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Dr. Johan de Lange

Dr de Lange


Dr. Johan de Lange – Ophthalmologist

MB Ch. B (University of Pretoria)

M. Med (Ophth.) (University of the Orange Free State)

OCUMED Building 1

Vaal Drive 17



Tel: +27 16 982 4281

Fax: +27 16 982 4285

Who is Dr. Johan A. de Lange?

He is an Ophthalmologist (eye specialist) and Medical Director and co-founder of Ocumed Eye & Laser Institute, specialising in cataract and refractive laser surgery. However, he is not just a very successful and accomplished ophthalmologist, but a man of various talents and interests, such as writing, reading, golf, motivational psychology, public speaking and even 4×4 off-road motor racing. On top of all this he completed the Comrades marathon four times.

He grew up in Johannesburg, where he matriculated from Linden High School and received honours for academic achievement and cricket and was also crowned as Victor Ludorum in athletics and served as head prefect of his school. He started his tertiary training as a medical doctor at the University of Pretoria, where he obtained his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB.Ch.B) in 1974. He served on the Sonop house committee during this period. His internship was completed at the H.F. Verwoerd Hospital in Pretoria, where he was also selected as the chairman of the intern committee. The final leg of his qualifications was completed at the University of the Orange Free State, where he obtained his Master of Medicine (M. Med) degree in Ophthalmology in 1980. After his tertiary education he served as Head of the Ophthalmology Department at UOFS for one year.

However, destined for the private sector, he founded his own private practice in Vanderbijlpark during 1982. Originally he performed surgery in other hospitals until he and a colleague founded Ocumed Eye and Laser Institute in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng in 1998. As an opinion leader in the ophthalmology community, Dr. de Lange makes it a top priority to keep up with the latest and greatest methods and equipment and strives for continuous improvement in his practice. In 1994 Dr. de Lange together with two other opthalmologists were the first to apply the Deep Sclerectomy with Collagen Implant (DSCI) technique in South-Africa. In 1995 Dr. de Lange did the first implantable Contact Lens (ICL) implants. He was also the first in South-Africa to use the Lasersight LS 200 Mini Excimer Laser. Once again in 1998 he was the leading ophthalmologist to acquire and use the Lasersight LSX Excimer Laser. In 2004 he acquired the first Wavelight Allegretto Excimer Laser in South Africa. In 2007 he was the very first ophthalmologist to obtain a Femtosecond laser in Africa, South of the Sahara.

Not only was Dr. de Lange responsible for many new and advanced techniques and the introduction of new equipment within the Ophthalmology community in South-Africa, but he was also President of OSSA (Ophthalmological Society of South Africa) from 1999 to 2001 as well as the first president of the Glaucoma Society of South Africa in 1997. During his tenure as president of OSSA he initiated the Right to Sight movement (RTS). RTS provides cataract surgery at lowered costs to underprivileged patients, as a service supported by the private sector. For this initiative he received a personal thank you letter from previous President Thabo Mbeki in 2000.

In 2002 and 2003 he was national chairman of the board of OMG (Ophthalmology Management Group), which coordinates and negotiates with medical aids on behalf of South African ophthalmologists. Currently he is affiliated to OSSA, SASCRS (South-African Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery), ESCRS(European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons) and is an active member of the Presbymania VIP Club and the International Intra-Ocular Implant Club (IIIC). The Presbymania Club is based in Switzerland and specializes in the study and treatment of presbyopia. Membership to this International club of elite cataract and implant surgeons is acquired by invitation only and limited to only 250 members worldwide.

Being part of these progressive affiliations and keeping up with the times also landed him various awards, such as the OSSA DJ Wood Memorial Lecture and Medal in 2002 for service to South African Ophthalmology, the Rotary lifelong achievement and service award for professional excellence in 2005 and the Kritzinger Safari Medal & Memorial Lecture award for continuous contribution to refractive surgery in South Africa in 2009.

Not only is he a pioneer within the South African ophthalmological community, but he regularly presents papers on his research at various international congresses. This includes an annual webinar (web-seminar) with Presbymania in different European and Asian cities as well as Skype appearances at Spanish conferences. He has also been an invited speaker in many countries including the USA, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, Russia, India, Turkey and Kenya to name but a few. He has done live surgeries (surgery on closed circuit television during a congress for training purposes) in Australia and India as well as in South Africa, in Cape Town, Durban, Bloemfontein. Pietermaritzburg and Benoni.

Locally and internationally you might have seen him on television as he appeared for various ophthalmology related campaigns and programs. He also has various written chapters in books and articles for different publications to his credit.

Furthermore, community service is close to Dr. de Lange’s’ heart. He was founder and first chairman of the Destinata School for children with learning disabilities which is currently based in Meyerton. During this project he was supported by a number of colleagues and friends. He was also involved in the Anti-Air pollution campaign in the Vaal Triangle. In this way, he was able to really make a difference in the ordinary lives of his community.

It has been a long journey filled with a lot of sweat and hard work, but today Dr. Johan de Lange is one of the most successful forerunners in South-African ophthalmology with a special interest in cataract and refractive surgery.

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