Diabetic Eye Disease

A person’s eyesight is usually taken for granted until this gift is suddenly taken away from them.

An estimated 16 500 Namibians will develop severe diabetic retinopathy, which can lead to vision loss or blindness. Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes.

Diabetes is a lifestyle disease related to obesity and a sedentary lifestyle. It can be prevented by making healthier lifestyle choices. The incidence of diabetes and obesity is increasing, with a current estimated 460 million people affected globally.


Diabetes screening, in the form of a finger prick test, can be done by a general practitioner (GP) or pharmacy. There are two types of diabetes:

• Type 1 diabetes, caused by a failure of the pancreas to produce insulin.

• Type 2 diabetes, where the body cannot adequately respond to the available insulin.



As soon as diabetes is diagnosed, every patient should have a baseline eye exam with an ophthalmologist. At diagnosis, the disease may already have been present for a number of years, and severe complications can be present. Thereafter, at minimum, an annual follow-up eye examination is required. If retinopathy is diagnosed, specific treatments and more regular follow-ups are needed.


OELC uses the latest technology, including OXIA Artificial Intelligence (oxia.org). Zeiss high-resolution wide-field retinal photographs are analyzed via AI software and reviewed by a specialist Ophthalmologist to detect diabetic disease. This AI technology also identifies Glaucoma and Age-related macular degeneration, conditions where early detection and treatment are critical.


We are aware that often one is not very aware of their eyes and vision until something goes wrong. Any change in vision or a sudden onset of pain or discomfort should prompt patients to seek an eye evaluation as soon as possible!


Contact us at 061-372 600 or visit us at 17 David Carstens Street in Olympia.






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Updated: Jul 17

A new operating microscope in the Olympia Eye & Laser Centre Theatre.


ARTEVO 800 Microscope from Zeiss
ARTEVO 800 Microscope from Zeiss

We are proud to share with you that we have acquired a state-of-the-art digital microscope, revolutionizing the way eye operations are performed. From ZEISS, the leader in optics for more than 170 years, ARTEVO® 800 unleashes a new era of ophthalmic surgical visualization.

The benefits include the following:

· The doctor operates by viewing the 3D monitor with special glasses for improved viewing.

· A built-in optical coherence tomography to image the retina or cornea offers safer surgery.

· The large 3D monitor makes it easy for everyone in the theatre to observe in fine detail exactly what the surgeon is seeing.

· The surgeon and staff in theatre can see all CALLISTO Eye cataract assistance functions directly on the monitor.

· We believe that this will improve surgical outcomes for our patients.


A whole new world of opportunity has opened up - it is the wave of the future.



Artevo 800 Zeiss Microscope
The Olympia Eye & Laser Centre Team with our new Microscope.

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Updated: Jul 17

Diagnosed early, you have a good chance to manage or control it well to prevent blindness and other side effects.


Diabetes not only promotes blindness, it is one of the co-morbidities associated with the current pandemic. At OELC we offer a new diabetes screening service to the local health care community to help combat diabetes.


Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy. It is increasingly affecting the working population. Untreated diabetes can damage your nerves, eyes, kidneys, and other organs. It can lead to blindness. Early diagnosis of this chronic disease is therefore key in combatting these side effects.


Diabetes symptoms can be so mild that it may be hard to spot at first. We offer non-invasive screening by means of artificial Intelligence, OXIA, to help doctors diagnose and predict its risk earlier than ever before. For Type 2 diabetes, which is generally associated with lifestyle, the prospect of identifying those at risk much earlier than before is exciting! It may help to motivate people to work towards preventing any sight threatening complications.


All health care practitioners registered on our system can make a booking for their diabetic patients with us on our online platform. At the diabetic screening visit your personal digital wide field retinal image and macula OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) are captured. These images are analysed via a screening software and a diabetic risk report is generated with the assistance of an eye specialist. Once the report is finalised it is sent to the referring the health care provider. The detailed risk report helps identifying, managing and monitoring diabetic patients in Namibia.


Additional to diabetic screening, all patients are simultaneously screened for Hypertensive Retinopathy, Age-related Macular Degeneration, Cataracts and Glaucoma.


You can make a booking to have your risk assessed today.




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