Synapse News: December 2016
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Diabetes is most prevalent in our coloured population, found in 28.2% of those over 40 years. It is increasing in our black population, with over 10% of those over 40 years now diabetic and half of that number unaware of their condition, reports a joint study by CPUT, Stellenbosch, Walter Sisulu and the Medical Research Council.
This year we celebrated the first keratoconus awareness day on
November 10. I hope you found issues 7 and 8 - keratoconus and cross linking - useful when talking to your patients on World Keratoconus Day. 

Synapse has had a great 2016, and we would like to thank you for your part in that. The office remains open over the festive season to assist those of you who have been audited or wish to register for 2017. 
We look forward to seeing you at an event or online next year. 

This was a popular post, I suspect as much due to the pleasing features of the delightful Mr McConaughey as for his wisdom, apt for the great price debate raging at the time.
We spend 4 years learning our profession and the rest of our lives striving to perfect what we do. Should we discount that?
We confuse the public by offering R50 eye exams and R500 eye exams. They're almost certainly not the same, but does it matter to patients? And to medical aids? 
AMD and diet
We know that high fat diets are related to more AMD, but I've always assumed that obesity is the middle step. Turns out that high fat diet mice get AMD even if they do NOT become obese. The link allowing neovascularisation is directly from the gut!
Synapse Academy's Volume 4, issues 2, 3 and 4 deal with AMD. To complete these current CPD accredited articles, please email us at
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