Ophthalmology in South Africa

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MyMediTravel currently lists 11 facilities offering a total of 49 Ophthalmology procedures and treatments in South Africa. For more information or to schedule your appointment, click the Enquire Now button and we’ll match you with the best and most affordable clinics in in South Africa. And don't forget, our service is completely FREE!

Cliffs Optique
5.0

From 16 verified reviews

Okker Botes, 23 September 2020

Great personalised service Clifford the optometrist took his time with the examination and even helping personally to select a frame.

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King Park Sports Medicine Centre - King Park
5.0

From 3 verified reviews

Johann Oosthuizen-van der Westhuizen, 19 September 2020

Great place. Friendly staff and professional service. These are practitioners who genuinely care about their patients and their wellbeing. I would definitely recommend to anyone. Conveniently situated as well.

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King Park Sports Medicine Centre - Mt Edgecombe
5.0

From 3 verified reviews

Johann Oosthuizen-van der Westhuizen, 29 August 2020

Great place. Friendly staff and professional service. These are practitioners who genuinely care about their patients and their wellbeing. I would definitely recommend to anyone. Conveniently situated as well.

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Ahmed Kathrada Private Hospital
2.3

From 38 verified reviews

Nompumelelo Madliwa, 19 April 2020

I had such a wonderful experience there with Dr Thomas, I had a skin drafting done it was such a smooth process I am healing very well and had a great stay there, Thank you so much

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King Park Sports Medicine Centre - Northwood

King Park Sports Medicine Centre - Northwood, located in Syfred Douglas St, Cape Town, South Africa offers patients Eye Examination procedures among its total of 130 available procedures, across 5 different specialties. Currently, there's no pricing information for Eye Examination procedures at King Park Sports Medicine Centre - Northwood, as all prices are available on request only. All procedures and treatments are undertaken by the lead specialist at the Hospital, and they are not accredited by any recognized accreditations institutes

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Dr Paul J Skoll, Inc

Dr Paul J Skoll, Inc, located in Syfred Douglas St, Cape Town, South Africa offers patients Chalazion Treatment procedures among its total of 28 available procedures, across 2 different specialties. Currently, there's no pricing information for Chalazion Treatment procedures at Dr Paul J Skoll, Inc, as all prices are available on request only. All procedures and treatments are undertaken by the lead specialist at the Hospital, and they have multiple recognized accreditations, including: HPCSA - Health Professions Council of South AfricaFCS(SA) - Fellowship of the College of Surgeons of South AfricaAPRSSA - Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Southern Africa

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King Park Sports Medicine Centre - Glenwood
5.0

From 3 verified reviews

Johann Oosthuizen-van der Westhuizen, 07 September 2020

Great place. Friendly staff and professional service. These are practitioners who genuinely care about their patients and their wellbeing. I would definitely recommend to anyone. Conveniently situated as well.

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UCT Private Academic Hospital
3.9

From 18 verified reviews

Juliettash Stadler, 05 May 2020

My Son was admitted with a very rare autoimmune illness in April this year. The care he was given was superb Prof Dheda, Prof Louw and their team of specialists covered every possibility , diagnosed efficiently and treated effectively. There was time taken to explain everything. The Hospital Matron made allowances for me to spend as much as possible time with my son and also allowed for frequent visits from close family. Mr Daniel Mathew the Hospital General manager is very approachable and interested . The staff was friendly and helpful. Basically every one from reception through admin to ICU was friendly and helpful. I Highly recommend this hospital

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Netcare Linksfield Hospital
3.1

From 72 verified reviews

Charlotte Sorour, 13 March 2020

Parking is a huge problem.On a positive note it is a great hospital with great specialists and doctor's hence why it is so busy. Well worth driving around a bit looking for parking knowing your loved one's are in good hands. My mind at ease. My husband is well looked after. Thank you Linksfield staff :)

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Netcare N1 City Hospital
2.9

From 36 verified reviews

Kim Adams, 30 March 2020

Overall I had a good experience.

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Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine and surgery that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders. Medically trained doctors who care for patients who have eye and vision conditions are called ophthalmologists and are the only practitioners diagnosed and trained to treat all eye and vision problems. Their practice is very diverse, dealing with a wide range of issues and clinical conditions. Some of the most common conditions that they treat and manage include:

  • Minor and major eye injuries
  • Infectious eye disease
  • Dry eyes
  • Proptosis (bulged eyes)
  • Glaucoma 
  • Cataracts 
  • Corneal pathology 
  • Retinal problems, such as bleeding and detachment or tears of the retina
  • Squints 
  • Eye-related neurological problems
  • Excessive tearing
  • Intraocular inflammation
  • Chronic eye diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

An ophthalmologist can offer a wide range of medical services, including surgical eye procedures. Some of the most common procedures that ophthalmologists perform are as follows:

  • Eye examinations.
  • Specialized tests, such as ultrasonography of the eyes and optical coherence tomography (OCT).
  • Refractive surgery to correct vision, such as LASIK.
  • Cataract surgery.
  • Glaucoma surgery.
  • Cancer treatment.
  • Reconstructive surgery to repair birth abnormalities or trauma, such as crossed eyes.
  • Neoplasm removal.
  • Corneal transplants.
  • Repairing torn or detached retinas.
  • Strabismus surgery.
  • Oculoplastic surgery (plastic surgery around the eye).
  • Prescribing and fitting glasses and contact lenses.

How Long Should I Stay in South Africa?

Your length of stay depends on the type of treatment you undergo. In general, you may need to stay in South Africa for at least a week or to let your eyes recover and to attend follow-up checkups, where your ophthalmologist checks your condition and make sure that your eyes are healing properly. If everything is fine, they will allow you to leave for home. However, for some surgery, such as retinal detachment surgery, you should avoid flying until your eyes have fully healed. Therefore, it is best that you wait 3 to 4 weeks, sometimes even longer, before you travel home.

What's the Expected Recovery Time?

Recovery time depends on the type of surgery you underwent, your age, and overall health. It is generally recommended to rest your eyes for a few days. With LASIK, you may be able to return to work after a day. After a corneal transplant, you should wait for 2 to 3 weeks until you go back to work. 

What Aftercare is Required?

Your ophthalmologist will give you instructions to care for your eye after the procedure. It is crucial that you follow all of them to have a quick recovery and obtain optimum results. To keep the result or to prevent complications, you will need to make some lifestyle changes, such as avoid smoking and staying active. You also need to attend regular checkups, typically once a year, with your local eye doctor or your ophthalmologist in South Africa.

What's the Success Rate?

Thanks to the continuous advancement of ophthalmology, eye treatments, and surgeries are now highly successful and safe. For instance, the latest research of LASIK showed that it has a 99% success rate in achieving 20/40 vision or better, whereas the success rate of corneal transplant is as high as 90%. However, it is important to be aware of the risks and side effects of eye treatments and surgeries, such as dry eyes, temporary visual problems, overcorrections, under correction, astigmatism, regression, and, very rarely, vision loss.

Are there Alternatives?

For some eye problems, you may be able to go to an optometrist as an alternative. However, if your conditions need to be treated through surgery, your optometrist will refer you to an ophthalmologist.

Whilst the information presented here has been accurately sourced and verified by a medical professional for its accuracy, it is still advised to consult with your doctor before pursuing a medical treatment at one of the listed medical providers. This content was last updated on 27/10/2020.

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