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Covid19 lockdown

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1589974679588{margin-right: 20px !important;margin-left: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Please note that during the Covid19 lockdown, we are still able to see urgent cases. Please call the office on 031 207 5450 and leave a message. We will get back to you for an appointment. Alternatively email info@eyedrballim. To communicate directly with Dr Ballim email surgeon@eyedrballim.co.za if you are unsure whether your condition is considered urgent. For coronavirus info see www.sacoronavirus.co.za[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Corneal Ulcers: For the general practitioner

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1589974798435{margin-right: 20px !important;margin-left: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text]A corneal ulcer is a defect in the epithelial layer of the cornea. The general practitioner may play an important role in early management and appropriate referral. Incidence varies and depends on aetiology. S Ballim, MB ChB, Dip Ophth (SA), FC Ophth (SA) Department of Ophthalmology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa Corresponding author: S Ballim (shaheerballim@gmail.com) [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1589974784267{margin-right: 20px !important;margin-left: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Basic clinical assessment of the cornea History Presenting complaints include pain, irritation, decreased vision or foreign-body sensation. Ask about any history of trauma, including nature of injury, the timing and the relationship to drop in vision. Specific enquiry as to instillation of medication (e.g. steroid drops) or home remedies (e.g. breast milk or urine) is important, as these may be important predisposing…

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Fungal keratitis – A review

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Dr S BallimMBChB(Natal), FCOphth(SA)Specialist Consultant, Department of Ophthalmology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, DurbanDr SMahomed, MBChB(Natal), FCPHM(SA), MMed PHMPublicHealth Specialist/Lecturer, Department of Infection Prevention andControl, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] Introduction Fungal keratitis (keratomycosis), defined as fungal infection of the cornea, is associated with stromal infiltrate,epithelial ulcer, endothelial plaque or all of the above. The anterior chamber of the eye may be involved in more severe disease. It is caused by filamentous fungi, yeast and dimorphic fungi. Unlike bacteria, fungi can penetrate the intact Descemet’s membrane and enter the anterior chamber, which is difficult to treat with anti fungal agents.Often, difficulty with prompt diagnosis, together with many patient factors, result in poor visual outcomes. The world of ophthalmology is in need of a clear gold standard of care in this visually…