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Our Procedures

At the Umhlanga Eye Institute we believe in specialized care that focuses specifically on the patients’ needs.

Our highly trained specialists provide top-level care and expertise to each patient.

These procedures may include any of the following
– click on the procedure for more information.

The blood vessels in the eye may be damaged by poorly controlled or long-term diabetes. All diabetics should have their eyes checked regularly by an eye specialist to make sure that the disease has not affected their eyes. In many cases, early treatment with injections or laser treatment may save the eye sight. In some cases, surgery is used to treat more severe forms of the condition.

Some conditions of the retina (the specialized nerve layer lining the back of the eye) may cause changes in vision. Examples include macula holes, epiretinal membranes and diabetic eye disease (which may cause internal bleeding). In many cases, these conditions can be successfully treated with surgery or laser to the retina.

Strabismus (or “squint”) is a condition when both eyes do not look in the same direction and is caused often by an imbalance in the muscles that move the eyes. Surgery can be performed to move or tighten muscles to improve the alignment of the eyes and is best performed in childhood.

Also known as ‘Age-related Macula Degeneration’ or ‘AMD’. This condition refers to a common type of visual loss caused by changes to the part of the retina that you use to read (called the macula). In some cases, there may be bleeding or leaking from the blood vessels underneath the macula causing more severe changes to the vision. In some cases, treatment with tablets or injections may help.

Glaucoma is a fairly common condition that may lead to a gradual loss of vision due to an abnormally high pressure inside the eye. This condition can be treated, often with eye drops although sometimes surgery or laser is required.

LASIK surgery uses a very precise laser to treat the cornea (a transparent structure at the front of the eye) to reduce dependence on glasses or contact lenses. Treatment may be suitable for myopic (short-sighted) or hyperopic (far-sighted) patients, as well as some forms of astigmatism.

A retinal detachment is a serious condition that develops when the nerve layer at the back of the eye (the retina) starts to separate from the wall of the eye. It is usually caused by a hole in the retina. Surgery aims to repair the hole with laser and re-attach the retina, most often by operating on the vitreous jelly in the back part of the eye.

Cataract is a very common condition where reduced vision is caused by a natural clouding of the lens inside the human eye. Cataract surgery aims to restore vision by removing the part of the lens that is not clear, and replace it with an artificial implant lens.

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