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2018 IACLE Award Winners

IACLE announces worldwide winners of annual awards

Contact lens educators from Canada, India, the Netherlands, Colombia, Lebanon and Argentina are to receive prestigious awards from the International Association of Contact Lens Educators.

IACLE has today announced the winners of the 2018 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards to recognize and reward achievement in contact lens education, and the 2018 IACLE Travel Awards for members to attend major international meetings.

Thanks to generous sponsorship from CooperVision, four IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards will be presented, to IACLE members in each of IACLE’s three global regions. This year, for the first time, two educators in the Europe / Africa – Middle East region will jointly receive an award. And three IACLE Travel Awards – funded by all IACLE’s industry sponsors – will be presented, rather than one in previous years.

The 2018 IACLE Contact Lens Educators of the Year will receive their awards at the American Academy of Optometry’s Academy 2018 meeting in San Antonio, Texas, USA in November. The winners are:

IACLE 2018 Educators of the Year:

IACLE Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year

Professor Lyndon Jones  

University of Waterloo, Canada



IACLE Asia Pacific Contact Lens Educator of the Year

Associate Professor Runa Mazumder

Vidyasagar College of Optometry & Vision Science, Kolkata, India




IACLE Europe / Africa – Middle East Contact Lens Educators of the Year

Wim Borst (left) Deltion College, Zwollen, the Netherlands and Henri Eek (right) Deltion College and Hogeschool Utrecht, the Netherlands

IACLE 2018 Travel Awards recipients and the meetings they will attend are:

Professor Martha Lucila Márquez García

Santo Tomás University, Bucaramanga, Colombia

Academy 2018 in San Antonio, Texas, USA

November 2018




Ahmed Sherry

Modern University for Business and Science, Beirut, Lebanon

Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators’ Annual Workshop, San Antonio, Texas, USA (Thanks to additional support from AOCLE).

May/June 2018

Professor Sabrina Lara

Universidad Nacional Villa Maria in Córdoba, Argentina

FEDOPTO Congress in Barranquilla, Colombia

August 2018




On the announcement of his award, Professor Lyndon Jones said: ‘Founded almost 40 years ago, IACLE continues to fulfil its mandate of providing cutting edge, contemporary education on contact lenses to contact lens educators around the globe. The vast majority of contact lens clinicians globally have been trained in some way by an IACLE-affiliated educator and without IACLE, and the resources it provides to educators, there is no doubt in my mind that contact lens practice would be behind where it is today. I am absolutely delighted to be given this award and I thank IACLE for its continued dedication to training the contact lens clinicians of tomorrow.’

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo commented: ‘This year we have more IACLE Awards winners travelling to more meetings than ever before. A huge congratulations to our winners and thank you to our sponsors and collaborators who make this happen. IACLE members should get ready to nominate themselves or be nominated next year.’

‘We wholeheartedly congratulate the 2018 Educators of the Year for the well-deserved recognition of their commitment to the advancement of contact lens professionals around the world, said Dr Gary Orsborn, Vice President of Global Professional & Clinical Affairs for CooperVision. ‘We are thrilled to continue our long-standing partnership with IACLE on this program, for the honorees and their work continue to be an inspiration to all of us at CooperVision.’

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For media enquiries please contact:

Alison Ewbank 

Public Relations | International Association of Contact Lens Educators
International Association of Contact Lens Educators
London | United Kingdom
Email: a.ewbank@iacle.org

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NOTES FOR EDITORS

  1. Full details on the IACLE Awards
  2. Lyndon Jones is a Professor at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, University Research Chair and Director of the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) at the University of Waterloo, Canada.
  3. Dr Shehzad Naroo is Reader at Aston University in Birmingham, UK.
  4. Information on all IACLE activities and membership benefits is available at www.iacle.org.

ABOUT IACLE

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators was established in 1979 and is a non-profit, non-political association. IACLE has 826 (as of June 2017) active members in 70 countries and welcomes contact lens educators from all eye care professions and related disciplines. IACLE is dedicated to raising the standard of contact lens education and promoting the safe use of contact lenses worldwide. It is the leading provider of educational and information resources essential to contact lens educators. IACLE is supported by leading global contact lens manufacturers: Platinum Sponsor Alcon, Gold Sponsor CooperVision, Silver Sponsor Johnson & Johnson Vision, Bronze Sponsor Bausch + Lomb and Donor Sponsor Euclid. 

ABOUT COOPERVISION

CooperVision, a unit of The Cooper Companies, Inc. (NYSE:COO), is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of soft contact lenses. The Company produces a full array of monthly, two-week and daily disposable contact lenses, all featuring advanced materials and optics. CooperVision has a strong heritage of solving the toughest vision challenges such as astigmatism and presbyopia; and offers the most complete collection of spherical, toric and multifocal products available. Through a combination of innovative products and focused practitioner support, the company brings a refreshing perspective to the marketplace, creating real advantages for customers and wearers. For more information, visit www.coopervision.com.