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Opchat Magazine Contact Lens PagesContact Lens News, October to December 2016

Comfort 15 celebrates first anniversary.
Search begins for 2017 IACLE Award winners.
IACLE salutes 2016 Awards winners at Academy meeting.
Fitting skills day course - perfect for pre-reg students, newly qualified or those returning to work after a break! Book now for next week!!
20% rise in ortho-k during 2016 reports No7.
Life begins at 40 for BCLA as conference celebrates landmark anniversary.
Tesco recalls Easysept Peroxide Solution 360ML contact lens solution over 'burning' fears.
Tear film video aids dry eye management.
‘Scary’ Halloween lenses could see you lose your eyesight.
Scleral Lenses are promoted at AIO
Kevin Taylor celebrates 25 years at No7

Comfort 15 celebrates first anniversary.

December 2016

Comfort 15


Comfort 15, the easy to fit mini-scleral from No7, is celebrating its first year with news that multifocal and toric versions are being beta-tested for launches later this year.

The first year of the single vision option has seen it become the chosen mini-scleral for many practices, thanks to its affordability and ease of fitting. Comfort 15 – with the name reflecting the 15mm diameter – has provided a solution to demand from contact lens fitters believes Kevin Taylor, No7 Technical Director:

“Mini-sclerals have, in the past, been notoriously expensive, and involved a steep learning curve, but the Comfort 15 is simple to fit. Cost is also a major factor with the single vision lens costing the practice £51.50 for a daily wear 12 month replacement lens.”

Made from Optimum Extra, a Contamac material, the lens and its new modalities are expected to meet growing demand for the requirements of fitting irregular corneas.


Practices interested in taking part in the beta-testing of the new Comfort 15 multifocal should contact: Kevin Taylor, Technical Director

Search begins for 2017 IACLE Award winners.

December 2016

Four exceptional contact lens educators will be joining celebrations for the British Contact Lens Association’s 40th Clinical Conference and Exhibition next year, as winners of the 2017 IACLE Awards.

IACLE AwardsThe International Association of Contact Lens Educators is offering educators around the world the chance to become IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year and travel to the BCLA’s anniversary event in Liverpool, UK (9-11 June).

These awards recognise and reward achievements in contact lens education worldwide, and are sponsored by CooperVision and supported by the BCLA.

IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year will be awarded to three individuals, one from each of IACLE’s three global regions:
• Asia Pacific
• Europe / Africa – Middle East
• Americas

The winners will each receive:
• A bursary of up to US$3,000 towards the cost of attending the 40th British Contact Lens Association Clinical Conference and Exhibition.
• Permission to use the title 2017 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year for their region.
• A certificate to mark the award, to be presented at the conference.
• Publicity relating to the award in IACLE communications and other media.

The IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards are open to all IACLE members from any country, with preference given to members who are active FIACLEs (Fellows of IACLE) or have attempted the IACLE Fellowship Exam.

The awards will recognise work by those who are established contact lens teachers. Equally, the award may be given in recognition of a useful educational contribution by an Associate Member, actively involved in IACLE and in contact lens education.

The IACLE Travel Award, offered for the first time in 2013, is a travel bursary for an IACLE Educator Member starting out on his / her career who would not otherwise be able to attend a major international conference. The IACLE Travel Award is sponsored by IACLE and supported by the BCLA. The winner will receive a bursary of up to US$3,000 towards the cost of attending BCLA 2017, where the award will be presented.

Commenting on her experience of winning the 2016 IACLE Travel Award, Eman Alzghoul, lecturer in contact lenses at the Jordan Institute of Science and Technology, said: ‘The award has been the biggest opportunity I’ve had since I started teaching and practicing contact lenses. Thanks to this opportunity, my experience, knowledge and confidence increased incredibly.’

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo urged all IACLE members to consider entering this year’s awards. ‘We’re delighted that our 2017 award winners will be invited to attend the BCLA conference in Liverpool. We are grateful to CooperVision for continuing to sponsor the Educator Awards and to the BCLA for supporting the Travel Award. Remember you can be nominated by a colleague or self-nominate.’

‘As one of the world’s leading soft contact lens manufacturers, we understand the importance of contact lens education and its influence on the future of the eye care profession,’ said Dr Gary Orsborn,

Vice President, Global Professional and Clinical Affairs at CooperVision. ‘We are proud to partner with IACLE to recognize those who dedicate themselves to teaching others in extraordinary ways. We look forward to meeting this year’s honorees at the BCLA.’

The deadline for entries for the 2017 awards is midnight on Tuesday 31 January 2016. Entries should be submitted by email to IACLE Director of Operations Bonnie Boshart at using the application forms to be found at (Awards).

IACLE salutes 2016 Awards winners at Academy meeting.

November 2016

IACLE Awards

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators presented the prestigious IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards and IACLE Travel Award at the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) annual meeting held in Anaheim, California this month.

The ceremony took place at an International Reception at the Academy 2016 meeting (11 November).

The reception was sponsored by CooperVision and attended by delegates from around the world. IACLE also held its Annual General Meeting and Executive Board Meeting at Academy 2016.

All Award Winners above.

The IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards recognize and reward achievements in contact lens education worldwide.

Each winner receives a bursary of up to US$3,000 towards the cost of attending a major international conference.

Thanks to generous sponsorship from CooperVision, three Educator of the Year Awards are presented, one for each of IACLE’s three global regions. This year’s winners were:

IACLE AwardsIACLE Europe / Africa – Middle East Contact Lens Educator of the Year
Professor James Wolffsohn
– see photo of him (l) and Dr Garry Orsborn (r) receiving award.

IACLE Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year 2016
Dr Jorge Giovanni Vargas
Universidad de La Salle, Facultad de Optometria, Colombia

IACLE Asia Pacific Contact Lens Educator of the Year 2016
Dr Prema Chande
Lotus College of Optometry, Mumbai, India

Fitting skills day course - perfect for pre-reg students, newly qualified or those returning to work after a break! Book now for next week!!

November 2016

This one day contact lens fitting skills course has specifically been designed for pre-reg students, newly qualified or those retuning to work after a break.

With a focus on hands-on workshops, the day will provide a unique opportunity to increase confidence in RGP, Multifocal and Toric lens fitting skills plus an introduction to managing dry eye.

The event will take place on Sunday 4 December 2016 at Aston University priced at just £15 (includes lunch and refreshments and exhibition entry).

Programme information here

Limited places - book now to avoid disappointment!

Registration details here

Why not consider membership for this year as well?

Yes, Free BCLA Pre-reg membership for a year!

The BCLA is offering 12 months free Pre-reg membership absolutely FREE! Benefits include:

BCLA Free membership

• Access to free and discounted publications including the CLAE journal*

• Professional advice and support services including BCLA's quarterly newsletter Contact

• Free and discounted events including Clinical Conference and Exhibition and the course mentioned above.

• Online resources which include blogs, factsheets, case studies and reports.

Claim your Free Pre-reg membership before the 30 November!

Go to BCLA site and follow instructions beneath:
• Click on the 'Order' tab
• Select 'BCLA membership' option
• You will see a list of BCLA membership options
• Select Pre-reg student membership and add to cart
• Enter discount code: MBSPREG16DIS and click on submit

You can then go on to book the Fitting Skills Day course.

20% rise in ortho-k during 2016 reports No7.

November 2016

Growth of more than 20% in the number of patients fitted with Ortho-k lenses during the past 12 months is reported by No7 Contact Lenses. 

Reflecting the growing international clinical evidence for using this modality of vision correction for myopia control, the company says a similar trend is expected for 2017, ensuring its lab will be extremely busy.

No7 Ortho“There is no indication that we are going to see any kind of slow-down in demand.  Practitioners are keen to differentiate themselves and Ortho-k is a fantastic means to achieve this.  It also builds practice loyalty, as many of our customers are finding. Fitting Ortho-k lenses is not complex and yet brings tremendous rewards,” said Danny Pepper, No7 Sales and Marketing Manager.

Paras Kothari, Optometrist owner of South London’s Eye Centre, in Thornton Heath, took on 14 new Ortho-k patents during 2016 –

“I now have around 50 patients using Ortho-k and this has been building well in the past two years. We have become better at promoting the modality – particularly to teenagers and young adults. Our youngest patient is eight. Apart from the myopia control aspect, Ortho-k works very well with patients who have borderline dry eye and comfort issues with soft lenses,” said Paras.

He praised the practice-building opportunities of Ortho-k, “People don’t drop in and out of this.  We have patients on monthly direct debits and it gives us a steady income. We charge £50 for the initial consultation and then £42 per month for the lenses, care and solutions.”

Paras believes it is important not to make the initial fee too high as this can be a barrier he says. “With a sensible consultation fee people are happy to give it a go, and when they try it they tend to like the results.  When we fit patients they tell their friends and colleagues – young active adults are particularly interested as it can transform their ability to participate.
It differentiates us from other optical practices and is enjoyable and rewarding to see a successful outcome when patients are so happy with the results.  For us, the two really strong demographics are active young people who like the freedom of seeing clearly, and then the myopia control group who see real benefits to this.”

No7 confirm the business case, as Danny said, "If you are charging £42 per month, per patient, you only need 20 patient to have added another £10,000 to the practice revenue.”

Life begins at 40 for BCLA as conference celebrates landmark anniversary.

November 2016

The British Contact Lens Association is preparing to mark its 40th anniversary, and is pledging to look to the future as well as celebrate the past.


The Association will officially celebrate its 40th year at next year’s Clinical Conference and Exhibition.

Hundreds of eye care professionals are expected to attend the glittering event, which will include world-renowned guest speakers, hands-on workshops and a spectacular 40th Anniversary dinner.

BCLA president Brian Tompkins said: “The world was a very different place in 1977 and the BCLA has changed as well.

“Reaching 40 gives us the chance to celebrate the huge strides the industry has made, particularly in regards to embracing the new technology we have at our disposal, but it also allows to look back with pride at our achievements.

“We want to make this an occasion to remember and bring the industry together as one. The next 40 years promises to be just as exciting, perhaps even more so, and we want the BCLA family to be able to enjoy it together.”

The conference, due to be held at the ACC in Liverpool on June 9th-11th next year, is the biggest of its kind within the contact lens industry and offers delegates the chance to keep up to date with the latest research, trends and best practice.

Keynote speakers will include Professor Lyndon Jones, Associate Professor Jennifer Craig, Dr Eef van der Worp and Dr Michel Guillon.

Eye care professionals have been given the chance to help shape the content of the programme of workshops and education sessions to compliment the research, focusing on the key trends within modern contact lens practice, with a host of papers expected to be submitted on topics related to contact lenses and the anterior eye.

BCLA chief executive Cheryl Donnelly said: “By contributing to an action-packed programme, eye care professionals can play their part in helping to shape the future of our industry, passing on their experience to others and bringing best practice to the wider public – benefitting eye care professionals and patients alike.”

Early bird tickets will be available to book from December.

Tesco recalls Easysept Peroxide Solution 360ML contact lens solution over 'burning' fears.

November 2016

B & L Easysept


Tesco advises customers not to use the Bausch + Lomb contact lens solution

Tesco has recalled a contact lens solution amid concerns it could burn people's eyes and cause other "serious health consequences".

The supermarket withdrew all batch codes of the 360ml Bausch + Lomb "EasySept Hydro + Peroxide Solution".

Trading Standards said the "potential fault" means peroxide could remain in the lens case, which could cause a number of health issues.

The BBC has approached Bausch + Lomb for a comment.

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute said customers who have bought the product should not use it.

Serious consequences'

It said: "Residual peroxide could potentially remain in the lens case after neutralization.

"If the residual hydrogen peroxide is above product specification, the user could experience burning/stinging, irritation, red eye and, in rare circumstances, other more serious health consequences."

A Tesco spokesman said the solution was recalled "as a precautionary measure" as requested by the manufacturer.
He added the product is also on sale "across a number of retailers". No other Bausch + Lomb products are known to be affected.

Tescos advised all customers not to use this product
It should be returned to a Tesco store for a full refund - no receipt required

Tear film video aids dry eye management.

October 2016

Sarah Farrant
Videoing the tear film and being about to show this to patients of the dry eye clinic is a major advantage believes Somerset optometrist Sarah Farrant.

Upgrading to a Medmont topographer, which allows this film capture and storage for future comparisons, has boosted the diagnostic capabilities of Earlam and Christopher’s dry eye clinic in Taunton,

Sarah believes, "Since upgrading to the Medmont we are seeing much greater accuracy and ease of capturing the data. What is most significant, though, is filming the tear film break-up: patients are very impressed with this analysis and it is a valuable means of engaging them in the treatment plan and management of the condition,” she said.

Widely respected as a lecturer in dry eye management, Sarah was one of the first optometrists in the UK to set up a dedicated clinic, some 12 years ago.

In practice
Since then she has developed this into a thriving aspect of her practice with dedicated 30 minute appointment sessions which include a full tear film assessment, examination of the glands, lids and lashes.

“As independents we need to differentiate ourselves: I see three or four dry eye patients a day and they are generally on six monthly appointments.

With an ageing population and in view of current lifestyles of increased air conditioning and computer use we expect to see this become more of a problem. Patients recognise that our clinic can offer a real benefit.”

Sarah estimates that up to a third of patients in a practice can be suffering from dry eye, “It is currently very under diagnosed and therefore under managed.”

As an independent prescriber, along with her husband and fellow practitioner, Ed Farrant, the duo have developed the clinical side of their busy practice.

By being part of the local Acute Community Eyecare Service they have developed a strong local reputation for eye disease management and for glaucoma care too.

‘Scary’ Halloween lenses could see you lose your eyesight.

October 2016

Adding spooky contact lenses to your fancy dress outfit this Halloween could trigger a real-life horror show and put your sight at risk, eye experts have warned.

Novelty lenses form a key part of the costume for thousands of revellers celebrating Halloween, but they could pose a ghoulish threat to eye health.

The lenses, which alter eye colour and have been made popular by smash hit TV series and films including Twilight, are often shared around amongst friends - increasing the risk of corneal ulcers and infections.

Brian Tompkins, President of the British Contact Lens Association, said: “By sharing coloured contact lenses young people are playing Russian roulette with their eye health and putting their sight at risk.

“Wearing fancy lenses might make you look cool for one night on Halloween but losing your sight could be a lifelong horror story."
Cosmetic coloured lenses are a medical device and should be prescribed by an Eye Care Professional. These lenses should only be purchased from a registered practitioner.

Halloween warning

Mr Tompkins added: “An eye care professional will ensure that contact lenses fit properly and that wearers receive expert advice on how to wear and store them safely.
"Cosmetic lenses found in fashion retail outlets, market stalls and from unregistered online sellars are distributed on a 'one size fits all' basis. To minimise the risks of infection and ongoing eye health issues, it is essential that all lenses are individually prescribed by a fully qualified professional.

Scleral Lenses are promoted at AIO

October 2016

The ease of fitting modern mini-scleral contact lenses was a topic of CET education at the 200-delegate AIO conference in Cardiff this week.

Ian Sexton
No7’s Professional Services Training Consultant, Ian Sexton FBDO CL, demonstrated the benefits of fitting mini-sclerals to what is expected to be a growing number of patients in High Street practice. His CET lecture and two hand-on sessions provided confidence for many to dispense this modality.

Ian, also a visiting lecturer at City University and a contact lens optician at Vision Express, explained, “The very positive reaction and great interest in the resurgence of this modality reflects how the lens is so useful post-surgery and post-eye trauma. The success rates are very good, with the lens providing excellent vision, good eye health and a very comfortable fit.

As hospitals are increasingly directing these non-routine patients into the community there is a real place for mini-scleral lenses, which are no longer tricky to fit and have a place in practice.”

The workshops gave delegates first-hand experience of fitting, and wearing, No7’s Comfort 15 lens with the fit examined by the group under blue light. Delegates expressed surprise at the ease of fitting and great comfort of the lens.

Kevin Taylor celebrates 25 years at No7

October 2016

Kevin TaylorKevin Taylor is celebrating 25 years at No7 Contact Lenses – a business he first joined as Laboratory Manager. He is now Technical Director.

Kevin is a supportive voice at the end of the telephone to customers throughout the world, with a tremendous knowledge of all aspects of specialist and regular contact lens fitting.

He leads the customer services team at the Hastings-based company, offering free advice on fitting and pricing of contact lens services –

“We receive between 250 and 300 calls a day and some are of a very complex nature – others are supporting practitioners who are new to fitting contact lenses. We have plenty of interest in getting started with Ortho-k and with other RGP options.”

The specialist contact lens laboratory manufactures to nanometer technology and prides itself on its specialisation.

“We have a tremendous team atmosphere with more than 400 years of contact lens manufacturing and fitting knowledge within the company. Apart from Ortho-k one of the most interesting areas we are speaking to customers about is using scleral lenses for dry eye patients, which bring many benefits – it is a modality we expect to see more practitioners dispensing.”


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