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Webinar will discuss putting the skill back into soft lens fitting
Tickets now available for the NCC event in March!
IACLE calls for entries for 2020 Educator of the Year and Travel Awards
Special edition of CLAE to focus on myopia management
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Webinar will discuss putting the skill back into soft lens fitting

January 2020

BCLA Webinar info
The latest BCLA webinar will discuss the topic of soft lenses, examining drop-out rates and putting forward suggestions for how eye care practitioners can ‘get control’ over their fitting.

The online session, to be held between 6.30pm and 7.30pm on Wednesday, 26 February, will be presented by educator and researcher Eef van der Worp.

He will help viewers gain an understanding of the limitations of the current methods of soft lens fitting and discuss new potential methods of soft lens fitting, while looking at a new mathematical model to possibly predict soft lens fit success.

The session will evaluate when to use ‘off the peg’ standard soft designs for the normal eye and discuss the use of custom-made lens designs, for the ‘out-of-standard’ eye.

Eef, adjunct assistant Professor at Pacific University College of Optometry (Oregon, USA) and the University of Montreal University College of Optometry (CA), said: “Soft contact lenses ‘as we know them’ are becoming more and more a commodity product rather than a medical device, and ECPs do not actually ‘fit’ soft lenses anymore.

“At the same time, we are seeing large dropout rates and stagnating contact lens markets in the western world. Can we turn this around, and give ECPs some grip or control back over the fitting process?

“Drop-out rates and the reasons for that are complex, with tear film components and dry eyes as just one factor, and lens material, lens surface friction and edge design as other important components – as well as environmental factors.

“Many of these factors we as eye care practitioners (ECPs) have no say over, and no control over. What we do have control over is the lens fit. This discussion focuses on that topic: how can we get control over the fitting of soft lenses – and optimize lens fit, in order to best respect and follow the shape of the ocular surface.”

To register, and to find out more, visit

Tickets now available for the NCC event in March!

January 2020

Following on from the success at the NCC events in 2016 & 2018, the NCC continues its scientific collaboration with the BCLA. Dr. Carolina Kunnen from the NCC together with Professor James Wolffsohn of Aston University and the BCLA’s academic team hosted the NCC/BCLA abstract submissions program. Event location and date 15 & 16 March 2020, Veldhoven, Netherlands.

The scientific track, parallel to the general education tracks at NCC ‘Beyond 2020’, is designed to maintain the high reputation developed by the BCLA for showcasing world class clinically relevant research, nurturing new researchers and young academics to present at this level.

All abstracts presented during the NCC 2020 meeting will continue to be published in Contact Lens and Anterior Eye (CLAE).

Take a look at the full programme here!

The event's theme is “Beyond 2020”: Taking a look into the future and will realising successful contact lens wear is more than just an correcting visual acuity!

You can get more information about the programme and to book tickets for the event here.

IACLE calls for entries for 2020 Educator of the Year and Travel Awards

January 2020

Six contact lens educators from around the world will be attending major international meetings this year, as winners of the 2020 IACLE Awards.

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) is offering educators worldwide the chance to become IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year and travel to the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), Academy 2020 Nashville, in Tennessee, USA (8-10 October). IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year will be awarded to three individuals, one from each of IACLE’s three global regions:

• 2020 IACLE Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year

• 2020 IACLE Asia Pacific Contact Lens Educator of the Year

• 2020 IACLE Europe / Africa – Middle East Contact Lens Educator of the Year

These awards recognize and reward achievements in contact lens education and are sponsored by CooperVision with support from the Academy. The winners will each receive a bursary of up to US$3,000 towards the cost of attending Academy 2020 Nashville and permission to use the title 2020 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year for their region.

The IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards are open to all IACLE members who have been paid-up members for at least 3 years. Members can either nominate themselves, or be nominated by another member, their IACLE regional / country coordinator or IACLE staff. Applicants must demonstrate use of IACLE resources, engagement with IACLE, impact on their institution and the ways that they inspire their students to become future contact lens practitioners.

‘Continuous advances in contact lens technology require ongoing evolution in contact lens education,’ said Dr Gary Orsborn, Vice President of Global Professional and Clinical Affairs for CooperVision. ‘We are proud to continue our partnership with IACLE to recognize the educators who never cease to give their students the best possible preparation for a career in optometry – today, tomorrow, and well into the future. We look forward to celebrating those who rise to the top in 2020.’

JIACLE Recepients 2019The IACLE Travel Awards are bursaries of up to US$3,000 allowing IACLE Educator Members to attend international meetings. The IACLE Travel Awards are sponsored by IACLE through the generous support of all IACLE’s sponsors (Alcon, CooperVision, Johnson & Johnson Vision, Bausch + Lomb and Euclid).

This year there will be three IACLE Travel Awards. Recipients will attend either Academy 2020 Nashville (one award), or the Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators (AOCLE) Annual Workshop (one award) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (28-31 May), or another major meeting to be agreed by the IACLE Executive Board (one award). Academy attendance is supported by AAO and
AOCLE attendance by AOCLE.

‘A dream fulfilled’ is how 2019 IACLE Travel Award recipient Joseph Afonne from Mzuzu University, Malawi described his experience of attending the British Contact Lens Association Clinical Conference in Manchester, UK last year. And 2019 IACLE EAME Contact Lens Educator of the Year Dr Fabrizio Zeri of the Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Italy said being chosen for this prestigious award was ‘a great honour’.

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo said: ‘I would encourage all members to consider applying for the 2020 awards or perhaps nominate someone for an award. We are grateful to all our sponsors for their support, to CooperVision for continuing to sponsor the Educator Awards, and to the American Academy of Optometry and AOCLE for additional support.’

Pictures above:

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo (left) and Dr Gary Orsborn (right), Vice President, Global Professional and Clinical Affairs at CooperVision, pictured with some of the 2019 IACLE Awards winners (l-r) Dr Fabrizio Zeri (Italy), Professor Craig Woods (Australia), Joseph Afonne (Malawi) and Dr Rubén Velázquez (Mexico), and BCLA President Professor Sunil Shah (second right), at the 2019 British Contact Lens Association Clinical Conference.

Special edition of CLAE to focus on myopia management

January 2020

A special edition of a respected contact lens journal will focus on the issue of myopia management – with key contributions from two of the world’s leading experts.

Dr Kate Gifford and Dr Nicola Logan have teamed up to guest edit January’s edition of the BCLA journal Contact Lens and Anterior Eye (CLAE), which will feature articles discussing the increasing global interest in myopia management and the results of an international survey of contact lens fitting for myopia control in children.

The journal will also look at global trends in myopia management attitudes and strategies in clinical practice.
Editor of CLAE, Dr Shehzad Naroo, said: “The BCLA peer reviewed publication, CLAE, is extremely proud to be starting the new decade with a themed issue of the journal that is on the very current and relevant topic of myopia control with contact lenses.

“We are certain that this will become a useful knowledge resource for the BCLA members and others involved in the field. There are some great papers in the issue and the editorial process for this issue was guided by guest editors and experts in the area, Dr Nicola Logan and Dr Kate Gifford.”

The journal features the results of a raft of worldwide studies into myopia, including papers from esteemed researchers including Professor Philip Morgan and Nathan Efron and Professor James Wolffsohn.

Jonathon Bench BCLA President
BCLA President Jonathon Bench said: “We have seen an explosion in interest in myopia management in recent years, to the point where it has become one of the biggest talking points among contact lens professionals.

“A dedicated edition of CLAE, featuring guest contributions from some of the world’s most respected professionals in this very specialist field, gives myopia management the platform it needs and warrants.

“This will help further raise awareness and give eye care professionals access to the very latest thinking and research around an issue which is sure to feature prominently in everyday practice for years to come.”

BCLA announces plan for global consensus report on contact lenses and issues call for expert authors

December 2019

A new BCLA global consensus report will deliver evidence-based guidance on contact lenses and the anterior eye to ensure the best possible care for patients around the world.

The Contact Lens Evidence-based Academic Reports (CLEAR) will be published in the March 2021 edition of the BCLA journal ‘Contact Lens and Anterior Eye’ (CLAE) and will feature work from a panel of globally-respected experts.

The reports will set the standard that all researchers and ECPs will refer to as best practice to ensure the profession delivers the best evidence-based patient care.

Executive Chair of CLEAR, Professor James Wolffsohn, said: “I am delighted the BCLA, as the most well-established contact lens and anterior eye organisation in the world, has supported this initiative to review the academic literature on contact lenses.

“This involves the top experts and will allow us to draw conclusions and to form global consensus to support clinicians with what information is supported by evidence, researchers as to the gaps in current knowledge and to guide industry in what still needs to be achieved.”

The CLEAR reports will follow in the footsteps of two similar projects in the spheres of dry eye and myopia, the TFOS DEWS II report and the IMI white papers.

A series of nine global consensus reports will be compiled during 2020, with planned publication within the BCLA journal Contact Lens and Anterior Eye in March 2021.

Papers will be chaired by internationally renowned experts and will focus on the following subjects:

• Anatomy and Physiology of the Anterior Eye - Dr Laura Downie
• Biochemistry of lens materials, coating, comfort drops and solutions - Professor Mark Willcox
• Effect of lens materials/design on the anatomy and physiology of the eye - Professor Philip Morgan
• Speciality lenses - Professor Pauline Cho and Dr Melissa Barnett
• Contact lens complications - Professor Fiona Stapleton
• Medical use of contact lenses - Associate Professor Debbie Jacobs
• Contact lens optics - Dr Kathryn Richdale
• Future applications of contact lenses - Professor Lyndon Jones
• Evidence based contact lens practice - Professor James Wolffsohn

If you have expertise in any of the subject areas listed above and would like to be considered as a co-author, please contact the BCLA by 20th December 2019.

Vice-Chair Professor Philip Morgan from the University of Manchester said: “I look forward to working with the BCLA and with colleagues from around the world to present this evidence-based and timely summary on the current state of contact lens research and practice.

“This special issue of the journal will provide an excellent resource for the CLAE readership and help direct future research efforts to both optimise products and improve patient care.”

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