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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 he continues to practice full-time. He developed a passion for contact lens fitting as a result of being exposed to the specialised fitting of rigid lenses by his mentors in the practice, Sid Saks, Brian Saks and Vincent Taylor and as a result spends a large percentage of his time fitting contact lenses on irregular corneas.

Peter joined the Contact Lens Society of SA (CLSSA) and after a few years of serving on the committee, became President of the Society. He was involved in the organization of a few very successful international congresses presented by the CLSSA, with particular involvement in the Papers Program. Contact Lens education has been one of his interests and he has been an examiner and moderator for final year Contact Lenses for many years. He has also lectured and presented papers at previous SAOA and CLSSA Congresses, as well as talks at various seminars.

Optometric politics became a part of his life and Peter served initially as branch chairman of the Northern Transvaal (SAOA), then as a councilor on the SAOA Council, a Director of the SAOA and finally as President of the SAOA for 18 months. He still continues to serve on the SAOA Coding Committee and Constitutional Committee. He is currently servicing the CLSSA committee as the immediate past president.

To offset his Optometric activities, he plays golf, enjoys woodwork, and more recently, is battling to learn to play the guitar without upsetting his wife and the neighbors too much.