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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No Gym, No Problem – Hit Your Summer Body Goals Without Hitting the Gym
It happens the same way every year. Seemingly out of nowhere, it starts getting light earlier and dark later, the days start getting hotter, the evenings aren’t quite as cool, and then suddenly it’s summer. You haven’t even signed up at the gym yet, never mind a workout, and now you have to go to the beach. Sound familiar?
Before you rush off to get a new membership, consider the alternative – using the city as your gym! You’ll save money, and chances are you’ll discover a whole new side of the city.
The easiest way to exercise in the Mother City – and almost any city for that matter – is running. But, it’s not what you’d call the most alluring option until you frame it differently. Don’t think of running as exercise, think of it as discovery. Cape Town is covered in roads and routes that hug the coast, weave around mountains, cross colourful neighbourhoods, and so much more. The Promenade is a great place to start, and you can begin with a distance you’re comfortable with and extend it from there. The best part is that once you’re getting fit and into it, you can run all the to Camps Bay, and even further if you’re up for it, without ever having to cross a single road!
If running’s not quite your thing, but you still want to work up a decent sweat, look no further than the city’s most famous attraction – Table Mountain. Hiking is an excellent workout, and at the end, you’re rewarded not only with a sense of accomplishment but breath-taking views! Lion’s Head is the perfect place to ease into it; you don’t even have to complete it in the beginning if you don’t want to. It’s got an amazing perimeter route which is relatively flat but will still get your blood pumping. As you get more comfortable with climbing a whole new world will unfold in front of you that extends all along the peninsula!
So far it’s only really been about cardio, so what if you need to tone those newly uncovered muscles? Sea Point’s open-air gym! Located on the prime real estate on The Promenade, the open-air gym offers a variety of workout equipment that only uses body weight to get you in top shape. But, if you’re not quite ready to flex with the best as passers-by sneak a peek, head to the Green Point Urban Park. It has similar facilities and not nearly as much foot traffic, although you might have to contend with some plucky 6-year olds.
Whether it’s running, hiking, or good old-fashioned callisthenics, the city’s got you covered, and your only expense is sweat and time – seems like a pretty good deal to us!
Till next time,
The Point Team x
Keeping children healthy this winter – Marc Davidowitz
Children can be very susceptible to getting sick, regardless of the season. The combination of their immature immune systems at times, increasing trend of inappropriate diets and the interaction with many viruses/bacteria at creches/schools all play a part.
The increasing trend of sedentary lifestyles in children with less playing outside and more indoors on electronic devices leads to decreased physical activity as well as decreased interaction with the necessary bacteria to develop an immunity. This combination also leads to a greater incidence of infections in children.
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There are however many ways for us to keep kids healthier and reduce the number of infections. You can, of course, address the issues mentioned above. In addition to this, the implementation of a proper diet with all food groups especially fruit and vegetables to ensure the necessary vitamins are ingested.
Playing outside not only improves their health but also exposes children to Vitamin D from sunlight which is important. Ensuring children get enough sleep is another element that is often overlooked. And most importantly, for the prevention of serious infections, is the need to stay up to date with vaccine schedule.
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Vaccines are arguably one of the greatest inventions in modern medicine. A lot of debate has arisen in the past due to common misconceptions about them. The subsequent decrease in the use of certain vaccines (e.g. the Measles vaccine) led to massive outbreaks in the incidence and morbidity and mortality from Measles in the country a few years ago.
The purpose of vaccinating your children is not only to protect them from often serious infections but also to provide “herd immunity.” Herd immunity is when the community is immunized against a contagious disease as a result of everyone being immunized. This leads to most members of the community are protected which in turn leads to little opportunity for an outbreak.
As a result, those who are not eligible for certain vaccines—such as infants, pregnant women, or immunocompromised individuals, are protected due to the containment of the disease. This applies to a variety of contagious diseases, including influenza, measles, mumps, rotavirus, and pneumococcal disease.
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The flu vaccine for an example. It is annually updated and protects against recent viruses. It is recommended for children with chronic lung, heart, renal disease, Diabetes, HIV. Ideally, should be given in March before the season due to antibodies taking 2 weeks to build-up in systems. In most 1st world countries everyone is vaccinated. Some of the benefits of the flu vaccine are that it can protect against flu, decrease the severity the illness if you get it, prevent serious complications such as pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections and ear infections.
The reported side-effects of the flu vaccine are minor and self-limited. They include fever, irritability, and pain at the site of the injection which responds well to OTC medication. A common misconception is that the flu vaccine can give you flu, which it cannot. Severe allergic reactions are also rare.
Many parents also avoid vaccines at times of minor illnesses, which is also unnecessary. The only real contraindications to vaccines, in general, are proven egg allergy, in which case the child can still be given vaccines including MMR. Only in children with a history of anaphylaxis to egg/flu vaccine, should they be avoided. And then in children with immunosuppression. They should not receive live vaccines (BCG, measles, MMR, OPV). In these cases, they should be delayed until 3 months if they are receiving therapy. Check your vaccine schedule in your child’s Road To Health Card to make sure they are up to date with all their vaccines.
Other ways to boost your child’s immune system is ensuring they receive certain vitamins and minerals such as Zinc, Vitamin C, Probiotics when they have bouts of diarrhea, as well as certain other immune boosters e.g. Echinacea.
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There is strong evidence that the use of Zinc and Vitamin C reduces the incidence of common colds by up to 50%, increases, iron absorption, aids in wound healing, reduces diarrhea and is vital in children with malnutrition.
Virtus Health & Medical
Tel: +27 21 439 1555
Address: 3rd Floor, The Point, Sea Point
Summer Wellness Competition
Want to look amazing this summer?
The Point Shopping Centre has the competition of the year, for you!
To enter is as easy as pie:
- Spend a minimum of R200 in any store at The Point Shopping centre
- Write down all your details at the back of your original till slip
- Take your slip to the 3rd floor and drop it in one of our entry boxes located at the reception area of BUC and Optismile respectively.
- Competition closes at 17:00 on Monday, 04 September 2017
*Winners (1 male and 1 female) will be announced at the beginning of September 2017.
What do you stand a chance of winning? Hold onto your hats, folks…
SWEAT & BUC:
1 month membership to BUC Fitness Club to one male and one female (value R 2000)
1 month of SWEAT1000 classes to one male and one female (value R 4000)
1 ImpulseFit EMS (electro muscle stimulation) session per week for the duration of the competition (R350 per session)
Full body composition analysis and assessment with a dietician, Gabi Lasker (value R750)
B BALANCED PILATES:
1 private session per week for the duration of the competition (R350 per session)
Examination and Consultation (including panoramic or 3D X-ray if necessary)
Scale, polish and Opalescence GO take home whitening kit (pack of 10 dentist prescription home whitening trays – guaranteed professional results) Value over R3000
A Podiatry check up worth R550
Power Pedi for each winner (valued R275 ladies, R235 mens)
YEMAYA HAIR AND SPA:
Wash and blow dry combo for the female (valued R240) and a wash and cut for the male (value R220)
SPORTSMANS WAREHOUSE :
R350 voucher for each winner
R200 voucher for each winner
Now this a prize to get the blood pumping and your hearts racing. Don’t delay, ENTER TODAY!
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