About us

Future Plans

The CLSSA is embarking on a program of activity in the contact lens field. We have already participated in a contact lens practice cost analysis together with other major role-players in the industry. This analysis is hoped to provide pertinent information regarding practice management and costing related to contact lens practice in these testing economic times.

A modern style education program is being planned to promote knowledge and practical skill enhancement which could include on-line education, chat groups and video teaching. 

From our recent Contact Connect conference we identified the need for continuous practical hands on education as in the form of a wet lab, this will be implemented as a CLSSA  roadshow.

Keep a look out on this website for future developments.

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Our Mission

There is still a need for the important role that the Society has to play in the contact lens field. Although there might be some differences in the areas of involvement required, the original goals of the Society remain relevant today. The Constitution of the Society states that the Aims and Objects are, amongst others, the following:

  • To promote the interchange of knowledge and fitting techniques in the field of contact lenses

  • To promote high ethical standards in contact lens practice.

  • To encourage and promote research in all aspects of contact lenses.

  • To act as liason between its members and other related bodies, eg. SAOA , HPCSA, regulatory bodies.

  • To elevate the status of the contact lens practitioner.

  • To create public awareness of contact lenses as a vision correction modality. 

Our History

In 1964 contact lenses were in their infancy as a modality of vision correction in SA. At that time a handful of “pioneer” contact lens practitioners got together to establish the Contact Lens Society of South Africa (CLSSA). The founder members to whom we owe a debt of gratitude are Sid Saks, Brian Saks, Flip Bruwer, Grant Jenkins, Dr Bertie Beiles and Edwin Levey.

In those early days when knowledge of the art and science of contact lens fitting was growing exponentially, the CLSSA played a pivotal role in promoting knowledge and fitting expertise in contact lens practice. From its early beginnings the enthusiasm of the founder members resulted in rapid growth in membership of the Society.

1964 was a watershed year when the Society held its first international congress. Over the years this was followed by numerous successful, well attended congresses where there was joint participation by optometrists, the supply industry to the profession and some ophthalmological colleagues.

Sadly the activities of the Society waned and thanks to Flip Bruwer and some previous office bearers, the activities of the Society were revitalised, only to relapse into a period of inactivity particularly when Flip sadly passed away.

Meet the Executive Team

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Peter Brauer

Peter qualified with a Dip.Optom. from Witwatersrand Technikon in 1977 and joined Saks and Taylor Optometrists, one of the oldest practices in the country, where...  READ MORE

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Pieter Naudé

Pieter matriculated at Sasolburg High School and already knew back then that he wanted to become an optometrist one day. His mother being a keratoconic...  READ MORE

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Annelize van Zyl

Qualified with a B. Optom degree at the University of Johannesburg in 2007 and is currently pursuing her M. Phil Optom degree. She has been working for an ophthalmologist...  READ MORE

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Jeanne Wentzel

Jeanne Wentzel qualified in 1999 as an Optometrist through RAU’s (UJ) Department of Optometry. In 2011 Jeanne did a Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Vision from UJ...   READ MORE

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Willem Pieterse

Willem Pieterse qualified as an optometrist at RAU (UJ) in 2008. He started as junior optometrist in Johannesburg and commenced with research in advanced contact lenses...   READ MORE

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Nthombi Zitha

Benedicta Ntombikayise Zitha is a motivated woman who is passionate about her work and prides herself in her achievements. She finds pleasure in helping others and working towards a goal...   READ MORE