2021 Third IACLE Virtual Conference

‘Education and Practice: All CLEAR’ – to be held on 23 October 2021

President’s welcome message

I’m delighted to welcome you to our third Virtual Conference. We introduced these meetings in 2020 to keep in touch with our members during the difficulties of the pandemic period. The response was so positive that we have continued these live, online events which form part of IACLE’s Teach. Learn. Connect. (TLC) Initiative.

The third Virtual Conference has a clinical focus. Chaired by Dr Byki Huntjens, we will cover the papers published in the first half of 2021 to make up the BCLA ‘CLEAR’ project. This work featured 11 papers written by 102 authors from 16 countries and covered the latest research information across a wide range of contact lens-related topics. We are delighted to be joined by a number of the papers authors for our Virtual Conference; each will present a summary of their paper and I believe this will be a highly relevant and productive meeting for IACLE members. In addition, I will host a discussion with experts from IACLE’s sponsors, to consider key issues across the contact lens industry and how IACLE members can help to make contact lenses an even more successful vision correction option.

It promises to be a great event and I would like to express my thanks to the whole IACLE team, and especially our Executive Manager of Educational Programs Nilesh Thite, for their efforts in bringing this together. I would also like to acknowledge the contribution and support of our sponsors for this third IACLE Virtual Conference.

Conference chair’s notice

I would like to welcome all members to our third virtual meeting! We are offering another three hours of outstanding speakers discussing topics on our theme of ‘Education and Practice: All CLEAR’. You may already read all 11 BCLA Contact Lens Evidence-based Academic Reports (CLEAR), but if you haven’t or you are wondering how to apply this knowledge within your curriculum, this is the place to be on Saturday 23 October.

We start the day with an absolute must: an overview of evidence-based practice by Karen Walsh. This is followed by two interesting lectures on ocular responses by Dr Vinod Maseedupally and Dr Maria Navascues Cornago. The latest in ocular complications following contact lens wear will be summarized by Dr Ajay Kumar Vijay. There is sufficient time for questions and discussions before our break, so don’t feel shy to get involved!

IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan will then introduce our international industry experts who will give their views on future challenges for contact lens educators and potential solutions. Next, Dr Raquel Gil-Cazorla will explore the medical use of contact lenses, after which we will receive a summary of the orthokeratology report by Daddi Fadel. Our final speaker is Dr Melissa Barnett who will speak to us about scleral lenses.
I look forward seeing many of you at another inspiring meeting.

About the conference and speakers

‘Education and Practice: All CLEAR’ is the theme for IACLE’s global Virtual Conference, taking place on Saturday 23 October from 12 noon until 3pm UK time (BST). In March 2021, the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) released the Contact Lens Evidence-based Academic Reports (CLEAR) to provide the latest research information across a wide range of contact lens-related topics for eye care professional and educators. This report features 11 papers written by 102 authors from 16 countries.

The program features presentations on:

  • Evidence-based practice: Why and how?
  • Ocular response – effect on tears
  • Ocular response – effect on physiology
  • Ocular complications in contact lens wear
  • Going beyond the routine – contact lenses for medical use
  • Going beyond the routine – orthokeratology
  • Going beyond the routine – scleral lenses

View the program

Panel discussion: Future challenges and solutions for contact lens educators

Experts from IACLE’s sponsors will join Professor Philip Morgan for a panel discussion to consider key issues across the contact lens industry and how IACLE members can help to make contact lenses an even more successful vision correction option.

Registration

This conference is open to members of IACLE only and is free of charge. IACLE members register here.

A message from the conference organizer

IACLE Executive Manager of Educational Programs Nilesh Thite says, ‘As evidence continues to remain a buzzword in contact lens practice and education, IACLE’s third Virtual Conference themed ‘Education and Practice: All CLEAR’ will focus on evidence-based practice. We believe that IACLE members worldwide will find the conference very informative and hope that many members benefit from it. We look forward to seeing you there!’