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Hospital first to offer new laser operation for cataracts

Eye surgeon at Frimley Park Hospital

Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey is believed to be the first NHS hospital in the country to use a new laser treatment for routine cataract operations.

The laser technology uses tiny bursts of energy to clear a patient's cloudy eye lens so that there is no for knives, needles or a general anaesthetic.

"We are really excited about being able to use this technology to offer our patients great outcomes, especially for such a common procedure,"

"We really believe this is the future of cataract surgery and I'm delighted that we are able to offer it to the great majority of our NHS patients at Frimley,"

– Thomas Poole, Eye surgeon

Viewers' pictures of Sunday's full moon

Residents from across the Meridian region have been sharing their pictures of Sunday's full moon with us on our Facebook page.

It's ahead of tonight's rare supermoon which will light up the skies when it orbits closer to the earth than it has done for seventy years.

Here are a few of your pictures:

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Tonight, skywatchers will witness a rare supermoon; the "Beaver Moon" is expected to look 14% bigger and 30% brighter than a normal full moon. The Met Office say it will reach the peak of its full phase at 13:52 GMT and will be the largest since 1948.

NASA say the full moon won’t come this close to Earth again until November 25, 2034.


South coast's first wind farm completes 'major milestone' - exclusive report

It's the first wind farm ever to be built off the south coast and for the last ten months residents in Sussex have watched it expanding along their horizon.

Environmental experts say that with global temperatures for the last five years the hottest on record, projects like the Rampion wind farm could prove vital - and it's just completed the first major milestone in its construction.

Andy Dickenson has this exclusive report and speaks to Chris Tomlinson from the project as well as Dr Florian Kern of Sussex University.

Go 'into the eyes of animals' at Brighton Digital Festival virtual reality lab

A 'virtual reality lab' has been set up as part of Brighton's Digital Festival.

From Friday visitors to the city's Old Market venue will be able to experience more than 15 different immersive worlds, including one that lets users view 'through the eyes of animals' - as Robin McNicholas explains.

The largest of its kind in the country, the Digital Festival runs until the end of the month.


Muscular Dystrophy sufferers victims of 'NHS black hole' in South East

Health campaigners are today calling for the NHS to fill what they say is a 'black hole' in care across the South East.

Muscular Dystrophy UK says Trusts across our region are putting thousands of children and adults' lives at risk - by failing to employ a single specialist health advisor.

Despite four such experts in the South West, and 57 more across the country, the South East has none.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Jordan and Sarah Wright, and Nic Bungay from Muscular Dystrophy UK.

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