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Eye care at every age

Posted on 29 September 2016

Eye Care Awareness Month runs from 19 September to 16 October. Dr Jacobus Pauw, an ophthalmologist at Mediclinic Secunda, sheds some light on the importance of eye care – at every age.

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Line of sight

Posted on 15 July 2016

Ever wondered how sight works? Very basically, your eyes work like this: light enters through the cornea, which bends the light rays so that they pass freely through the pupil (the opening in the centre of the iris).

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How it works: the eye

Posted on 26 April 2016

You can see this text on your screen, right? Ever wondered how that happens? Here’s a look at how your eyes work – with a special focus on its lenses.

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Lasik surgery

Posted on 17 September 2015

Once upon a time, the only way you could improve your vision was to wear specs or contact lenses. No more! Lasik surgery means excellent eyesight – and no more glasses.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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Lasik eye surgery

Posted on 4 September 2015

Short-sighted or far-sighted and tired of wearing specs or contact lenses? Lasik surgery is the answer that thousands of people in South Africa are turning to – with great success.

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Glaucoma

Posted on 1 May 2015

Simply put, glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve and can result in loss of vision. Dr RA Joseph, an ophthalmologist at Mediclinic Plettenberg Bay, explains further.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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Retinal detachment

Posted on 24 April 2015

Retinal detachment occurs when the retina separates from the tissue around it. It’s a serious eye condition and you are at risk of losing vision if it isn’t repaired promptly.

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Seeing the bigger picture of blindness

Posted on 31 July 2014

We spoke to Dr RA Joseph, an ophthalmologist at Mediclinic Plettenberg Bay, about some of the causes and effects of blindness.

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A look at the eyes

Posted on 15 April 2014

Look after your eyes – here are some common questions answered about eye health.

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Apps for the visually impaired

Posted on 27 June 2013

Hein Wagner was born blind but that hasn’t slowed him down. He shares some handy apps for the visually impaired.

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Do you have diabetic retinopathy?

Posted on 23 April 2013

Don’t delay – treatment for diabetic retinopathy could save your eyesight.

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Diabetic retinopathy

Posted on 9 April 2013

Do you have diabetes? Protect your sight with a simple but thorough dilated-pupil eye examination at least once a year.

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Sight restored

Posted on 28 March 2013

These days cataract surgery is safe and very effective, says Dr Zoran Aleksic, a Mediclinic Cape Town ophthalmic surgeon who specialises in cataract and laser refractive surgery. He talks us through it…

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Cataract? No catastrophe…

Posted on 8 March 2013

Our expert explains what a cataract is, what the symptoms are and how it’s diagnosed.

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Focus on laser eye surgery

Posted on 15 November 2012

These days, laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (Lasik) means virtually no discomfort, a shorter recovery time and better than 20/20 vision.

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