Dr Irene Marthina FreedMBBCH, FC OPHTH (SA), MMED

    About Dr Irene Freed

    Dr Irene Freed completed her MBBCh at the 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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