24 Jun Upscale in cataract operations at St Mary’s Hospital

Cataract Uyabona

Cataract removal is a procedure to remove a clouded lens (cataract) from the eye. Cataracts are removed by an Eye Surgeon to help a patient see better. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis, this means that a patient does not have to stay overnight in hospital.

South Africa is currently facing a huge backlog in cataract surgery, which has resulted in many having to be on the waiting list for a period of over 12 months to undergo a procedure taking less than 60 minutes to complete.

St Mary’s Hospital Mariannhill, a 200 bed state-aided district hospital in Ethekwini health district currently has surgeries taking place every second weekend of the month. The hospital is in the process of upscaling the operations so that they take place every weekend in a month. This will contribute in reducing the huge backlog which is currently seen in the public sector.

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