Eye conditions

Will you need contact lenses or glasses after treatment?

By James Ball | 23 April 2019

James Ball explains how your age, the condition of your eye and the eye treatment you receive may require you to use reading glasses or contact lenses in certain circumstances.

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What your diet should look like if you want to have the best vision possible

By James Ball | 06 December 2018

Maintaining a healthy diet is the best way to ensure optimum eye health. When we’re small, our parents tell us that carrots are good for our eyesight, and this is true – but good nutrition for eye health goes much further. Foods including tomatoes, peppers and strawberries also contain caretinoids, while leafy greens such as spinach and kale, which are rich in antioxidants, all help to boost eye health. Fish such as mackerel, salmon, sardines and tuna contain omega-3 fatty acids, which help to protect against dry eyes and other eye conditions. Find out more about how diet can make all the difference to good eye health.

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Get rid of the effects of poor vision in your life

By James Ball | 21 November 2018

Next time you’re struggling with blurred vision, you should realise that you don’t have to put up with this problem. Blurred vision can not only adversely affect your quality of life in simple ways, such as when you’re struggling to see the labels in the supermarket, but it can also interfere with your leisure activities. Mr James Ball, a consultant ophthalmologist, opened Custom Vision Clinic last year after asking patients what was important to them when choosing a clinic. As a result, patients will find that Custom Vision Clinic is located in beautiful surroundings, is easily accessible by car and has ample parking. James offers a no-obligation initial consultation to assess your visual needs and recommend treatment if required.

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Recovery from eye surgery might be smoother than you think

By James Ball | 16 October 2018

Early laser eye surgery in the 1970s involved infection risks and lengthy recovery times. At Custom Vision Clinic our consultant ophthalmologist, James Ball, prefers where possible to use more modern techniques such as LASIK and ReLEx SMILE™. These are minimally invasive procedures and have a much quicker recovery time, enabling patients to return quickly to their everyday activities. In addition, Custom Vision Clinic tends to treat patients in the evening, meaning they can do a full day’s work on the day of their surgery and have minimal disruption afterwards.

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Why eye health checks are so important

By James Ball | 21 September 2018

I’ve spent decades advising others how to maintain optimum eye health, but these days I find I have to follow my own advice. After my mother had age-related macular degeneration diagnosed, I realised that I was also at risk and now I make sure that I’m doing everything I can to maintain good eye health. Having the right diet, exercising and protecting your eyes in the sun are just some of the steps you can take to achieve this. Here I outline the numerous measures you can take to cut down your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration.

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How your life shrinks before you get cataract surgery

By James Ball | 16 August 2018

If you have a cataract, it has a significant impact on your quality of life. Suffering a vision disturbance can affect your confidence, and your world shrinks as you start avoiding the things you want or need to do. You might avoid driving, for example, or pursuing hobbies such as reading or painting because you feel you can’t see so well. However, we can perform customised surgery that will soon allow you to live life to the full once again.

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LASIK laser eye surgery

Do eye doctors get LASIK?

By James Ball | 15 April 2018

I used to read and hear from people that they didn’t want to move forward with LASIK laser eye surgery because their ophthalmologist wore glasses or because they were under the impression that no eye surgeons have had LASIK. If this was true in the past, it certainly isn’t now.

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Video FAQ’s: What is the cause of myopia?

By James Ball | 12 October 2017

There are genetic as well as environmental factors that cause of myopia. Many children in a school environment develop myopia, compared to children in aboriginal populations that live closer to a hunter-gatherer lifestyle.

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Video FAQ’s: What is the best treatment for myopia?

By James Ball | 10 October 2017

The best treatment for myopia depends on the age and condition of the inside of the eye. At Custom Vision Clinic, we take special care in assessing these factors.

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Video FAQ’s: What is the difference between astigmatism and myopia?

By James Ball | 05 October 2017

What’s the difference between astigmatism and myopia? What’s the difference between astigmatism and myopia? Well, there are different optical imperfections between astigmatism and myopia that cause defocus blur of an image on the back of the eye. The most common imperfection we see is short-sightedness. This is where the optics are too powerful, so light … Read more

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About our surgeons

Mr James Ball | Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

MA (Cantab) MB BChir FRCOphth CertLRS

I am a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Custom Vision Clinic. My major interest is in refractive surgery and finding the best treatment suitable for each patient.

Mr Jack Gormley | Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

MB ChB (Hons) FRCOphth CertLRS

I am a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Custom Vision Clinic and York Teaching Hospital, where I lead the Corneal and Refractive service. I have completed over 2,000 surgical and laser eye procedures.