Ophthalmology

Our expert ophthalmologists offer insight into all aspects of the eye, from blindness to cataracts.

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World-class treatment for thyroid eye disease

Posted on 16 March 2017

We look at the world-class treatment options available in South Africa for thyroid eye disease.

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Blurred lines? What you need to know about cataracts

Posted on 6 March 2017

Cataracts is a correctable condition, easily remedied with a routine procedure. An ophthalmologist explains.

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Glaucoma: The silent stealer of vision

Posted on 16 February 2017

Glaucoma is an eye condition where the pressure inside the eye is too high. Over time, the sustained high pressure damages the optic nerve fibres. Here’s what you need to know.

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Does your child need spectacles?

Posted on 15 February 2017

A 2003 study concluded that 3% of children up to the age of 13 suffer from some sort of eyesight limitation, increasing threefold by their mid-teens. Could your child be one of them?

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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • The only one in Africa and one of only 13 in the world, the P-I BrÅnemark Institute of Excellence at Mediclinic Morningside, specialises in facial reconstruction.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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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 are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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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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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • The only one in Africa and one of only 13 in the world, the P-I BrÅnemark Institute of Excellence at Mediclinic Morningside, specialises in facial reconstruction.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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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.

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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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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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