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Laser Eye Surgery – A Patient’s Diary


I started waring glasses when I was 11 years old. Three years later I opted for contact lenses and they have since been part of my daily life.

At 15 I was offered the opportunity to get a laser eye treatment in Belgium. My parents showed me a video on how the operation was done but it horrified me so much that I chose to stick to my contact lenses and I forgot about the chance on a perfect eyesight.

Many years later my husband and I moved to South Africa.


Cataract Surgery From 500Bc Till Today

Being one of the oldest surgical procedures in medicine, cataract surgery has certainly came a long way from the procedures described in Sanskrit manuscripts dating from the 5th century BC by the ancient Indian surgeon Shusruta. In this procedures called “couching”, the lens was simply dislodged to the back of the eye and left there….

Constant Red Eyes

Author – Dr Japie Grové One of the most common problems encountered by ophthalmologists is that of chronic red and irritated eyes. Studies show the problem to be more prevalent among woman and people older than age 50. Although there are hundreds of possible causes for this problem, the three major culprits are Dry eye…

Lasik Surgery – Is It Worth It

LASIK ( laser refractive surgery) has gained word wide acceptance over the last twenty years. It is performed for example in the USA on air force pilots and active servicemen in the navy and army. With between 16 and 20 million procedures already done worldwide it is considered one of the most successful elective (non…

What If I’m Not Suitable For Lasik

Author : Dr Japie Grové Ten years ago you were simply told that you do not qualify for LASIK surgery – period. That left you with the traditional options of either spectacles or contact lenses, quite disappointing for a young active person with a huge spectacle prescription and intolerance to contact lenses. Fortunately alternative options…