Dr Helen de Jager completed her MBChB at the University of Pretoria in 2003,and therafter started her ophthalmology career in Kimberley Hospital, Northern Cape, as a medical officer as from 2005 till 2007.
She worked as a Registrar from 2007 till 2011 under world renowned anterior segment ophthalmic surgeon Prof R Stegmann.
She became a fellow to the College of Medicine of South Africa as Ophthalmologist in 2011 and received her MMed Ophthalmology in 2012. She joined Prof Polla Roux in private practice in 2011.
Her special interest is in anterior segment surgery including cataract removal and lens implantation and pterygium surgery. The treatment of diabetic retinopathy, age –related macular degeneration and glaucoma is also close to her heart.
She is married to Francois de Jager, a specialist family physician. She became a mother in 2013 to an energetic boy called Franco. Her second son Geo was born in 2015. As a family they are avid campers and love to break away over weekends to enjoy all that nature has to offer to them and the boys.
When she is not behind a microscope in theatre doing micro-surgery, you will find her behind her camera lens taking wildlife and landscape photos in Africa’s big game parks.