Synapse News: April 2017
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I've loved all these public holidays.
I was ready for a break!  If you, like me, are always looking forward to the next break, do join us from       25 - 27 August 2017 at Zorgvliet Estate, Stellenbosch for the 
Synapse Conference.

  • Paul Rose (yes, the inventor of the Rose K keratoconus contact lens, distributed to 88 countries worldwide and the most frequently prescribed brand of lens for the irregular cornea. A presentation and practical workshop will introduce you to fitting     the keratoconic patient.) 
  • Dr Piet Swanepoel (Neoplastic disease)
  • Dr Sharon Truter (Visual Hallucinations)
  • Dr JD Deetlefs (Understanding allergies at the cellular level)
  • Dr Johan van Wyk (The impact of medications on normal ocular flora)
  • Dr Marjo Terreblanche (Botox: What it can and can't do)
  • Adv Janet Early-Heystek (Healthcare Ethics)
  • Priya Morjaria (Tele-eyecare and mobile screening today)
  • Paul Leroy (Big data and analytics for healthcare) 
  • Panel: Taking your practice to the next level.
Practical/ Workshop
  • Paul Rose (Keratoconus)
  • Byron Hollander (Low vision)
Cost: R4000
For more info, contact Bron at
We still have limited accommodation
at Zorgvliet available

Have you heard?

The prevalence of keratoconus was found to be 1 in 375 in a recent study of 4.4 million Dutch citizens, aged 10 - 40 years. This is 5 - 10 times higher than previously reported. The mean age at diagnosis was 28.3 years and 60% of those diagnosed were male. 
American Journal of Ophthalmology (March 2017)

The prevalence of myopia over -6.00D was found to increase from 15% in university first years to 45% in those who complete 4 years of study or more. It helps to have studies to refer to when we present myopia control options to patients and parents. 
Journal of International Ophthalmology (April 2017)

The US Army is testing a new, faster and more impact resistant photochromic lens for use in goggles and glasses with its new ballistics helmets.
For more, click here.  

This was our top Facebook post last month. Please like our page if you have not done so yet. 
We'll be back at the end of May.  

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