Dr Karen Conradie - Ophthalmologist is an Eye specialist situated in Bloemfontein. She manages a wide range of eye conditions that includes cataracts, glaucoma, strabismus and diabetic retinopathy.
We started with a simple idea: to provide a service that has a positive impact on the lives of our patients. We take our time to listen to our patients and to provide individual treatment that suits their needs best. We are proud to provide a wide variety of high quality eye care services. Our success comes from the fact that we love what we do.
EYE CARE SERVICES
DR KAREN CONRADIE
Even though Dr Conradie originally comes from Colesberg, she is no longer a stranger in Bloemfontein. She matriculated from Eunice High School in 2000, after which she completed her degree as a medical doctor in 2005 at the University of the Free State. Since then she has worked in several eye clinics including Kimberley Hospital, Bongani Hospital in Welkom, and National Hospital in Bloemfontein where she qualified as an Eye Specialist in 2014. She has been working in the private sector since 2015 at Pasteur Eye Hospital, and recently opened her own practice at the same location.
Her current qualifications include M.B.ChB, M.Med Ophth, and FC (Ophth).
Some of her interests include cataract surgery, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. She has also recently widened her interest in strabismus by spending some time at Grootte Schuur and Red Cross Children’s Hospitals in Cape Town under the guidance of Prof Anthony Murray.
Mission & Vision
Her aim is to enthusiastically provide a friendly and trustworthy service to her patients.
OPHTHALMOLOGIST VS OPTOMETRIST
If you have ever wondered about this, then you are not alone! There is a lot of confusion about the differences between optometry and ophthalmology. They both play a very important role in eye care, but their areas of expertise are quite different.
An OPTOMETRIST tests for and provides glasses.
An OPHTHALMOLOGIST diagnose and treats eye diseases and performs eye surgery.
But there is more to this than meets the eye!
An OPTOMETRIST is an eye care professional that obtained a degree in optometry. They provide primary vision care by doing vision tests and basic eye examinations, prescribing and dispensing spectacles and assisting with contact lens fittings and supplies.
They can also detect certain eye abnormalities, provide non-prescription eye drops for certain conditions (like dry eyes) and assist with a referral to an eye specialist.
An OPHTHALMOLOGIST is a medical doctor who specialized in eyes to become an “EYE SPECIALIST”. They provide a full eye examination in order to diagnose and manage all eye conditions. Their treatment can include prescribing medications (eg. for glaucoma), providing laser therapy (eg. for diabetic retinopathy) or doing surgery (eg. for cataracts).
While ophthalmologists are trained to care for all eye problems, some take a special interest in a specific sub-speciality area – like retinas, or refractive surgery, or strabismus (among many others). They sometimes receive additional training in order to take care of more complex cases or specific conditions in certain areas of the eye.
Like ophthalmologists, some OPTOMETRISTS also has certain specific areas of interests and sub-specialities like contact lenses, sports vision or low visual aids.
Your sight depends on seeing the right eye doctor at the right time so it’s important to know the difference between your eye care professionals.