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BCLA photographic contest shows life through a lens
Optimax director pioneers new cataract technique
ACLM publish contact lens statistics for 2018
Time to get your thinking caps on for BCLA ‘Pub Quiz’
BCLA Conference Program now available to download
SAFILENS Names new UK Country Manager
IACLE holds first Fellowship Exam based on new programs.
Nominations open for 2019 BCLA Awards.
Love Your Lenses Week to focus on helping practitioners to land the safety message.
New Daily DISPOSABLE CONTACT LENSES now available
IACLE celebrates 40 years of Exceptional Education
Read the archived news on Contact Lenses published from October to December 2018

BCLA photographic contest shows life through a lens

March 2019

Eye care practitioners with an eye for an image are invited to submit their entries into the 2019 BCLA Diane Gould Photography Competition.

The call for submissions is now open for the contest, with the winners and runners-up due to be announced at the BCLA Clinical Conference in Manchester on 1 June.
New for 2019, the BCLA would like to start making the images available to members, via an image library, with all due accreditation. During the submission process, entrants will be able to indicate if they wish to participate in the image library.

Entries to the competition are accepted from delegates who are attending the conference.

Diane Gould was a contact lens practitioner of note who fitted her first contact lens in Derby in 1985 and moved to Manchester-based George Davis in 1987, where she soon became manager of their prestigious Market Street practice.

After the birth of her children, Diane held a couple of part-time positions before moving to Yates & Suddell in Bury, where she helped build the contact lens business dramatically with an eclectic mix of lenses fitted to hospital and private clients.

In 2003 she became a Director of David Gould Opticians in Rossendale with her husband, David. Health problems prevented her from doing as much clinical work in practice, but she looked after her loyal following of clients for as long as she could.

David said: “Even after she was unable to see clients personally, she continued to take an active interest and offer valuable input using the practice's image capture facilities.”

BCLA president, Professor Sunil Shah, said: “A keen supporter of the BCLA, Diane sadly passed away in June 2013. Diane attended 20 BCLA Conferences during her career, and we are delighted to name the BCLA Photographic Award in her honour.

“We look forward to receiving a high standard of submissions and the competition is sure to be strong.”

As well as the photographic awards, the Clinical Conference and Exhibition will feature a host of passionate speakers who can inspire eye care professionals to make a real difference to patients’ lives.

Among the highlights of an action-packed programme will be keynote speakers Professor Lyndon Jones from the University of Waterloo in Canada, who is the 2019 Medal recipient, and Dr Nicole Carnt, who will present the Irving Fatt Memorial Lecture.

Eye care professionals interested in attending the event can take advantage of a limited ‘Early Bird’ offer valid for all those booking before 31 March.

Alcon and CooperVision are Partner Sponsors for the event while Johnson & Johnson Visioncare are Platinum Sponsors. Gold Sponsors are Menicon and SEED with UltraVision and Technology Sponsor is Topcon.

Entries can be submitted via the online form at www.bcla.org.uk

The closing date for entries is Friday 3 May 2019.

Optimax director pioneers new cataract technique

March 2019

Cataract and refractive lens exchange surgery patients who might be troubled by peripheral distortion are set to benefit from a new surgical technique being pioneered by Optimax.

Doctor IlangoMr Balasubramaniam Ilango, Optimax Medical Director, who has more than 25 years’ of experience in refractive lens exchange, believes the issue of negative dysphotopsia, or arc shadows, can now be significantly reduced by a modification of capsulorrhexis (CCC), which he is pioneering. He told delegates at the British Society for Refractive Surgery meeting on 23 March at the Belfry, “As we all know Refractive Lens Exchange Surgery is increasingly popular, particularly amongst those in their fifties and sixties. I estimate that at least 10% experience the postoperative symptom of negative dysphotopsia, which has concerned me for some time. The causes are multifactorial, but in our extensive experience the shape of the capsulorrhexis (CCC) plays a major role. Having considered the physics of this issue I have devised a new, modified, surgical technique and have positive outcomes, helping with patient symptoms, following a number of procedures during 2018,” said Mr Ilango.

Mr Ilango’s modified CCC technique was applied during surgery involving 50 consecutive patients. They underwent refractive lens exchanges in both eyes, a week apart, at Optimax Clinics during 2018. All operations were performed by Mr Ilango, and the average age of the patients was 58 years.

“The first eye was used as a "control" and the second eye as the modified CCC technique. Capsulorrhexis was intentionally created to be larger both nasally and temporally, either as a primary step or after the IOL implantation, using vanas scissors. As a result, the anterior rim of capsulorrhexis overlapped the IOL superiorly and inferiorly but not along the horizontal plane.

“Postoperatively patients were examined by optometrists who were unaware of the study, to avoid any bias. Standard questioning of all of the 50 patients was recorded. This new CCC technique appears to have reduced or eliminated negative dysphotopsia symptoms in 60% of cases,” he said.

Mr Ilango is now performing this technique bilaterally on all patients, following their consultation. “I find only advantages with this technique and it is set to become standards procedure throughout the 22 regional Optimax clinics, thereby ensuring greater levels of patient satisfaction,” he added.

ACLM publish contact lens statistics for 2018

March 2019

The size of the United Kingdom (UK) contact lens market in 2018 was £292 million as reported by the Association of Contact Lens Manufacturers (ACLM). This represents an increase of 4% from 2017. The UK market is the largest in Europe, accounting for around 22% of wearers.

The market was made up of the sale of over 789 million contact lenses. Market value of daily disposables is now 72%, or 59% by number of wearers. Silicone hydrogel lenses now account for 90% by value of the weekly/bi-weekly & monthly market.

In total there are more than 3.6 million contact lens wearers in the UK which represents at least 8.7% of the adult population.

The contact lens care market grew 2.3% to £21.4 million.

The data is summarised by courtesy of Euromcontact, which surveys 33 countries around Europe and further afield. Not all manufacturers contribute to the statistics, so RGP lenses, some care products and high street own brand products are not reported.

Technological developments continue to come on-stream, making the latest designs of contact lenses more suitable than ever for presbyopes, as well as for younger and older wearers.

Contact lenses remain popular with wearers and they offer the best opportunity for business growth to eye care practitioners.

Managed properly, long-term contact lens wearers are generally more loyal to their practitioner for aftercare.Read the full report here

Time to get your thinking caps on for BCLA ‘Pub Quiz’

March 2019

Delegates attending this year’s BCLA Clinical Conference and Exhibition will have the chance to show they have an ‘eye for CORE knowledge’ by taking part in an interactive pub quiz.

Whether it’s brain-teasers on blepharitis, riddles about research or cryptic contact lens clues, the eyecare themed quiz will bring out the competitive spirit in all those taking part.

Designed by the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE), University of Waterloo, Canada, the quiz will be hosted by Professor Lyndon Jones, director of CORE and recipient of this year’s BCLA Medal. Optometrist and Vision Sciences Fellow at the University of Manchester, Sarah Morgan will be co-host on the night, helping to put eye care professionals’ knowledge to the test, but with a firm focus on fun.

The quiz, which will take place after the networking exhibition and drinks reception on the first day of the conference, has been supported by an educational grant from CooperVision.

Professor Sunil Shah, president of the BCLA, said: “The theme of this year’s BCLA Clinical Conference and Exhibition is #AlwaysLearning so a pub quiz is the perfect way to put some of that learning to the test and brush up on your knowledge of all things eye care.

“It’s a fun, free social event and promises to be the ideal way to unwind after a busy day at one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year.

“We’re delighted that CORE offered use of their CORE Knowledge quiz, and look forward to welcoming them to deliver this event. We hope delegates, particularly those for whom this is their first taste of a BCLA Conference will come along and enjoy the occasion.”

“The CORE Knowledge quiz brings together many aspects of what we stand for across research and education” said Lyndon Jones. “It enables eye care practitioners to put their knowledge to the test on all things contact lenses and anterior eye, whilst having some fun along the way. We are delighted to be involved in this evening and look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.”

The BCLA’s three-day Clinical Conference and Exhibition, due to take place from May 30 to June 1, is undergoing a change in format to culminate in the grand finale of the Awards dinner on the Saturday night.

The event will feature a host of passionate speakers who can inspire eye care professionals to make a real difference to patients’ lives.

Eye care professionals interested in attending the event can take advantage of a limited ‘Early Bird’ offer valid for all those booking before March 31.

Alcon and CooperVision are Partner Sponsors for the event, while Johnson & Johnson Visioncare are Platinum Sponsors. Gold Sponsors are Menicon, UltraVision-SEED and Technology Sponsor is Topcon.

BCLA Conference Program now available to download

March 2019

The programme for the BCLA Clinical Conference is now available to download. The main conference programme consists of multiple lecture tracks, plus practical and discussion workshops.

With so much on offer, there is something suitable for everyone.

Download programme here

SAFILENS Names new UK Country Manager

March 2019

Ian McDermott
Safilens, the Italian optical company whose innovative fusiontechnology™ has transformed the contact lens industry, has appointed Ian McDermott as Country Manager for the UK market.

Highly specialized and goal-oriented, McDermott has a proven pharmaceutical and optical track record in the medical devices sector, having held top positions in companies like CooperVision, Aspect Vision Care, Sauflon Pharmaceuticals and Avizor UK Ltd.

In his new role, McDermott will manage the initial 4-person UK sales team and work to strengthen existing customer care and warehouse services at the Safilens UK subsidiary in Marden (Kent).


Safilens General Manager, Daniele Bazzocchi, comments: “I am pleased to welcome Ian to our team. I have no doubt his solid background in the UK optical market will enable him to guide our strategy in the country, further strengthening our customer relations and expanding our market share by leveraging the values of quality and innovation that set Safilens apart. Great Britain has long been a key market for us because it understands and appreciates the added value of our products”, continues Bazzocchi. “Since our products are already available in the country (primarily in big chains, like Boots Opticians), we would also like to provide the level of service and customer care here that already differentiates us in other countries, as our dedicated, knowledgeable and determined sales force targets independents and local groups”.

Official presentation of the new UK sales team led by McDermott will take place at the forthcoming edition of BCLA, to be held in Manchester May 30 to June 1.

IACLE holds first Fellowship Exam based on new programs.

February 2019

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators will hold its Fellowship Exam in November. This year will be the first administration for which the New Distance Learning Program (DLP) is available to candidates to prepare for the exam.

The New DLP – an online self-study program – was launched in September 2018 to align with the fully revised and updated New IACLE Contact Lens Course.

All IACLE members are eligible to sit the exam, which will take place on 16 November 2019. Candidates who achieve a successful outcome and have been members for at least 12 months can apply for Fellow of IACLE status. Those who meet the Fellowship criteria can use the prestigious FIACLE title.

Existing FIACLEs can also re-sit the Fellowship Exam as many times as they wish – free of charge – to refresh their knowledge and keep abreast of the latest developments.

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2019.

The next Fellowship Exam will be in 2021.

Here’s what new FIACLEs say about achieving Fellowship…

Anitha Arvind




‘Achieving FIACLE status has been a dream come true and a matter of pride in both my professional and personal life, as I share a platform with eminent educators across the globe. It has boosted my self-confidence and given me recognition for all the efforts I’ve put in to imparting knowledge. I hope I inspire many to take up Fellowship, just as I’ve been inspired by colleagues who have been FIACLEs before me.’
FIACLE Anitha Arvind, Sankara College of Optometry, India (left)



Mohamid Ali Hamade




‘FIACLE is a ‘must do’ exam for all contact lens educators, at least in the academic field. I‘m very proud to have finally realized my dream and I would like to encourage all my colleagues to follow my experience.’
FIACLE Mohamad Ali Hamadé, Lebanese University, Beirut (right)

 

 

Amaude Massenet




‘Fellowship allows us to demonstrate our knowledge in this field – especially to ophthalmologists – but also our desire to participate in the mission of IACLE in an active way, trying to standardize the teaching of contact lenses in France and more broadly in the world.’ FIACLE Arnaud Massenet, Aix-Marseille Université, France. (left)



Nominations open for 2019 BCLA Awards.

February 2019

Nominations are now open for the 2019 BCLA Awards, with the nation’s leading eye care practitioners vying for some of the profession’s most coveted crowns.

Held as part of this year’s Clinical Conference and Exhibition, the awards will honour those who have a track record for excellence in eye care and a passion for pioneering new techniques that are transforming everyday practice.

Nick Dash former BCLA winnerThe flagship event is returning to Manchester, with the city set to play host to one of the profession’s most eagerly anticipated international conferences – featuring a new hashtag for 2019 of #AlwaysLearning.

The three-day Clinical Conference and Exhibition, due to take place from May 30 to June 1, is undergoing a change in format to culminate in the grand finale of the Awards dinner on the Saturday night.

BCLA president Professor Sunil Shah said: “The awards will be a highlight of what promises to be a weekend to remember. Recognition from your peers is arguably the ultimate accolade and the BCLA Awards are held in incredibly high esteem across the profession.

“We look forward to receiving a high standard of nominations and submissions and the competition is sure to be strong.”

Picture right Nick Dash former practitioner of the year.

Categories include the BCLA Dry Eye Practitioner of the Year Award, to be given to an individual working in practice, with a proven record in managing Dry Eye. It is aimed to honour and recognise the work of an Eye Care Professional who has set up and runs a successful Dry Eye Clinic. The deadline for this category is April 12.

Laura ReeceThe BCLA Young Contact Lens Practitioner Award will be given to an individual working in practice, just starting out in their career. It is aimed to honour and recognise the work of an Eye Care Professional who has been qualified for no more than five years operating within the field of contact lenses. The deadline for this category is April 12.

Picture left Laura Reece previous Young Practitioner of the year.

The BCLA Industry Award will be given to an individual working within industry who has made an outstanding contribution to the contact lens profession either in relation to a product/technology or a concept. It is aimed to honour and recognise the entrepreneurial work being carried out by individuals working in contact lens science, research and technology within the industry. The deadline for this category is April 5.

Further details on entry criteria and how to make a nomination for either yourself or a fellow professional can be found online.

As well as the awards, the Clinical Conference and Exhibition will feature a host of passionate speakers who can inspire eye care professionals to make a real difference to patients’ lives.

This year’s BCLA Medal recipient is Professor Lyndon Jones from the University of Waterloo in Canada while Dr Nicole Carnt will present the Irving Fatt Memorial Lecture. Professor Eric Papas and Dr Jeffrey J Walline will also deliver keynote lectures at the meeting as part of an action-packed programme.

Eye care professionals interested in attending the event can take advantage of a limited ‘Early Bird’ offer valid for all those booking before March 31.

Alcon and CooperVision are Partner Sponsors for the event while Johnson & Johnson Visioncare are Platinum Sponsors. Gold Sponsors are Menicon, UltraVision-SEED and Technology Sponsor is Topcon.

Love Your Lenses Week to focus on helping practitioners to land the safety message.

January 2019

The General Optical Council (GOC) is launching a set of experimental new tools as part of this year’s Love Your Lenses Week (23 to 30 March), which is focusing on helping eye care practitioners communicate safety messages more effectively to contact lens wearers.

The new tools are the result of a GOC pilot project called Land The Message, which explored how contact lens practitioners could use behavioural science to increase the effectiveness of aftercare advice.

Now in its third year, Love Your Lenses Week 2019 is run by the GOC in collaboration with a wide range of industry partners and patient groups. The week is used as an opportunity to promote safe enjoyment of contact lenses to the UK’s 5 million contact lens wearers.

The GOC undertook the Land The Message project after research in 2015 uncovered a significant difference between how much aftercare advice eye care practitioners were reported to be providing, and how many patients recalled receiving it (48%).

The GOC worked with industry experts, academics, behaviour change experts and patient campaigners to develop three tools. These were then tested in the field by four eye care practitioners as part of their routine contact lens appointments. The initial results of the testing were promising, so the GOC is using Love Your Lenses Week 2019 as an opportunity to make the prototypes available to larger numbers of eye care practitioners to try them out for themselves.

The three Land The Message tools as well as a promotional toolkit for Love Your Lenses Week 2019 can be downloaded at loveyourlenses.com:

1. Visual aid

A visually engaging A4 poster that displays the key steps to contact lens aftercare. Used by eye care practitioners during their conversation with the patient to prompt and illustrate discussion about aftercare.

2. Pre-appointment questionnaire

A simple questionnaire for patients asking them about their care regimen and awareness of the ‘dos and don’ts’. Patients complete it just before their aftercare appointment (e.g. in the waiting room) and then eye care practitioners use it as a device within the session to get patients to cognitively engage with the issue.

3. Lifestyle-based questions

Simple lifestyle-based questions, such as ‘Why do you like wearing contact lenses?’ ‘Do you do physical activities in your leisure time?’ which are asked at the start of the session, so that the eye care practitioner can tailor their aftercare information to make it relevant and personal to the wearer’s lifestyle.

Alistair Bridge, Director of Strategy at the GOC, said: “This year we are using Love Your Lenses Week as an opportunity to help registrants help their patients to wear their contact lenses safely. We’re encouraging practitioners to use the awareness week to try out new ways of landing contact lens safety messages directly with the public during fittings and aftercare appointments. The new tools and training resources on the website are potentially a great way for our registrants to get the ball rolling.”

Keith Tempany, one of the practitioners that tested the prototype tools, said: “I found it enlightening; this is a way of ensuring the safety of our patients. A lot of the patients have also found it very useful.”

Feedback after the trials showed that over 95 per cent of patients recalled receiving aftercare information, if one of the tools was used during the contact lens appointment. Eye care practitioners also commented that the tools were easy to adopt into practice and could lead to a better customer experience and customer loyalty.

Love Your Lenses Week 2019 takes place on 23-30 March.

The Land The Message tools and a training slide deck as well as the Love Your Lenses 2019 Promotional Toolkit can be downloaded at www.loveyourlenses.com.


New Daily DISPOSABLE CONTACT LENSES now available

January 2019

Seed 1 day pure moisture from Ultravision
UltraVision, now a member of the SEED Group are proud to announce their new daily disposable contact lenses, SEED 1dayPure moisture.

Providing:

Comfort

By utilising “Alginic Acid”, a natural moisturising agent that attracts moisture to the eye and keeps tears on the surface of the lens.

Hygiene

Exclusive material “SIB” ensures biocompatibility keeping dust and impurities away from the lens.

Convenience

32 lenses in each box, ensuring your patients have 2 extra lenses a month.

IACLE celebrates 40 years of Exceptional Education

January 2019

IACLE 40th AnniversaryThe International Association of Contact Lens Educators will mark its 40th year with anniversary events in the UK, the Philippines, Colombia and United States during 2019.

Celebrations will be held at the British Contact Lens Association Clinical Conference & Exhibition in Manchester (30 May - 1 June), the Asia Pacific Optometric Congress in Manila (17-20 June), the FEDOPTO Congress in Bogotá (8-10 August), and at the joint Academy 2019 and 3rd World Congress of Optometry in Orlando, Florida (23-28 October).

The founding meeting for what was to become IACLE took place at the Bausch & Lomb European Symposium on Soft Contact Lenses in Monte Carlo, Monaco on 6 November 1979.
Around 16 contact lens educators attended the meeting and agreed to form a new international organization for contact lens educators to share educational materials.

Today, IACLE is the leading provider of educational and information resources essential to contact lens educators worldwide. The New IACLE Contact Lens Course is its most used and most important resource, with the highest satisfaction rating of all IACLE resources, programs and events. With six modules and 33 lectures, the New ICLC is used by members around the world to teach their students, the contact lens practitioners of the future.

Over four decades, this one organization has brought together a total of 2,500 members in 91 countries, who have instilled their knowledge to as many as 170,000 students. IACLE estimates that more than 250 million contact lens wearers have experienced the life-changing benefits of contact lenses as a result.

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo commented: ‘The global impact of IACLE, its members and sponsors is nothing short of exponential. We’re proud to be celebrating IACLE’s achievements over 40 years, while looking ahead to the future for contact lens education.’

FIACLE Dr Dwight Akerman, Vice President & Global Head, Professional Affairs at Platinum Sponsor Alcon, added: ‘Since 1979, IACLE’s noble mission has been to increase the number of qualified contact lens educators and improve the quality of contact lens teaching, thereby increasing the number of skilled contact lens practitioners throughout the world and facilitating the use of contact lenses worldwide, in partnership with industry.
No other organization in the world fulfills this undertaking like IACLE. Alcon is committed to continuing its Platinum Sponsorship to enable IACLE to expand its vital work that is essential to contact lens educators worldwide.’

More details of IACLE’s 40th anniversary celebrations – including special events, presentations, awards and interactive exhibits – will be available throughout 2019.

• Find more about the history of IACLE, its achievements and the changing face of contact lens education, in a new video here.

 

 
 
 
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