Division of Ophthalmology

The Division of Ophthalmology strives to render the best possible ophthalmic care to our patients, to provide the best possible training to both our under- and postgraduate students and to expand locally applicable knowledge of ophthalmology by performing relevant clinical and laboratory based research within the discipline.

After its beginnings in Karl Bremer Hospital, the clinical department of Ophthalmology was relocated in 1974 to the new facilities on the 7th floor of the Tygerberg Academic Hospital. Since the early sixties the department has been graduating a constant stream of well qualified specialist ophthalmologists for South Africa, most of who have spent their professional careers in the country.
Over the past three decades two specialists annually have completed their training at this institution. Clinical ophthalmology is also responsible for the training of under-graduate medical students, general practitioners and supplementary health workers in the discipline of ophthalmology.

For the past 20 years the department has stood under the fulltime leadership of Prof David Meyer. He is supported by Dr Ari Ziskind, Dr Nicola Freeman (paediatric ophthalmologist), Dr Derrick Smit (anterior segment specialist), Dr Mark Johnston (surgical retina specialist), Dr Japie Grove (surgical retina specialist),  Dr Bernie Meyer (diabetic ophthalmology specialist), Dr Robyn Rautenbach (medical and surgical retina specialist) and Dr Nabiel Mohamed (glaucoma and anterior segment specialist). Several part time specialists do training of undergraduate medical students. There are currently 12 registrar posts in ophthalmology.

As a member of the Department of Surgical Sciences, the Division of Ophthalmology, as a clinical discipline will continue to add value to the department through well-structured and functioning under- and postgraduate programmes. Clinical services and research outputs will be optimised to remain on the currently high levels. Internationally, particularly within the African and Middle-Eastern context, the discipline will continue to expand its current working relationships and establish itself as an integral part of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.