SASCRS 2022 Congress

Cape Town, South Africa

3 to 5 Nov 2022

Pre-congress workshops: Wed, 2 Nov

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SASCRS congresses are being planned to be hosted live.   Should the Covid-19 situation and government regulations prevent live meetings the format will be amended.  If you've registered to attend at a live venue your registration will be changed to "online attendance" and if you've already paid, you will receive a credit for the venue portion of your payment.  Should a registrant decide to cancel his/her participation in the symposium the usual cancellation rules will apply.

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Covid-19 guidelines will be observed

Should Covid-19 regulations prevent the congress from taking place at the arranged date SASCRS EXCO will postpone the congress to a different date.
Should the congress be cancelled in it's entirety due to Government regulations, registration fees that were paid directly to SASCRS will be refunded to registrants.
Should a registrant decide to cancel his/her participation in the congress the usual cancellation rules will apply.



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Preliminary dates:  3 - 5 November 2022

Location:  The Westin Cape Town | South Africa
Congress venue & main hotel:  The Westin Cape Town
Congress venue & main hotel
Accommodation booking is open

SASCRS 2022 Preferential rates are per night
Room TypeSingle / nightDouble / night
DeluxeR 3,000R 3,350
ExecutiveR 3,600R 3,950
WaterfrontR 3,900R 4,250
Grand DeluxeR 4,300R 4,650
Junior SuiteR 4,900R 5,250
Executive SuiteR 5,200R 5,550

November is peak season in Cape Town
Accommodation is limited
Please book early

Alternative hotels:  Cullinan, Southern Sun Waterfront, City Lodge, Hotel Sky
Contact details are on



3-5 November, Cape Town, South Africa

Congress on anterior segment surgery

Organising committee

Dr Zoran Aleksić, Convener
Dr Daniel Kritzinger, SASCRS president
Christi Truter
Tel:  +27 (0)82 219 3770

International Faculty Include:

  • Prof Steve Arshinoff, MD (Canada)
  • Prof Ahmed Assaf (Egypt)
  • Mr Glenn Carp (UK)
  • Prof Dr med Klaus Ditzen (Germany)
  • Dr Ivo Ferreira Rios MD (USA)
  • Prof Dr med Ivo Guber (Switzerland)
  • Prof Dr med Josef Guber (Switzerland)
  • Dr James Hays, MD (USA)
  • Prof Dr med Mike P Holzer (Germany)
  • Prof Dr med Michael Knorz (Germany
  • Prof Dr med Thomas Kohnen (Germany)
  • Dr med Magda Rau (Germany)
  • Dr Gerald R Schultz, MD (USA)

Watch this space for updates


Award lecturers

Epstein Memorial Award Lecturers

The Epstein Lecture is dedicated to the late Dr Edward Epstein, who was the South African pioneer in the development of pseudophakic correction in cataract surgery in the fifties. He was a founding member and honorary member of the SASCRS.

This lecture is given at a Congress of the SASCRS by an ophthalmologist who has distinguished himself by outstanding international and local contributions for the advancement of cataract or refractive surgery.

The purpose of this Award is to recognize an Ophthalmologist’s consistent participation as an Ophthalmologist, in charitable activities, indigent care, community service and other humanitarian activities.

The qualifying criteria:
* The nominee must have demonstrated a pattern of humanitarian service in Africa over a period of several years.  Qualifying service might include, but not limited to, care for the indigent, service in inner city or rural African locations with disadvantaged persons, care for underprivileged individuals of specific racial or ethnic background and care in settings of high risk to the Ophthalmologist.
* Service must have been above and beyond the usual service commitment required of an Ophthalmologist.
* The service should have entailed personal sacrifice on the part of the Ophthalmologist.
* Only one such Award may be given to an individual during his or her lifetime.

  • 1999  Roberto Zaldivar, MD
  • 2001  Emanuel S Rosen, MD
  • 2003  Michael Knorz, MD
  • 2005  Spencer Thornton, MD
  • 2009  Dr Hubrecht Brody
  • 2013  Dr Frik Potgieter
  • 2015  Prof Andries A Stulting 
  • 2017  Prof Robert C Stegmann
  • 2019  Prof Marié-José Tassignon

Kritzinger Safari Award Lecture

The Kritzinger Safari Award Lecture is a prestigious named lecture in honour of the late Dr Michiel Kritzinger.  He distinguished himself as a pioneer in modern refractive surgery and identified the need to promote the subspecialty.   As part of his efforts to further the field of refractive sugery, he originally instituted the lecture as the “Safari Lecture” in 1999 during a local meeting of the ISRS in Swaziland.  After his passing in April 2000, the lecture was renamed to the Kritzinger Safari Lecture.  Recipients of this award lecture have to exhibit the same character traits which Dr Kritzinger was known for, namely to be an original thinker and innovator, demonstrate the same leadership and perseverance, as well as show the energy so typical of him.  Furthermore the recipient has to make a significant contribution to the field of refractive surgery. 

  • 1999  Klaus Ditzen
  • 2000  J Charles Casebeer
  • 2001  Andries A Stulting
  • 2002  Michael Knorz
  • 2003  Charles Claoué
  • 2005  George O Waring III
  • 2007  Stephen Updegraff
  • 2009  Johan A De Lange  
  • 2011  Spencer P Thornton, MD  
  • 2015  Guy M Kezirian, MD 
  • 2017  Hideharu Fukasaku, MD
  • 2019  Mr Arthur B Cummings

Cornea SA Keynote Lecturers

CorneaSA, founded in 2015, offers like-minded Ophthalmologists a sub-speciality forum focusing on corneal and external disease.  With many exciting plans for the future, the group aims to continually raise the bar in terms of corneal matters.  The invited guest speaker will be an internationally recognized authority on corneal and external disease, be regarded as a pioneer and will have distinguished him- / herself as one who challenges conventional thinking.  Furthermore, the individual will be held in high regard by his / her peers;  to such an extent that all of us would be poorer had it not been for their significant contribution to the field.

  • 2015  Mark A Terry MD (USA)
  • 2017  Prof Harminder S Dua (UK)
  • 2019  Lion's Eye Institute


The early years...


South African Intra Ocular Lens Society (SAIOLS)
On 24 November this Society was inaugurated in Johannesburg with 36 founder members


First AGM held in Durban 21 March
President Dr Marius Pretorius
Secretary-Treasurer Dr Bob Trope

Dr Percy Amoils
Dr Hubrecht Brody
Dr Basil Kuming
Dr Danie Maritz
Prof Hennie Meyer
Prof Andries Stulting

Regional chairs
Central Tvl: Dr Bob Trope
East Cape: Dr Tev Pienaar
Natal: Dr Des Morris
Northern Tvl: Dr Neil Murray
OFS: Prof Andries Stulting
West Cape: Dr Hubrecht Brody


First Congress, 25-26 October, at the Sandton Sun Hotel, Johannesburg
Keynote speakers: Dr Dennis Shepard and Dr John Wiesel
Attended by 80 South African delegates

First Honorary member Dr Edward Epstein, SA Pioneer of lens implantation

Affiliated to ASCRS


Affiliated to IIIC


Name changed to Southern African Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

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