Message from the SAOA President

Dear Colleagues,

A conference, by definition, is a large gathering of individuals or members of one or several organizations, for discussing matters of common interest. It is thus my privilege to invite you to attend such a gathering, in the form of Eye Focus Africa, to be hosted by the SAOA, in partnership with Rayalson, at Gallagher Convention Centre from 6 to 8 September 2016.

This year, the Eye Focus Africa conference embraces the theme of ‘Advancing Eyecare’ and boasts an innovative and very different approach designed to address topical, controversial and practical issues encountered in daily practice. The programme encompasses both clinical and practice management related sessions involving high calibre local and international speakers, all experts in their respective fields. Panel sessions have been included in the programme, where delegates will have an opportunity to participate in debates relating to managed eyecare and the role of optometric networks, as well as receiving tips on the prevention of fraud at practice level.

An impressive trade exhibition will provide delegates and visitors the chance to view the latest ranges and state of the art optometric material products and equipment. Of course, for some, the exhibition represents a mall for shopping and thus ample time has been allocated, in between programme sessions to take advantage of this opportunity.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Zena Jacobson who has assumed responsibility for the design of the programme, ably supported by Wendy Histed.

Taking from the experiences of the other past conferences and the inputs from the interested persons you cannot afford not to attend. We look forward to seeing you at this important event.

Yours in Optometry,

Patrick Mawila
SAOA President

about the event

Eye Focus Africa targets those who work in the optometry industry and supply products and services to the industry.

Nowhere else will suppliers have to opportunity to reach and meet so many targeted, high-level industry professionals in one place, allowing networking, business and sales opportunities with key optometry professionals from Africa. This event brings together Africa’s leading optometry suppliers and industry professionals.

The 3 day event will feature a multi-track conference with extensive teachings and lectures presented by leading industry experts. The exhibition will host leading suppliers from both International and African optometry sectors demonstrating the latest products and technologies.

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