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Nominations open for 2019 BCLA Awards.
Love Your Lenses Week to focus on helping practitioners to land the safety message.
IACLE celebrates 40 years of Exceptional Education
Read the archived news on Contact Lenses published from October to December 2018

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

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


January 2019

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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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