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TOPICS INCLUDED IN THIS EDITION:

  1. EYE CARE AWARENESS MONTH: 3, 400, 000 PLEDGES RECEIVED!
  2. ‘MORE THAN 11001’ WEBINAR SERIES
  3. INFORMATION REGULATOR - DEVELOPMENTS
  4. SALE OF PRACTICE: POPI
  5. PBODO CAUTIONS PUBLIC ON THE DANGERS OF PURCHASING READY MADE AND/OR ADJUSTABLE READERS WITHOUT THE ADVICE OF A REGISTERED OPTOMETRIST
  6. POLMED SUSPENDS AUTHORISATIONS FOR OPHTHALMOLOGY PROCEDURES AT PRETORIA INSTITUTIONS
  7. HPCSA AGAIN FAILS TO COMPLY WITH COURT ORDER ON FOREIGN-QUALIFIED DOCTORS
  8. RUSSIAN COURT RESTRICTS IMPRISONED NAVALNY’S OPHTHALMOLOGIST
  9. ‘BROKEN HEART’ SYNDROME
    BECOMING MORE COMMON, ESPECIALLY IN MIDDLE-AGED WOMEN
  10. FORTHCOMING EVENTS

EYE CARE AWARENESS MONTH:
3, 400, 000 PLEDGES RECEIVED!


We are delighted to inform you that more than three million people world-wide pledged to have their eyes examined this past World Sight Day! The need for people to get their sight checked is more apparent now than ever, with the pandemic and worldwide lockdowns leading to more time spent on screens, less time spent outdoors, and missed vision and eye health examinations on a global scale, evidence shows that half the world’s population will be myopic by 2050. Up to one-fifth of those are at significant risk of blindness if current trends continue. So, to have so many individuals and organisations committing to more than three million eye exams is a shot in the arm for public health eye care around the world.

SAOA Office Bearers and Members, IAPB and others have worked hard over the past few months to organise ‘challenge’ eye exams at interesting locations around the world to draw people’s attention to eyes and vision. As part of the #LoveYourEyes campaign, vision and eye health screenings and examinations were carried out in South Africa as well as at some of the world’s most famous sights including Mount Everest, Tower Bridge London, Bluff Point New Zealand, Brooklyn Bridge, Mount Kilimanjaro, and more.

ECAM PHOTOS

THANK YOU TO ALL INVOLVED!

Have you registered for the next webinar?

Contact Lens Advanced & Contact Lens Therapeutic

SPEAKERS: Dr Dirk Booysen & Mr Chris Eksteen

Date: Thursday 11 November 2021 | Time: 18h30 to 20h30
Completion of the Questionnaire allows you to CHOOSE the Webinars that are of interest to you and MUST NOT be seen as Registration to the Webinar.
REGISTRATION is REQUIRED FOR EVERY WEBINAR to ensure access.

NOTE: Upon receipt of the email with the LINK from marketing@saoa.co.za,  you are required to: 
Step 1: Click button below to view all topics
Step 2: Complete the 3 questions 
Step 3. Submit the form to ensure acceptance of your registration . The unique password will be sent to join the webinar.

REGISTRATIONS ARE MANDATORY AND CLOSE at 4pm on the date of each WEBINAR.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL WEBINAR TOPICS

INFORMATION REGULATOR - DEVELOPMENTS


The Information Regulator is in the process of migrating its domain to a new hosting platform (subsequent to the cyber- attack on the Department of Justice) and has published new email addresses to be used for various topics of communication with its offices regarding  both POPIA and PAIA matters. This is important, as organisations will need to update this new contact information in their privacy policies and PAIA manual. To view the Information Regulator’s media release which includes the email addresses, click here. In addition, please note :
  • The Regulator has further published Rules of Procedure of how to submit and handle complaints in terms of POPIA. To view this document, click here.
  • There are also amendments to the POPIA regulations in the pipeline - the draft amendments have been published on 15 October and will close for comments by 15 November. To view these amendments, click here.
  • Also published for comment on 6 October on the Regulator's website, was a Code of Conduct received from the Credit Bureau Association for the credit industry under POPIA. 
Please be reminded that it will be mandatory for all organisations and practices, regardless of size or turnover, to have a PAIA manual as from 1 January 2022.

PBODO CAUTIONS PUBLIC ON THE DANGERS OF PURCHASING READY MADE AND/OR ADJUSTABLE READERS WITHOUT THE ADVICE OF A REGISTERED OPTOMETRIST

 

The Professional Board for Optometry and Dispensing Opticians (PBODO) was made aware, by the SAOA, of a marketing campaign, promoting “100% adjustable readers” and, as a result, issued a media release highlighting the dangers of purchasing readymade and/or adjustable readers without the advice of a recognised eye care practitioner.

The advertisement is misleading and contradictory to acceptable professional practice standards and protocols. It implies that persons with impaired vision will have the ability to self-diagnose and to sufficiently correct their visual problems by simply purchasing these spectacles. The advert suggests that the adjustable spectacles will ‘cure’ blurry vision, eliminating the need to consult with an optometrist. To view the media release, click here.

SALE OF PRACTICE: POPI


“I am in the process of selling my practice, what are my obligations regarding my patient database and record cards, in terms of POPI?”.

Click here to access a sample  communique in situations where there is an intended transfer of data base, which can be sent to your patient base. This can also be done via WhatsApp.
POLMED SUSPENDS AUTHORISATIONS FOR OPHTHALMOLOGY PROCEDURES AT PRETORIA INSTITUTIONS
On 23 September 2021, Polmed released a statement to Polmed members advising them that all pre-authorisations for surgery at the Pretoria Eye Institute, Pretoria East Eye Institute and ‘The Healthy Eye’, have been suspended until further notice. Doctors at these institutions who consult Polmed patients have also been notified.  In addition, Polmed members affected by this development have been furnished with alternative facilities and service providers. To view the Polmed communique, click here.

HPCSA AGAIN FAILS TO COMPLY WITH COURT ORDER ON FOREIGN-QUALIFIED DOCTORS


A group of 71 foreign-trained South African doctors has applied for a contempt of court sanction against the Health Professions Council of SA (HSPCA), its new president, Prof Mbulaheni Nemutandani, the Medical and Dental Professionals Board and its chair, Prof Solomon Ratamaene, and acting registrar Melissa de Graaff.

The matter is scheduled to be heard on 12 November. This is the third time that the HPCSA has, seemingly through administrative incompetence, ignored High Court rulings on the matter. To read more, click here.

RUSSIAN COURT RESTRICTS IMPRISONED NAVALNY’S OPHTHALMOLOGIST


A Russian court last week imposed one year of restrictions on ophthalmologist Dr Anastasia Vasileya. A Jurist report notes that the sanctions restrict her movements and require monthly mandatory checks with the Russian state supervisor. She has been forbidden from leaving Moscow or attending mass events such as protests or concerts.

She was first thrown into the limelight after treating opposition leader Alexei Navalny after he was assaulted by pro-Kremlin extremists. She became a vocal supporter of Navalny and defended his innocence after he was charged with embezzlement in 2017. Vasileya is the head of the Alliance of Doctors trade union, which advocated for the release of Alexei Navalny, and was as a result included in the Russian foreign agent list. To view the full article, click here.

BROKEN HEART’ SYNDROME
BECOMING MORE COMMON, ESPECIALLY IN MIDDLE-AGED WOMEN

 


Significantly more middle-aged and older women are being diagnosed with “broken heart” syndrome (Takotsubo cardiomyopathy) – a condition often triggered by stress or loss, and which can lead to long-term heart injury and impaired heart function – up to 10 times more often than younger women or men of any age, found a study in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

The research also suggests that the rare condition has become more common, and the incidence has been rising steadily since well before the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Although the global COVID-19 pandemic has posed many challenges and stressors for women, our research suggests the increase in Takotsubo diagnoses was rising well before the public health outbreak,” said Dr Susan Cheng, director of the Institute for Research on Healthy Aging in the Department of Cardiology at the Smidt Heart Institute and senior author of the study. “This study further validates the vital role the heart-brain connection plays in overall health, especially for women.” To view the full article, click here.
 FORTHCOMING EVENTS


Save the date for the following events scheduled to take place during the first quarter of 2021:

4 NOVEMBER: Diwali
11 NOVEMBER: CPD Webinar Series - Contact Lens Advanced & Contact Lens Therapeutic
14 NOVEMBER: World Diabetes Day

Details of each activity/event will be made available in due course.
STAY SAFE
QUESTIONS, COMMENTS OR CONCERNS CAN BE DIRECTED TO:
Lucky Nkosi - membership@saoa.co.za | 074 243 4261
Harry Rosen - 
ceo@saoa.co.za | 084 482 4517

Please be assured that conversations relating to personal circumstances will be regarded as private and confidential. 
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