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Webinar to give BCLA members online access to expert views on dry eye disease
Join the Family at BCLA says Bench
IACLE makes its mark at BCLA 2019 to celebrate 40th year
ACLM Contact Lens Year Book 2019 Now Available
Finalists unveiled for 2019 BCLA Awards
IACLE moves to regular updates of its flagship course with ICLC 2020
Synergy between No7 (UK) and SwissLens (Switzerland) products
New Post Grad contact lens Certificate at Anglia Ruskin University
Fancy that! SynergEyes customers are having their cake and eating it – literally
IACLE to mark 40 years of Exceptional Education at BCLA 2019.
Official presentation of the New Sales UK Team and launch of Fusion 1 Day Vista and the weekly Fusion segment at BCLA
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

Webinar to give BCLA members online access to expert views on dry eye disease

June 2019

An exclusive webinar will give BCLA members across the world the chance to discover different perspectives on the diagnosis and management of dry eye disease, from the comfort of their own sofa.

It is the second time BCLA ‘Evening Scientific Meeting’ to be presented as an online webinar, meaning members can tune in for free wherever they are in the world.

The session, titled ‘Optometrist vs Ophthalmologist; Different perspectives on dry eye disease diagnostic and management strategies’ will be hosted by Sarah Farrant and Indy Sian from 6.30pm to 7.30pm on Wednesday, June 26.

Jonathon Bench, president of the BCLA, said: “The recent BCLA Clinical Conference and Exhibition showed the worldwide appeal of the organisation.

“We have a truly global membership and as part of our ongoing commitment to give our members access to the very latest research and opinion around contact lenses and the ocular surface, it makes perfect sense to make use of the technology available to us and embrace online webinars.

“By connecting our membership through online sessions we can deliver accessible education to all.”

Dry eye disease is an increasingly common phenomenon and has become one of the most frequent causes of patient visits to eye care practitioners. This webinar will offer a general overview of the latest guidance on dry eye disease from the TFOS DEWS II report and will set out how dry eye management differs between community and hospital settings.

It will explain how the two groups can work together to support patients with a wide spectrum of dry eye disease. Several case studies highlighting different types of dry eye disease will be presented to highlight the differing approaches to investigation, diagnosis and management of dry eye.

Guests will be able to gain a better understanding of the latest evidence of the diagnosis and management of dry eye disease and learn how to investigate, diagnose and treat patients complaining of symptoms of dry eye disease.

Indy Sian is a Consultant Eye Surgeon at Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. In his role as an NHS Consultant Mr Sian conducts Corneal transplant surgery, high volume cataract surgery and is the corneal and external eye disease lead clinician receiving referrals from across the region.

Sarah Farrant is joint director of an independent practice as well as a specialist practice within a GP surgery, both in Somerset. She has a specialist interest in dry eye and therapeutics. She is currently the TFOS UK Ambassador and acts as a consultant optometrist to several companies in the industry.

Members need to register via the BCLA website for exclusive access to the webinar. For more details and to book your place visit www.bcla.org.uk


Join the Family at BCLA says Bench

June 2019

‘Become part of the family’ – new BCLA President opens arms to a new generation of eye care experts

The new President of the BCLA has issued a rallying call to members, urging them to ‘shout from the rooftops’ and encourage an exciting new generation of contact lens practitioners to reap the rewards of joining the organisation.

Jonathon Bench Jonathon Bench, head of professional affairs at Alcon, was officially unveiled as BCLA President at an awards dinner and masquerade ball held as part of the organisation’s Clinical Conference and Exhibition in Manchester.

He takes over from Professor Sunil Shah and will oversee the next stage of a campaign to raise the BCLA’s profile both in the UK and around the world, with a focus on encouraging a more diverse, younger membership.

He said: “It’s an absolute honour and privilege to be President of the BCLA, an organisation that has meant so much to me for so long. I am enthused and passionate about contact lenses and the ocular surface and that’s what the organisation stands for.

“Over the next year we have to face up to the fact that we will be changing, we will be evolving and we’re going to be adapting.

“It’s an exciting time and we need everybody who’s part of the BCLA to raise their voices, share their thoughts and let people know why the BCLA is so important to them so we can encourage so many more people become part of our big family.”

The BCLA Clinical Conference and Exhibition saw hundreds of delegates attend over the course of the three days in Manchester, with dozens of countries from around the world represented, making it a truly international affair.

Combining that worldwide appeal with an updated technology-focused offering for a highly-engaged generation of newly-qualified eye care professionals will be core to Jonathon’s remit for the 12 months ahead.

It was announced during the conference that a new BCLA certificate in myopia management will be launched later this year, adding to the existing dry eye certificate that has proved popular in the past year.

Jonathon added: “It's hugely encouraging to see a number of highly-skilled young contact lens practitioners making their way into the profession. They are vital for the future of the nation's eye health and the standard of the entries into the BCLA Awards proved that patients are in safe hands for many years to come.

"We were delighted to name Eleanor Hill as the winner of the 2019 BCLA Young Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year and Dr Saleel Jivraj as Dry Eye Practitioner of the Year. Hardworking and ambitious people such as Eleanor and Saleel can become the next generation of pioneers, innovators and thought leaders in a profession that is always evolving, always adapting and always learning."

Jonathon takes over from Professor Sunil Shah in the role of BCLA President and thanked his predecessor for his work in uniting the worlds of optometry and ophthalmology during his tenure.

He added: “The BCLA is a truly multi-disciplinary organisation, with a focus not just on contact lenses but also the anterior eye and ocular surface. Sunil has worked to bring optometry and ophthalmology closer together and it’s through collaborative ways of working that we can continue to truly make a difference to patients’ lives.”

IACLE makes its mark at BCLA 2019 to celebrate 40th year

June 2109

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators celebrated 40 years of ‘Exceptional Education. Exponential Impact’ at the British Contact Lens Association Clinical Conference in Manchester, UK last weekend (30 May – 2 June).

More than 100 delegates took up the invitation to ‘Make Your Mark’ at the IACLE exhibition booth on a time wall of milestones in the association’s history. Visitors also contributed ideas for the future of contact lens education.

Three of the Founding Members of IACLE who attended its very first meeting – in Monte Carlo, Monaco in November 1979 – were saluted at the IACLE / BUCCLE Education Day held on 29 May to coincide with the conference. The day was jointly organized with the British & Irish University & College Contact Lens Educators, and attracted 80 members and guests.

Richard Pearson, Dr Hilmar Bussacker and Professor Desmond FonnIACLE’s Founding President Dr Hilmar Bussacker, first BUCCLE Chair Richard Pearson and former IACLE Vice President Professor Des Fonn described their experiences of the early days of IACLE and were awarded certificates to mark the 40th Anniversary. First IACLE Secretary Dr John de Brabander sent a video message to delegates.

Outgoing industry supporters Dr Dwight Akerman (recently retired from IACLE Platinum Sponsor, Alcon) and Ian Davies (formerly of IACLE Silver Sponsor, Johnson & Johnson Vision) were also acknowledged, with IACLE Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Contact Lens Education. Professor Lyndon Jones received the Lester Janoff Memorial Award 2019 from the Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators. His colleague at the University of Waterloo, Canada, IACLE Assistant Secretary Dr Luigina Sorbara, presented the award.

Image: Founding Members of IACLE (left to right), Richard Pearson, Dr Hilmar Bussacker and Professor Desmond Fonn, receive certificates to mark the 40th Anniversary.

President Dr Shehzad Naroo and Vice President Professor Philip Morgan (right) cut an anniversary cake at the 40th reception.

40th Anniversary celebrations continued at the BCLA Conference on 30 May with a presentation from IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo during the International Perspectives session, followed by a reception and cake-cutting hosted with Vice President Professor Philip Morgan of the University of Manchester at the association’s exhibition booth.


The 2019 IACLE Contact Lens Educators of the Year stepped up to the stage at the IACLE Awards Presentation in the main auditorium on 1 June. Receiving their certificates from Dr Gary Orsborn Vice President of Global Professional & Clinical Affairs at CooperVision, sponsor of the Educator Awards, were:

 

• IACLE Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year
Dr Rubén Velázquez, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City

• IACLE Asia Pacific Contact Lens Educator of the Year
Professor Craig Woods, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia

• IACLE Europe/Africa – Middle East Contact Lens Educator of the Year
Dr Fabrizio Zeri, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy

Also receiving his certificate from BCLA President Professor Sunil Shah was one of five IACLE Travel Award recipients for 2019, Joseph Afonne from Mzuzu University in Malawi. The annual Travel Awards are funded by IACLE and all its corporate sponsors. All the awards presented were co-sponsored by the BCLA.

The Awards ceremony completed a very successful week for IACLE that saw its members and Fellows involved throughout the program at BCLA 2019, as they chaired sessions, joined panel discussions, and delivered lectures and workshops.

Judith Morris, IACLE Regional President for Europe / Africa – Middle East and organizer of IACLE / BUCCLE Education Day commented: ‘The 40th celebration at the BCLA exhibition booth had such a buzz, and the events in the UK will help make 2019 a memorable episode in the life of IACLE. The Education Day also had a very positive atmosphere.’

President Dr Shehzad Naroo and Vice President Professor Philip Morgan (right) cut an anniversary cake at the 40th reception.

Dr Mohammad Abahussin from Saudi Arabia makes his mark on the time wall at the association’s exhibition booth. (left)




IACLE’s 40th anniversary events now move on to the Asia Pacific Optometric Congress (APOC) in Manila, Philippines (17-20 June). Celebrations will be held at two further major international meetings during 2019: the Colegio Federación Colombiana de Optómetras (FEDOPTO) Congress in Bogotá, Colombia (8-10 August), and Academy 2019 and the 3rd World Congress of Optometry in Orlando, Florida, USA (23-27 October).

Many more national and local meetings around the world will mark the occasion.

 

ACLM Contact Lens Year Book 2019 Now Available

June 2019


The 2019 edition of the product manual of the Association of Contact Lens Manufacturers has now been published. It lists technical details for all the contact lenses, solutions and materials produced by ACLM member companies, and covers the overwhelming bulk of products available in the UK. It has become an essential product guide and handy reference for contact lens practitioners.


ACLM Book 2019 This year there are more than 100 product changes - demonstrating that industry continues relentlessly to innovate and improve on earlier designs. There are articles on how to achieve the best fitting comfort for your patients, the latest statistics on the UK contact lens market, and the usual handy reference tables.

Also included are the latest developments on the GOC’s ‘Love Your Lenses’ project which is designed to inform both practitioners and members of the public about how to promote and use contact lenses properly and safely. More details are at www.loveyourlenses.com and all practitioners are urged to get involved with the ongoing campaign.

Readers can offer their patients the latest and most appropriate products available by obtaining a copy of the Year Book every year. Probably the best way to subscribe is by Direct Debit which secures a 35% discount every year, and also guarantees being among the first to receive the latest issue automatically.

Practitioners can download the order form from the Home Page of the ACLM website at www.aclm.org.uk. Alternatively, join the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) and receive a free copy of the Year Book as part of the membership package. Visit www.bcla.org.uk or call 020 7580 6661 to join.

Purchasers are always offered the latest version of the Year Book. The Home Page of the ACLM’s website not only indicates which is the current version, and has a link to a downloadable order form, but also shows the expected release date for the new one when that time approaches.

Finalists unveiled for 2019 BCLA Awards

May 2019

The shortlist has been announced 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, (30th May- 1st june), 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.

Dr Saleel Jivraj and Iain Johnson are finalists for the Dry Eye Practitioner of the Year award, which aims to honour and recognise the work of an eye care professional who has set up and runs a successful Dry Eye Clinic.

Luke Allen and Eleanor Hill have been shortlisted in the Young Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year category, launched 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 shortlist for the BCLA Industry Award features Dr Erich Bauman and Dr John Pruitt from Alcon, CooperVision representatives John Phillips, Stuart Cockerill and Paul Chamberlain and Steve Newmnan from Menicon while Johnson and Johnson Vision has nominated Dr Kurt Moody and John Meyler with further submissions for Dr Zohra Fadli, Leilani Sonoda and Dr John Buch. An individual nomination also sees Dr Rick Weisbarth make the shortlist.

All those shortlisted have met the criteria that states that nominations will have made an outstanding contribution to the contact lens profession either in relation to a product/technology or a concept. The Award is aimed to honour and recognise the entrepreneurial work being carried out by individuals or team of individuals working in contact lens science, research and technology within the industry.

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.

“Having received an incredibly high standard of nominations and submissions, the competition is extremely strong and all those shortlisted are worthy winners. We look forward to celebrating their success on the night.”

The 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.

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.

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.

IACLE moves to regular updates of its flagship course with ICLC 2020

May 2019

ICLCThe International Association of Contact Lens Educators has announced today that it will introduce rolling updates to its flagship educational resource, the New IACLE Contact Lens Course, from 2020.

Available online exclusively to IACLE members, the course will in future be revised and updated at regular intervals by the world’s leading authorities in contact lenses, starting with ICLC 2020. Editors will now review each lecture two years after its completion.

With six modules and 33 lectures, the New ICLC is the most used and most important of IACLE’s resources, and is rated highest for satisfaction by members. IACLE currently has 845 active members in 625 institutions in 78 countries, teaching around 20,000 students worldwide each year.

In April, the New ICLC reached a major milestone with the completion of the final lecture, Dry Eye & Contact Lenses, authored by Professor James Wolffsohn of Aston University, UK to reflect the 2017 TFOS DEWS II Report. Work is now under way to translate the current course into key languages.

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo welcomed the move to rolling updates: ‘ICLC 2020 will be the first update of the New ICLC, our most valued resource. Lectures will then be updated on a regular basis to ensure that users have access to the latest developments in the field and that the course remains relevant.’

IACLE Director of Educational Development Dr Lewis Williams described how the course has changed to be a product ‘for its time’: ‘In its 40-year history, IACLE has tackled – and continues to tackle – a large number of major projects. However, none has been as large as the curriculum projects. Firstly, there was the printed IACLE Contact Lens Course which occupied more than a decade from its inception in 1997 to distribution of the final module in several core languages in addition to its English original.

‘Launched in 2015, the New ICLC is now a wholly electronic product that bypasses the significant issues of production and distribution, makes supply almost instantaneous, enables easy updating as the contact lens discipline and related areas evolve, and allows for modification and correction as feedback from users is received.

‘The release of the final module represents a major IACLE milestone made possible only by the substantial contributions of all the invited authors. To those authors, IACLE and its members are eternally grateful.’

Synergy between No7 (UK) and SwissLens (Switzerland) products

May 2019

No7 and SwissLens have a product portfolio and a market presence that complement each other in a significant manner.

By working together, the two companies are creating a leading partnership in Europe and Middle East, both in terms of sales volume and product catalogue.
Realizing this, and willing to harvest the potential of collaboration, No7 and SwissLens have decided to collaborate on several important aspects of our business activity:

• QA: The two companies already comply with ISO13485:2016. But get ready now for the new MDR regulatory norms.
• Products development: Accelerating the development of new products and increase the potential to test and improved our current range of contact lenses.
• Markets: Depending of the region or country, the sales of products of both Companies will be consolidated for a better efficiency and for better serving our distributors and customers.

With a team of near to 100, No7 and SwissLens are ready to cope with the coming challenges and will be significant player in the market in order to better serve our customers and their patients in the future.

About No7:

No7 contact lens from Hastings (UK) is the largest independent contact lens manufacturer in England and sells its individual contact lenses mainly in the home market, Scandinavia and the Middle East. No7 is a specialized manufacturer of rigid contact lenses in corneal, scleral and orthokeratology designs.

SwissLens:

SwissLens from Prilly (Switzerland, near Lausanne) is one of Europe's largest manufacturers of custom soft contact lenses and also proposes a large portfolio of specialized RGP contact lenses. With various patents and intensive research on new designs, SwissLens offers unique solutions for nearly any eye condition. SwissLens distributes from Switzerland to 21 Western and Eastern European countries as well as to a few Middle Eastern and Asian countries.

New Post Grad contact lens Certificate at Anglia Ruskin University

May 2019

The GOC has granted provisional approval for the new Postgraduate Certificate (Contact Lens Optician) programme at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU).

ARU aims to introduce the programme in September 2019 with an initial intake of 16 students.

Fancy that! SynergEyes customers are having their cake and eating it – literally

May 2019

SynergEyes Duette RangeSynergEyes UK has launched a new promotion on its whole Duette range of hybrid contact lenses as part of the celebrations for Duette Progressive being named Contact Lens Product of the Year in a recent awards scheme.

The ‘Have your cake and eat it’ initiative runs until 31 July and offers practitioners the ability to guarantee the fit on every pair of Duette lenses they order for the price of a non-warrantied pair – saving them £42.

To raise awareness in practices, each of the promotional packages sent to customers contains patient leaflets and point-of-sale materials, plus a box of 8 French Fancies for the practice team to enjoy.

SynergEyes Sales Manager, Hans Sunassee, said: “This makes now the perfect time to fit those astigmats and astigmatic presbyopes who haven’t yet found their perfect contact lens.

“For a limited time, we are offering to guarantee the fit on every pair of Duette lenses ordered for the price of a non-warrantied pair, saving £42, to tie in with our ‘Have your cake and eat it’ marketing campaign.

“With our guaranteed fit, practitioners and patients get the peace of mind of 3 exchanges and a full credit in the unlikely event they can’t get on with the lenses.”

To help practices gain new Duette patients, SynergEyes UK has developed a patient educational leaflet and a SynergEyes Guarantee Card which can be given with the lenses to reassure patients. The card also has some simple care instructions and reminds patients that their lenses need to be replaced at 6 months.

For practices there is a special point-of-sale display with a poster and a leaflet holder. A direct mail patient letter has also been developed by the company so that practices can invite suitable patients in for a Duette/Duette Progressive trial.

IACLE to mark 40 years of Exceptional Education at BCLA 2019.

May 2019

IACLE will be celebrating 40 years of ‘Exceptional Education. Exponential Impact’ with special events at the British Contact Lens Association Clinical Conference & Exhibition in Manchester, UK this month (30 May-1 June).

Over the three days, delegates will be invited to ‘Make Your Mark’ at the IACLE exhibition booth (Stand 6) on a time wall of milestones in the Association’s history. A 40th Anniversary celebration and cake-cutting will take place on Thursday 30 May at 5 pm at the booth.

IACLE

President Dr Shehzad Naroo will open an International Perspectives session on Thursday at 12 noon with a presentation marking 40 years of IACLE. And the IACLE Awards ceremony will be held on Saturday 1 June at 2.30 pm in the main auditorium, where the 2019 IACLE Contact Lens Educators of the Year and IACLE Travel Award will be presented.



A joint IACLE / BUCCLE (British & Irish University & College Contact Lens Educators) Education Day for contact lens educators and postgraduate students will take place in Manchester on Wednesday 29 May to coincide with the conference. International authorities in contact lens education will speak on ‘Research and evidence base related to our publications and presentations’.

Some of the founding members of IACLE who attended its very first meeting in November 1979 will be saluted at IACLE / BUCCLE Education Day. IACLE’s Founding President Hilmar Bussacker, first BUCCLE Chair Richard Pearson and former IACLE Vice President Des Fonn will describe their experiences of the early days of IACLE.

IACLE will celebrate its 40th year with anniversary events at three further major international meetings during 2019: the Asia Pacific Optometric Congress in Manila, Philippines (17-20 June), the Colegio Federación Colombiana de Optómetras (FEDOPTO) Congress in Bogotá, Colombia (8-10 August), and Academy 2019 and 3rd World Congress of Optometry in Orlando, Florida, USA (23-27 October). Many more national and local meetings around the world will mark the occasion.

Dr Naroo commented: ‘BCLA will mark the first of our celebrations at international events worldwide. We look forward to welcoming old friends, founding members, current members and guests to our events at the BCLA Conference, and are ever grateful to our sponsors and to the BCLA for their kind support.’

Founding members of IACLE (front left to right) Brien Holden, Des Fonn and George Mertz in Monte Carlo, Monaco in November 1979, when IACLE’s first meeting was held (image courtesy of Brien Holden Vision Institute).

Official presentation of the New Sales UK Team and launch of Fusion 1 Day Vista and the weekly Fusion segment at BCLA

April 2019

Safilens confirms its presence at the BCLA Clinical Conference & Exhibition, designating this prestigious international event – the leading European exhibition for the contact lens industry – for the official debut of its new UK sales team and launch of fusion 1day vista and the weekly Fusion segment on the local market.

In addition to strengthening existing customer care and warehouse services at the Safilens UK subsidiary in Marden (Kent), the new UK sales team, led by Country Manager Ian McDermott and initially composed of four sales staff, will handle countrywide sales of the entire Safilens portfolio of products.

Making their UK debut at BCLA are fusion 1day vista – the first daily contact lens for asthenopia – and the weekly fusion 7days.

fusion 1 day

Fusion 1day vista features an innovative D-Stress design. This new geometry offers greater depth of field and is custom-designed to reduce eye strain commonly associated with daily activities that exacerbate proximal vision, like the prolonged use of digital devices. Furthermore, the controlled release of natural substitutes for the tear film from the lens to the eye surface ensures long-lasting comfort in dry environments, like air-conditioned offices, or when reduced frequency or incomplete blinking occurs (symptoms of CVS – Computer Vision Syndrome).

Fusion 1day vista expands the daily contact lens family of lenses that incorporate the groundbreaking fusiontechnology™ system – the synergistic action of Hyaluronic Acid and TSP (Tamarind Seed Polysaccharide) that normalizes and maintains stability of the physiological relationship between the lacrimal film and the ocular surface – providing the wearer with natural, lasting eye comfort. And that’s not all. After fusion 1day (spherical), fusion 1day presbyo (for presbyopia) and fusion 1day astigma (for astigmatism), with fusion 1day vista,

Safilens is the first company in the world to develop a daily contact lens for asthenopia and to introduce a fourth segment to the daily contact lens market.

fusion 7 Days Presbyo The Fusion weekly segment is available for myopia and hyperopia (fusion 7days), presbyopia (fusion 7days presbyo, with afocal lens design) and astigmatism (fusion 7days astigma, with Sleekform design).

Fusion 7days, Fusion 7days presbyo and Fusion 7days astigma combine the innovation and comfort found in the Fusion line with the functional, hygienic and cost benefits of a weekly lens.

fusion 7 Days Astigma
All of the weekly lenses can be used with Sonic Wave Generator, the tool that uses the emission of sound waves and, paired with the unique fusionsol solution, ensures the removal of deposits and disinfects the lenses for safe and hygienic lenses every day.

Safilens’ participation in BCLA – an exhibition known for an extraordinary scientific program that each year attracts prominent experts and international industry representatives – attests to the company’s ongoing commitment to the “educational” activities tied to its game-changing products.



fusion 7 Days


Live fittings will be held at the Safilens stand throughout the duration of the show, with applications open to all visitors, who will have first-hand experience of the performance and benefits of fusiontechnology™ in its various formats.

And there’s more: on Friday, May 31st Giancarlo Montani (Professor of Optometry, University of Salento) will hold a presentation entitled “Effects of different contact lens designs on reading behaviour of pre-presbyopic subjects” that will illustrate the analyses and results of the D-Stress geometry that underlies the fusion 1day vista lens.

Come see us! At BOOTH 41, 42, 43 at the BCLA Conference

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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