Dr André Burger

OPHTHALMOLOGIST • OFTALMOLOOG

PIETERMARITZBURG

VITREO-RETINAL SURGERY

Please contact Dr. Burger’s rooms immediately if you experience any of the following important symptoms:

  1. Sensation of flashing lights or onset of new floaters.
  2. Sensation of “mist or a veil like” appearance.
  3. Sensation of a ”cloud” or “dark grey/black curtain” obscuring the visual field from the side, the top and/or the bottom.

These symptoms may point to a recent retinal tear and/or retinal detachment.

The Vitreo retinal specialist/surgeon

Dr. Burger has received sub speciality training within the United Kingdom and is qualified to treat disorders involving the retina, macula and vitreous. These conditions are treated medically, by laser and/or surgery.

Which conditions can Dr. Burger manage?

Conditions commonly evaluated and treated by Dr. Burger include retinal tears and detachments, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, vein occlusions, artery occlusions, ocular trauma, inflammatory ocular conditions, hereditary retinal diseases, optic nerve disorders and a variety of highly complex disorders, such as ocular tumours. Dr. Burger utilizes the most advanced, state-of-the-art techniques and technologies to provide the best treatment available today for vision threatening conditions.

Why is the retina important?

The eye works very much like a camera. To take a photo, light enters through the transparent lens and needs to be focused on the photographic film of the camera. The photographic film, or light sensitive tissue of the eye, is known as the retina. The retina changes the light energy into an electrical signal which travels to the brain to form a picture.

What is a retinal detachment?

The retina is a very thin layer of specialised tissue which lines the inside of the eye. To function properly, it needs to be attached, or be in contact with the inside layer of the eye. It is sucked into this position by virtue of a vacuum, created by a pump mechanism which is situated in the deeper layers of the eye.

Any break or tear in the retina, may cause this vacuum to fail. Fluid from the inside of the eye may then track beneath the retinal tissue and cause, what is commonly known as a retinal detachment.

The detached retina loses its function and will not transmit the light energy to form a picture. If not diagnosed or treated early, this may lead to permanent visual loss and blindness.

These retinal cells are highly differentiated nerve cells (specialised brain cells) which are highly sensitive and easily damaged with permanent loss of function. They cannot regenerate and one cannot do a retinal transplant to correct this type of blindness.

If a retinal break is identified in time, it may be sealed with a laser procedure in the rooms (no operation needed).

If the retinal break has caused a retinal detachment, then surgery is usually required to fix this problem. The importance of early diagnosis and intervention cannot be over emphasized. A retinal tear and/or a detachment is an ophthalmic emergency.

Again, please contact Dr. Burger’s rooms immediately if you experience any of the following important symptoms:

  1. Sensation of flashing lights or onset of new floaters.
  2. Sensation of “mist or a veil like” appearance
  3. Sensation of a “cloud” or ”dark grey/black curtain” obscuring the visual field from the side, the top and/or the bottom.

These symptoms may point to a recent retinal tear and/or retinal detachment.