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Understanding Eye Conditions

Dr. John McConnell

Dr. John McConnell


Dr. John McConnell, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, trained in Cape Town, initially as a GP, and subsequently as an Ophthalmologist, completed his training in Edinburgh, Scotland. His special interest has been retinal detachment surgery with a personal interest in the ageing eye.

Increasingly frustrated at not being able to offer patients definitive treatment he now believes that phytonutrients contained within live vegetables may prevent chronic degenerative disease, in particular macular degeneration. He also has an interest in child health, understanding that their diet relates directly to the building blocks of their adult health record.

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Common eye problems

  • Cataracts

    Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over age 40 and is the principal cause of blindness in the world.

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  • Macular Degeneration

    Macular Degeneration is a painless eye condition that can cause a rapid reduction in vision but generally leads to the gradual loss of central vision.

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  • Blepharitis

    Blepharitis is a s a common condition, accounting for an estimated 1 in 20 eye problems where the edges of the eyelids become inflamed.

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  • Thyroid Disease

    Thyroid eye disease causes the muscles and soft tissues within the eye socket to swell. This pushes the eyeball forward and causes various eye symptoms.

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  • Multiple Sclerosis

    Multiple Sclerosis is a neurological condition and autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system causing problems with muscular control and vision.

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  • Diabetes

    The most serious eye condition associated with diabetes is diabetic retinopathy which occurs when high blood sugar levels damage the cells of the retina.

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