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Opchat Magazine Contact Lens PagesContact Lens News, April to June 2019

New gel from Positive Impact at BCLA Conference
Spotlight on SynergEyes at BCLA
IACLE announces worldwide winners of awards in anniversary year
Contact Lens Opticians to deliver acute services in Wales
Read the archived news from the last quarter Jan to March here

New gel from Positive Impact at BCLA Conference

April 2019

Hydra Med from Positive impactPositive Impact will be launching the new formulation HydraMed Night gel at the BCLA Clinical Conference and Exhibition (May 30-June 1, Manchester Central). The improved lanolin-free formulation is for more sensitive eyes.

HydraMed will take centre stage in the ‘best in class’ dry eye portfolio of Positive Impact, as part of the event’s Dry Eye Zone.

Positive Impact’s Sales and Marketing Director, Nick Atkins, explained: “Dry Eye is a disease that is on the increase and most patients aren’t being managed effectively with just drops. It affects contact lens wearers and non-contact lens wearers alike and in recent years technology for both diagnosis and management have made significant advances.

“Practitioners need to get up to speed and start introducing these advances into their practice for the benefit of both their patients and their business,” he emphasised.

To highlight the message, Mr Atkins will be presenting in the Exhibitor Pavilion on Friday 31 May at 3.30pm. His presentation, ‘One dry eye drop to replace them all!’ will focus on the unique formulation and performance of HydraMed.

Highlighting why the company is exhibiting at the BCLA event, Mr Atkins said: “The BCLA Conference is a globally important meeting for those focused on contact lenses and the ocular surface. Positive Impact has always had a good response to its product ranges and so is delighted to continue its support of the exhibition.”

Asked what he hoped to achieve from the event, Mr Atkins concluded: “To get all those practitioners who keep saying improving their dry eye service is on their ‘to do’ list to finally do it!”

Spotlight on SynergEyes at BCLA

April 2019

Duette by Synergise
SynergEyes UK will put the spotlight on the advantages of Duette contact lenses at the BCLA Clinical Conference and Exhibition (May 30-June 1, Manchester Central).

The company will be emphasising that Duette Progressive is now available in a centre-distance, as well as a centre-near, design. Recently shortlisted for an Optician award, it has the visual performance of a gas permeable contact lens, combined with the comfort of a soft lens, so is seen as an obvious choice for practitioners for their astigmatic presbyopes.

At the event, SynergEyes UK’s Head of Professional Services, Phil Thompson, will be presenting in the Exhibitor Pavilion on Friday 31 May at 3.45pm. His presentation is ‘Fitting astigmatic presbyopes: Now you really can have your cake and eat it!’ and will focus on the empirical fitting success of the Duette Progressive lens.

Mr Thompson said: “We are aiming to continue to spread the word regarding the opportunity presented by Duette hybrid lenses for normal/regular astigmatic patients who don’t get a stable fit or vision with soft torics and/or are presbyopic.”

Explaining why SynergEyes UK is exhibiting at the event, he concluded: “The BCLA event is the leading conference for contact lenses and with the world’s best contact lens practitioners in attendance, it is essential that world’s best hybrid contact lens manufacturer is in attendance too!”

IACLE announces worldwide winners of awards in anniversary year

April 2019

Contact lens educators from eight countries – Australia, China, India, Italy, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico and Taiwan – are to receive prestigious awards from the International Association of Contact Lens Educators as it celebrates its 40th year.

IACLE has today announced the winners of the 2019 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards to recognize and reward achievement in contact lens education, and the 2019 IACLE Travel Awards for members to attend major international meetings. This year’s awards will be presented at events around the world to mark IACLE’s 40th Anniversary.

Thanks to generous sponsorship from CooperVision – and co-sponsored by the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) and IACLE – three IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards will be presented, one for each of its three global regions. To receive their awards, winners will travel to the BCLA Clinical Conference in Manchester, UK (30 May-1 June)

IACLE will be holding 40th Anniversary celebrations at these events, and at the Asia Pacific Optometric Congress (APOC), Manila, Philippines (17-20 June), Colegio Federación Colombiana de Optómetras (FEDOPTO) Congress in Bogotá, Colombia (8-10 August) and Academy 2019/3rd World Congress of Optometry (WCO) in Orlando, USA (23-27 October).

The 2019 IACLE Contact Lens Educators of the Year are:

Rubén Velázquez

IACLE Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year

Rubén Velázquez (right)

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City

IACLE Asia Pacific Contact Lens Educator of the Year

Craig Woods

Craig Woods (left)
Deakin University, Victoria, Australia

IACLE Europe/Africa – Middle East Contact Lens Educator of the Year

Fabrizio Zeri
Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy

Fabrizio Zeri

Fabrizio commented on his award: ‘In my experience, IACLE has played a massive role in contributing to the growth of contact lens education around the world. Sharing knowledge, experience, passion, and resources among educators has been the key to upgrade the level of education in the field in every country. This is the reason why having been chosen as IACLE EAME Contact Lens Educator of the Year for 2019 is a great honor for me.’

This year, five IACLE Travel Awards – funded by all IACLE’s industry sponsors (all awards), and co-sponsored by BCLA (one award) and Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators (AOCLE, one award) – will be presented, more than ever before.

The 2019 IACLE Travel Awards recipients and the meetings they will attend are:

Joseph Afonne
Mzuzu University, Mzuzu, Malawi
BCLA Clinical Conference & Exhibition

Fakhruddin Barodawala
SEGi University, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Asia Pacific Optometric Congress

Maheswari Srinivasan
Shri Prakash Institute of Optometry, Chennai, India
AOCLE Annual Workshop, Pacific University, Oregon, USA (30 May-2 June)

Wan-Yun (Connie) Tsung
Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan
Asia Pacific Optometric Congress

MA Yuying
Wuxi Occupational Institute of Arts and Technology, Wuxi, China
Asia Pacific Optometric Congress

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo thanked all those who applied for IACLE Awards in this special year. He commented: ‘2019 is our 40th anniversary year and we’re talking about the exponential impact that we’ve had on contact lens education. Over four decades, we estimate that IACLE has been instrumental in fitting as many as 250 million contact lens wearers worldwide.

‘So it’s especially pleasing that – with the help of our sponsors and co-sponsors – we have been able to make an exponentially higher number of awards this year!’

‘Every eye care professional can name an educator who has been influential in their approach to patient care. This year’s recipients have surely been an inspiration to the students who have been fortunate to learn from them,’ said Dr Gary Orsborn, Vice President of Global Professional & Clinical Affairs for CooperVision.

‘We are privileged to continue to partner with IACLE to support these honors and extend our longstanding commitment to the profession and contact lens educators around the world. Congratulations to the 2019 Educators of the Year on their achievements.’

Contact Lens Opticians to deliver acute services in Wales

April 2019

Contact lens opticians practicing in Wales have now been granted permission to deliver acute eye care services as part of the Eye Health Examinations Wales service. April 2019

After lengthy discussions, the Welsh Government in consultation with Optometry Wales, the EHEW clinical lead and the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) has confirmed that all practising CLOs in Wales can apply to commence Wales Optometry Postgraduate Education Centre (WOPEC) EHEW accreditation training with the view of participating in the EHEW scheme on successful completion.

Commenting on CLO participation Dr Nik Sheen, Director of WOPEC said, ‘Delivery of the EHEW service now enables Contact Lens Opticians to see those patients presenting with an acute eye care problem. This is great news for Wales and particularly practices that are seeing increasing numbers of these patients so that the skills and expertise of contact lens opticians can be utilised fully’.

Sali Davis Chief Executive Optometry Wales said, ‘Optometry Wales is keen to ensure widespread use of CLOs to help deliver these vital clinical services in a community setting. This is a great achievement for ABDO and we look forward to supporting this invaluable contribution that CLOs can make to the workforce in Wales’.

ABDO Deputy Chief Executive Barry Duncan said, 'Clearly this represents a further step forward in multi-disciplinary working between the optometrist and contact lens optician in the community optical practice. It also recognises the skill set of contact lens opticians and the role they can play in eye health provision. ABDO is delighted with the forward thinking approach of all colleagues in Wales and expresses sincere gratitude to those who have made this possible’.

The training process will complement the system currently operating in England. Upon completion of the online training modules the practitioner will attend an ABDO Extended Services Training Day in collaboration with WOPEC followed by the WOPEC EHEW accreditation training. Contact lens opticians who want to take part in the EHEW accreditation training should contact Sharon Beatty at WOPEC


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