Meet The Doctors

Dr Stephen Cook


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


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 1997.

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 Schabort De Jager


Dr Schabort de Jager grew up in Bloemfontein and lived there for 25 years. He went to school at Grey College and matriculated in 2005. In 2006 he started his medical studies at the Univeristy of the Free State and got his M.B.Ch.B. Cum Laude in 2010.

He did his internship at Pelonomi, Universitas and National hospitals in Bloemfontein in 2011 and 2012. It was during this time that he developed an interest in ophthalmology when he went to view eye surgeries in his off time.

In 2013 he relocated to Kimberley so that he could do part of his community service in ophthalmology. He did internal medicine for the first 6 months and then he was fortunate to do the last 6 months in ophthalmology. He wrote his primary exams in July 2013. He stayed on in the ophthalmology department after his community service. During this time, he wrote his diploma in ophthalmology and gained valuable surgical and clinical experience. He was fortunate enough to be trained by many different consultants during this time, including Prof Andries Stulting and Dr Margot Steenkamp.

In August 2015 he started his registrar training in Johannesburg at the St John Eye, Chris Hani Baragwanath, Charlote Maxeke and Helen Joseph hospitals. During this time, he was trained by many world class ophthalmologists like Prof Trevor Carmichael, Prof Ishmael Mayet, Prof Grant McLaren, Dr Sue Williams and many others.

He wrote his intermediate exams in May 2016 and was awarded with the Ophthalmological Society medal for best intermediate candidate for 2016. In October 2018 he passed his final examination in ophthalmology and became a Fellow of the College of Ophthalmologists. He was awarded a M.Med in ophthalmology from the University of the Witwatersrand in December 2018.

In August 2019 he joined the East London Eye Centre as a full time consultant. He is doing general ophthalmology, but has a special interest in retina and cornea work.

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Dr Erika Kleynhans


East London bred graduate of Grens High School, Erika left East London to study medicine in 2004, and graduated from the University of the Free State with an MBChB degree in 2008.

She returned to her hometown in 2009 and did her internship at Frere and Cecilia Makiwane hospitals.  Always interested in Eye Care, she joined the ophthalmic department at Frere hospital in 2011.

In 2012, she became a diplomate in ophthalmology at the College of Medicine of South Africa.

In 2014, she took up a registrar post in the public sector, and completed her intermediate examinations in 2017. She joined the Eye Centre in June 2018 as a GP, and completed her fellowship examinations in 2019 and is now registered as an ophthalmologist.

She is a member of OSSA, ESCRS and ISRS and her interests include cataract surgery, ocular surface disease, uveitis and ocular tumours.

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Dr Lizo Mbetshu


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 then 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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