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Cataract Surgery

A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of your eye.

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A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of your eye. For people who have cataracts, seeing through cloudy lenses is a bit like looking through a frosty or fogged-up window.

Clouded vision caused by cataracts can make it more difficult to read, drive a car (especially at night) or see the expression on a friend's face. It may cause glare or haloes around lights.

Most cataracts develop slowly and don't disturb your eyesight early on and may just cause frequent changes in the strength of your spectacles. But with time, cataracts will eventually interfere with your vision.

LASIK Surgery

If you're tired of wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses...

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If you're tired of wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses, laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) surgery may be you.

LASIK surgery has a good track record and most people are satisfied with the results.

LASIK surgery is a type of refractive eye surgery. During the procedure, we create a flap in the cornea, and then use a laser to reshape the cornea and correct focusing problems in the eye.

LASIK surgery is best for people who have a moderate but STABLE nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, which causes blurry vision. By age 45 people begin losing ability to focus on nearby objects (presbyopia), which results in difficulty reading small print or doing other close-up tasks. The condition may continue to worsen until about age 65. Some people choose to have this problem solved with LASIK, correcting one eye for distant vision, and the other eye for near vision.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetes can cause diabetic retinopathy and cataract.

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Diabetes can cause diabetic retinopathy and cataract. Initially, diabetic retinopathy may cause no symptoms or only mild vision problems. Eventually, however, it can result in blindness.

Diabetic retinopathy can develop in anyone who has type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes. It's possible to have diabetic retinopathy and not know it. In fact, it's uncommon to have symptoms in the early stages of diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy causes the abnormal growth of blood vessels in the retina. Complications can lead to serious vision problems like bleeding in the eye, retinal detachment and glaucoma (high eye pressure).

Eventually, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma or both can lead to complete vision loss. Yearly dilated eye exams are an important part of your diabetes treatment plan even if you have no symptoms. Contact your eye doctor right away if you experience sudden vision changes or your vision becomes blurry, spotty or hazy.

Cornea Transplant

A cornea transplant, also called keratoplasty...

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A cornea transplant, also called keratoplasty, is a surgical procedure to replace part of your cornea with corneal tissue from a donor. Your cornea is the transparent, dome-shaped surface of your eye that accounts for a large part of your eye's focusing power. A cornea transplant can restore vision, reduce pain and improve the appearance of a damaged or diseased cornea.

Most cornea transplant procedures are successful. But cornea transplant carries a small risk of complications, such as rejection of the donor cornea, which occurs in about 20 percent of transplants. With some types of cornea problems, a full-thickness cornea transplant isn't always the best treatment. Partial-thickness (lamellar) transplants may be used in certain situations.

Once your cornea transplant is completed, you can expect frequent follow-up exams for suture adjustment and treatment of inflammation. You will need to use eye drops for an extended period. Most people who receive a cornea transplant will have their vision at least partially restored. What you can expect after your cornea transplant depends on the reason for your surgery and your health.

Corneal Ulcer

A corneal ulcer or keratitis is damage to the cornea...

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A corneal ulcer or keratitis is damage to the cornea which is caused by infection or inflammation. Your cornea is the transparent, dome-shaped surface of your eye that accounts for a large part of your eye's focusing power. This is a potentially blinding condition and is considered an ophthalmic emergency.


This condition is often associated with contact lens use or trauma to the eye.

Keratoconus

Keratoconus occurs when your cornea — the clear, dome-shaped...

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Keratoconus occurs when your cornea — the clear, dome-shaped front surface of your eye — thins and gradually bulges outward into a cone shape due to excessive softening/stretching of the tissue.


This can cause blurred vision, and eventually blindness. Signs and symptoms of keratoconus may change as the disease progresses. They include:

- Blurred or distorted vision
- Increased sensitivity to bright light and glare
- Problems with night vision
- Many changes in spectacle prescriptions

Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome is a common condition caused by many different factors...

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Dry eye syndrome is a common condition caused by many different factors. Symptoms include a gritty feeling, itching, burning, blurry vision and even tearing. It is affecting an increasing number of people due to increasing use of air-conditioners and heaters as well as the long hours spent looking at digital screens.

 

There are different types of Dry eye syndrome which your ophthalmologist can diagnose. Some forms have a deficiency of oils/lipid in the tear film due to malfunctioning glands in your eyelids. Other forms may involve a deficiency of the watery component of the tear film.

 

Medical therapy in the forms of eye-drops is the commonest form of treatment. We have a new dry eye treatment called E-Eye Intense Pulsed light therapy (IPL). It is safe, non-invasive and affordable. You do not need anaesthetic, hospitalization or injections.

 

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April 2020:
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Dr Shaheer Ballim

   
Dr Shaheer Ballim - Ophthalmologist/Eye Surgeon - Honest, Professional Advice, Treatment or Surgery for Your Eyesight and Eye Health

MBChB;
Dip Ophth (SA);
FC Ophth (SA);
MMed Ophth (UKZN)

 

Dr Ballim is an Ophthalmologist (Eye Specialist/Surgeon) at Netcare Parklands hospital in Durban. He achieved his MB ChB at the University of Natal in 2002 and Diploma in Ophthalmology from the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa in 2006.
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Dr Shaheer Ballim - Ophthalmologist/Eye Surgeon - LinkedIn

Dr Ballim is an Ophthalmologist (Eye Specialist/Surgeon) with experience in dealing with Cataracts, Keratoconus, Corneal Collagen Crosslinking, Corneal Problems, Corneal Ulcers, Corneal transplants, Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty, Pterygium, Diabetic Retinopathy, Eye Injuries, Glaucoma, Laser Eye Surgery, Loss of Vision, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Red Eyes, Itchy eyes, Painful eyes, Dry eyes and many other eye problems. He has a special interest in corneal diseases and runs a weekly corneal ulcer clinic and a weekly Keratoconus clinic.
       
     
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