Ophthalmology

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

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Diabetes

Can you prevent diabetic retinopathy?

It’s the third most common cause of blindness in South Africa after cataracts and glaucoma. Diabetic retinopathy may not have any symptoms at first – but finding it early means you can take steps

Conditions

4 common eye conditions: symptoms and treatment

Losing your vision doesn’t have to be inevitable – even as you age or have a condition that’s known to lead to vision loss. Dr Meldrick Booysen is an ophthalmologist

Ophthalmology

Cataracts: What you need to know [INFOGRAPHIC]

A cataract is a progressive clouding of the eye’s natural (crystalline) lens – and is the leading cause of vision problems among adults over age 55. What can be done?

Ophthalmology

Same-day eye surgery options to improve your vision

Modern-day eye surgery is faster, less of a hassle and less scary than many people imagine. A specialist gives us the lowdown. Eye surgery may sound daunting, but nowadays you

Ophthalmology

What an ophthalmologist wants you to know about cataracts

A cataract is an eye condition that is easily remedied with a routine surgical procedure. Lorraine Petersen from Mitchell’s Plain explains that her mother’s failing eyesight was affecting her quality

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Magazine

Seeing eye to eye: The impact of cornea donors

Two patients are on the mend thanks to innovative care and the generosity of cornea donors. You can help too.

Ophthalmology

You may not see the symptoms of glaucoma

Generally undiagnosed in its early stages, glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve. Because symptoms usually only appear once some damage has already been done, it can result in vision loss and, in severe cases, blindness. Yet once it’s diagnosed it can be treated, preventing further damage.

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  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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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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Ophthalmology

Glaucoma demystified [infographic]

Potentially resulting in blindness, glaucoma can’t be cured but it can be controlled. We look at how glaucoma affects your eyes and uncover some interesting facts about the condition.

Healthy Life

7 Everyday risks to your eyes – and how to avoid them

Imagine this: You’ve cleaned the patio, and you’re ready to spend a sunny afternoon in the garden. You open an ice-cold drink, Google some new recipes, then take a dip in the pool before lighting the braai and watching the kids play on the grass.

Diabetes

7 Eye tests that look at more than just your vision

When you go to the optometrist because you’re having trouble seeing, a vision test is usually conducted. This test assesses how well you can see and your ability to discern objects. However, many eye conditions and diseases present no symptoms, so there’s a range of tests available to see what your eyes can’t. An ophthalmologist and an eye surgeon explain.

Ophthalmology

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.

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