Division of Ophthalmology​


Prof David Meyer

Head of Division and Specialist Consultant: Oculoplastic and Orbit Surgery 
MB ChB (Stell),  MMed (Ophth) (Stell),  FCFP(SA),  Hons BSc Pharm (Potch),  MMed (Ophth),  FC Ophth (SA),  PhD (Stell).

» Curriculum Vitae


Prof David Meyer graduated MB ChB from the University of Stellenbosch in 1976.  He was the recipient of the Stellenbosch Merit Bursary in 1971 as a First Year Medical Student.  He also received the Noristan Bursary for a Fifth Year Medical Student as well as the Noristan Gold Medal as Medical Student.

After completing his Internship at the Tygerberg Hospital in 1977, he worked as a General Practitioner in Ficksburg in the Free State before joining the SA Defence Force during 1979 - 1981.  From June 1981 till December 1986 he worked as a General Practitioner in Kroonstad (one of his partners was Dr Bruce Staples, currently working as an Ophthalmologist in Bethlehem).  During this time, he obtained the MFGP (SA) as well as the Honns BSc degree in Pharmacology from the Potchefstroom University.

He completed his training as a Registrar in Ophthalmology at the University of Stellenbosch in 1990 under the late Professor Basson van Rooyen.  He then did a Fellowship for one year in Cataract and Refractive surgery with Dr Howard Gimbel at the Gimbel Eye Centre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and at the Loma Linda University in California in the United States of America.

He became Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Stellenbosch in September 1994.

Prof Meyer obtained the FCOphth (SA) by Peer Review in April 2000.
In 2001 he obtained the PhD degree in Pharmacology from the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Stellenbosch with the thesis: "A Critical Appraisal of the Aetiology of Adult Human Lenticular Opacification and an Investigation into the role of Metabolic Factors in its Pathogenesis."

Prof Meyer has been responsible for the Oculoplastics, Orbital and Lacrimal service at the Tygerberg Academic Hospital for 15 years.  He was elected a Fellow of the International Society for Orbital Disorders (I.S.O.D.) in 1998.  Repeated clinical attachment visits to Mr Richard Collin, Mr Geoff Rose and Mr Richard Downs enhanced his experience in this subspecialty.

Prof Meyer has also recently spent several extensive periods at the King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital and King Saud University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as Professor of Ophthalmology in the Oculoplastic Division, where he was responsible for the training of Fellows and Residents in Oculoplastic, Orbit and Lacrimal surgery.  This experience enabled him to enhance his research, clinical and surgical expertise significantly in International Oculoplastics during these visits.

He has authored/co-authored 74 papers.  He has published 23 chapters in Ophthalmology textbooks and he was the Co-editor of 3 textbooks in Ophthalmology.  He delivered 146 lectures/papers/posters at National and International meetings.  Prof Meyer was the promoter for 23 Masters Dissertations and one completed PhD dissertations, with currently 3 PhD students in the process of completing their research.  He is also a reviewer for 27 national and international peer reviewed journals, and associate editor of one international journal. 46 MMed graduates have trained at US during his tenure.

He has been the Secretary of the Faculty of Ophthalmology of the CMSA from 1998 to 2002 and president of the College of Ophthalmologists from 2008 till the present.

He has been an External examiner for the MMed examinations at the Universities of Pretoria, Free State and Natal as well as being a Convenor and Examiner for the College of Ophthalmologists.  He also was an External examiner at the King Abdulaziz University Hospital, Saudi Council for Health Specialties.

Since 1995, Prof Meyer has served as a Board Member of the Eye Bank Foundation of South Africa as well as a Member of the Medical Advisory Committee.  He also serves as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Retina SA since 1995.  He served as a Member of the Clinical Committee of the Medicine Control Council of SA from 1997 - 1999 and again from 2002 - 2004.

Prof Meyer received the David McKenzie Award for the best publication as Guest Editor of the June 1998 issue of the CME Journal of the Medical Association of South Africa.

He has been a frequent Assessor or Expert Witness in Medico-legal cases.

  • Prof Meyer has participated in 21 Company sponsored research projects.

His special interests in Ophthalmology include:

  • Oculoplastic, Orbit and Lacrimal surgery
  • Cornea and External diseases of the Eye
  • Strabismus surgery and Ocular motility
  • Clinical Ocular Pharmacology
  • Neuro-ophthalmology

He frequently visits Namibia as an Oculoplastic surgeon.

He is married to Marita, a music teacher, and they have three children.  His eldest daughter, Deidre, qualified MB CHB in 2001 followed by Riegardt who qualified MB ChB in 2003, followed by his youngest daughter, Adelé who qualified MB ChB in 2006. It is a remarkable achievement that all three their children have completed MBChB at the University of Stellenbosch!  This must be a record!

Derdré is married to Michael Mason, another doctor from Matieland, who qualified as a Psychiatrist.  Deidré is currently working in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Tygerberg hospital and Michael is a Psychiatrist in private practice.

Riegardt is currently in private practice in New Zealand and he is married to Tania, a Social Worker.

Adelé is a general practitioner in Somerset West.

Prof David has recently found sound scientific evidence that Medicine is indeed present in the genes.of the Meyer family, he believes that it has something to do with passion.  "To become a doctor, must be your passion.  It must be in your heart."

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