Synapse News: January 2017
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Welcome to the January issue of Synapse News, our first for 2017. Synapse News summarises the past month, celebrating the highs and tolerating the lows of what's happening in our industry and professions, all mixed with a sensible dose of humour. Suggestions and comments are most welcome, and feel free to forward to colleagues. 
Our Synapse Academy online CPD accredited articles are available to registered delegates. Registration is
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Pantone, THE colour authority, has declared 'greenery' the 2017 colour of
the year. Fashions, fabrics and frames
are sure to follow and I can't wait to see what they produce!
January is Glaucoma
Awareness Month.

Dr Naseer Ally of St John’s hospital eye department (JNB) is looking at optometrists’ diagnosis, assessment of and referral for glaucoma.
Please participate: Click here to complete the survey. 

During January, we shared images for you to use on your social media platforms.

Glaucoma is the topic of Synapse Academy's Volume 5 Issue 1, the first of our 2017 online CPD articles. To register, contact Bron at
This Scientific American article explains how diversity makes us more creative, more diligent, harder-working... in short, we get smarter when we're exposed to the unfamiliar. We've applied these principles in compiling both our online content and congress programme for this year. 
Synapse Conference
25-28 August 2017

Zorgvliet Wine Estate

Block off a few days to join us in wine country during the green season and attend this inspiring event. Topics this year include neuro-imaging, cosmetic and aesthetic procedures, business management, allergies and immunology. 
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This was our top Facebook post for the month, apparently a ringing true for many. Spare a thought for our staff members who bear the brunt of January's deadlines, queries, changed codes and long phone calls just to get unreliable medical aid information.
Curioser and curioser!
The $50 billion Essilor/ Luxottica merger, also trending at home and abroad, reminded me of Alice, who somewhere in Wonderland felt that she had grown so suddenly that her head had lost touch with her feet. 'Oh, my poor little feet, I wonder who will put on our shoes and stockings for you now, dears. I shall be a great deal too far off to trouble myself about you. You must manage the best way you can. But I must be kind to them...  or perhaps they won't walk the way I want to go. Let me see: I'll give them a new pair of boots every Christmas.'

Nina Kriel
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