PORT ELIZABETH OPHTHALMOLOGISTS

PRACTICE PROFILE

Ophthalmologists with the vision to provide patients with quality eye care, by applying advanced technology and the latest surgical techniques in all areas of eye diseases and visual disorders.

The practice is situated at St Georges Hospital Medical Centre, Port Elizabeth and the two attending Ophthalmologists are Dr Du Toit and Dr Botha. The professional and friendly staff will tend to your every need and make your visit a memorable one. This Ophthalmology practice is equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic and surgical equipment.

WHY CHOOSE US?

We offer comprehensive eye care and surgical procedures, by utilising advanced technology and the latest surgical techniques.

  • Diagnosis and Treatment of all Eye Diseases
  • Internationally Trained
  • Zeiss Clarus 200° True Colour Fundus Photography:  Undilated Retinal Examinations
  • Glangion Cell Layer Measurements:  Important for Glaucoma Monitoring and Diagnosis
  • Optical Coherence Tomography:  Evaluating Individual Layers of the Retina and Optic Nerve
  • Optical Coherence Tomography of Anterior Segment:  Cornea, Angle Structures
  • Visual Field Testing:  Fastest Humphreys Available
  • Wavefront Corneal Evaluations:  Keratoconus, Corneal Transplants, Refractive Surgery
  • HD Analyzer Optical Scatter Index:  Cataract Density Objective Measurements
  • Dry Eye Testing:  Objective Tear Film Stability Measurements
  • Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty, Argon Laser Retinal Photocoagulation, ND:YAG Laser Capsulotomy

OPHTHALMOLOGIST & EYE SPECIALISTS

DR THEUNIS BOTHA

OPHTHALMOLOGIST
MBChB (UFS), Dip Ophth (SA)
FC Ophth (SA), MMed Ophth (UFS)

Theunis grew up in Port Elizabeth close to the beach. His surroundings gave him the love for the outdoors and specifically the ocean.  Following this passion, he enjoys swimming, rowing, spearfishing, and recently took up surfing alongside his wife.  His typical holidays usually include searching for rare birds in a desolate location with the help of his loving family.

Ophthalmology is not only a job for him but also his biggest hobby.  He is a real surgeon at heart and working inside the eye is one of his greatest joys. He has followed this passion from early medical school days to today, and it has taken him and his family to all the provinces within South Africa, from studying to numerous tours for the blind. He has even operated in Malawi where he serviced an underprivileged community.  On these tours, multiple cataract surgeries are done on a day. His highlight was operating 101 cataract blind patients in 4 days on an outreach in Limpopo.

Today he sees himself as a General Ophthalmologist doing everything within the scope of ophthalmology.  But his niche remains to be cataract surgery, and specifically refractive cataract surgery. He has recently added a refractive service to his repertoire by getting a modern corneal Excimer Laser, enabling him to provide a wider spectrum of services to the community.

Theunis’ life philosophy is that one should never compare yourself with someone else, but continually compare yourself to yourself and actively work on improvement while doing this.

DR SCHALK DU TOIT

OPHTHALMOLOGIST
MBChB (UFS), Dip Ophth (SA)
FC Ophth (SA), MMed Ophth (US)

Dr Schalk Du Toit grew up in Humansdorp and matriculated at Nico Malan High School. He completed his basic medical training at the University of the Free State, after which training in eye surgery took him to 3 different provinces in South Africa. He was fortunate enough to have worked in high volume cataract units in the past, as well as excellent academic centres such as Tygerberg Ophthalmology Department (University of Stellenbosch).

Career highlights include winning the Geoff Howes Medal for best candidate in Diploma of Ophthalmology (2010), and the Justin Van Selm Medal for best ophthalmology board examination candidate (2015). He has published academic work both locally and internationally, and has presented papers at South African Ophthalmology congresses in the past.

He completed his ophthalmology training Cum Laude at the University of Stellenbosch before relocating with his family to Port Elizabeth, where he joined Dr Stephan Grobler (now retired) in practice in 2015. He has a special interest in retinal conditions and did further retinal training under the tutelage of Dr Grobler and also the European retinal school in Bremen Germany.

As a comprehensive ophthalmologist, he enjoys helping patients with cataracts, glaucoma and retinal conditions. He sees many diabetic patients and manages complicated retinal conditions including macular degeneration, macular holes, epiretinal membranes and retinal detachments. He has extensive surgical experience, having done more than 2500 cataract procedures amongst many others.

Dr Du Toit prides himself on ethical practice, ensuring that the patients’ needs always come first. In difficult current circumstances in private health care, where over-servicing of patients often occurs, this practice is built on strong moral principles. The practice strives to provide cutting edge ophthalmic services, reflected in the state-of-the-art equipment used in the practice.