Dr Junaid Zondi specialises in performing all surgeries and vision correction procedures designed to create clear, natural vision for our patients. If treatment cost is a barrier to you, we offer excellent affordability options and financing programs. In this way, we hope to make it possible for all of our patients to improve their vision and see the world more clearly.
Dr Zondi treats all eye conditions, providing world class care with a hometown touch. Below you will find additional information about some of the most prevalent conditions related to the eyes.
When your ophthalmologist tells you that you have cataracts, he’s referring to the cloudiness on the lenses in your eyes. Cataracts can happen in one or both eyes and is closely related to aging.
The lens that develops a cloudy abnormality lies on the top of your eye. It’s the clear part that focuses light to your retina, which sits at the back of your eye. When light hits the retina, it sends signals to your brain and delivers the images you take for granted. If that signal is blurred because of the cloudy covering on the lens, your vision is blurred too.
Replacing the Lens
You may find new prescription glasses, sunglasses with anti-glare properties and magnifiers help you see better when the cloudiness first appears. Once they stop working, however, you should consider a surgical option.
Cataract surgery is a process that replaces the cloudy lens with a new, clearer artificial lens. The procedure is one of the most common in the country, easily performed by your ophthalmologist as an outpatient procedure in theatre. Cataract surgery is a highly successful procedure that can restore your sight. It has about a 90 percent chance of success.
Dr Zondi only suggest replacing your lens through surgery when your vision becomes so bad that you have difficulty driving, reading, watching television or performing other everyday activities. You may also consider surgery when the cataract doesn’t affect your vision, but does prevent us from examining your eyes for other conditions such as diabetic retinopathy or age-related macular degeneration.
Cataract surgery is performed in only one eye at a time. If you have cataracts in both eyes, you need to make separate appointments for each eye and wait four to six weeks between procedures. Before each surgery, your ophthalmologist does a painless ultrasound test to measure the shape and size of your lens. This allows your ophthalmologist to order the correctly sized intraocular lens, or IOL, for you.
You’re advised to stop taking all medications for at least 24 hours before the surgery, including vitamins, supplements and over-the-counter pain relievers. You may be given antibiotic eye drops to reduce the risk of infection. You will need to arrange to have someone drive you home on the day of your surgery, as you will not be able to drive yourself.
The entire surgery takes about an hour. Before beginning, you may be given a mild sedative to help you relax. Your eye then is dilated with eye drops and the area is numbed with a local anaesthetic.
Your ophthalmologist will use one of two methods to remove your cloudy lens:
By removing the lens in one piece after making an incision in your eye
By suctioning the lens out in pieces after breaking it up with an ultrasound probe
The artificial lens is then put into the now-empty lens capsule. A patch is placed over your eye as you rest for 15 to 20 minutes for observation to make sure there isn’t any sign of trouble, such as bleeding or a reaction to the anaesthesia.
Colours usually seem much brighter after cataract surgery because you’ve been looking through yellowish lenses for so long that you’ve been accustomed to cloudy images. Your eyes may feel itchy and uncomfortable for a couple days following surgery, but that’s normal. Avoid rubbing your eyes during this time.
You’ll need to make a follow-up appointment within a couple days, and then again in a couple weeks to ensure everything is healing properly. You may receive an injection of steroid medication if you experience inflammation and you may need to wear an eye patch if you’re still sensitive to light. You should expect to be completely recovered, with no adverse side effects, after eight weeks.