Life Healthcare opens dedicated Eye Hospital in Cape Town

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Life Healthcare Group, one of South Africa’s largest private hospital operators, today opened the Life Peninsula Eye Hospital located in the Southern suburbs of Cape Town.

The dedicated stand-alone ophthalmic hospital offers the latest world-class technology and equipment, incorporating a laser suite with a latest generation excimer laser which allows specialists to remove, or ablate microscopic amounts of tissue from the cornea with a very high degree of accuracy and without damaging the surrounding corneal tissue.

Life Peninsula Eye Hospital opens its doors to patients today, 3 October 2016, during Eye Awareness Month and is equipped with two theatres, one procedure room and ten beds where ophthalmologists will bring their patients for eye surgery from across the Cape Peninsula.

Some of the first patients to be admitted into the new facility will include indigent patients identified in the community, who cannot afford to have eye surgery. Together with the Life Healthcare Foundation, ophthalmologists, anaesthetists and other stakeholders annually give back sight to patients in need during Eye Month Awareness month. This year is no exception with another 50 eye surgery / cataract removals to be performed in the new Life Peninsula Eye Hospital. 

“Eye surgeries such as these can change a person’s life dramatically within minutes. One minute their sight is cloudy and blurry and then next minute they have clear vision”, said ophthalmologist, Dr. Andrew Iveywho is part of a team of doctors who offer their time and skill every year to assist in in restoring sight to patients in need.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to perform a sight restoring procedure that has such a huge impact on a patient’s life”, he added.

Dr. Ivey continued that the procedure is minimally invasive as only a small incision is made through the cornea, and the patient is usually in theatre for less than 30 minutes with the patient recovering quickly from the procedure.

Close to 1 300 pro-bono eye surgeries have been performed by Life Healthcare over the past nine years. This would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of the ophthalmologists, aneasthetists and other stakeholders who provide their services at no cost.

The hospital is equipped and staffed with dedicated nurses, to perform all forms of eye surgery, including cataract, and a full range of retina, glaucoma, cornea, squint, paediatric, oculo-plastic, and orbital surgery.

Cataract surgery

A cataract is a gradual clouding of the eye lens, leading to blurred or dull vision – surgery is the only way to treat a cataract.Cataract surgery is the removal of the natural lens of the eye that has developed a cataract. During cataract surgery, a patient’s cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a synthetic lens to restore lens transparency.

Following surgical removal of the natural lens, an artificial intraocular lens is implanted. Cataract surgery is generally performed by an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon) in a surgical centre or hospital, using local anaesthesia, usually causing little or no discomfort to the patient. Well over 90% of operations are successful in restoring useful vision, with an extremely low complication rate1. The patient is treated in a day care facility and sent home the same day.