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Opchat Magazine Contact Lens PagesContact Lens News, January to March 2017

Myopia control day at Olympic park in May.
IACLE and BUCCLE join forces to enhance contact lens teaching and supervision skills.
Steve Morgan Joins Contamac Ltd as Quality Manager.
IACLE to hold 2017 Congress on Contact Lens Education
Reflex colours’ realistic layering brings flood of orders.
Love Your Lenses Week set for 25-31 March organised by the GOC.
No7 IS Shortlisted for Industry Award.
Join BCLA for their March evening meeting titled: Cell therapy for corneal disease.
Comfort 15 lens wins praise in Portugal.
BCLA Conference will discover there’s much more to contact lenses than simply correcting your vision.
IACLE and BCLA launch monthly Research Updates.
‘I don’t lose sleep very often, but I do when it comes to extreme corneal problems in children’
No7 to highlight Ortho-k at Optometry tomorrow.
Take part in a scleral lens wear survey
Contamac readies itself for the most important launch of its most anticipated product in 2017.
Are kids really that tricky? BCLA meeting tackles challenges treating corneal problems in children

Myopia control day at Olympic park in May.

March 2017

Olympic StadiumTuesday May 16 is the Spring Ortho-k Myopia Control event at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, East London.

Intended for eye care professionals who want to start fitting Ortho-k, it covers all aspects of selecting and managing Ortho-k patients, plus the business benefits.

Three CET points are available for the event which includes a presentation by Indie Grewal, a Leightons Opticians franchisee who will present: “Why EyeDream Works for Me”.

Limited places are available and tickets are priced at £75.

Those who attend will receive a £140 EyeDream voucher for Ortho-k lenses, plus £500 towards the Medmont E300 topographer used in the fitting of Ortho-k and other specialist contact lenses.

IACLE and BUCCLE join forces to enhance contact lens teaching and supervision skills.

March 2017

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) and British Universities Committee of Contact Lens Educators (BUCCLE) will hold an Education Day for contact lens educators and clinic supervisors in Liverpool, UK on Thursday 8 June.

This event is timed to precede the 40th British Contact Lens Association Clinical Conference and Exhibition taking place in Liverpool from 9-11 June.

IACLE/BUCCLE Education Day will run from 10am to 4.30pm at the Pullman Liverpool Hotel which is connected to ACC Liverpool, venue for the BCLA Conference. The program of lectures and discussion will be followed by a Drinks Reception for all attendees, hosted by BCLA, at ACC from 6pm to 7pm.

Attendance at Education Day is free of charge to all contact lens educators and university/college clinic supervisors, thanks to the support of BUCCLE.

Topics covered on the program will include:

• Communicating with students in the clinic

• Electronic learning styles

• Core competencies of UK optometry students

• Assessment of students’ skills

• Merging academic teaching into clinical practice

Dr Shehzad Naroo (UK), Dr Luigina Sorbara (Canada), Judith Morris (UK) and Dr Etty Bitton (Canada) will be the IACLE presenters for the day. Neil Retallic, Professor James Wolffsohn, Dr Graham Mouat and Arnold Cochrane will present on behalf of BUCCLE. To close the day, business coach and leadership development specialist Andy Cole will deliver the final interactive presentation on the effects of brain model on teaching style.

BUCCLE Chair Neil Retallic, Optometry Teaching Fellow at the University of Manchester, commented: ‘Expert educators in the field will highlight best practice teaching methods to ensure delegates understand how to support students/trainees most effectively to achieve their potential.’

IACLE’s EAME Regional President Judith Morris, who will chair the meeting, added: ‘The program theme is directed at clinic supervisors as well as educators because their relationship with the students during a clinic session and assessments is paramount in encouraging an interest in contact lenses as an undergraduate and beyond.’

IACLE members should email and BUCCLE members and clinic supervisors by 30 April to reserve a free place at Education Day.

Steve Morgan Joins Contamac Ltd as Quality Manager.

March 2017

Steve MorganContamac, the world’s largest manufacturer of Intraocular and Contact Lens materials are proud to announce the appointment of Steve Morgan as Quality Manager.

In this role Steve will assume full responsibility for Quality Assurance within the company, as well as providing a service to our customers to support their regulatory requirements.

Steve joined Contamac from PA Consulting’s Technology Group, where he lead the quality organization in managing compliance to the company’s ISO 13485 and ISO 9001 certifications.

During his 12 years at PA, he also gained wide experience of managing the quality and regulatory aspects of medical device development projects, under both the EU MDD and US FDA regulations, covering products such as auto injectors and blood glucose meters. Steve is also a lead assessor for the ISO 13485 and ISO 9001 standards, and has regularly undertaken third party quality audits on behalf of customers.


Steve is delighted to have joined Contamac at a time when the company is continuing to enjoy significant growth across its product portfolio. In his first 8 weeks with the company he has immersed himself in the business, covering all aspects of the internal production process, while starting to reach out and establish links with customers and trade organizations.

Steve commented “My early impressions are extremely positive – the people at Contamac are a close knit team with a tremendous breadth of technical knowledge and understanding of the industry. I have been made to feel very welcome in joining the organization and look forward to helping the company continue to manage the challenging quality and regulatory landscape ahead, which will help support both Contamac’s and their customers’ continued success.”

Robert McGregor, Managing Director at Contamac said, “We are delighted to have Steve as part of the team, his extensive background and knowledge in the medical device industry will ensure that Contamac and its customers are as prepared as we can be to meet the ever increasing regulatory requirements placed upon our industry for the future. This further demonstrates our commitment to quality and the desire to provide the best possible products to the industry. Steve will add additional support to our customers and compliment the expertise we already provide through Research and Development, Technical support, Education and Sales and Marketing”.

IACLE to hold 2017 Congress on Contact Lens Education

March 2017

IACLETranslating knowledge into increasing contact lens penetration will be the theme for the 2017 IACLE Congress on Contact Lens Education, taking place in Hyderabad, India from 9–10 September 2017.

The Congress is timed to precede the World Council of Optometry’s 2nd World Congress of Optometry, also In Hyderabad (11-13 September), where IACLE will also be providing the contact lens stream.

The IACLE Congress venue is L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), a comprehensive eye health facility with its main campus located in Hyderabad.

Participation for IACLE members attending the Congress will be facilitated by IACLE, thanks to the generous support of our Industry Partners Alcon, CooperVision and Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Companies.

Increasing contact lens penetration remains a major challenge worldwide.

The 2017 IACLE Congress on Contact Education will address key issues in market growth: retaining wearers in contact lenses, fitting more presbyopes and ensuring future practitioners have the skills to bring the benefits of contact lens wear to more of their patients.

The program will include the following topics:

• Addressing contact lens dropouts
• The importance of a contact lens work-up protocol, lens care and follow-up
• IACLE resources and assessment of students
• Contact lenses in the management of presbyopia

To help cover the cost of attending this meeting, IACLE members are eligible to apply for bursaries up to a maximum value of US$500 (Indian members up to US$250), subject to terms and conditions.

Applications will be considered on a first come first served basis and delegates will be successful based on their active participation in IACLE programs, and their reach and impact on contact lens education at their institution as well as at local and regional levels.

Completed applications must be submitted online no later than 31 March 2017.

IACLE Global Education Manager Lakshmi Shinde commented: ‘It gives me great pleasure to announce the IACLE Congress at L V Prasad Eye Institute. This meeting is a great opportunity for all global contact lens educators to meet, share ideas and experiences and to learn from each other.’

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo added: ‘IACLE is delighted to be hosting an Educators’ Meeting immediately before the World Congress of Optometry, to bring members together from the Asia Pacific region and other parts of the world.

We thank our Industry Partners, Alcon, CooperVision and Johnson & Johnson, for their generous support.’

Reflex colours’ realistic layering brings flood of orders.

March 2017

Chameleion Colours from No 7

The realistic way in which Reflex Colours allow the natural tones of the eye to be built up, with underprint, iris and limbal ring, is ensuring a flood of orders for No7 Contact Lenses.

Just a few months since the launch, the hydrogel lens is bringing a new dimension to realistic colour matching, with the facility to create as many options as there are people in the world, says manufacturer No7.

Supported by a “5 Easy Steps to Order” brochure, which explain the process of building up tones via the fitting set, Danny Pepper, No7 Sales and Marketing Manager, explained –

“We are receiving orders from around the world from practitioners looking to help patients with scarred or damaged corneas and iris defects. The potential for the lens is enormous and a clear way to differentiate a practice,” he added.

“This is a market which has offered few options in the past – it is much better than an off-the-shelf lens which will never colour match as well,” he said.

The patented pad printing process works in much the same way as printing on golf balls, or other curved surfaces, via a “cliché” which transfers the pattern. No7 also provides a matching service whereby its technicians will produce the matched lens from digital photographs supplied.

The single vision, toric, multifocal and toric multifocal options are manufactured at No7’s Hastings laboratory.

Love Your Lenses Week set for 25-31 March organised by the GOC.

March 2017

The General Optical Council (GOC) has announced that from 25-31 March it will be promoting Love Your Lenses Week in collaboration with a wide range of industry stakeholders and patient groups.

The week will aim to encourage patients to look after their eyes after GOC research showed that many people are not looking after their contact lenses properly – such as by not having regular eye checks with their optician or by allowing their lenses to come into contact with water.

For example, 44 per cent of wearers are not complying with advice to avoid showering in their contact lenses.

The Love Your Lenses campaign provides patient-friendly information and ideas to help optometrists, contact lens opticians, contact lens manufacturers and retailers, and industry partners to celebrate the many benefits of contact lenses while reminding wearers of the need to treat contact lenses with love and respect.

Alistair Bridge, GOC Director of Strategy, said: “Contact lenses are enjoyed safely and loved by millions of people. If they are looked after properly they are safe and effective, but our research has shown that not all contact lens wearers know how to do this.

“We will be working with stakeholders across the optical sector to remind all contact lens wearers, including people who wear ‘cosmetic’ lenses, to go for an eye-check at least once a year. Their optician can tell them how to keep their eyes healthy, for example by making sure their lenses don’t ever come into contact with water.”

The GOC has a campaign toolkit which provides content and ideas to help organisations get involved with the week, for example by holding an event, putting up posters or reminding contact lens wearers how to treat lenses with love and respect via a newsletter or social media.

The campaign website is now live at where practitioners and organisations can sign up to get involved in the week.

The campaign’s social media handles are loveyourlensesUK (Facebook) and @yourlenses (Twitter)

No7 IS Shortlisted for Industry Award

February 2017

Specialist contact lens manufacturer, No7, is shortlisted for the coveted Supplier of the Year in the UK’s OPTICIAN Journal Awards.

Danny Pepper


The 30 year old company, which made some 140,000 custom-made lenses last year, serves nearly 9,000 optical businesses.

A total of 189 overseas customers are drawn from across the globe: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Dubai, Lebanon, Israel, South Africa, South America, Australasia, Asia and much of Europe.

They have one thing in common – the need for a specialist contact lens which exceeds the parameters of most manufacturers. No7 has more than 585 years of lens manufacturing experience amongst its team, based in Hastings, Sussex.

Danny Pepper, No7 Sales and Marketing Manager, explained, ““We have recently produced a lens of -25.00 dioptres, and the highest power was +37.00 dioptres. Keratoconic patients’ requirements are routine work for our specialists, and no demand is too great. In fact, our technicians like a challenge, and the results of this specialisation are very rewarding.”

Besides the breadth of bespoke lens options for post-surgical needs, No7’s mini-sclerals, particularly Comfort 15, are the answer for dry eye and irregular cornea patients.

The lab has another great success story.

“We have refined our production of hand-painted and printed coloured lenses to a very fine art, and the results are winning us customers around the world, not just for cosmetic and TV/film work, with special effects, but also for the most serious trauma injuries.”

Join BCLA for their March evening meeting titled: Cell therapy for corneal disease.

February 2017

BCLA March meetingMr Alex Shortt will be presenting the March evening meeting titled 'Cell therapy for corneal disease'

Over the past 10 years, Alex’s research has focused on the development of cell therapies for corneal and conjunctival disease.

He has recently commenced a prestigious 4-year Wellcome Trust Clinician Scientist Award investigating the response of the recipient’s immune system to engrafted stem cells.

Alex’s goal is to improve the lives of patients with chronic, severe ocular surface disease through the delivery of novel cellular therapies using different therapeutic cell types.

Join the BCLA for what promises to be a very informative evening.

Applied for 1 CET point (pending approval)

Date: Thursday 23 March 2017

Time: Registration and drinks reception starts from 6.00pm. Lecture starts at 7.00pm.

Venue: London. Want to bring a guest? BCLA members can register up to 1 non-member guest to attend this event.

Comfort 15 lens wins praise in Portugal.

February 2017

Nova OptiforumThe No7 mini-scleral lens, Comfort 15, is proving to be the go-to lens for corneal problems in Portugal, with a number of complex cases being resolved with the British-made design.

Nova Optiforum, Portugal’s lens distributor, recently ran an educational event at The National Association of Optometrists in Lisbon during which a 53 year old office administrator related her experience with the lens.

She had had a car accident which led to a loss of vision and a year off work, suffering the effects of a stretched optic nerve with diplopia and residual astigmatism.

“The eye care professional concerned said contact lenses were out of the question due to the residual astigmatism. However, optometrist Miro of Torres Vedras suggested the Comfort 15 lens to the patient. Despite no previous experience of wearing lenses she is doing very well with excellent near, intermediate and far vision, with none of the distances compromised.

“This lady also suffers from rheumatic problems and with the multifocal lens her posture has improved. She is back to work and was delighted to relay the success of this very stable lens to the assembled optometrists,” said Sonia Velosa, Director of Nova Optiforum.

Another case study was reported of a 20 year old girl who experienced gradual sight loss, which due to grade 3 keratoconus, brought her studies and social life to a halt.

“Her eye care professional said the only option was surgery. With her mother they sought a second opinion and she was successfully fitted with a Comfort 15 lens and her acuity went to 9/10 and 10/10. She is now back to studying and leading a full life,” added Sonia.

Picture shows Sonia Velosa and Andre Goncalves, the company’s orthoptist, visiting the No7 laboratory in Hastings, UK

BCLA Conference will discover there’s much more to contact lenses than simply correcting your vision.

January 2017

BCLA ConferenceThe possibility of using contact lenses to deliver therapeutic drugs direct to the eye will form an integral part of a keynote lecture looking at future alternative uses for lenses.

Speaking at the British Contact Lens Association’s forthcoming Clinical Conference and Exhibition, Professor Lyndon Jones from the University of Waterloo will examine current methods of treating eye disease, such as eye drops and ointments, and reveal why embedding drugs into contact lenses for gradual release onto the ocular surface is a far more effective way of doing this.

The conference will see the BCLA mark its 40th anniversary by looking to the future of contact lenses as well as celebrating the industry’s proud past.

Leading eye care professionals will look at non-conventional, futuristic uses of contact lenses.

Philip Morgan, who will lead a session looking at future uses for contact lenses, said: “Currently, contact lenses are almost exclusively used to correct vision and to optimise people's sight. The session will explore how the use of contact lenses might expand in the future.

“We will hear from David Bailey, the owner of Swiss company Sensimed, who will outline the challenges which his company overcame to launch their glaucoma-monitoring contact lens 'Triggerfish'.

“Technologies which are not currently available in contact lens form but may be in the future will form a central part of the session.

“Stephen Hicks from the University of Oxford will outline novel technology to assist patients with low vision and Professor James Wolffsohn from Aston University will focus on pioneering head-up display technologies which may be incorporated into contact lenses in the future.”

Delegates will also be hearing from representatives of a number of contact lens companies to learn about their pipeline of innovative products set to come to market in the months and years ahead.

The conference, due to be held at the ACC in Liverpool on June 9th-11th, 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.

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: “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, and the future looks incredibly exciting for us all.

“We want to ensure everyone has access to the very latest research and technology to allow patients to receive the most up-to-date care available to them.”

IACLE and BCLA launch monthly Research Updates.

January 2017

Research Update is the latest resource essential to contact lens educators and practitioners worldwide, and available exclusively to International Association of Contact Lens Educators and British Contact Lens Association members.

Members of each association will receive a monthly email summarizing key papers on contact lenses and anterior eye appearing in peer-reviewed journals. The aim is to ensure that educators, their students – the contact lens practitioners of the future – and those currently in practice keep up to date with current research and the latest developments, to the ultimate benefit of contact lens wearers.

Compiled by the IACLE Education Team and supported by BCLA, Research Update offers multiple opportunities, such as to:

• Apply an evidence-based approach to contact lens teaching and practice
• Make interactions with students/patients more engaging and meaningful
• Encourage critical analysis of research papers
• Keep up to date in areas of specific interest
• Generate ideas for future research topics
• Use for staff training purposes

The first issue was sent out in January 2017 and all issues will be archived for IACLE and BCLA members’ exclusive access on the associations’ respective websites, and

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo commented: ‘We’re delighted to be working with BCLA on this exciting new initiative. Research Update is an invaluable resource and yet another reason why IACLE membership is essential to all those involved in contact lens education.’

Cheryl Donnelly, chief executive of the BCLA, said: ‘Keeping up to date with the latest research findings is essential for all eye care professionals wanting to remain at the forefront of the technological revolution that is transforming the way we work.’

‘I don’t lose sleep very often, but I do when it comes to extreme corneal problems in children’

January 2017

Sunil Shah
Treating young children for severe corneal problems is the most challenging part of the job for a leading eye specialist, but ultimately proves the most rewarding.

Speaking at a meeting of the British Contact Lens Association, consultant eye surgeon Prof Sunil Shah outlined the difficulties faced in treating newborn babies and children suffering from conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma and keratoconus.

He said: “It can be tough at times. I don’t lose sleep very often, but I do when it comes to extreme corneal problems in children.”

The specialist, who is based at the Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre and is a visiting professor at Aston University, delivered a keynote lecture at the BCLA’s latest Evening Meeting, held in Marble Arch.

The lecture, entitled ‘Kids - they can't be that difficult can they?’, offered an overview of corneal problems in children and the challenges faced in dealing with them.

Prof Shah said: “The problems range from all the corneal problems that adults face but in addition the congenital problems that are increasingly diagnosed at an early stage.

“While some of the conditions are rare, some are much more common and with increasing success rates, these children will be seen by their own optometrists for on-going management.”

The meeting heard harrowing examples of children who had undergone extensive treatment to correct major problems with their vision, including one girl who required surgery every six weeks for the first five years of her life.

Prof Shah also highlighted the case of a baby born with a hole in each eye who required a bi-lateral corneal transplant. During surgery, her heart stopped four times.

Conditions and procedures such as blepharoconjunctivitis, congenital cataracts, Peters Plus and keratoplasty were all put under the microscope to give delegates a greater understanding of the types of case seen in UK hospitals.

The importance of cross-linking and immediate referral in keratoconus patients was highlighted as a particularly vital part of preventing further progression while Prof Shah also revealed that young glaucoma patients were at a higher risk of graft fracture, with one year survival rates at just 30 per cent.

More than 30 eye care professionals attended the meeting, with several others able to tune in via Facebook Live – the first time the BCLA has used the technology to live stream content to members.

No7 to highlight Ortho-k at Optometry tomorrow.

January 2017

Katie HarropOptometry Tomorrow, which takes place at the Birmingham NEC Metropole from 19-20 March, will bring myopia control to the fore.

With demonstrations of topography via Medmont technology, No7 will also be taking part in a panel discussion – Myopia: what would be your treatment of choice?

Katie Harrop, Professional Services Manager for No7, the leading provider of Ortho-k lenses, is joined by Professor Bruce Evans, who will explore the use of soft multifocals and Dr Simon Barnard, who will look at the use of pharmaceuticals.

Katie Harrop stressed the significance of the debate at the College of Optometrists’ event –

“The incidence of myopia in UK children has doubled in the past 50 years and there are no signs of this trend abating. As a profession we have to explore every avenue that we can to reduce this problem and secure the very best outcome for long term visual health of the up and coming generation. We do not want to face future accusations of knowing that we could have acted but we did nothing to arrest the problem.”

Take part in a scleral lens wear survey

January 2017

Scleral lensOn behalf of the Scleral Lens Research Group the BCLA would like to invite you to take part in their survey.

This survey will examine patient outcomes of scleral lens wear. Eye care providers will be asked to provide information on specific outcomes experienced by one of their scleral lens patients.

Interest in scleral lenses has exploded over the past several years, and we are attempting to learn more about how these lens designs are being prescribed in current ophthalmic practice.

The research team are conducting a survey of individuals who currently fit scleral lenses, and would like to include the experience and insights of as many of you as possible. Participation in this study is anonymous and entirely voluntary.

Your participation in this survey acknowledges your consent for your data to be included in this study. It will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

For this survey, please tell us about your most recent scleral lens patient that you've evaluated who has been wearing scleral lenses for the past 6 months or longer. It will be helpful for you to have the patient's notes available to review while completing the survey.

Complete survey here

Results from this survey will be shared at the Global Specialty Lens Symposium in Las Vegas meeting.

The Scleral Lens Research Group consists of: Drs. Ellen Shorter, Jennifer Harthan, Muriel Schornack, Amy Nau, Cherie Nau, Jenny Fogt and Joe Barr


Contamac readies itself for the most important launch of its most anticipated product in 2017.

January 2017

Contamac, are Platinum sponsors at this years Global Specialty Lens Symposium to be held in Las Vegas this month.

As leading manufacturers of contact lens material for contact lens makers globally, the world awaits "Optimum, with Tangible Hydro-PEG".

This new material will have very special benefits for specialty lenses, with increased comfort and it is said that it will take material knowledge for contact lenses to the next level.


Are kids really that tricky? BCLA meeting tackles challenges treating corneal problems in children

January 2017

Sunhil ShahThe challenges facing optometrists when treating corneal problems in children will come under the microscope during the BCLA’s first meeting of 2017.

Professor Sunil Shah will look at the issues associated with treating young people during a lecture in Marble Arch, London on Wednesday, January 25.

The lecture, entitled ‘Kids - they can't be that difficult can they?’, will offer an overview of corneal problems in children and the challenges faced in dealing with them.

Professor Shah, an honorary Professor at the University of Ulster and Visiting Professor at Aston University, said: “The problems range from all the corneal problems that adults face but in addition the congenital problems that are increasingly diagnosed at an early stage.

“While some of the conditions are rare, some are much more common and with increasing success rates, these children will be seen by their own optometrists for on-going management.”

Delegates attending the evening meeting will, pending approval, receive one CET point.

BCLA members can register one non-member guest to attend this event by emailing the guest full name, email address and GOC number to 

The event will be held at ETC Venues, Marble Arch, London. Registration and a drinks reception will start at 6pm with the evening lecture getting underway at 7pm.

Entry is free for full BCLA members. Online registration for this event closes at 1pm on 24 January 2017. For more details and to book your place visit


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