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Dr Daemon McClunan, Dr Hamzah Mustak, Dr Pieter Van Der Merwe, Prof Christopher Tinley and Leandri Linde are specialist ophthalmologists at the Atlantic Eye Centre. Our practice caters to every patient's need with regard to vision, functionality and appearance. Our doctors are fully trained in all disciplines of ophthalmology, but each one has carved out a niche in a superspecialised field.







Dr Daemon McClunan www.drdaemonmcclunan.co.za



Dr Daemon McClunan’s achievements seek to challenge the frontiers of ophthalmic research and development. Dr McClunan is accoladed amongst his peers for being the youngest member to serve on the South African Glaucoma Society committee, the founder of LIQID MEDICAL Pty - a multi award winning ophthalmic biotechnology company, and the creator of four patented devices.

Dr McClunan received the Geoff Howes and Ophthalmic society medals while in specialist training at Groote Schuur Hospital. Medals of the highest prestige; awarded to the candidate with the highest examination results. He further holds distinctions with his medical degree (MBChB) obtained from Stellenbosch University in 2009, and his Masters in Medicine (MMed) for his surgical technique.

On a humanitarian note, Dr McClunan joined a non-profit cause during his community year to tackle the harsh Southern African terrain by motorbike, travelling over 15,000km with his expedition team to carry out rural eye screenings amongst the poorer communities. These days, owing to a demanding work schedule, his philanthropic efforts extend mainly to free eye screenings for family members. In his leisure time, Dr McClunan enjoys hiking, diving, and kitesurfing and prioritises spending quality time with his wife and new born son.

Dr McClunan’s dedication to his field of expertise is further cemented by international observership experience in Glaucoma and Advanced Cataract surgery from the Prism Eye Institute in Toronto as well as in Glaucoma surgery from the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne.

While Dr McClunan treats many eye conditions, he specialises in advanced cataract surgery with expert skills in minimally invasive glaucoma surgery.




Dr Hamzah Mustak



Dr Hamzah Mustak is a qualified ophthalmologist and a Fellow of the College of Ophthalmologists of South Africa since 2016. Dr Mustak obtained his medical degree (MBChB) with honours from the University of Cape Town in 2007 and received his Diploma in Ophthalmology along with the Neville-Walsh medal in 2012. Dr Mustak completed his internship training at Pietermaritzburg Hospital Complex in 2009 and thereafter served his community service hours at Eerste River Hospital in 2010. He was appointed Medical Officer in Ophthalmology at Groote Schuur Hospital from 2011 to 2013 and was promoted to Registrar in Ophthalmology from 2013 to 2017. With a passion for oculoplastics, Dr Mustak decided to pursue this area and completed his Fellowship in Oculoplastics through the Stein Eye Institute in Los Angeles under the mentorship of Professor Robert Goldberg in 2018. He currently works as a Consultant Ophthalmologist in Ocular Oncology, Oculoplastics and Orbital Surgery at Groote Schuur Hospital in the ophthalmology department.

Dr Mustak is registered as an ophthalmologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).




Dr Pieter Van Der Merwe



Dr Pieter van der Merwe was born and raised in Pretoria, the Jacaranda City of South Africa. He completed his medical degree at the University of Pretoria and then moved to Pietermaritzburg for 3 ½ years to serve as a Medical Officer in Ophthalmology at Edendale hospital.

Dr Van der Merwe then completed his specialist training and MMed at the Groote Schuur Hospital affiliated with the University of Cape Town.

On completion of his specialist training, he was accepted into the prestigious Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship program at the University of Toronto, Canada. He spent a year in fellowship training under the world-renowned retinal surgeons, Dr Efrem Mandelcorn, Peter Kertes, Robert Devenyi and Ken Eng, perfecting his craft in medical and surgical treatment of vitreoretinal disease. During this time, he was awarded the Lin Family Memorial Award presented annually to the graduating subspecialty fellow who demonstrates superior surgical, clinical and interpersonal skills.

Outside of work, he is devoted to his family as well as being an avid cyclist.




Professor Christopher Tinley



Professor Christopher Tinley is a dual fellowship-trained specialist who served as Head of Paediatric Ophthalmology at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town from 2011 until 2021. This institution is a flagship for Paediatric Ophthalmology on the continent and supports a network of hospitals within the Western and Eastern Cape. He has produced 24 peer-reviewed publications, with a Google Scholar h-index of 8 and a Scopus h-index of 6. He is president of the South African Society of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, and as such, advocates for the subspecialty on both national and international platforms. He is recognised as a national medico-legal expert witness in the field of paediatric ophthalmology and actively supports the regional Schools for the Blind and the local League of Friends for the Blind crèche for visually impaired children.

He has forged and strengthened affiliations with Cybersight and ORBIS International, the International Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Council (IPOSC) and the World Society of Paediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus (WSPOS) and has secured funding from these organisations to help support local education and training within his subspecialty.

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Dr Leandri Linde

MBChB (UFS); Dip.Ophth(SA); MMED.Ophth(UCT); FC.Ophth(SA)



Dr Leandri Linde is a qualified ophthalmologist with a heart for people and a love for medicine. She completed her specialist training at the University of Cape Town in 2022 and was awarded the Justin van Selm Medal for the highest achiever in the final examinations.

She obtained her general practitioner’s degree at the University of the Free State and her Masters in Medicine at the University of Cape Town. She has over 10 years experience in ophthalmology having worked in several eye units across the country.

Her interests include oculoplastics, ocular oncology, orbital and lacrimal surgery and she is currently completing a SASOPS (South African Society of Oculoplastic Surgery) accredited fellowship under Dr Hamzah Mustak at the University of Cape Town.

Dr Linde also has a special interest in cornea and ocular surface reconstruction and gained valuable experience in corneal transplantation and ocular surface reconstructive surgery during her training at Groote Schuur Hospital.

Her hobbies include archery, art, cycling with her husband and skateboarding with their two beautiful Samoyeds.

Dr Linde is a member in good standing at the HPCSA, CMSA, SASOPS, MPS, and resonates with the Latin motto of her colleagues at the Ophthalmic Society of South Africa: “Lux et Vita”; promoting enlightenment and life.





Klara McClunan



Klara is a Registered Dietitian who received her master’s degree in Nutrition with distinction and is currently pursuing her PhD at Stellenbosch University.

She believes in an integrative approach to nutrition, where the key to becoming the healthiest version of yourself is to incorporate whole foods as the basis of every meal and to listen to your body.

Due to her strong research background, she stays up to date with the most recent and relevant literature and, therefore, evidence-based nutrition forms the basis of her practice.

She also incorporates a holistic approach into her practice and treats every patient as an individual. She identifies the importance of nourishing your body from the inside out, not solely from food but also from mindful and physical practice.

Klara has a special interest in plant-based diets, weight loss, quality over quantity body composition, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and the growth of premature newborns and newborns.

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Annerine Van Der Merwe



Annerine is our senior Skincare Therapist. She was born and raised in Pretoria, the Jacaranda City of South Africa. She obtained a National Certificate in Cosmetology from the Tshwane North College as well as a Diploma in Beauty Therapy from the City and Guilds of London Institute. In 2011, she was awarded “Manager of the Year” at the prestigious SA Professional Beauty Awards. Annerine has been in the industry for more than 15 years with local as well as international experience, working in London, the United States, Seychelles, and South Africa. Annerine prides herself in creating, guiding, and accompanying her clients through bespoke skin treatment plans, to ensure lasting results and a high level of service, start to finish.

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