PEOPLE OF THE POINT – Dr Zoran Aleksic

As someone with an extensive appreciation and attention for detail, Dr. Aleksic found himself at a young age fascinated by the microscopic, precise and high-tech world of ophthalmology. It is these features which drew him into the meticulous and complex world of the human eye; one where eye surgeons must work synchronously, quickly and faultlessly with their medical team on delicate and minuscule surface areas.

Dr. Zoran Aleksic is an eye surgeon and Ophthalmologist specialising in cataract and laser refractive surgery. He graduated from Belgrade Medical School in 1991. Before specialising, he was involved in provision of eye care in Pietermaritzburg (Edendale Hospital and Grey’s Hospital) in the satellite unit of the University of Natal’s Medical School. His training involved eye care provision in the post of registrar of Ophthalmology at Frere Hospital, East London. He completed his specialist training at University of Cape Town, Groote Schuur Hospital and Red Cross Children’s Hospital.

He is a member of the following associations:

  • Health Professions Council of South Africa
  • South African College of Surgeons
  • British General Medical Council
  • British Specialist Register
  • Ophthalmic Society of South Africa
  • South African Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (Director)
  • European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

Dr. Aleksic’s state-of-the-art treatment centre is devoted to creating a premier eye experience through cutting-edge technology and a holistic approach to eyesight. He performs general eye surgeries, eye tests, refractive laser surgery and treats many other conditions. All of this is coupled with break-through technologies and a slick and professional environment.

More exclusively Dr. Aleksic offers cosmetic eye surgery, Botox injections and procedures to patients requesting enhancement for medical or cosmetic reasons.

Dr. Aleksic’s goal is to provide a tailored service to each patient’s eyesight needs when they are in his care. This is achieved through his vast range of treatments on offer, which allow him to produce an eye-care program suited to each specific patient. A fully equipped optical dispensing practice operates from his rooms and a contact lens clinic supports his patients with hard and soft lenses. His rooms’ dispensing area also possesses a selection of elegant, imported frames and day-to-day readers.

We would like to welcome and introduce Dr Z Aleksic and his team to you. Follow this space closely because we are going to look into this special area of microsurgery and give you up dates about what does he and his team do in each field. We hope you will find it fascinating.

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To LASIK or not to LASIK? That is the question.

Is your poor vision affecting the quality of your life?

Is your vision a hindrance to many daily tasks?

If you answered yes to these questions, you have probably considered LASIK surgery as a solution to these problems, as LASIK has certainly become a commonly considered surgery for anyone with impaired vision. LASIK involves reshaping the cornea of the eye, the outermost layer, to adjust its optical power. In this way, it corrects farsightedness and nearsightedness.

However, in my experience as an ophthalmologist, I have seen that many people are misconceived about LASIK surgery and find themselves with a few misinformed assumptions about the procedure and the other available alternatives. Here are a few corrections of the most common misunderstandings I have encountered about LASIK surgery.

1. Not everyone is a candidate.

Many patients arrive at my door prepared to hear all about the prospect of them undergoing LASIK and becoming spectacle-free. Whilst most times this is possible, not everyone is a candidate for LASIK as this depends on the size of your cornea. In your consultation, your ophthalmologist will measure whether or not you have enough tissue to cater for your prescription. Basically, if your cornea is too thin for your required prescription, you are not a candidate for LASIK. However, one must not feel despondent as there are other avenues which can be looked at for your vision correction.

2. There are alternatives to LASIK, such as Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK).

PRK is perfect with those who have insufficiently sized corneas. It is done with a brush and medication in order to remove the superficial cells on the eye. Thereafter, a contact lens is used to allow the cells to grow over for 7 days. There is also a new, break-through PRK technique available at our practice which is a bladeless, non-touch technique which is all done with a laser.

3. LASIK candidates are not always ready for surgery once they reach the age of 21.

It is not age that is the most important factor, but rather, it is crucial that LASIK candidates are ready to look at having this procedure only once their eyes are stable for one year, at whatever age that might be.

4. LASIK surgery does not always mean that patients will be spectacle-free forever. 

What many people do not realise is that LASIK and PRK correct distance, but when age-related reading problems arise around the age of 45, one might still need spectacles. This has nothing to do with the laser surgery they may have had previously.

5. LASIK and PRK correct astigmatism.

They are correctable usually up to around a -6 astigmatism.

6. Yes, you can fly.

Many patients confuse this with retinal surgery which is affected by altitudes. With LASIK or PRK, there is nothing that limits you from getting into an aeroplane, but your ophthalmologist will at least want to see you twice before you leave just to see that you are not running into any problems.

7. There is very little which prohibits one from having LASIK or PRK.

That being said, there are some systemic conditions, such as aggressive Arthritis, which can potentially lead to an unpredictable healing response. In those rare cases one would want to stay away from LASIK in order to maintain a healthy, stable eye.

8. Laser surgery is very quick.

It takes approximately 1.5 seconds per unit

If you are for example – 4 D myopic, to correct this amount of myopia will take +- 6-7 seconds per eye.

The whole procedure with preoperative and postoperative explanations averages about a 15-20 min procedure for both eyes ( for the above mentioned laser correction, laser exposure time 6 sec only!!!)

9. No, you cannot smell your tissue burning in the surgery.

This is only the smell of the fluoride gas that is creating an evaporation of tissue, but the temperature of your tissue only changes for only a few degrees.

10. Laser is instant.

About 20-25 minutes after the procedure you will be able to see well, but you will have shields to protect you from bumping, scratching or rubbing your eyes. You will wear these for only one night. The next day you can shower, as usual, even getting your eyes wet, just as long as you do not rub them.

What is your Intention?

Sankalpa is a Sanskrit word, translated to resolve, resolution; your intention formed by your heart and mind. When we consciously set our intention, it can be a powerful tool for shifting and more clearly tracing the direction of our life and healing.

You simply need to form a statement that best resonates with your sense of purpose, or perhaps a more specific statement for healing, and settle this into the deeper layers of your mind when you are calm and quiet.

When the body is at ease and the mind is clear, the resolve, Sankalpa grows very well. A relaxed mind and body, with positive will power is ready to accept and best implement your set intention.

Yoga Nidra Meditation is a process of Conscious Relaxation, and helps you to systematically relax and enable the subconscious and unconscious mind to be more receptive to your resolve.

In order to fully relax, the inner tensions of the body, emotions and mind must be eased. The practice of Yoga Nidra is the scientific method of removing unnecessary tensions and readily promoting systematic relaxation with awareness.

A single hour of Yoga Nidra is as restful as four hours of conventional sleeping.

Relaxing the mind by relaxing the body is the starting point of most yoga practices, and in Yoga Nidra the progressive movement of awareness through parts of the body stimulates and relaxes not only the physical body, but also clears the nerve pathways to the the brain, both those concerned with physical activity and incoming information.

Then comes sense withdrawal and redirected awareness to breath and the state of physical relaxation. From there Yoga Nidra goes into the play of opposite sensations and developing control of emotional reactions to autonomic responses. One is encouraged to become more of a witness and release holding patterns. The fourth stage of Yoga Nidra is visualization that relates to universal imagery and adventures we can all relate to. The visualizations are most wondrous and inspiring, and have been proven to help improve memory.

Yoga techniques, such as Yoga Nidra, helps the body and mind find ease and rest, to feel at peace with yourself and your situation; and from there more readily being able to sow the seed of your resolve, Sankalpa, intention and watch it grow.

Discover the Health Benefits of Backbends.

Backward bending postures turn the body out to face the world and with the expansion of the chest that comes with these heart-revealing poses, you readily and bravely face yourself.

The expansion of the chest also encourages deep inhalations, enlivening all systems and the extroverted expression of your personality. You feel exhilarated and open to fully embrace life.

*Although admittedly you may also feel slightly overwhelmed at first, and then need to simply breathe through the shift of insecurities to settle into an easier version of the backbend practice, until you feel confident and comfortable to move deeper.

Chakrasana- wheel pose-also known as Urdhva Dhanurasana, so named as in the final expression of the pose, it represents a full circle and shape of the wheel; especially when you eventually, after years of steady practice, with ease grasp your ankles with your hands.

There are numerous preliminary practices that help you to systematically loosen and gain more flexibility in the spine, whilst simultaneously building stability and strength in the pelvis, deep core line and limbs.

Start with hips-facing-forward poses, such as Anjaneyasana, Ashta Chandrasana and Parsvotanasana and then when the body is stable, add twists into the sequence with poses such as Pavritta Parsvakonasana, Pavritta Ashta Chandrasana and Pavritta Trikonasana.

When it comes to moving into deeper backbends, it is most useful to first choose the safest and most stable version from prone position; lying with the front body on the floor. Set yourself up in Sphinx pose and then progressively move into backbends: Bhujangasana, Naukasana, Shalabasana and Dhanurasana .

Seated spinal twists, further assist spinal health by stimulating the spinal nerves and developing both strength and flexibility along the back. Energy is enhanced around the navel area, Solar Plexus, and from there radiates throughout the whole body.

It is important to learn to still maintain core awareness to support the back, whilst at the same time open the front body.

Backbends improve the functioning of the nervous, digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular and glandular systems. So ‘all-around’ beneficial, as the entire front body is stretched and with the heart space and thorax opened this pose enhances respiration. The lower portion of the lungs with their corresponding alveoli is opened and mucous drained.

The stretch in the upper part of the abdominal muscles gives a good pressure and increases blood circulation to the organs and glands for improved secretions and efficiency.

The legs and arms are strengthened and this pose helps tone the entire back muscles, and spinal nerves, including the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic nerves, thus stimulating the neural network. Granted that the pose is done with steadiness and ease, it will help realign spinal discs.

Chakrasana releases tension in the neck and can further open and release any holding in the throat. As this is an inverted pose, the brain neurons are invigorated with freshly oxygenated blood improving the overall health of the mind and of the whole body.

Key Points To Tighten Your Chakrasana into a Full Wheel

  • Awareness is in relaxing the spine and attention on slow and deep breathing.
  • Inner thighs spiraling towards midline, and attention on knees tracking parallel, whilst the armpits also grip inwards cultivating space in the back of the heart space.
  •  Ensure an equal distribution of weight through the legs and arms, whilst simultaneously activating full Pada Bandha (firm through the whole foot with a subtle lift of the inner arch) and Hasta Bandha (firm through the whole palm with a subtle lift of the inner palm).
  • Hipbones find lift, whilst pubic bone keeps a slight weightiness to help you embrace the natural curvature of your lower back.
  • Shoulder blades drift down the back ribs, broadening the collarbones, however still keep space and energy running between the shoulder blades.
  • If you are comfortable and steady, strong through legs and arms, you can accentuate the flexion in the spine by progressively and carefully walking your hands and feet closer towards each other. Please do not strain, as Yoga is a practice of awareness- steadiness and ease- and not the landing of a pose.

Go deeper and meet yourself full circle at AWAKE Yoga Studio, 3rd Floor of The Point Mall at BUC Fitness Club.

AWAKE Yoga Studio focuses on the therapeutic benefits of yoga and ensures that the practice is accessible and relatable to everyone.

Come as you are.
Jeannie Holmes