxing surroundings. Before I knew it I was back on the train to Aberystwyth. Mark rang to check up on me whilst I was on the train and gave me his personal mobile number telling me I was to contact him immediately should I have any cause for concern. It was during the postoperative check-up on my left eye that Mark advised the OCT scans on my right, ‘good’ eye indicated that I had Vitreomacular Tension Syndrome, VMT, in that eye. It was possible that carrying out cataract surgery at that time could cause further trauma. VMT is a serious condition that can cause permanent damage to the macular including loss of central vision. Mark consulted with colleagues and advised that we should wait at least six months and monitor the problem on a regular basis. It is known that in around 25 per cent of cases the condition ‘right’s itself’ and surgery would not be necessary. In my case the waiting game paid off. The vitreous detached itself from the macula in a burst of floaters on Easter Friday this year. Mark confirmed this a couple of days later and carried out cataract procedure on my right eye on 8th May this year. Postoperative check-ups confirmed that YAG Laser Capsulotomy would be necessary to improve my vision even further and Mark carried this out early this week with very positive results. My complete procedure took approximately 18months, mainly due to a very worrying and stressful waiting time following the diagnosis of VMT Syndrome in my right eye. During the whole process I felt that support was always available. I could telephone Mark personally should it have been necessary and the Optegra team were always so helpful with their support. I have received the best possible treatment and support from Mark, and I have been fitted with the best ‘state of the art’ IOL’s as recommended by him. I am in my 70’s and can now look forward to the future with 20+ improved vision in my right eye. Knowing that I will not have to face cataract surgery in my advancing years means a lot. Should anything go wrong in the future, Mark and his team at Optegra are only a phone call away. Thank you Mark and your team at Optegra for all you have done.
Thank you for your patience while we waited for the right time to do your surgery and your vision is now 20/20.