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SAFILENS introduces DELIVERY, a Global Breakthrough in Contact Lenses
BCLA announces publication date for long-awaited global consensus report
Webinar to discuss ‘brave new world’ of practice in a pandemic
IACLE calls for entries for 2021 Educator of the Year Awards
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SAFILENS introduces DELIVERY, a Global Breakthrough in Contact Lenses

January 2021

In addition to vision correction, the new family of contact lenses, DELIVERY, offers physiological and eye-development benefits

In the year of its 20th anniversary, Safilens launches DELIVERY, a game-changing new family of contact lenses.

Pioneering an innovative era in the field of contact lenses, the project was developed in partnership with Fondazione Banca degli Occhi del Veneto ONLUS (Veneto Eye Bank Foundation) – European leader for more than 30 years in the research, transplant and treatment of ocular diseases.

Through the development of innovative materials and technologies, Safilens has consistently striven to deliver the best possible wearing experience to its contact lens users by developing lenses with increasingly high performance and comfort levels while reducing side effects to a minimum.

“As manufacturers of contact lenses, we are well aware of the importance of these medical devices in the lives of users who wear them for many hours a day, many days a week and many years in their lifetime,” remarked Safilens General Manager, Daniele Bazzocchi. “In light of this, we took an entirely different approach to the redesign of the contact lens, not only as a way of correcting a vision defect but also as an authentic aid to the wellbeing and physiology of the eye. The valuable work of our R&D department, as well as the extraordinary vision of our parent company, the Bruno Farmaceutici Group, allowed us to introduce this new product.”

With the Coronavirus still wreaking global social-economic havoc, Safilens is nonetheless determined to continue its innovative policy by conceptualizing and launching a new family of lenses.


Delivery Tyro

The first product in the family is DELIVERY TYRO, a daily contact lens with biological functions, designed to release tyrosine, an amino acid that helps normalize ocular development.

Why Tyrosine?

Tyrosine is beneficial because it participates in the metabolic processes of the cell; its concentration influences the presence of dopamine. “Because it is a natural substance, tyrosine has an extremely low level of toxicity and is constantly present in the blood. It crosses the natural barriers – for example, the blood-brain barrier – that often inhibit the penetration of drugs.

Recent research has revealed that dopamine plays a key role in proper development of eye anatomy. Thus, by releasing tyrosine, there will be a higher concentration of dopamine in the blood or in the structures of the eye,” explained Dr. Diego Ponzin, Medical Director of the Fondazione Banca degli Occhi del Veneto Onlus.

DELIVERY TYRO lenses not only correct myopia but also favor normalization of the development of the eye.

Which explains why this is a contact lens designed especially for young people – because myopia is a refractive impairment that appears in the first few years of life, it aids prevention through the supply of dopamine, a natural substance that influences cell metabolism.


Thanks to the exclusive manufacturing process patented by Safilens, DELIVERY contact lenses are enriched with natural substances, like Lachryceuticals®.

These are natural constituents present in foods, microbial agents or plants which, by exploiting the pharmaceutical synthesis techniques of products of natural origin, are selected ad hoc and are able to influence some physiological processes.

According to Safilens QA Manager, Alessandra Perco, “The use of dietary supplements based on natural substances, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and fatty acids has gained widespread popularity.”

Given this assumption, Lachryceuticals® – substances we can deliver through our tear film – were developed to contribute wellbeing to the eye and to vision. This biochemical approach makes it possible to act on the physiology of the eye, reducing risk factors and maintaining the eye in an optimal state of health.


During the production process, Safilens introduces functional substances into the lens matrix that are gradually released into the eye. These include hyaluronic acid, TSP® – a natural polymer extracted from tamarind seeds that has extensive mucoadhesive properties without overly increasing the viscosity of the solution – and tyrosine.

The release of these gels present in the lens occurs primarily due to three factors: body temperature, they are temperature-sensitive and the higher the temperature, the lower the viscosity; blinking, which occurs about 13- to 14-thousand times a day thus squeezing the contact lens – a thin transparent sponge that contains these elements; eyelid pressure, which facilitates the release of these substances into the eye.

DELIVERY TYRO daily disposable lenses also make it possible to ensure safety, hygiene and simplicity of use for wearers of all ages, including youth and children. The biochemical approach helps mitigate the risk factors in proper ocular development resulting from the modern lifestyle, such as excessive accommodative effort or inadequate exposure to the beneficial wavelengths of natural light.

“We are quite pleased with our progress so far. For us, it was like walking into a room where there were many things to read, study and examine,” stated Safilens R&D Manager,

Alessandro Filippo. We are also grateful for the relationships developed daily with some very eminent industry contacts (facilitated by our parent company, Bruno Farmaceutici), which allowed us to talk shop in a field that is new to us and in which support was crucial. We said we had entered a room but, who knows, someday it might be transformed into a new building.”

More about the world of Safilens DELIVERY can be found at:

BCLA announces publication date for long-awaited global consensus report

January 2021

A new BCLA global consensus report will deliver evidence-based guidance to eye care professionals around the world on all aspects of prescribing and fitting contact lenses as part of a concerted drive to provide the best possible patient care.

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

CLEAR, made possible by educational grants from Alcon and CooperVision, will set the standard to which researchers and eye care professionals will refer for the latest information in the field and will also highlight potential opportunities for future research. The report will be made available to both BCLA members and non-members.

Executive Chair of CLEAR, Professor James Wolffsohn, said: “Putting together these reports has been an amazing journey of discovery, bringing together gems of evidence to inform clinical practice, identifying areas where further research is needed and determining where there are opportunities for new innovations from industry.

“The collaboration between experts in the field of contact lenses and the anterior eye has been inspiring and productive, despite the enforced ‘virtual’ nature of the interactions. We look forward to disseminating the findings globally as soon as the reports are published.”

CLEAR will feature 10 overview papers, each compiled by a panel chaired by internationally renowned experts. The topics areas and panel chairs are:

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 – OrthoK – Professor Stephen Vincent and Professor Pauline Cho
Speciality lenses – Sclerals – 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
The CLEAR report will be published in the BCLA journal Contact Lens and Anterior Eye (CLAE).

BCLA members will receive a copy of the CLEAR report as part of their member benefits. Non-members can either join the BCLA ahead of the report publication or subscribe to CLAE via the Elsevier site.

Editor in Chief Dr Shehzad Naroo said: “CLAE is honoured to be the vehicle to deliver the CLEAR reports to the contact lens community. The CLEAR reports are a unique achievement from all those involved, especially the Chair, Vice-Chair and Panel Chairs.

“They represent the benchmark of the current knowledge base, that will be useful for practitioners, students, researchers and industry colleagues for years to come.”

Vice-Chair of CLEAR, Professor Philip Morgan from the University of Manchester, said: “I believe that the CLEAR special issue of Contact Lens and Anterior Eye will act as an outstanding resource for eye care practitioners worldwide, bringing together all the latest information about clinical research in the field and, in doing so, enhancing patient care.”

Webinar to discuss ‘brave new world’ of practice in a pandemic

January 2021


The first BCLA webinar of 2021 will examine how clinical care has needed to adapt in the ‘brave new world’ of optometric and hospital practice during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The interactive online session, to be held from 6.30pm to 7.30pm on Tuesday, 2nd February, will be hosted by Rakesh Kapoor and Ankur Barua and registration is now open.

Signalling the start of a series of digital learning activities hosted by the BCLA throughout 2021, the webinar will explore how, despite the upheaval caused by the pandemic, eye care professionals have been able to provide a credible service to their patients by taking into account the updated and adjusted clinical advice given by the professional bodies.

The session seeks to give delegates the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse group of patients with a range of optometric conditions and needs, eliciting the detail and relevance of any significant symptoms they have.

Ahead of the webinar, Mr Kapoor shared advice for ECPs looking to navigate the ongoing challenges posed by COVID-19 and said: “We need to listen to patients and ensure that they are at the heart of the decisions made about their care.

“Where possible, modify care and treatment based on your patients’ needs and preferences without compromising their safety and adapt routine practice to cater for patients safely during the pandemic.

Rakesh Kapoor, BSc(Hons) MBA FCOptom FBCLA FEAOO
“Work collaboratively with colleagues, both within your practice and other optical professions and other healthcare practitioners, in the interests of patients, ensuring that your communication is clear and effective so that you deliver an effective service.”

Rakesh Kapoor has been a partner with Specsavers Opticians for more than 25 years, with five stores across north west London. He has a keen interest in contact lenses and is a visiting lecturer at Aston University, a College of Optometrist assessor and a professional witness for the GOC.

After a locum cornea-glaucoma consultant post at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Ankur Barua moved to the Midlands to take over the corneal service as lead at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire. Working across two sites, UHCW and St Cross Rugby, he carried out complex anterior segment surgery including corneal grafting, keratoconus treatment and high-risk cataract surgery.

He has recently moved to a new role at Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre.

To register, and to find out more, visit

IACLE calls for entries for 2021 Educator of the Year Awards

December 2020

Three contact lens educators from around the world will be attending major international meetings next year, as winners of the 2021 IACLE Awards launched today.

2020 IACLE Winners

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 a major international meeting providing COVID-19 restrictions allow. IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year will be awarded to three individuals, one from each of IACLE’s three global regions:

• 2021 IACLE Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year
• 2021 IACLE Asia Pacific Contact Lens Educator of the Year
• 2021 IACLE Europe / Africa – Middle East Contact Lens Educator of the Year

The 2020 winners, Professor Renée Reeder (USA), Professor Bariah Mohd Ali (Malaysia) and Jo Underwood (UK), will also receive their awards at meetings in 2021, when restrictions allow.

These awards recognize and reward achievements in contact lens education and are sponsored by CooperVision. The winners will each receive a bursary of up to US$3,000 towards the cost of attending an international meeting and permission to use the title 2021 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year for their region.

The IACLE Educator Awards are open to all contact lens educators who have been IACLE members for at least three years. Applicants can either nominate themselves, or be nominated by another member, their IACLE regional / country coordinator or IACLE staff. Educators must demonstrate impact on their institutions and the ways that they inspire their students to become future contact lens practitioners.

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo commented: ‘We are proud to be able to continue to offer the IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards for our three global regions. IACLE encourages all members to consider applying for the 2021 Awards, or to nominate someone for the Award. We are grateful to all our sponsors for their support, and especially to CooperVision for continuing to sponsor the Educator of the Year Awards.’

‘Continuous advancement in contact lens technology has made it more important than ever for students to receive focused education in this area of education and practice experience,’ said Gary Orsborn, OD, Vice President of Global Professional, Medical and Clinical Affairs, CooperVision. ‘As one of the world’s leading soft contact lens manufacturers, CooperVision is proud to support IACLE each year in recognizing outstanding contact lens educators for their dedication to the future of the profession.’

The 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).

Three 2020 Travel Award recipients, Dr Elizabeth Chetty (South Africa), Professor Martín Guzmán (Venezuela) and Associate Professor Nirav Mehta (India) will receive their awards at an international meeting in 2021, providing COVID-19 restrictions allow. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, there will be no IACLE Travel Awards for 2021.

The deadline for entries for the IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year 2021 awards is midnight (EST) on Sunday 31 January 2021.

PICTURE CAPTION: IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo (left) and CooperVision’s Marcella McParland (right), pictured with some of the 2018 IACLE Award winners (l-r) Professor Martha Lucia Marquez Garcia (Colombia), Runa Mazumder (India), Wim Borst (Netherlands) and Henri Eek (Netherlands), at the 2018 American Academy of Optometry.

The new guidance document is available now.

As eye care professionals prepare to emerge from the enforced period of lockdown, the BCLA published guidance documents with a list of points to consider as you and your team return to practice.

In addition to these, we have just published new guidance related to the use of gloves in contact lens practice.

Returning to Practice in Covid-19: Use of gloves in contact lens practice. We will provide a link when it becomes generally available.

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