Peter Brauer

Peter Brauer qualified as an optometrist 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, spend a large percentage of his time fitting contact lenses on irregular corneas.

Over the years, Peter has served the profession of Optometry in various capacities, initially as branch chairman of the Northern Transvaal (SAOA), then as a councilor on the SAOA Council, as 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 Committee.

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.

In essence, Peter is a highly respected opinion-leader and role model, who has positively influenced the lives of many practitioners, and his patients, from both clinical and ethical perspectives.  As optometry is to be regarded as the primary eye care profession, Peter has certainly contributed significantly to improving primary health care delivery in South Africa.