Ophthalmologists at Mediclinic Durbanville are available to assist patients with vision health, diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases.
The most common conditions treated by specialist ophthalmologists are listed below:
- Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the most common causes of poor vision after age 60
- Cataracts, which usually develop slowly, causing a gradual and painless decrease in vision. Patients often experience changes such as blurry vision, glare (particularly at night) and yellowing of images
- Diabetic retinopathy, which is caused by damage to retinal blood vessels
- Eye injuries caused by anything from minor corneal scratches to vision loss or even blindness
- Refractive errors, which is a term used for poor vision or nearsightedness (the inability to see things far away from you), farsightedness (struggling to see things close to you) or distorted vision
Your doctor or optometrist may refer you to an ophthalmologist if you have partial or complete loss of vision, sudden disturbances in vision, eye injuries, pain or inflammation or an eye condition such as glaucoma.
Preserve Your Vision
Glaucoma can be understood as a group of eye diseases that affect the optic nerve and lead to impaired vision and blindness.
It remains the second most common cause of blindness worldwide.
Diabetics should ideally have an annual glaucoma screening to check eye pressure.
Visual damage caused by glaucoma cannot be restored but early detection and treatment can help prevent severe vision loss in the future.
As with most medical conditions, understanding and identifying your risk factors can help you get timely screening and treatment, which is key to preserving your eyesight.