Global Member Newsletter January 2020

WHAT’S NEW AT IACLE

NEW Your chance to enter the 2020 IACLE Awards

Gain recognition for your achievements and travel to a major international contact lens meeting this year, as a winner of the 2020 IACLE Awards. Entries are now open for the three IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards and three IACLE Travel Awards. All members are welcome to nominate themselves, or be nominated by their regional / country coordinator. The Educator Awards are sponsored by CooperVision and the Travel Awards by all our industry partners. The final deadline for entries is 28 February.

Full details and enter here

NEW Craig joins the IACLE Education Team

2019 IACLE Asia Pacific Contact Lens Educator of the Year, Dr Craig Woods, is IACLE’s new Global Manager of Educational Development. Craig is Professor of Optometry at Deakin University, Australia and Vice President of the International Society for Contact Lens Research. He will review IACLE’s resources and support our education program, review and update the curriculum, and support the Fellowship process. ‘I’m very excited to be more involved with IACLE and hope to support it to become even more integral in the delivery of the contact lens curriculum in all teaching institutions around the world,’ says Craig.

LeW steps down after a quarter of a century with IACLE

‘The experience of a lifetime’ is how our outgoing Director of Educational Development, Dr Lewis Williams describes his 25 years’ service to IACLE. President Dr Shehzad Naroo offered his personal thanks to Lew for his years of service to IACLE, and being a friend and advisor to the current IACLE leadership. Lew is pictured receiving a special award for his outstanding contribution to contact lens education from former President Professor Deborah Sweeney at the 2019 Asia Pacific Optometry Congress.

Read Lew’s account of his time with IACLE

Renew your membership now to receive all IACLE benefits in 2020

Members will recently have received notices to renew their annual membership. Access to our full range of membership benefits – including the new version of the IACLE Contact Lens Course, ICLC2020, launching early this year – is only available to IACLE members. Note that membership expires when payment is not received.

MEET A MEMBER

‘I am vision driven,’ says Dr Chikasirimobi Goodhope Timothy, MSc volunteer facilitator at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology in Kakamega, Kenya. ‘My delight is in the success of optometry and seeing more optometrists empowered to boldly showcase the optometry profession.’ Chikasirimobi says his competence, confidence and mastery of contact lenses, and management of related complications, has increased markedly through his association with IACLE. Outside work, he likes to travel, cook and explore nature.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO IACLE MEMBERS WORLDWIDE? WE’RE LOOKING FOR MORE MEMBERS TO TAKE PART IN MEET A MEMBER.

Contact your nearest IACLE office for details

IMAGE OF THE YEAR

NEW Oscar takes the winning shot

Congratulations to Colombian member Oscar Bello, winner of the 2019 IACLE Image of the Year, who receives a US$100 gift voucher and certificate. Oscar used 10X magnification and a smartphone to capture this optical section of the profile of a hybrid contact lens (left) and the fluorescein pattern with cobalt blue illumination and a yellow filter (right). The 2019 IACLE Image Collection is now available in our Online Resources under Image Gallery.

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SHARE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS FOR THE 2020 IACLE IMAGE COLLECTION AND ENTER OUR IMAGE OF THE YEAR COMPETITION FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN A YEAR’S IACLE MEMBERSHIP AND A US$100 AMAZON VOUCHER!

Submit your Image of the Month

RESOURCES

NEW A bumper issue from Contact Lens Spectrum

IACLE has a high profile in the January issue of Contact Lens Spectrum, with an article on proactive contact lens recommendation by Director of Educational Programs Nilesh Thite, and the latest on International Contact Lens Prescribing from Vice President Professor Philip Morgan and co-authors. There’s also a mention for IACLE’s 40th Anniversary under 2019 Contact Lens Event of the Year.

Access the full contents

NEW IACLE India meeting lectures now online

Lectures from the IACLE India Annual Members’ Meeting, held in Hyderabad (23-24 November), are now available via our website. Topics and speakers are ‘How to teach complications’ by Pancham Kulkarni, ‘How to teach lens care’ by Premjit Bhakat, ‘How to teach RGP lens fitting’ by Dr Rajeswari Mahadevan, ‘Practical assessment’ by Usman Memon, and ‘Research Updates – my experience’ by Runa Mazumder. Find the lectures under Contributed Resources – Presentations & Lectures.

Access via Member Login

Students endorse learning with IACLE Case Reports

‘I found the IACLE Case Reports Series a fun way of learning and understanding various conditions of the eye with contact lenses,’ says Tanvi Aravind, a student at the Sankara College of Optometry in Bangalore, India. Case reports are available free and exclusively to IACLE members, in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean and Chinese (simplified). 

Find out more

NEW BCLA announces Global Consensus Report

A new Global Consensus Report from the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) will deliver evidence-based guidance on contact lenses and the anterior eye. The Contact Lens Evidence-based Academic Reports (CLEAR) will be published in the March 2021 edition of the BCLA journal Contact Lens & Anterior Eye, which is edited by IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo. CLEAR Executive Chair is FIACLE Professor James Wolffsohn (pictured), and its Vice Chair is IACLE Vice President Professor Philip Morgan.

Full details

GLOBAL UPDATE

Americas

NEW IACLE to support Dominican Republic’s 1st optometry program

IACLE Americas has approached the Universidad Tecnologica de Santiago (UTESA) in the Dominican Republic to help set up a contact lens curriculum for the country’s first-ever optometry program.The school held its official launch (pictured) in August 2019. Through Dr Hector Santiago, Chair of the Education Committee of the Latin American Association of Optometry and Optics (ALDOO), IACLE Assistant Treasurer Dr Orlando Neira and Americas Regional Coordinator Guillermo Carrillo are discussing ways for IACLE to support the new program.

Read Willy’s full report

Asia Pacific

From training trainers from across Korea…

Teaching methods such as blended learning and problem-based learning proved popular topics for the IACLE Korea Annual Members’ Meeting held at Baekseok University, Chungchung-do last month (6-7 December). Members from as many as 20 institutions and companies attended the meeting to learn how to teach and assess specific subjects.

Read a full report

…to finding effective teaching solutions in China

Guest speaker Rob Terry joined China National Coordinators Professor Wang Haiying (pictured) and Qu Xiaomei for the IACLE China Annual Members’ Meeting held at the Tianjin Vocational Institute (15-16 November). A total of 46 delegates learnt about effective solutions for educators to teach the latest contact lens developments.

Read a full report

Europe / Africa – Middle East

NEW Sunday lunch slot for IACLE meeting at NCC

‘Student education around patient education’ and ‘The future of contact lens fitting’ are on the agenda for an IACLE meeting on 16 March at the Nederlands Contactlens Congres (NCC2020) in Verhoeven. FIACLEs Wim Borst and Henri Eek (top left and right) will host the meeting from 12.30-13.30 in the Diezezaal. All educators are welcome to attend.

Full details

Shehzad joins Scots for imaging workshop at SCO

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo and Dr Sandip Doshi delivered a workshop on ‘Anterior imaging and clinical grading’ at the Scottish Optical Conference (SCO) in Glasgow (24 November). Around 60 delegates attended the workshop. Shehzad is pictured (right) with Nikkhil Masurkar of ENTOD Research Cell, which sponsored the session. SCO is an annual event organized by FIACLE Caroline Christie and Dr Scott Mackie.

NEW BCLA UK to be live streamed worldwide

Practitioners around the world can take part in the British Contact Lens Association’s BCLA UK event, to be held in Birmingham, UK on 14 June, when the event will be broadcast live. ‘We are excited to welcome a ‘virtual audience’ to BCLA UK and the live-streaming element will add a whole new dimension to the event,’ says BCLA President Jonathon Bench.

Find out more

NEW TFOS calls for abstracts for 2020 conference

Cernobbio in the Italian Lakes will be the scenic venue for the 9th International Conference of the Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society (9-12 September). TFOS 2020: Basic Science and Clinical Relevance is this year’s theme. TFOS welcomes the submission abstracts for poster presentations at the conference. Abstract submission will open on 3 February.

More information and registration

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

22 January – International Forum for Scleral Lens Research, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Details.

22-25 January – Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS 2020), Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Details.

13-16 February – All India Ophthalmological Society 78th Annual Meeting 2020 (AIOS 2020), Gurugram, India. Details.

21-23 February – 24th European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons Winter Meeting 2020 (ESCRS 2020), Marrakesh, Morocco. Details.

15-16 March – Nederlands Contactlens Congres (NCC 2020), Verhoven, the Netherlands. Details.

22-26 April – 34th Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthamology Congress 2020 (APAO), Xiamen, China. Details.

15-17 May – European Academy of Optometry and Optics Annual Conference (Helsinki 2020), Helsinki, Finland. Details.

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

2020 IACLE Awards

Search begins for 2020 IACLE Educator of the Year and Travel Award winners

Six contact lens educators from around the world will be attending major international meetings this year, as winners of the 2020 IACLE Awards. 

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 the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), Academy 2020 Nashville, in Tennessee, USA (8-10 October). IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year will be awarded to three individuals, one from each of IACLE’s three global regions: 

  • 2020 IACLE Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year
  • 2020 IACLE Asia Pacific Contact Lens Educator of the Year 
  • 2020 IACLE Europe / Africa – Middle East Contact Lens Educator of the Year

These awards recognize and reward achievements in contact lens education and are sponsored by CooperVision with support from the Academy. The winners will each receive a bursary of up to US$3,000 towards the cost of attending Academy 2020 Nashville and permission to use the title 2020 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year for their region. 

The IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards are open to all IACLE members who have been paid-up members for at least 3 years. Members can either nominate themselves, or be nominated by another member, their IACLE regional / country coordinator or IACLE staff. Applicants must demonstrate use of IACLE resources, engagement with IACLE, impact on their institution and the ways that they inspire their students to become future contact lens practitioners.  

‘Continuous advances in contact lens technology require ongoing evolution in contact lens education,’ said Dr Gary Orsborn, Vice President of Global Professional and Clinical Affairs for CooperVision. ‘We are proud to continue our partnership with IACLE to recognize the educators who never cease to give their students the best possible preparation for a career in optometry – today, tomorrow, and well into the future. We look forward to celebrating those who rise to the top in 2020.’

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). 

This year there will be three IACLE Travel Awards. Recipients will attend either Academy 2020 Nashville (one award), or the Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators (AOCLE) Annual Workshop (one award) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (28-31 May), or another major meeting to be agreed by the IACLE Executive Board (one award). Academy attendance is supported by AAO and AOCLE attendance by AOCLE.  

‘A dream fulfilled’ is how 2019 IACLE Travel Award recipient Joseph Afonne from Mzuzu University, Malawi described his experience of attending the British Contact Lens Association Clinical Conference in Manchester, UK last year. And 2019 IACLE EAME Contact Lens Educator of the Year Dr Fabrizio Zeri of the Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Italy said being chosen for this prestigious award was ‘a great honour’.

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo said: ‘I would encourage all members to consider applying for the 2020 awards or perhaps nominate someone for an award. We are grateful to all our sponsors for their support, to CooperVision for continuing to sponsor the Educator Awards, and to the American Academy of Optometry and AOCLE for additional support.’ 

The deadline for entries for the 2020 awards is midnight (EST) on Friday 28 February 2020. Entries must be submitted using the application forms at www.iacle.org (Awards). 

Information on all IACLE membership benefits is available at www.iacle.org.

Special Notice – Apply for IACLE’s 2020 Awards

Enter now for the 2020 Educator of the Year and Travel Awards

Six contact lens educators from around the world will be attending major international meetings this year, as winners of the 2020 IACLE Awards. 

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 the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), Academy 2020 Nashville, in Tennessee, USA (8-10 October). IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year will be awarded to three individuals, one from each of IACLE’s three global regions: 

  • 2020 IACLE Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year
  • 2020 IACLE Asia Pacific Contact Lens Educator of the Year 
  • 2020 IACLE Europe / Africa – Middle East Contact Lens Educator of the Year

These awards recognize and reward achievements in contact lens education and are sponsored by CooperVision with support from the Academy. The winners will each receive a bursary of up to US$3,000 towards the cost of attending Academy 2020 Nashville and permission to use the title 2020 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year for their region. 

The IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards are open to all IACLE members who have been paid-up members for at least 3 years. Members can either nominate themselves, or be nominated by another member, their IACLE regional / country coordinator or IACLE staff. Applicants must demonstrate use of IACLE resources, engagement with IACLE, impact on their institution and the ways that they inspire their students to become future contact lens practitioners.  

‘Continuous advances in contact lens technology require ongoing evolution in contact lens education,’ said Dr Gary Orsborn, Vice President of Global Professional and Clinical Affairs for CooperVision. ‘We are proud to continue our partnership with IACLE to recognize the educators who never cease to give their students the best possible preparation for a career in optometry – today, tomorrow, and well into the future. We look forward to celebrating those who rise to the top in 2020.’

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). 

This year there will be three IACLE Travel Awards. Recipients will attend either Academy 2020 Nashville (one award), or the Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators (AOCLE) Annual Workshop (one award) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (28-31 May), or another major meeting to be agreed by the IACLE Executive Board (one award). Academy attendance is supported by AAO and AOCLE attendance by AOCLE.  

‘A dream fulfilled’ is how 2019 IACLE Travel Award recipient Joseph Afonne from Mzuzu University, Malawi described his experience of attending the British Contact Lens Association Clinical Conference in Manchester, UK last year. And 2019 IACLE EAME Contact Lens Educator of the Year Dr Fabrizio Zeri of the Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Italy said being chosen for this prestigious award was ‘a great honour’.

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo said: ‘I would encourage all members to consider applying for the 2020 awards or perhaps nominate someone for an award. We are grateful to all our sponsors for their support, to CooperVision for continuing to sponsor the Educator Awards, and to the American Academy of Optometry and AOCLE for additional support.’ 

The deadline for entries for the 2020 awards is midnight (EST) on Friday 28 February 2020. Entries must be submitted using the application forms at www.iacle.org (Awards). 

Enter the IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards

Apply for the IACLE Travel Awards

IACLE calls for entries for 2020 Educator of the Year and Travel Awards

Six contact lens educators from around the world will be attending major international meetings this year, as winners of the 2020 IACLE Awards.

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 the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), Academy 2020 Nashville, in Tennessee, USA (8-10 October). IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Yearwill be awarded to three individuals, one from each of IACLE’s three global regions: 

  • 2020 IACLE Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year
  • 2020 IACLE Asia Pacific Contact Lens Educator of the Year
  • 2020 IACLE Europe / Africa – Middle East Contact Lens Educator of the Year

These awards recognize and reward achievements in contact lens education and are sponsored by CooperVision with support from the Academy. The winners will each receive a bursary of up to US$3,000 towards the cost of attending Academy 2020 Nashville and permission to use the title 2020 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year for their region. 

The IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards are open to all IACLE members who have been paid-up members for at least 3 years. Members can either nominate themselves, or be nominated by another member, their IACLE regional / country coordinator or IACLE staff. Applicants must demonstrate use of IACLE resources, engagement with IACLE, impact on their institution and the ways that they inspire their students to become future contact lens practitioners.  

‘Continuous advances in contact lens technology require ongoing evolution in contact lens education,’ said Dr Gary Orsborn, Vice President of Global Professional and Clinical Affairs for CooperVision. ‘We are proud to continue our partnership with IACLE to recognize the educators who never cease to give their students the best possible preparation for a career in optometry – today, tomorrow, and well into the future. We look forward to celebrating those who rise to the top in 2020.’

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).

This year there will be three IACLE Travel Awards. Recipients will attend either Academy 2020 Nashville (one award), or the Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators (AOCLE) Annual Workshop (one award) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (28-31 May), or another major meeting to be agreed by the IACLE Executive Board (one award). Academy attendance is supported by AAO and AOCLE attendance by AOCLE.  

‘A dream fulfilled’ is how 2019 IACLE Travel Award recipient Joseph Afonne from Mzuzu University, Malawi described his experience of attending the British Contact Lens Association Clinical Conference in Manchester, UK last year. And 2019 IACLE EAME Contact Lens Educator of the Year Dr Fabrizio Zeri of the Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Italy said being chosen for this prestigious award was ‘a great honour’.

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo said: ‘I would encourage all members to consider applying for the 2020 awards or perhaps nominate someone for an award. We are grateful to all our sponsors for their support, to CooperVision for continuing to sponsor the Educator Awards, and to the American Academy of Optometry and AOCLE for additional support.’

The deadline for entries for the 2020 awards is midnight (EST) on Friday 28 February 2020. Entries must be submitted using the application forms at www.iacle.org (Awards). 

-ENDS-

PICTURE CAPTION: IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo (left) and Dr Gary Orsborn (right), Vice President, Global Professional and Clinical Affairs at CooperVision, pictured with some of the 2019 IACLE Awards winners (l-r) Dr Fabrizio Zeri (Italy), Professor Craig Woods (Australia), Joseph Afonne (Malawi) and Dr Rubén Velázquez (Mexico), and BCLA President Professor Sunil Shah (second right), at the 2019 British Contact Lens Association Clinical Conference.

For media enquiries please contact: 

Alison Ewbank 
Communications | 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. Click here for full details of the IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards and here for a full list of previous recipients. 

2. Click here to find out more about the IACLE Travel Awards. 

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

5. Details of Academy 2020 Nashville are here and the AOCLE Annual Workshop here.

ABOUT IACLE

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators was established in 1979 and is a non-profit, non-political association. IACLE has more than 869 (as of June 2019) active members in 79 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 CooperCompanies (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.

Educator of The Year Award Recipients

2019

2019 IACLE Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year 2019 IACLE Asia Pacific Contact Lens Educator of the Year 2019 IACLE Europe/Africa – Middle East Contact Lens Educator of the Year
Dr Rubén Velázquez Professor Craig Woods Dr Fabrizio Zeri

2018

2018 IACLE Americas
Contact Lens Educator of the Year
2018 IACLE Asia Pacific
Contact Lens Educator of the Year
2018 IACLE Europe / Africa – Middle East
Contact Lens Educator of the Year
Professor Lyndon Jones Assistant Professor Runa Mazumder Wim Borst (left) and Henri Eek (right)

2017

2017 IACLE Americas
Contact Lens Educator of the Year
2017 IACLE Asia Pacific
Contact Lens Educator of the Year
2017 IACLE Europe / Africa – Middle East
Contact Lens Educator of the Year
Professor Jan Bergmanson Professor Koon-Ja Lee Dr Yazan Gammoh

2016

2016 IACLE Americas
Contact Lens Educator of the Year
2016 IACLE Asia Pacific
Contact Lens Educator of the Year
2016 IACLE Europe / Africa – Middle East
Contact Lens Educator of the Year
Dr Jorge Giovanni Vargas Dr Prema Chande Professor James Wolffsohn

2015

2015 IACLE Americas
Contact Lens Educator of the Year
2015 IACLE Asia Pacific
Contact Lens Educator of the Year
2015 IACLE Europe / Africa – Middle East
Contact Lens Educator of the Year
Martín Giraldo Professor Monica Chaudhry Helmer Schweizer

2014

2014 IACLE Americas
Contact Lens Educator of the Year
2014 IACLE Asia Pacific
Contact Lens Educator of the Year
2014 IACLE Europe / Africa – Middle East
Contact Lens Educator of the Year
Sergio Garcia
Dr Sergio GarciaDr Rajeswari Mahadevan Dr Eef van der Worp

Research Update Issue 29

 
IACLE - International Association of Contact Lens Educators
May 2019  
 
 
 
 
Welcome to our monthly research update
 
Research Update is a resource available exclusively to IACLE and BCLA members to support your teaching and practice. Each month we send you a summary of some of the interesting findings appearing in peer-reviewed journals that month. Our aim is to help you keep up to date with the latest contact lens and anterior eye research, and to locate articles when you want to know more about a particular topic.
 
More information on Research Update and how to use it in your contact lens teaching here. Access archived issues via Member Login under Research.
 
 
 
Issue 29 – May 2019
 
We begin with the most burning issue of the day: myopia control. A meta-analysis assesses the benefit of outdoor activities on myopia onset and myopic shift among school-aged children. Another study examines the impact of contact lens optical design on accommodative behaviour of children.

Two Turkish studies are reviewed this month. One examines the effect of pregnancy on the lacrimal system through tear osmolarity measurement and the Schirmer test. The other evaluates the effects of different contact lens replacement schedules and materials on the ocular surface and tear function. 

A team from China tries to introduce virtual simulation and 3D printing technology to the teaching of contact lens fitting. We include a study that compares the biocidal efficacy of hydrogen peroxide solutions with and without a novel wetting agent. And finally, scientists from Australia explore the link between subjective vision responses and willingness to purchase simultaneous-image contact lenses in presbyopes.

Happy reading!


The IACLE Education Team
 
 
 
Journal reviewed in this issue  
  JOURNAL VOLUME AND ISSUE NUMBER
  Optometry and Vision Science 96:4
  Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics 39:3
  Contact Lens & Anterior Eye 42:2
  Cornea 38:5
  Eye & Contact Lens 45:3
 
 
 
 
 
 MYOPIA
 
Outdoor activities and myopia control
To investigate the protective effect of outdoor activities in myopia control, Deng & Pang conducted a meta-analysis of five prospective intervention clinical studies. Three outcomes were used to assess the benefit of intervention: relative risk, difference in myopic shift rate, and difference in axial elongation rate. The authors found an overall protective effect against myopic shift and axial elongation with outdoor activities. However, the overall treatment sizes for both outcomes (0.13D/year and 0.03mm/year) were small and clinically nonsignificant.

Optom Vis Sci 2019;96:4 276-282. Click here for abstract
 
 
 
 
 
 MYOPIA
 
Accommodation and myopia control with a soft CL design
Cheng et al evaluated the impact on accommodation and convergence in children wearing investigational soft contact lenses with positive spherical aberration designed for myopia control. Post-hoc analysis was conducted on data from 109 subjects aged 8-11 years from a single-site, 1-year, prospective, randomised, controlled, double-masked clinical trial. The soft lens design resulted in an apparent decrease in accommodation. Reduced accommodative response correlated with greater myopia progression. 

Ophthalmic Physiol Opt 2019;39:3 162-171. Click here for abstract
 
 
 
 
 
 TEARS
 
Pregnancy and tear osmolarity
To examine the influence of pregnancy on tear osmolarity and symptoms of dry eye, Duran & Güngör performed this prospective case-control study among 60 women (30 pregnant and 30 non-pregnant) with no ocular or systemic disease. Tear osmolarity measurement with the TearLab system and tear function test Schirmer 1 were carried out on one, randomly chosen eye of each participant. Tear osmolarity and Schirmer values decreased significantly towards the end of pregnancy, suggesting a decrease in both test results may have a protective role in the ocular surface during pregnancy.

Cont Lens Anterior Eye 2019; 42:2 196-199. Click here for full text
 
 
 
 
 
 OCULAR SURFACE
 
Which lens replacement schedule causes less damage?
To evaluate the effects of different contact lens (CL) replacement schedules and materials on the ocular surface and tear function, Muhafiz et al recruited 71 neophyte subjects to this prospective study. Subjects were divided into three groups and fitted with three different types of CLs: daily disposable hydrogel, daily disposable silicone hydrogel and reusable silicone hydrogel. Tear function tests and inflammatory cytokine levels were evaluated before and after CL use. Wear of daily disposable CLs can be considered to cause less damage to the ocular surface and less increase in proinflammatory cytokines.

Cornea 2019;38:5 587-594. Click here for abstract
 
 
 
 
 
 
 TECHNOLOGY
 
 
3D printing to simulate RGP lens fitting
To introduce a new approach to simulating the fitting process of rigid gas-permeable (RGP) contact lenses using 3D printing technology, Zhao et al created a hemispherical or parabolic 3D model using 3D Builder or Tinkercad software. A solid model was printed using a 3D printer and used to simulate RGP lens fitting. Models were tested for their ability to simulate common corneal morphologies. 3D printing technology can be applied in the simulation of RGP contact lens fitting, which may become a new teaching method in optometry.

Cont Lens Anterior Eye 2019;42:2 165-169. Click here for full text
 
 
 
 
 
 LENS CARE
 
Biocidal efficacy of hydrogen peroxide with wetting agent
Gabriel et al compared the antimicrobial effects of a 3% hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) solution and a solution consisting of the 3% H2O2 solution plus a novel wetting agent, polyoxyethylene-polyoxybutylene (EOBO-21). Three lots of each solution were tested against five compendial microorganisms required by the Food and Drug Administration and International Organization for Standardization, and other clinically relevant microorganisms. The addition of EOBO-21 to enhance lens wettability had no impact on antimicrobial efficacy.

Eye & Contact Lens 2019;45:3 164-170. Click here for abstract
 
 
 
 
 
 MULTIFOCALS
 
 
Vision and purchase of simultaneous image CLs
Jong et al retrospectively analysed visual acuity (VA) measurements and subjective responses of 141 participants from two randomized, masked, crossover, dispensing trials. The purpose was to investigate the relationship between VAs, subjective vision ratings, and willingness to purchase simultaneous-image contact lenses in presbyopes. Subjective vision ratings were a better indicator of simultaneous-image contact lens performance than VA and hence should be used to evaluate performance rather than VA alone.

Optom Vis Sci 2019;96:4 283-290. Click here for abstract
 
 
 
 
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Research Update Issue 28

April 2019  
 
 
 
 
Welcome to our monthly research update
 
Research Update is a resource available exclusively to IACLE and BCLA members to support your teaching and practice. Each month we send you a summary of some of the interesting findings appearing in peer-reviewed journals that month. Our aim is to help you keep up to date with the latest contact lens and anterior eye research, and to locate articles when you want to know more about a particular topic.
 
More information on Research Update and how to use it in your contact lens teaching here. Access archived issues via Member Login under Research.
 
 
 
Special Issue – April 2019
 
International Myopia Institute (IMI) White Papers

Myopia is projected to affect half of the world’s population by 2050 and it is feared that myopia could become the most common cause of irreversible blindness worldwide. The Editors of this special edition of Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science believe that myopia is a 21st century public health issue.

As a first major step, The International Myopia Institute has published a series of white papers in IOVS on defining and classifying myopia, potential interventions, clinical trials and instrumentation, industry guidelines and ethical considerations, clinical management guidelines, experimental models of emmetropization and myopia, and the genetics of myopia.

These articles, summarizing current knowledge in the field and showing trends for future developments, may form a basis for further research, bridging gaps, and connecting people who so far had not intensively exchanged information and ideas.

Here are some excerpts from the issue.


The IACLE Education Team
 
 
 
Journal reviewed in this issue  
  JOURNAL VOLUME AND ISSUE NUMBER
  Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science 60:3 (and download PDFs)
 
 
 
 
 
 DEFINITIONS
 
Defining and classifying myopia
Flitcroft et al conducted a critical review of current terminology and choice of myopia thresholds to provide standardized terminology, definitions and thresholds of myopia, and its main ocular complications. The current consensus threshold for myopia is a spherical equivalent refractive error <0.50D and the corresponding threshold value for high myopia is <6.00D. ‘Pathologic myopia’ is proposed as the term for the adverse, structural complications of myopia, for which the authors also propose a clinical classification.

Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2019;60:3 M20-M30. Click here for full text
 
 
 
 
 
 ANIMAL STUDIES
 
Experimental models of emmetropization and myopia
Troilo et al cover the major findings that studies using animal models have contributed, including: the eye’s ability to detect retinal defocus and undergo compensatory growth, local retinal control of eye growth, regulatory changes in choroidal thickness, and identification of components in the biochemistry of eye growth leading to the characterization of signal cascades regulating eye growth and refractive state. These findings have shifted thinking about the control of eye growth and the development of refractive state.

Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2019;60:3 M31-M88. Click here for full text
 
 
 
 
 
 GENETICS
 
Myopia genetics report
To address developments in genetic aspects of myopia, Tedja et al performed an extensive literature search and conducted informal discussions with key stakeholders. Almost 200 genetic loci have been identified for refractive error and myopia. Risk variants mostly carry low risk but are highly prevalent in the general population. Genetic findings offer a world of new molecules involved in myopiagenesis. The authors recommend large-scale, in-depth genetic studies using complementary big data analytics, consideration of gene-environment effects, and a focus on subgroups with extreme phenotypes and high familial occurrence.

Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2019;60:3 M89-M105. Click here for full text
 
 
 
 
 
 INTERVENTIONS
 
Controlling myopia onset and progression
Interventions to prevent or delay the onset of myopia and slow its progression are growing in number, but evidence of treatment efficacy is variable. Wildsoet et al reviewed research behind such interventions under four categories: optical, pharmacological, environmental (behavioural) and surgical. In optical, pharmacological, and behavioural interventions, efficacy at an individual level appears variable, none being 100% effective. Understanding this variability and underlying mechanisms may guide combined and novel treatments.

Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2019;60:3 M106-M131. Click here for full text
 
 
 
 
 
 
 CLINICAL TRIALS
 
 
Myopia control trials and instrumentation
Wolffsohn et al reviewed outcomes of myopia control trials which they classified as primary (refractive error and/or axial length), secondary (patient reported outcomes and treatment compliance), or exploratory (peripheral refraction, accommodative changes, ocular alignment, pupil size, outdoor activity/lighting levels, anterior and posterior segment imaging, and tissue biomechanics). Recommendations include: minimum 3-year clinical trial; stratified randomisation; mandatory examiner masking and masking of participants wherever possible; and axial length to be used as the primary outcome measure of efficacy of myopia control.

Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2019;60:3 M132-M160. Click here for full text
 
 
 
 
 
 GUIDELINES & ETHICS
 
Industry guidelines and ethical considerations
Undertaking myopia control treatments on vulnerable populations creates an ethical challenge for a variety of stakeholders: regulatory bodies, manufacturers, academics, and eye care practitioners (ECPs). Jones et al reviewed published papers and guidance documents to discuss guidelines and ethical considerations for myopia control. ECPs should provide appropriate information to patients who are at risk of developing myopia or for whom myopia-related pathology could occur due to rapidly progressing myopia.

Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2019;60:3 M161-M183. Click here for full text
 
 
 
 
 
 MANAGEMENT
 
 
Clinical management guidelines
Gifford et al detail evidence-based best practice for managing the pre-, stable, and progressing myope, including risk factor identification, examination, selecting treatment strategies, and guidelines for ongoing management. ECP considerations such as informed consent, prescribing off-label treatment, and patient/parent communication are explained. ECPs providing myopia management services should have the appropriate training and necessary certification to care for children, and fit contact lenses and/or prescribe ocular medication.

Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2019;60:3 M184-M203. Click here for full text
 
 
 
 
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IACLE completes New ICLC with dry eye lecture

The final lecture in the New IACLE Contact Lens Course, Dry Eye & Contact Lenses (D4), is now available online exclusively to IACLE members.

The lecture has been fully revised and updated by Professor James Wolffsohn of Aston University, UK and reflects the findings of the TFOS DEWS II Report.

All six modules of the New ICLC, comprising 33 lectures in PowerPoint format, are now completed. The course provides educators with the materials needed to teach a high-quality contact lens course, and is also suitable for students and practitioners. 

Translations into various languages are under way.

Find more information on the New ICLC here and a full list of editors here.