Meet The Doctors

Dr Stephen Cook

Ophthalmologist

Stephen was educated at St Andrews College and The University of the Witwatersrand where he qualified with an MBBCh degree and subsequently specialised in Ophthalmology, qualifying with the FCS from the College of Medicine in 1997, whereafter he moved to East London and joined The Eye Centre.

Stephen has a wide range of special interests including cataract and refractive surgery, vitreoretinal surgery, diabetes, glaucoma and oculoplastics. He is an active participant in the South African Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the South African Vitreoretinal Society, the South African Glaucoma society and the South African Society of Oculoplastic Surgeons. His research interests have been in posterior capsular opacification, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and school vision screening.

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Dr Andrew Boliter

Ophthalmologist

Andrew graduated from UCT with an MBChB degree in 1987. After a few years of further training in general and family medicine he returned to Cape Town to study ophthalmology and obtained his FCS from the College of Medicine in 1987.

His career has included work in the public sector and a 2 year stint with the Fred Hollows Foundation. He has worked at the Eye Centre since 2000. His interests include cataract and refractive surgery, corneal diseases, paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus and vitreoretinal surgery.

He is Past-President of the Ophthalmological Society of South Africa and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the South African Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the South African Vitreoretinal Society and the South African Society of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.

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Dr Lizo Mbetshu

Ophthalmologist

After graduating from the University of Transkei with an MBChB degree in 1992, Lizo worked at Livingstone Hospital in Port Elizabeth and in general practice. He joined the ophthalmology unit at Livingstone Hospital on a part-time basis from 1995 – 1997, where he studied for his primary ophthalmology examinations.

In 1998 he became a full-time medical officer at Frere Hospital, East London. He the studied ophthalmology at the University of Cape Town and obtained his FCS from the College of Medicine in 2002 returning as a consultant in ophthalmology to the Frere / Cecilia Makiwane Hospital Complex. He started his own private practice in 2005. Because of his interest in vitreoretinal work, he went to Germany in 2007 and completed a mini-fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery and joined the European Retinal Society.

The East London Eye Hospital welcomed him as a member of the team in 2014. Lizo’s interests include cataract surgery, glaucoma, pediatric surgery, strabismus and retinal surgery.

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Dr Leandri Linde

General Practitioner

Leandri graduated from The University of the Free State with an MBChB degree in 2011. She did her community service year at Kimberly Hospital, where she volunteered at the Eye Clinic, under Prof Andries Stulting. She moved back to her hometown, East London, in 2015, where she worked in the public sector’s ophthalmic department for 2 years. She became a diplomate in ophthalmology at the College of Medicine of South Africa in 2016. She also completed her primary examinations, which forms part of the fellowship of ophthalmologists in the CMSA, as well as becoming a member of the Ophthalmic Society of South Africa. She joined the Eye Centre in December 2016 and is continuing to further her studies in ophthalmology.

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