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Pioneers lecture to explore drivers of MGD development
Prosthetic lenses take centre stage at hospital conference
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Pioneers lecture to explore drivers of MGD development

October 2018

It’s reportedly the leading cause of dry eye, but the factors driving the development of Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) remain something of a mystery.

The annual BCLA Pioneers Lecture, to be delivered this year by Associate Professor Jennifer Craig from the New Zealand National Eye Centre at the University of Auckland, will begin to solve that mystery – exploring new studies and emerging data to shed new light on the condition.

The Pioneers Lecture is the highlight of the BCLA Visionaries meeting, being held for the first time in conjunction with the Medical Ocular Surface and Contact Lens Association (MCLOSA).

Entitled ‘In the blink of an eye: exploring drivers of MGD development’ the lecture will examine a series of age and environmentally-controlled cross-sectional studies that compare the ocular surface and tear film between the South east Asian eye (where MGD is more common) and the Caucasian eye.

Differences noted in childhood, young adulthood and older age are consolidated and hypotheses regarding possible key driving factors that might be contributing to the development of MGD will be discussed.

Delegates will also be able to discuss preventative strategies that clinicians might recommend to patients, in the context of the existing evidence.

Registration is now open for the Annual BCLA Pioneers and Visionaries meeting, which will also feature the MCLOSA Kersley Lecture, to be presented by Professor Christopher Liu OBE.

Other highlights will include a session entitled ‘Contact Lenses – the side that ophthalmologists don’t see’ to be delivered by Professor Phil Morgan and Dr Nicola Logan and chaired by Professor Sunil Shah.

The event will be held on Friday, 30th November from 8:30am to 5pm at The Royal College of Physicians in Regent’s Park, London. The event is free for all BCLA members but online pre-registration is required via the BCLA site.

Prosthetic lenses take centre stage at hospital conference.

October 2018

Prosthetic lenses – and their role in transforming lives – will be a major focus at the Hospital Optometrists’ Conference in Stratford upon Avon, 20-21 October.

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No7’s conference workshop will provide the chance to get “hands on” in painting prosthetic lenses, and explore the benefits that they bring to patients with traumatic, congenital, or disease-affected eye disfigurement.

“We are keen to show the enormous skill of our technicians and to reinforce the fact that we are a one stop shop for prosthetics – with or without corrective powers,” said Ian Sexton, No7 Professional Services Manager.

The workshop will highlight the importance of accurate eye colour replication, in three stages –

1. Have a go at handpainting (with a single hair brush)
2. How to take the best matching pictures on your smartphone
3. Matching the other eye with Reflex Colours layering

“The realistic way with which our Reflex Colours allow the natural tones of the eye to be built up, with underprint, iris and limbal ring, offers an infinite choice of realistic colour options. No other company makes lenses in this way, and by involving the patient in the creation of the lens we can ensure the most successful outcome,” added Ian.

The single vision, toric, multifocal and toric multifocal options are manufactured at No7’s Hastings laboratory.

To reserve a place on the No7 event, which takes place on Saturday 20th October at 2.30pm, please book via the AOP website.

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