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Product recall: Acuvue daily disposable for astigmatism contact lenses
BCLA members help shape programme content for Pioneers & Visionaries conference
BCLA President urges members to ‘be ready for change’
AIO and BCLA team up to work with the GOC to tackle illegal practice
Call for papers ahead of NCC / BCLA 2020
BCLA President urges members to ‘inspire generations’
BCLA webinar will put myopia management under the microscope
BCLA announces new myopia management certificate
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Product recall: Acuvue daily disposable for astigmatism contact lenses

October 2019

The Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has urged users of Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Acuvue daily disposable contact lenses for astigmatism to check their lenses, after J&J initiated a voluntary product recall of specific lots.

J&J is recalling specific lots of lenses which might have particles that could cause eye redness or discomfort or corneal abrasion if not noticed before insertion into the eye.

The MHRA says there have been no reports of serious adverse events to date.

J&J has also confirmed it has notified affected opticians and optometrists, recalling the affected lots and has instructed them to contact patients who may have received the affected product.

You can check if your products are affected, by checking the lot number of the lens boxes against the list published by Johnson & Johnson in the company’s field safety notice (FSN).

BCLA members help shape programme content for Pioneers & Visionaries conference

October 2019

Registration is now open for the eagerly-anticipated Pioneers & Visionaries conference – a one-day event featuring a programme shaped by BCLA members themselves.

The event will be returning to the popular Royal Society of Medicine in London on Tuesday, 26 November. BCLA members are encouraged to bring along a non-member as a guest to the event, to give them exclusive access to one of the premier dates in the organisation’s calendar.

The 2019 BCLA Pioneers Lecture, entitled ‘Understanding Contact Lens Discomfort’ will be presented by Professor Michel Guillon - Honorary Professor in The School of Life and Health Sciences at Aston University.

He said: “Contact lens discomfort (CLD) is the major problem associated with contact lens wear. It leads to a substantial reduction in the benefits of using contact lenses as a vision correction modality for many wearers and is the leading cause of contact lens discontinuation.

“This lecture will critically review questionnaires used to determine CLD and demonstrate that CLD symptomatology is unlike dry eye symptomatology without contact lenses.

”It will identify the ocular and contact lens related factors influencing CLD and produce supporting evidence that the key to managing individual patients’ CLD is not simply quantifying CLD overall severity but characterising its occurrence, associations and consequence, with a view to establishing the unique CLD profile of individual patients upon which to develop a personalised management programme for an impactful clinical outcome.”

In keeping with the tradition of previous Pioneers and Visionaries events, the day will feature lectures presenting current and new thinking on key topics of relevance to everyday contact lens practice and ocular surface management.

BCLA President Jonathon Bench said: “This year’s programme has been shaped by BCLA members. Suggestions put forward as part of the ‘Members – You Decide’ survey have been incorporated into the programme, including a series of shorter presentations as part of a wider discussion. It promises to be an exciting, vibrant conference full of up-to-the-minute thinking around some of the biggest issues in contact lenses and the anterior eye.”

Sessions will cover all the key subject areas facing those working within contact lens and anterior segment practice and for those want to increase their specialism.

Highlights include ‘Is OrthoK for Myopia correction or myopia control?’ and ‘Is there a place for mini sclerals?’ while the Dry Eye management session will consider the views of both optometrists and ophthalmologists to discuss the NHS changes to Dry Eye product prescriptions and how this will affect patients.

The day will close with a glimpse into the future as Reena Chopra from Moorfields along with others will examine the role of Artificial Intelligence and Anterior Segment Grading.

The event, which also features an exhibition showcasing the very latest technology, is being staged in conjunction with BCLA partners Alcon and CooperVision, platinum sponsors Johnson & Johnson Vision, gold sponsors Menicon and SEED with UltraVision, technology sponsor Topcon and premium sponsors mark’ennovy and Visioneering Technologies.

To register for the event, click here For anyone wanting to bring a non-member along to the event as a guest, email the guest’s details here

BCLA President urges members to ‘be ready for change’

October 2019

David Quigley
The new President of the BCLA has called on eye care professionals to ‘inspire generations of patients’ and ‘be ready for change’ as part of his annual address to members.

Jonathon Bench used his Presidential Address at The Royal College of Nursing in London on Wednesday, September 25 to look back at the 42 years of the BCLA, to better understand the differences between the generations and to appreciate the advances provided for eye care professionals through technology and research.

The lecture looked at the very real challenges that exist in consulting rooms and how the profession can work together to address and overcome them. Jonathon also looked at the way in which patients continue to be the engines for change in the profession.

He said: “Each generation offers something different to those who have gone before. There’s never a more receptive brain than the one that’s been trained to learn. By making sure they are better educated than us we have so much learn from the generation that follows us.

“We are on the cusp of contact lenses going mainstream and it’s an exciting time for all of us. Patents are being filed for lenses which monitor different biological markers, such as glucose levels.

Contact lenses are being considered for integration into the management system of patients in the healthcare industry. Drug delivery via contact lenses is being talked about and we need to be ready for the change.”

Jonathon added: “The BCLA has committed itself to be a conduit for education and best practice sharing from peer to peer, creating a community of contact lens and ocular surface advocacy and bringing the cutting edge and novel insights and developments from academia/R&D to the practice.

He also called on BCLA members to focus on the positives and remember the impact eye care professionals have on patients’ lives. “Celebrate yourselves on a daily basis and think about the difference you make, remember how special the service you provide is. Think about those moments where you changed someone’s life.”

AIO and BCLA team up to work with the GOC to tackle illegal practice

September 2019

The Association for Independent Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians (AIO) and the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) have joined together in an initiative to work closely with the GOC to drive out the illegal sale of contact lenses across the UK.

Whilst the GOC already has a dedicated London based team who investigate complaints about illegal contact lens sales, they do not have a physical presence across the country. The intention is that members of AIO and BCLA become their ‘eyes and ears’ on the High Street and identifies UK based on-line suppliers to ensure that early investigation and any follow-on enforcement action, taken in association with Local Trading Standards Officers, is fully effective.

The recent BBC programme ‘Fake Britain’, which reported on the on-line sale of counterfeit contact lenses, has once again highlighted the dangers of buying contact lenses without the supervision of a registered eye care practitioner.

Eye infections, even permanent damage to the eye, including blindness can result from lenses that are not stored and washed in sterile solutions.

Christian French, chairman of AIO, commented: “It has been a long-standing source of annoyance and frustration for our members to see the illegal sale of contact lenses taking place in outlets close to their practices as well as on-line.

“Whilst some have been proactive in reporting such instances, others have probably been unaware that the GOC have an effective investigation team in place. Joining up with BCLA and providing GOC with feedback to help maximise the effectiveness of their action will be warmly welcomed by members. At the end of the day it is all about protecting the public as well as representing members interests.”

Cheryl Donnelly, chief executive of the BCLA, said: “Whilst our members have reported illegal practice to the GOC for some years, we are pleased to be working with AIO to help provide impetus and impact to the work of the GOC investigation team. By adopting a more centralised approach to this problem we expect to make a real difference on the illegal sales of contact lenses for the benefit of the public and our members. it makes great sense for BCLA to be involved in this initiative.”

Dionne Spence, GOC Director of Casework and Resolutions commented: “Stopping illegal practice is important to protect the public. Contact lenses should only be supplied by qualified eye care practitioners. We welcome this initiative from the AIO and BCLA and we look forward to working with them.”

In the coming months AIO and BCLA will report on the impact that this initiative is having on stamping out illegal practice.

Call for papers ahead of NCC / BCLA 2020

September 2019

A call for papers has been issued ahead of an eagerly anticipated collaborative research symposium to be held in the Netherlands next year.

The NCC and BCLA’s collaborative research symposium is being run as part of the NCC 2020 on March 15 and 16 in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

The symposium is designed to showcase world class clinically relevant research, it also aims to nurture new researchers, clinicians and young academics to present at this level.

Submissions for the symposium should be in the form of abstracts and can be a paper or digital poster (to be allocated by the Academic Committee) with case reports also encouraged.

Under the theme of ‘Beyond 2020’, practitioners have been encouraged to contribute to the science stream and submit case reports.

All submissions must be made using the online submissions form, accessible via the BCLA website from Monday, September 2.

A pre-screening service will be available until September 25 ahead of a final submissions deadline of midnight on November 1.

BCLA President urges members to ‘inspire generations’

July 2019

The new President of the BCLA will call on eye care professionals to ‘inspire generations of patients’ as part of his annual address to members.

David QuigleyJonathon Bench will use his Presidential Address at The Royal College of Nursing in London on Wednesday, September 25 to look back at the 42 years of the BCLA, to better understand the differences between the generations and to appreciate the advances provided for eye care professionals through technology and research.

The lecture will look at the very real challenges that exist in consulting rooms and how the profession can work together to address and overcome them. Jonathon will also look at the way in which patients continue to be the engines for change in the profession.

He said: “As Einstein stated “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change”. Never has this been more true than now with the world around us and the expectations of people changing more rapidly than ever before.

“As intelligent eye care professionals we have a responsibility to keep up with these changes, responding to and guiding our patients’ in contemporary ways.

“The BCLA has committed itself to be a conduit for education and best practice sharing from peer to peer, creating a community of contact lens and ocular surface advocacy and bringing the cutting edge and novel insights and developments from academia/R&D to the practice. This ongoing professional development benefits the patient receiving care.

“Join me to understand how generations of BCLA members have been inspired and how we have, and can continue, to inspire generations of patients.”

Online registration is now open for members of the BCLA to secure their place at the event. Members can bring one guest along to the event, advance booking is essential. A drinks reception will start at 6.30pm, with the one-hour lecture getting underway at 7pm.

BCLA webinar will put myopia management under the microscope

July 2019

An eagerly anticipated BCLA webinar will look at the factors preventing eye care practitioners from fully engaging with myopia management while examining ‘real world’ experiences to look at ways it can be integrated into everyday clinical practice.

The webinar, entitled ‘Myopia Management: Incentives and Impediments’, will be presented by Dr Manbir Nagra and Gillian Bruce at 6.30pm on Monday, October 7.

Myopia has doubled in the UK in the past 50 years1 and increases the risk of sight threatening disorders such as glaucoma, cataract, retinal holes and tears and a type of macular degeneration that is a leading cause of visual impairment2, which sadly is untreatable.

By 2020, it is estimated there will be 2.6 billion myopes in the world. This is likely to reach five billion by 2050, nearly half the world’s population3.
The presenters said: “In recent years the field of myopia management has generated a great deal of interest from both practitioners and industry alike. While the availability of myopia management products has steadily increased, a number of obstacles may still stand in the way of practitioners fitting them in practice.

“In this webinar we will consider the factors impeding myopia management by practitioners and we will use case histories to demonstrate how practitioners can tackle obstacles and integrate myopia management into clinical practice.”

Dr Manbir Nagra works as a Reader in Optometry at the University of Portsmouth and continues to provide consultancy within the optical sector. She is also current chair of British and Irish University and College Contact Lens Educators (BUCCLE).

Gillian Bruce is the clinical lead optometrist at Cameron Optometry, an independent specialist contact lens practice in Edinburgh, providing the hospital contact lens service for Lothian region. Gillian developed the myopia management service for the practice in 2015 and continues to oversee its growth.

The webinar follows the announcement of the forthcoming BCLA certificate in myopia management – due to be launched later this year. The online course will feature six narrated lectures and will include the latest evidence-based research presented in an easily accessible format to allow the learning to be shared and adopted by practice staff.

The lectures will be delivered by a panel of renowned myopia management experts from around the world, including Gillian Bruce, Professor Pauline Cho, Professor Ian Flitcroft, Dr Nicola Logan, Prof Kathryn Saunders and Professor Jeff Walline.

BCLA announces new myopia management certificate

July 2019

A new certificate in myopia management will allow eye care professionals to translate the latest research findings to their clinical practice as part of a drive to boost awareness of the “ticking timebomb” of a global eye health epidemic.

The BCLA certificate in myopia management, due to launch later this year, will help further raise its profile and bring it to the attention of a wider audience.

The online course will feature six narrated lectures and will include the latest evidence-based research presented in an easily accessible format to allow the learning to be shared and adopted by practice staff.

The lectures will be delivered by a panel of renowned myopia management experts from around the world, including Gillian Bruce, Professor Pauline Cho, Professor Ian Flitcroft, Dr Nicola Logan, Prof Kathryn Saunders and Professor Jeff Walline.

Having worked with some of the leading researchers in the field to deliver this programme, past president Keith Tempany said: “Myopia has doubled in the UK in the past 50 years1. We now have a situation where almost one in five teenagers in the UK are myopic, with myopia most likely to occur between the ages of six and 13.

“This generation is set to be the most myopic the world has ever seen. We can’t simply stand by and do nothing. We need to wage war on this condition. It’s a ticking timebomb.

“This certificate gives us an opportunity to create a band of myopia management visionaries and advocates who can make a long-lasting difference to the eye health of generations to come.”

Myopia increases the risk of sight threatening disorders such as glaucoma, cataract, retinal holes and tears and a type of macula degeneration that is a leading cause of visual impairment2, which sadly is untreatable.

By 2020, it is estimated there will be 2.6 billion myopes in the world. This is likely to reach five billion by 2050, nearly half the world’s population3.

All those taking part in the programme will learn to appreciate the increasing epidemiology and burden of myopia, understand the risks for onset and progression of myopia, differentiate between the different myopia management strategies and consider when to implement.

Guidance will be given on how best to communicate the rationale for myopia management with children and parents and how to develop an appropriate myopia management strategy to use in practice.

The CET-accredited programme forms part of BCLA’s commitment to supporting its members, who will be able to access all online materials required for this course free of charge.

It is the latest addition to the BCLA’s growing education portfolio, adding to the Dry Eye certificate which has proved popular with members since its introduction in 2017.

For more details, visit www.bcla.org.uk.

 

 
 
 
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