Cataract, Cornea & Refractive Surgeon MBChB (UP), Dip Ophth (SA), FC Ophth (SA), MMed Ophth (UFS)

Dr Lourens Coetzee’s love for photography and art, combined with an appreciation for mathematics and optics, explains his special interest in Cataract, Cornea and Refractive surgery. His ophthalmology practices embody his motto: passion for people, passion for eyes, passion for technology.

After completing his ophthalmology degree at the University of the Free State he further developed his skill in cornea and refractive surgery under the guidance of Dr Johan de Lange. In the ever-evolving landscape of ophthalmology, Dr Coetzee has made a professional commitment to constantly enhance his expertise and acquire and share new knowledge across these surgical disciplines.

As such, he has attended numerous international courses, including those at the Singapore National Eye Institute, European Vitreo-Retinal Training School in Bremen, Netherlands Institute for Innovative Ocular Surgery, London Vision Clinic and Wellington Eye Clinic in Ireland. He has received training from such esteemed and internationally renowned experts as Prof. Dan Reinstein and Dr Arthur Cummings.

Dr Coetzee is a member of the Refractive Surgery Alliance (RSA), a network of refractive surgeons spanning more than 30 countries. In addition, he is a preceptor of the RSA Fellowship Network and heads one of only two sub-specialist training sites outside of the USA for refractive surgery, the Envision Centre for Sight, where he trains the refractive surgeons of the future. He is also a Stakeholder of the World College of Refractive Surgery and Visual Sciences.

Dr Coetzee is the co-editor for the new online academic publication: the Journal of Global Refractive Surgery. His passion for the advancement of the discipline also inspires him to do research in refractive and cornea transplant surgery and present on his findings and experiences at congresses.

As a consultant for NGOs including Doctors for Life and the Keratoconus Foundation, he has gained experience in high volume cataract surgery.

  • Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
  • Corneal intra-stromal ring segments (CIRS)
  • Corneal cross-linking (CXL)
    *Lasik Extra (with crosslinking)
    *Trans-epithelial CXL
    *Epi off CXL
    *Athens protocol CXL
  • Corneal transplants including lamellar grafts
  • Pterygium surgery 
  • Management of dry eye disease
  • Conventional cataract surgery with mono-focal lenses
  • Laser assisted cataract surgery
  • Multifocal lens implants during cataract surgery
  • Complicated and traumatic cataract surgery
  • Pediatric cataract surgery
  • Laser insitu keratomileusis (Lasik)
  • PresbyLasik
  • Multifocal lens implantation
  • Secondary lens implantation
  • Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
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