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‘We need to engage the next generation of Fellows’ says BCLA.
Top award for Dry Eye specialist at BCLA.
Laura Reece crowned young contact lens practitioner of the year at BCLA awards.
Contact lens world comes together in Liverpool.... PHN's BCLA Event roundup.
IACLE rewards global educators at 40th BCLA Conference.
Elements is “no fit-no fee” hybrid contact lens.
European launch for new lens at the Shard, London.
“Be proactive about ortho-k” delegates told
IACLE educators to join AOCLE Annual Workshop and BCLA Conference
mark' ennovy offers practical solution to well known problem.
Ortho-k explained in short video for practice use.
BCLA Moving to 199 GLOUCESTER TERRACE
Hand painted lens service enhanced at No7
BCLA #LearnFromTheBest, ready for BCLA 2017?
ACLM 2016 Contact Lens Statistics published.
No7 promotes specialisation at BCLA.
IACLE announces worldwide winners of annual awards

‘We need to engage the next generation of Fellows’ says BCLA.

June 2017

Michael ReadEngaging the next generation of clinicians and researchers and encouraging them to work towards a BCLA Fellowship will form an ‘essential’ part of the role for the person responsible for driving forward the scheme.

Dr Michael Read, New Technologies Manager at Eurolens Research in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health at The University of Manchester, has been appointed as BCLA Fellowship Consultant and will be tasked with overseeing the current scheme and developing it in the years to come.

Since the scheme was launched in 2006, a total of 222 professionals from the international contact lens community have become BCLA Fellows following viva voce assessment at the BCLA Clinical Conference and BCLA Asia.

Dr Read said: “I am delighted to be taking on this exciting role supporting the BCLA fellowship scheme. I am keen to build on the sucessful work of Professor James Wolffsohn who has overseen the Fellowship scheme from its inception to it current position, making it one of the most respected accreditations in the eye care profession.

“I feel my varied background working as a clinician, in academia and in close collaboration with industry will allow me to represent the BCLA’s interdisciplinary membership.

“I am particularly keen to engage with the next generation of clinicians, researchers and industry leaders to highlight the great work of the BCLA and encourage them to work towards a BCLA Fellowship.

“We are keen to further develop the Fellowship scheme and we are actively looking at new areas and clinical accreditations which may be incorporated into the scheme in the future.”
The Fellowship scheme has grown in stature across the world, with eye care practitioners from a total of 22 countries now recognised as Fellows.

BCLA Chief Executive Cheryl Donnelly said: “We are thrilled to have appointed Dr Read to help shape the future of our Fellowship scheme. It’s an exciting time for the profession and by encouraging people to apply for a Fellowship we can highlight best practice and the latest thinking and research.
“We look forward to working together and building on the outstanding work of Professor James Wolffsohn. The Fellowship scheme is going from strength to strength across the world.”

Top award for Dry Eye specialist at BCLA.

June 2017

Nick DashA specialist in dry eye and medical contact lenses has won an international award at the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) Clinical Conference and Exhibition.

Nick Dash was presented with the ‘Dry Eye Practitioner of the Year’ award at the glittering three day conference held in Liverpool which was attended by more than 1,000 contact lens professionals from around the world.

Nick, who has more than 30 years experience across NHS hospitals, private hospitals and academia, said: “I was delighted to receive this accolade, particularly in view of the prominent people that had been nominated.

“Dry eye is a growing health issue within our society. One factor for this is the extensive use of computers which change the habits of individuals who tend to blink less when looking at a VDU screen. Another significant factor is that of air conditioning and the increased level of controlled environments in which we live and work.

“Far too many people are putting up with dry eye which can intrude into the quality of their lives and, according to one quality of life index, it can - in some cases - reach a rating on a par with suffering associated with angina.”

The conference addressed a wide range of topics, with dry eye featuring prominently throughout the weekend.

Associate Professor Jennifer Craig, from the University of Auckland in New Zealand teamed up with Professor James Wolffsohn to share the a definition and classification for dry eye disease while the first ever ‘live’ dry eye assessment was performed from the podium, giving delegates a unique insight into best practice.

Cheryl Donnelly, chief executive of the BCLA, said: “The conference not only allowed us to facilitate a comprehensive exchange of knowledge, but provided an opportunity to celebrate our proud 40 year anniversary and honour the very best practitioners in the profession today.

“We have been at the heart of many advances in our industry over the last four decades and will keep to push over the next four decades as contact lenses continue to advance.”

Laura Reece crowned young contact lens practitioner of the year at BCLA awards.

June 2017

Laura Reece An ambitious optometrist with a keen interest in myopia control has been named the nation’s top young contact lens practitioner at the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) Clinical Conference and Exhibition.
Laura Reece was presented with the ‘Young Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year’ award at the glittering three-day conference held in Liverpool which was attended by more than 1,000 contact lens professionals from around the world.
Laura, who works at the independent BBR Optometry practice, said: “I feel very humbled by being given this award. It was a real honour to be recognised and acknowledged for my contact lens work and patient care.
“It is currently an exciting time in the contact lens industry in fitting lenses while looking to the future for patients.
“I am particularly interested in myopia control. I fit contact lenses to slow myopia progression, including orthokeratology, and recently we were one of the first practices to offer a soft lens specifically designed for myopia management.”

Ms Reece joined Herefordshire-based BBR Optometry in 2015 after graduating with a Masters of Optometry from the University of Manchester and has since completed Alcon’s Scholarship programme.

The conference addressed a wide range of topics, with myopia management techniques featuring prominently throughout the weekend.

Cheryl Donnelly, chief executive of the BCLA, said: “The conference not only allowed us to facilitate a comprehensive exchange of knowledge, but provided an opportunity to celebrate our proud 40 year anniversary and honour the very best practitioners in the profession today.

“We have been at the heart of many advances in our industry over the last four decades and will keep to push over the next four decades as contact lenses continue to advance.”

Contact lens world comes together in Liverpool.... PHN's BCLA Event roundup.

June 2017

The past, present and future of contact lenses were put into sharp focus as practitioners from across the world with a “passion” for the subject came together for the industry’s leading flagship event.

Dry Eye, OrthoK and Myopia were high on the agenda as three days of sharing innovation, the latest research and best practice took place at the 40th anniversary conference of the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA).

Hundreds of delegates descended on Liverpool’s ACC for the 2017 for the organisation’s Clinical Conference and Exhibition in what represented a “comprehensive exchange of knowledge”.

Leading experts contributed to lectures, workshops and discussions all focused on driving up standards of care at the showcase event, which ran from Friday, 9 June, to Sunday, 11 June.

Cheryl Donnelly, chief executive of the BCLA, said: “The role of the BCLA is ensuring that everyone has access to the very latest research and technology to allow patients to receive the most up-to-date care available to them.

“Our 40th anniversary conference not only allowed us to facilitate a comprehensive exchange of knowledge, the conference also provided an opportunity to celebrate our proud 40-year anniversary. We have been at the heart of many advances in our industry over the last four decades and will keep to push over the next four decades as contact lenses continue to advance.”

Keith Tempany

Long-standing BCLA member and new president Keith Tempany said: “The sterling leadership of Brian Tompkins has seen the BCLA go from strength to strength, now it is my role to continue to strive for excellence.

“I share a passion for contact lenses with Brian and will take this forward with the aim of inspiring others to fit contact lenses for as many people as possible. I am also proud to lead a unique multi-disciplinary, multi-national and multi-cultural organisation.”

Leading lights in both myopia control and Dry Eye tackled both conditions with lectures on the latest thinking and research and expert panels on both subjects fielding questions.

With the topic of myopia management high on the agenda, the conference was the perfect platform for opinion leaders to showcase their current thinking and to reveal the latest research.

A range of new techniques were discussed, with detailed explanations of the apparent benefits of outdoor play and the impact this can have on slowing the rate of myopia in children.

The results of the ‘three-year effectiveness of a Dual-Focus 1 Day Soft Contact Lens for Myopia Control’ study were revealed while findings from the TFOS DEWS II™ study were also presented.

Associate Professor Jennifer Craig, from the University of Auckland in New Zealand teamed up with Professor James Wolffsohn to share the new definition and classification for dry eye disease developed as part of the project.

The first ever ‘live’ dry eye assessment was performed from the podium, giving delegates a unique insight into best practice.

A series of rapid-fire presentations enabled delegates to digest a wealth of information on a range of subjects, including contributions from members of the European Dry Eye Network (EDEN).

Randy KojimaThere was also a OrthoK Symposium with a full day and a half of lectures, workshops and live, hands-on, fitting routines with volunteer patients, providing novices with information and competencies to embark on ‘in practice’ routines.
More advanced practitioner benefited from pearls of wisdom and useful tips from globally-recognised leaders in their respective areas of expertise.
Dr Janis Orr of Aston University discussed the technique and its importance in myopia management and Professor Randy Kojima (Pacific University) highlighted the applications of corneal topography with interpretation of resulting imagery.
Professor Pauline Cho (Hong Kong Polytechnic University) presented on necessary safety and compliance routines and former BCLA President Shelly Bansal considered patient preparation and communication. Shelly will also discuss business and commercial applications.
Afternoon sessions were devoted to ‘hands on’ fitting of ortho K lenses, with a range of industry experts providing delegates with an opportunity to experience a variety of fitting methods for the ortho K neophyte.
Practitioners were able to observe, discuss and reflect on communication and expectations with ‘real’ patients then assessed the following day.
Speaker Professor Lyndon Jones, of the University of Waterloo, discussed the potential for contact lenses to be used for drug and cell delivery in a fascinating keynote presentation. Professor Jones concluding that: “Ocular drug delivery by contact lens is here to stay.”

Successes and excellence in the industry were also celebrated through a series of awards presented throughout the three days, including:

BCLA Awards:

• Dry Eye Practitioner of the Year: Nick Dash

• Young UK Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year: Laura Reece:

• Industry Award: Paul C Nicolson

• President’s Award: Kate Gifford

BCLA Medal for outstanding contribution to contact lenses.

• Professor Michel Guillon

BCLA Dallos Award

• Jaya Sowjana Siddireddy

BCLA Irving Fatt Award.

• Fabrizio Zeri

BCLA posters and The Diane Gould Photographic awards:

• Photographic winner: Antonio Calossi,

• Photographic first runner up: Susan Bowers

• Photographic second runner up: Boris Severinsky

• Posters winner: Debby Yeung

• Posters first runner up: Carlos Carpena-Torres

• Posters second runner up: Stefan Bandlitz

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) presented their Awards, delegate attendance supported by the BCLA Click here to see their winners annoinced on the day.

IACLE rewards global educators at 40th BCLA Conference.

June 2017

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators presented the prestigious IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards and IACLE Travel Award at the 40th British Contact Lens Association Clinical Conference this month (9-11 June).

IACLE Awards at BCLAThe ceremony took place on the final day of the BCLA Conference and marked a very successful participation for IACLE, its members and Fellows this year.

The conference was preceded on 8 June by IACLE/BUCCLE Education Day, organised jointly with the British Universities Committee of Contact Lens Educators, which attracted 80 Professors, lecturers and clinic supervisors from universities and colleges in the UK and Ireland, as well as early-stage researchers and IACLE members from around the world.

 

The IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards recognize and reward achievements in contact lens education worldwide. Each winner receives a bursary of up to US$3,000 towards the cost of attending a major international conference.

Thanks to generous sponsorship from CooperVision and support from the BCLA, three Educator of the Year Awards are presented this year, one for each of IACLE’s three global regions.
The winners are:

IACLE Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year 2017
Professor Jan Bergmanson
University of Houston, Texas, USA

IACLE Europe / Africa – Middle East Contact Lens Educator of the Year 2017
Dr Yazan Gammoh
Amman Ahliyah University, Amman, Jordan

IACLE Asia Pacific Contact Lens Educator of the Year 2017
Professor Koon-Ja Lee
Eulji University, Seongnam, Korea

Professor Lee was unable to attend the BCLA and will receive her award later this year.

The IACLE Travel Award is a travel bursary for an IACLE Educator Member who would not otherwise be able to attend a major international conference. This annual Award is funded by IACLE and supported by the BCLA.
This year’s recipient was:

IACLE Travel Award 2017
Kristina Mihić, University of Applied Sciences Velika Gorica, Croatia

The awards ceremony completed a very successful week for IACLE that saw its members and Fellows involved throughout the BCLA program, delivering paper, poster and workshop presentations, and chairing sessions.

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo commented: ‘Congratulations to this year’s winners – they were truly deserving individuals. And a big thank you to the BCLA and CooperVision for supporting this IACLE initiative.’

‘All eye care professionals have stories about how educators influenced them to be the very best providers of excellent patient care, and I’m certain many have been inspired by this year’s recipients,’ said Dr Gary Orsborn, Vice President of Global Professional & Clinical Affairs for CooperVision.

Nominations and applications for the 2018 IACLE Awards will open in December.

Pictured above at the IACLE Awards ceremony at the 40th BCLA Clinical Conference are (l-r) CooperVision’s Dr Gary Orsborn, Professor Jan Bergmanson, Kristina Mihić, Dr Yazan Gammoh and IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo.

Elements is “no fit-no fee” hybrid contact lens.

June 2017

Elements HybridsELEMENTS, the “No fit-No Fee” hybrid contact lens was launched at the BCLA by No7, following five years of development.

“Designed to overcome the issues of previous hybrid designs, this is an important development as practices take on more previously hospital-based irregular corneal work.

The new lens, in addition to Comfort 15, is the answer for the vast majority of cases. As we see more post-refractive, post-graft corneas these lenses will become a valuable tool in differentiation. By adding this to No7's specialist lens portfolio we now have the complete solution to fitting irregular corneas, whether your preference is for light corneal touch, or full clearance. This new lens can certainly play a part in keeping patients away from grafts,” says Katie Harrop, No7 Professional Services Manager.

The RGP portion of the lens is available in two diameters – 10mm and 8.5mm. The smaller diameter is designed for keratoconic eyes, and can be fitted using any standard KC fitting set. This is expected to be especially useful for hospitals as the fitting strategy is familiar and no new sets are needed.

“Patients who have become intolerant of RGPs are also likely to move onto the Elements design. Made from Contamac material, with the RGP section being of DK100 material and the soft silicon skirt of DK65, it brings great comfort, with no compromise to the vision,” she added.

The “No Fit-No Fee” policy – which reflects confidence in the lens design – it is expected to result in the fastest growing UK hybrid lens, believes No7.

“The lack of movement on some hybrids has been a concern to practitioners, and this lens addresses that concern. For many, the fact that it moves on the eye and yet maintains stable vision, is a great advantage over others which can tend to adhere to the eye,” said Katie.

The UK manufactured lens represents excellent value for money, with a fast turn-around on orders, says No7.

 

European launch for new lens at the Shard, London.

June 2017

The sharp end of optics came into focus at the Shard, London’s tallest building, with the launch of a new scleral lens for irregular corneas.

Paragon at the ShardICD FlexFit 16.3mm was introduced to contact lens specialists by co-designer Randy Kojima at the distributor, No7’s sky-high event. Designed for patients with keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, post-refractive surgery issues, ocular surface disease and corneal transplants, the lens is the latest in scleral technology –

“This lens gives us control, saves chair time and offers superb vision and longer wearing time. It creates a more forgiving fit too,” said Randy, who is Clinical Research and Development Director of Precision Technology Services, Vancouver.

“It doesn’t matter how irregular the eye is – even with bulging grafts - the ICD FlexFit will bring the comfort of a soft lens and the vision of a GP. Less symmetry normally needs a bigger lens to create a bigger dome over the surface.

For this reason the ICD FlexFit is available in diameters from 14.5mm to 17mm in 0.1mm increments. In an ocular surface disease environment the healing power of sclerals is nothing short of miraculous for some patients, creating a fluid bath over the eye. This new scleral is at the top of the comfort and vision scale.”

The ICD lens was first introduced in 2009, and ICD FlexFit is the fourth generation of the lens.

It was reported at the Global Specialty Lens Symposium, Las Vegas, in January 2017 that the average number of scleral lenses required to achieve success was between 1.68 and 1.71 lenses per eye. International licensee of the ICD Flex, Paragon Vision Sciences, report that the new lens required to achieve success is just 1.45 per eye.

Eillen Melton Sophie Taylor“A larger scleral lens is a lot more forgiving than a smaller one as it provides easier vaulting of higher depth eyes and severe asymmetry. Tangents are used to create the very successful fit, and now we have the ability to change the base curve, the diameter and the asymmetry. We can change the lens in four different elevations and optimise this through better instrumentation to measure the asymmetrical symmetry. We can work in four quadrants which, we believe, creates an improved alignment with the eye surface.”

Importantly, the limbal clearance zone is optimised by the new lens, thereby needing less modification, says Randy –

“Some patients require more edge lift and the new FlexFit provides a slightly flatter landing: the optimised scleral landing zone minimises the need for modification, thanks to years of experience in manufacturing ICD lenses.”

Randy praised the fitting support and guidance provided by No7 to its international customers -

“No company on the planet knows more about scleral lenses than No7 – they are at the sharp end of contact lens fitting.”

Ben Dalton, Optometrist at Cargills in Canterbury, Kent, praised the “excellent” event at the Shard, adding –

“Patients are so grateful if you can fit them with a comfortable lens and there is definitely a place for this in practice.”

Maidstone Hospital optometrist, Ramu Rao agreed –

“The presentation was great and the reception at the Shard, brilliant. I will definitely be using the lens, especially as I don’t have to worry about K readings with this.”

Bronagh Clarke from Moorfields was equally enthusiastic –

“The lens is quite simple to use – not overly technical – and I know that for any trouble shooting I can just call No7.”

“Be proactive about ortho-k” delegates told

May 2017

Eye care professionals from throughout the UK and Cyprus gathered at the Olympic stadium recently to learn more about myopia control and the ease of fitting Ortho-k lenses.

The message from No7 was “educate, differentiate and grow your business” at the CET accredited event.

Katie Harrop“For the vast majority of people myopia control is still not on the radar. Don’t sit back and wait for patients to ask you about Ortho-k: promote it to them. Sometimes it can take six months for them to try. With a good practice management system you will know who to target, particularly failed contact lens wearers, and perhaps those who have considered refractive surgery but their prescription is changing too quickly. Peri-presbyopes may do well with one eye under corrected by 0.50D,” said Katie Harrop, No7 Professional Services Manager.

Training reception staff, and using the new Ortho-k explainer video, were cited as important aspects to building an Ortho-k practice.

“Provide patients with relevant information on myopia control, and the complications of myopia, about genetic factors, outdoor activity, vitamin D and lighting levels. Anything that you can do to help will be worthwhile. If you have a progressing myope do try to catch them early. There is now a huge weight of evidence behind doing this. We need to get over the arbitrary view that only -6.00D or more is a danger to eye health. If you speak to patients about myopia rather than short-sightedness, they can do their own research online,” added Katie.

Indie Grewal, an independent practice owner from St Albans, stressed the importance of the local community knowing that you are looking after children’s vision –

“We start a myopia map with all young patients and update it each time they come into the practice. We also tend to email patients with new research about myopia control and Ortho-k as it comes along. Under GOS rules we are obliged to tell patients about all relevant treatments.

“The health benefits are one aspect but there is also a business argument for Ortho-k, with a great incentive to invest in a topographer. We don’t use it just for Ortho-k, but also to explain to laser patients why they don’t see well, and for fitting scleral lenses.”

Katie emphasised the role of the topographer in assessing and fitting Ortho-k patients –
“The Medmont measures some 18,000 points of the tear film: it is important to remember that we are not measuring the shape of the cornea but the shape of the tear film. The axial map is fantastically good at telling us the refractive power of the cornea over the central 3mm and is a good screening map for assessing suitability for Ortho-k. Tangential maps capture the curvature relative to neighbouring points, picking up localised irregularities. Elevation maps are also a useful source of data when emailed to our labs for the individual lens design. The topography is vital but also adds to the patient theatre as you talk them through the process of fitting lenses.”

Katie highlighted the stable fit of reverse geometry lenses which allow up to 5.50D of myopia to be corrected. She said the freedom that Ortho-k provides is an important message to convey –
“The challenging conditions of modern lens wear with central heating, air conditioning, VDUs and pollution mean there is a considerable drop-out rate for adult dry eyed patients. For them Ortho-k is fantastic as it maintains the tear film overnight and by-passes the environmental factors. Overnight RGP wear shows very low rates of infection but we still have to nag patients about hygiene, avoiding tap water and coming back for checks and replacement lenses every six months.”

Patient selection is important to consider, she believes. Advances in lens manufacturing are seeing more patients being fitted with Ortho-k lenses – for wider powers and astigmatisms, she said.

Lens InsertionGeorge Eleftheriou, an optometrist who practices at Paralimni in Eastern Cyprus, came to the event to take away the knowledge of Ortho-k for his patients. His Medmont topographer is in place and he is looking forward to getting started -

“The knowledge that is obtained during such an event is vast and very helpful especially for someone new in the Ortho-K. Be-friending optometrists who have been doing Ortho-k for years is the greatest advantage for attending the meeting. This will help me differentiate my practice and to feel more comfortable in that I am doing my best to manage myopia in kids.”

Closer to home, an independent from south-east London was equally inspired –
“The day refreshed my zeal for optometry and has given me a lot to talk to patients about. It was concise and makes Ortho-k very approachable,” said Joseph Treloar.

Nicholas Attrell, from Saltdean in Sussex, also found the event rewarding –
“I attend distant events very sparingly these days and try to choose wisely. I am happy to say that my choice was well rewarded. I fully intend to expand my repertoire in this area.”

IACLE educators to join AOCLE Annual Workshop and BCLA Conference

May 2017

Contact lens educators from Colombia and India will travel to the United States next month for the Annual Workshop of the Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators (AOCLE).

Premjit Bhakat

Thanks to support from the International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) and AOCLE, Dr Lina María Rodríguez Cely from the Federación Colombiana de Optómetras, Colombia and Premjit Bhakat from the Department of Optometry, School of Allied Health Sciences at Manipal University, India will be representing IACLE at the workshop, which takes place at the University of Missouri – St Louis College of Optometry from 1-4 June.

‘The bad, the good and the technology’ is the title for this year’s workshop, an industry-sponsored event hosted by a different optometry school each year.

‘It’s a great honor for me to represent IACLE at the forthcoming AOCLE workshop,’ said Dr Cely. ‘Attending an event of this magnitude gives me the opportunity to exchange ideas and share experiences with contact lens educators from different parts of the United States and from different countries. It also allows me to learn more about the development of new technologies and acquire knowledge that will help me to improve my professional performance.’

Associate Professor Bhakat commented: ‘IACLE's nomination as a representative to attend the AOCLE 2017 workshop was a great surprise to me. I’m delighted to be a recipient of this great opportunity. By attending this meeting I’ll have the chance to meet distinguished educators, researchers and clinicians, especially from North America but also from various parts of the world. It will also be a privilege to meet dignitaries and executive members of AOCLE and IACLE. I’m really excited to be part of this event!’

Kristina Mihic'In a separate development, Kristina Mihić from the University of Applied Sciences Velika Gorica in Croatia will be the recipient of the 2017 IACLE Travel Award. Thanks to a bursary from IACLE and support from the British Contact Lens Association, Kristina will attend the 40th BCLA Clinical Conference in Liverpool, UK from 9-11 June and the Education Day organized by IACLE and the British Universities Committee of Contact Lens Educators (BUCCLE) for 8 June.

She replaces Professor Martha Lucila Márquez García of Colombia, who is now unable to travel to the meetings.

 

IACLE Vice President Dr Luigina Sorbara commented: ‘Congratulations to all of our travel award recipients! IACLE is dedicated to having global representation at international meetings from our membership. Thank you to our sponsors for their support in allowing this to happen. We are looking forward to seeing all of our awardees at the meetings and hope they will continue to benefit from the experience.’

mark' ennovy offers practical solution to well known problem.

May 2017

mark'ennovymark'ennovy introduces “right and left” labelling to contact lens boxes to make “right and left eye” lens identification a little bit easier for Eye Care Professionals and their patients.

“mark'ennovy is constantly looking at little ways to improve our offer to Eye Care Professionals as we believe that if we can make the little things easier, the rest takes care of itself” says Chris Carter, Group Marketing Director... “Following on from our highly successful “Individually Yours” launch last year, we have been looking at many ways to improve the functionality of our products. So many Professionals have to open up the cartons to write Right or Left on for their patients, so with this initiative we are just helping by automating that part of the process”.

mark'ennovy is solely dedicated to the Eye Care Professional. That’s why we have Opticians on the phone to support every day, and why we only sell exclusively to eye care professionals.

Ortho-k explained in short video for practice use.

May 2017

No 7 Video

Ortho-k is explained in a short consumer-focused youtube video which can be added to websites and run in the reception area of any practice providing the overnight vision correction.

The video can be seen here.

It explains why myopia occurs and how specs and laser eye surgery can correct vision. 

The graphics then show how Ortho-k can work to correct poor vision.

Use of Ortho-k has risen by 45% in the past three years with word of mouth recommendations being a major factor in branches around the country experiencing the upturn, says No7 Contact Lenses, a major provider of the bespoke lenses.

 

 

BCLA Moving to 199 GLOUCESTER TERRACE

May 2017

199 Gloucester TerraceBCLA and FMO are delighted to announce that BCLA will be sharing FMO’s offices at 199 Gloucester Terrace from the end of June.

‘199’ as it is affectionately known, was bought jointly by ABDO, FMO and FODO in 2002 and the joint owners are all delighted to welcome BCLA to the building.

Said BCLA Chief Executive Cheryl Donnelly “We have been without a permanent base for a while, using serviced offices in London, and it is a real pleasure for us not just to have found a new home, but to be with the other optical bodies in the same building. It is an ideal situation for us and we are grateful to everyone at 199 especially FMO.”

Said FMO Chief Executive Bryony Pawinska ‘I am so pleased that we will be able to share our beautiful offices with Cheryl and her team from the end of June. FMO is a small organisation, often with just one person in the office so we are all looking forward to enjoying their company as well as the benefits of having BCLA in the same building as the three owners.’

Hand painted lens service enhanced at No7

May 2017

No & handpainted lensesNo7’s hand-painted lens service is expanding its therapeutic and theatrical offering as demand increases with awareness of the options available.

Sci-fi special effects and realistic colour changes are a significant part of the business growth for No7, with the company’s lenses worn by X-Men, Jenna Coleman in Victoria, characters in the Penny Dreadful series and Tom Cruise’s character in Valkyrie, with others in the pipeline.

 

No & handpainted lenses“Hand painted lenses are a growing sector – not just for TV and film work, but also for therapeutics as expectations for realistic lenses increase. This is part of our extended portfolio of products and, with a substantial investment, has contributed to the need for an expansion of our Hastings lab,” said No7 Sales and Marketing Manager, Danny Pepper.


Painstakingly hand-painted, many of the orders received from hospital eye departments and optical practices reveal tragic cases, as Lee Adams, specialist lens painter at No7, explained,

"Some of the patients have been in accidents, while others have congenital conditions, albinism, iris and corneal injuries and heterochromia. Sometimes our lenses are used to improve the appearance of strabismus or as a cos metically acceptable occluder to eliminate double vision in patients with diplopia."

" We can paint the lenses to cover up damage and match them to the good eye, hiding any disfigurement. Working from photographs, we use a very fine brush on soft lenses – sometimes the work is so fine we are working with just a few hairs.”

BCLA #LearnFromTheBest, ready for BCLA 2017?

April 2017

The first UK unveiling of the clinical findings from the TFOS DEWS II will be presented at the BCLA Conference 2017


The first UK unveiling of the clinical findings from the TFOS DEWS II report will be presented at the BCLA’s 40th anniversary Conference - informing eye care practitioners how to diagnose and manage dry eyes over the next decade.

The research will be presented by Associate Professor Jennifer Craig and Professor James Wolffsohn on the first day of the three-day conference in Liverpool this June.

Read more here


Book here for the Conference here

Have you taken a look at what's on offer at the Conference Programme?

• 3 days of lectures and hands-on workshops

• Up to 40 CET points on offer aiming to cover all competencies

• A whole day dedicated to dry eye management

• A day and half symposium to get started on Ortho-K

• Great social events including the 40th Anniversary Awards Dinner

• Exhibition featuring one of the largest gatherings of suppliers and manufacturers of contact lenses and related products.

Full programme here



ACLM 2016 Contact Lens Statistics published.

April 2017

The size of the United Kingdom and Ireland contact lens market in 2016 was £290 million as reported by the data contributing members of the Association of Contact Lens Manufacturers (ACLM). This represents a growth of 8% by value since 2015.

The market was made up of the sale of over 780 million contact lenses. Market value comprised daily disposables (65%), soft frequent replacement lenses (31%), traditional soft lenses (1%) and rigid lenses (3%). In total there are approximately 4.2 million contact lens wearers in the UK which represents 9% of adults aged 15-64 years. Of this group, 2.1 million people use daily disposables and 1.8 million people use frequent replacement lenses. Overall, there are 5.1% more wearers than in 2015.

The ACLM remains confident that the UK market for CLs continues to grow, and recommending contact lenses continues to provide the most effective way for practitioners to grow their business, to demonstrate a comprehensive clinical expertise, and to gain greater loyalty from their patients.

You can download the full report here

No7 promotes specialisation at BCLA.

April 2017

No 7 at BCLA

The first “No Fit - No Fee” hybrid contact lens is to be launched by No7 at the international event, BCLA (9-11 June, Liverpool).

Confident of the new British-made design, produced from Contamac material, No7 will be promoting the lens as one to “overcome previous hybrid issues”.

Alongside this is the often specialist contact lens practitioner’s first call – Comfort 15 mini-scleral – with fitting guidance being a key part of the No7 presence at the event.

Beyond contact lenses, filming tear film break-up is the best way to engage patients in dry eye care management believes No7, which will promote the Medmont topographer’s many attributes in specialist practice

IACLE announces worldwide winners of annual awards

April 2017

Contact lens educators from the USA, Korea, Jordan and Colombia are to receive prestigious awards from the International Association of Contact Lens Educators.

IACLE has today announced the winners of the 2017 IACLE Awards: the IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards to recognise and reward achievement in contact lens education; and the IACLE Travel Award, a travel bursary for an IACLE Educator Member starting out on a career in contact lenses to attend a major international conference.

Each winner receives a bursary of up to US$3,000 towards the cost of attending the 40th British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) Clinical Conference in Liverpool, UK (9-11 June) and the IACLE/BUCCLE Education Day the preceding day (8 June).

Thanks to generous sponsorship from CooperVision, three IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards will be presented, one from each of IACLE’s three global regions. The annual Travel Award is funded by IACLE. All four awards are supported by the BCLA.

The 2017 winners and their comments on receiving the awards are:


IACLE Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year
Professor Jan Bergmanson
University of Houston, Texas, USA
‘This is a great honor and means a lot to me. To receive this award you must be a resident in North, South or Central America, and in the USA alone we have 23 university-based schools and colleges of optometry with a growing number of outstanding contact lens educators. To be recognized with this Award, among such a large pool of potential candidates, is significant to me. I’m also extremely delighted to be offered the opportunity to attend the BCLA meeting, the premier contact lens meeting in the world, and mix with my friends and colleagues in the UK, which is where I was trained and the foundation on which my career was built.’

IACLE Asia Pacific Contact Lens Educator of the Year
Professor Koon-Ja Lee
Eulji University, Seongnam, Korea
‘I am very happy to have been selected as this year’s recipient of the IACLE Educator of the Year Award for the Asia Pacific region. I’d like to attribute this success to all those who have developed the IACLE teaching materials: the IACLE Contact Lens Course, video clips, Case Reports Series and Student Trial Exam. The IACLE Award makes me look back on my educational life, and think about what to do in the future.’

IACLE Europe / Africa – Middle East Contact Lens Educator of the Year
Dr Yazan Gammoh
Amman Ahliyah University, Amman, Jordan
‘My interest in IACLE began when I started teaching on the contact lens courses at universities in the Middle East. I became more involved during lectures and workshops of the conferences held in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. After more than 5 years of lecturing and training at universities, symposia and conferences, all my efforts have been rewarded by receiving the IACLE EAME Contact Lens Educator of the Year Award. This award recognises my achievement in the field of the contact lenses and shows how IACLE, with its educational programs and resources, has become invaluable to educators worldwide.’

IACLE Travel Award
Professor Martha Lucila Márquez García
Santo Tomás University, Bucaramanga, Colombia
‘I feel very grateful and happy to receive this award. I have high expectations that attending the BCLA Conference will make me grow as a professional and as a contact lens fitter, and that I will improve my teaching skills. With my patients, I will offer them better contact lens options so I can improve the quality of life for each one of them. And I want to start researching projects to support the development of contact lenses as an enduring science.’

The IACLE Awards will be presented in the main auditorium at the BCLA Conference, at Ipm on Sunday 11 June. Recipients will also have the opportunity to attend the Education Day organized by IACLE and British Universities Committee of Contact Lens Educators (BUCCLE).

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo commented: ‘We have great winners this year and are grateful to CooperVision for its continued support of the Educator Awards that will be made to Jan, Koon-Ja and Yazan at the BCLA in June. We also look forward to welcoming Martha, recipient of the IACLE Travel Award. ’ Dr Naroo thanked all those who had applied for awards this year and encouraged them to consider re-applying in future years.

‘We would like to congratulate the 2017 Educators of the Year on their achievements. All eye care professionals have stories about how educators influenced them to be the very best providers of excellent patient care, and I’m certain many have been inspired by this year’s recipients,’ said Dr Gary Orsborn, Vice President of Global Professional & Clinical Affairs for CooperVision. ‘We are privileged to partner with IACLE once again to support these honours and extend our longstanding commitment to the profession and contact lens educators around the world.’

 
 
 
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