We work carefully with our patients to ensure accurate diagnosis and targeted treatment every time. Having more than one eye specialist ensures that a second professional opinion is readily available without inconveniencing the patient.

At VisuSense, we personally guide you through each step of the process, from diagnosis to treatment, while paying special attention to your individual needs.

Meet our ophthalmologists

  • Dr Suzanne Mari Smith MBCHB, FC OPHTH (SA), MMED

    Dr Suzanne Marie Smith is a general Ophthalmologist with experience in cataracts, general ophthalmology surgery (removal of pterygiums, growths, lid repairs, trauma, strabismus etc), glaucoma management and all aspects of medical ophthalmology.

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    • Dr Irene Marthina Freed MBBCH, FC OPHTH (SA), MMED

      Dr Freed’s special interests lie in anterior segment surgery and includes: cataract surgery, pterygium surgery and the complete management of glaucoma. Other surgical interests include refractive surgery and oculoplastics.

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      Fields of interest

      General ophthalmologists with a keen interest in refractive cataract surgery and the complete management of glaucoma.

      CATARACTS

      Cataracts are caused by clouding of the lens of the eye and is a significant contributor to reversible vision loss.

      GLAUCOMA

      Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases which result in damage to the optic nerve and cause vision loss. Glaucoma is highly manageable.

      MACULAR DEGENERATION

      Macular Degeneration (AMD) results in blurred or no vision in the centre of the visual field. Vision can be preserved by various treatment strategies.

      DIABETIC RETINOPATHY

      Diabetic Retinopathy affects up to 80% of those who have had diabetes for 20 years or more and is a leading cause of blindness.

      Dr Suzanne Mari Smith

      MBChB, FC Ophth (SA), Mmed 
      Visusense eye specialist Dr Suzanne Mari Smith

      Fields of Interest:

      Cataracts, Diabetic Retinopathy, General Ophthalmology, Glaucoma, Lasik, Macular Degeneration, Oculoplastic Surgery, Pterygium Surgery, Vitreo-Retinal Surgery

      Dr Suzanne Mari Smith matriculated from Eunice High School for Girls (2003) and qualified as a Medical Doctor from the University of the Free State in 2008. She subsequently did her two-year internship at the Bloemfontein Academic Hospital Complex in all areas of medicine including surgery, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology and internal medicine. In 2011 she completed her community service in Botshabelo District Hospital in the Free State, and it was here that her interest and love for Ophthalmology began.

      In 2012, Dr Smith started her career in Ophthalmology as a medical officer at St John Eye Hospital in Soweto. In Mid 2013 Dr Smith started her specialist training and completed 4 years working in the exceptionally busy hospitals of St John Eye Hospital, Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, Helen Joseph Hospital and Lenasia South Hospital. She was trained under renowned Prof. Grant McLaren (glaucoma, oculoplastics and orbital surgery), Prof. Trevor Carmichael (corneal specialist) and Prof. Ismail Mayet (paediatric ophthalmologist and retinal surgeon. During this time, she experienced, treated and operated an extensive variety of patient diseases both rare and common and was exposed to excellent teaching and surgical training within this system.

      Dr Suzanne Smith is a general Ophthalmologist with experience in cataracts, general ophthalmology surgery ( removal of pterygiums, growths, lid repairs, trauma, strabismus etc ), glaucoma management and all aspects of medical ophthalmology ( diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, hypertensive retinopathy, dry eye, infections, uveitis ).

      Socially Suzanne loves nature and animals, spending most of her free time with her husband and precious little daughter. She also enjoys spending time with friends and the outdoors. Suzanne has a passion for her work and her patients and will always go the extra mile for them.

      Dr Irene Marthina Freed

      MBBCh, FC Ophth (SA), Mmed     
      Visusense eye specialist Dr Irene Freed

      Fields of Interest:

      Cataracts, Diabetic Retinopathy, General Ophthalmology, Glaucoma, Lasik, Macular Degeneration, Oculoplastic Surgery, Pterygium Surgery, Vitreo-Retinal Surgery

      Dr Irene Freed completed her MBBCh at thr University of the Witwatersrand in 2008, and thereafter started her internship at Tygerberg Hospital in the Western Cape. She fulfilled her community service year at Saldanha Sick bay where she worked for the military. It was during her community service year in 2011 that she was truly introduced to the world of ophthalmology – after volunteering at an outreach ophthalmic clinic run at Vredenburg Provincial Hospital – under the guidance of ocular oncologist, Dr Karen Lecouna of the University of Cape Town.

      In 2012 she started her medical officer time at St John’s Eye Hospital in Johannesburg and entered the registrar training programme at this same hospital in 2014. She was trained under renowned Prof. Grant McLaren (glaucoma, oculoplastics and orbital surgery), Prof. Trevor Carmichael (corneal specialist) and Prof. Ismail Mayet (paediatric ophthalmologist and retinal surgeon). She became a fellow to the College of Medicine of South Africa as Ophthalmologist in 2017 and started in private practice in 2018. Dr Freed continues to do probono outreach cataract surgery lists at Lenasia South Hospital.

      Dr Freed’s special interests lie in anterior segment surgery and includes: cataract surgery, pterygium surgery and the complete management of glaucoma. Other surgical interests include refractive surgery and oculoplastics. Dr Freed has done advanced courses in the administration of botulinum toxin and fillers which she has been successfully administering since 2011. She has further interests in optimising the medical management of diabetic retinotherapy, age-related macular degeneration and all causes of choroidal neovascular membranes.

      She is married to Robert Mark Leibrandt, a specialist physician and cardiologist. She is mother to a sweet little blue-eyed boy called Joshua, born 2015 and is excited to announce the arrival of her second little son due in January 2019. Her family loves the outdoors and little Joshua is particularly fond of feeding all things furry.

      Dr Freed has a keen eye for detail – and when not using it to perfect her microsurgery, she uses it in the world of art, enjoying pastel, charcoal and painting of the human form.

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