Ophthalmology

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

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Cataracts FAQ: how do they develop, are you at risk, when do you require surgery?

Cataracts form as your eye lenses become less flexible and transparent as you age. Left untreated, it can lead to blindness. Discover if you’re at risk and what to expect from surgery.

Conditions

Why is my vision worsening?

As you age, it’s natural for your vision to deteriorate. Thanks to modern medicine, there is usually a treatment option for your condition. An eye specialist at Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg explains more.

Conditions

A really close look inside the eye

You see them every time you look in the mirror. But have you ever seen deeper than that? The eye is a complex mechanism made up of many parts. Let’s take a really, really close look.

Conditions

Short- or far-sighted? What’s the difference?

Struggling to focus on objects in the distance? Or are nearby objects out of focus? An optometrist weighs in.

Conditions

World-class treatment for thyroid eye disease

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

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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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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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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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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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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  • 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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  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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Conditions

Blurred lines? What you need to know about cataracts

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

Expert Articles

Glaucoma: The silent stealer of vision

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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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Children up to 12

Does your child need spectacles?

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?

Ophthalmology

Eye care at every age

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

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).

Expert Articles

Lasik surgery

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.

Expert Articles

Lasik eye surgery

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

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

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

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

Ophthalmology

Apps for the visually impaired

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

Diabetes

Do you have diabetic retinopathy?

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

Diabetes

Diabetic retinopathy

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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