​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Division of Ophthalmology


Head of Division​

Prof Linda Visser

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MBChB (Pret), MMed(Ophth) Natal, FC Ophth (SA)
Associate Professor
Specialist interests: Medical and surgical retina and uveitis  


Prof Derrick Smit

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MB ChB (Stell), FC Ophth (SA), MMed (Ophth) (Stell), PhD (Stell)
Associate Professor
Specialist interests: Anterior Segment Ophthalmology and uveitis

DHelga Inez Abrahamse-Pillay

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MBChB (UCT), FC Ophth (SA), MMed Ophth (WITS)
Specialist interests:: Paediatric Ophthalmology
Senior Lecturer​

Dr Linett Du Toit
Specialist interests: Medical and surgical retina
Senior Lecturer​​

Prof David Meyer
MB ChB (Stell),  MMed (Ophth) (Stell),  FCFP(SA),  Hons BSc Pharm (Potch),  MMed (Ophth),  FC Ophth (SA),  PhD (Stell) ​
Sessional Consultant:  Orbit and adnexal diseases

Dr David Steven
Sessional Consultant: Glaucoma

Dr Mark Johnston
MB BCh (WITS), FC Ophth (SA)
5/8 Consultant: Surgical retina

Dr Lorrimer Esselaar
BSC (UCT), MB ChB (UCT), MMed (Ophth) (Stell)
Part-time Clinical Trainer

Dr Junet Van der Merwe
MB ChB (Stell), FC Ophth (SA), MMed (Ophth) (UCT)
Part-time Clinical Trainer​​​
Registrars (MMed students)

  • Dr Raquel Bhika
  • Dr Analia Manthey
  • Dr Suret Engelbrecht
  • Dr Loren Odendaal
  • Dr Dian Van der Westhuizen​​
  • Dr Lize Wilsdorf
  • Dr Katarina Shiviro
  • Dr Marilyn Keja
  • Dr Megan Van Zyl
  • Dr Thabiet Dawood
  • Dr Mapula Mondane-Kgatla 
  • Dr Elsimè Visser Kift​

​Medical Officer

  • ​Dr George Wolfaardt

PHD Students


Michael D Wagoner - Completion and Graduation 2008.

Thesis: "Outcome of Primary adult optical Penetrating Keratoplasty in a public health service facility of a developing country."​

Darren T Oystreck- ​​​Completed and Gradiation in 2019. 

Thesis: "Congenital and genetic disruptions of human ocular motility and alignment" 

J Fernando Arevalo - Completed and Gradiation in 2018.

Thesis: "Intravitreal Bevacizumab as Anti-Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor in the Management of Complications of Diabetic Retinopathy" 

Derrick P Smit - Completed and Gradiation in 2018.

Thesis:"An Investigation into the causes of intraocular inflammation in HIV-positive and HIV-negative patients in the Western Cape Province, South Africa" 

Accredited and Honorary Lecturers

Dr JA Krüger;  MB ChB(Stell),  M Fam Med (OFS),  BSc (Hons) (Pharm) (Stell),  MMed (Ophth) (Stell),  FC Ophth (SA), FRCS (Ophth) (Edin) 
​Dr C Stander;  MB ChB (Pret),  FC Ophth (SA), MMed (Ophth) (Stell) 
Dr DM Cilliers;  MB ChB (Stell),  MMed (Ophth) (Stell) 
DR AR Berry;  MB ChB (Pret),  MMed (Ophth) (Stell) 
Dr RT Claassen;  MB ChB (Stell),  DA(SA),  MMed (Ophth) (Stell),  FC Ophth(SA) 
Dr WS v Dijk;  MB ChB (Stell),  MMed (Ophth) (Stell),  FC Ophth (SA) 
​Dr LC Boezaart;  MB ChB (Pret),  M Prax Med,  MMed (Ophth) (Stell)
Dr Jannes Brandt; MB ChB (Stell),  MMed (Ophth) (Stell),  FC Ophth (SA)