When it comes to eye care, Zainab Goga is an optometrist with a deep-seated passion for the wellbeing of her patients.
Qualifying as an optometrist in 2013, Goga says when it came to pursuing a career, she knew from day one that her future lay in the medical profession. A profession where she can make a positive contribution to the lives of others.
In fact, it is during her childhood where she can identify her decision to pursue a career in the medical world.
“As a child, I was intrigued by the eye and always loved having my eyes tested, even though I never needed glasses,” she laughs.
This passion never faded but rather motivated her to pursue her lifelong passion for helping people.
“After qualifying, I worked in Ladysmith, Durban and Newcastle.”
In 2015 she was part of the first batch of optometrists in South Africa to complete the Ocular Therapeutics course offered by the University of KwaZulu Natal in conjunction with The State University of New York. The course enables her to prescribe medication for certain conditions of the eye.
Following her studies, working at established practices and acquiring adequate experience over the years, Goga eventually decided to open her own practice. It was then that Goga’s iCare Optical was born.
“Having my own practice has given me the freedom to give my patients that extra attention. I believe in taking my time explaining to patients exactly what is going on and why they need spectacles”, says Goga.
Looking at establishing a bond with her patients, Goga says she has laid out her practice in such a way that it does not give a cold clinical feel, but rather allows patients to feel relaxed.
Situated at Shop 8 Nedbank Centre, Harding Street, for the past few months, Goga hopes to establish a new era of optometry in town.
Goga’s iCare Optical offers digital retinal imaging which is part of every eye test, in order to monitor any diabetic, hypertensive and cholesterol changes in the eye, before vision loss occurs. She also has a keen interest in paediatric optometry and has the necessary qualifications to offer vision therapy for dyslexic individuals.
For someone who has a passion for optometry, Zainab Goga, of Goga’s iCare Optical, is someone to consider as the first step towards effective eye care.