Global Member Newsletter February 2021

WHAT’S NEW AT IACLE

NEW IACLE Library launches later this month

A new searchable database accessible through IACLETOP is launching this month. The IACLE Library consists of IACLE images, videos and PDFs, and members can upload resources they wish to share with other IACLE colleagues. Photographs from the Image of the Month initiative can also be found here. 

Access IACLETOP

NEW Research Update area added to IACLETOP

Our monthly Research Update email now has a designated area within IACLETOP, with access through the Dashboard. Catch-up with previous issues, along with summary videos produced by Executive Manager of Educational Programs Nilesh Thite. Nilesh reviews the contact lens-related research literature and provides a summary of the most topical and essential articles. 

Access the Research Update area

NEW Student Area released on IACLETOP

A new Student Area for educators to use with their students is launching this month. This separate area allows educators to release the IACLE Case Reports to their students as and when they wish, giving educators control over which topics their students cover. Assigned STEs can also be found here.

Access the Case Reports on IACLETOP

NEW Case Reports now available as flipped classes

The Teacher Area within IACLETOP has been updated so members now have access to use the Case Reports as flipped classes using the Nearpod software. This software allows educators and their students to review each case using discussion boards and instant polling (pictured above) in an engaging online environment to stimulate conversation.

Access the Case Reports using Nearpod

NEW Save the date for our second Virtual Conference

Following our first-ever Virtual Conference’s success in September 2020, the IACLE Education Team is hosting a second global Virtual Conference on Saturday 24 April, starting at 12 noon (GMT), themed ‘Integrating research into education’. International experts will share their knowledge and experiences on how to combine research and education to become a successful academic. 

Look out for more details soon

NEW Brochure for 2021

The IACLE Brochure has had an update for the year ahead, highlighting activities, resources, programs and initiatives that are taking place throughout the year. We encourage all members to share the document with their peers.

Read the brochure

NEW Fellowship Exam date announced

We are pleased to announce that the Fellowship Exam will take place on Friday 12 November. Registration for the exam will open via the IACLE website on 1 April and closes on 30 June, and payment must be made by 30 June. A reminder to members that enrolment for the Distance Learning Program (DLP), designed to improve the contact lens knowledge of educators and support members who are taking the Fellowship Exam, opens in March on IACLETOP. Once members have paid and registered for the exam, a dedicated area will be accessible to give further support to those sitting the exam, including discussion groups, mock exams and periodic mentoring sessions. 

Look out for the opening of the DLP on IACLETOP

Innovative ways to assess students

As many institutions have suspended most face-to-face teaching activity due to the Coronavirus pandemic, educators have had to adapt to new ways of assessing their students. This month, our Worldwide Wednesday Webinar Series theme is ‘Innovative ways to assess students’, where educators will explore novel methods in this area. Members can find the Zoom login details through the ‘IACLE Webinars’ tab on the IACLETOP Dashboard. 

Watch the first webinar from this month’s theme

Renew your membership to receive full benefits this year

In November, we announced some changes to our terms and conditions of membership renewal. Please renew your membership now to ensure open access to all our member-only benefits continues. Access to full membership benefits ended on 31 January if payment was not received, and a late fee is payable after the end of February. Please note that members with an Emeritus Membership are exempt from the annual fee. 

Thank you Wim Borst (Emeritus Member) from the Netherlands for his kind donation to IACLE.

More information on membership renewal

MEET A MEMBER

Introducing Silvia Pulido, Professional Education and Development Manager at Johnson & Johnson in Madrid, Spain. Silvia specializes in contact lenses and anterior eye and uses IACLE resources to leverage her educational material. She has a keen passion for learning from colleagues who are from different backgrounds and cultures. Outside of work, Silvia enjoys family time, sailing, biking and swimming.

Have you advanced the teaching of contact lenses in your institution/company over the past year but have already taken part in Meet a Member? We’d like to hear about your achievements and share them with our membership. If IACLE colleagues would like to connect with other members, we can arrange this by simply emailing us at iacle@iacle.org.

Introduce yourself to other IACLE members by completing this short online questionnaire

IMAGE OF THE MONTH

Norma takes the winning image

Lifetime FIACLE Ajay Shinde from the Shinde Eye Centre in Bengaluru, India, captured this image using a slit lamp camera. The patient complained of a burning sensation when inserting their contact lenses but had not used tap water or moisturizer on their hands prior to incision. On slit lamp examination, diffuse superficial punctate keratitis (SPK) was observed. Ajay noted that the care solution was changed two months prior, and the patient was recommended tear substitutes and to stop contact lens wear for the time being. The patient was seen for a follow-up examination and the condition resolved within a week. Contact lens wear soon resumed with a new pair of lenses. 

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RESOURCES

BCLA CLEAR initiative reviews academic contact lens literature

Ahead of the launch of its Contact Lens Evidence-based Academic Reports (CLEAR) initiative, the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) describes the various papers in a series of blog articles. FIACLE Professor James Wolffsohn (pictured left) and IACLE Vice President Professor Philip Morgan (pictured middle) led the CLEAR initiative and it features several IACLE Fellows and members as authors, including IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo (pictured right). CLEAR will be published in the March issue of Contact Lens and Anterior Eye and will be available to BCLA members and non-members.

Access the blogs

Myopia tests for children

CooperVision has devised a tool for parents to test whether their children may become myopic. The Nearsightedness Assessment Tool is a short survey featuring questions for parents to answer about the age of their child, relevant family history and the amount of close work performed.  

Access the tool

Myopia in children at the forefront of research

Johnson & Johnson, the American Optometric Association, the American Academy of Optometry, the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, and the Singapore Optometric Association have collaborated to produce a new myopia resource. The guide, titled ‘Managing Myopia: A Clinical Response to the Growing Epidemic’, provides a research-based rationale for how and why children’s eye health should be prioritized.

Read the guide

What does the future hold for ECPs?

Editor of Contact Lenses Today Dr Jason Nichols authors an article on the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the contact lens industry titled ‘Contact Lenses 2020’. The 2020 Annual Report highlights the key trends in contact lens prescribing and discusses eyecare professionals’ future. 

Read the article

COVID-19 RESOURCES

Progression of myopia after COVID-19 home confinement

A recent study published by Wang et al in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggests an association between home confinement during the COVID-19 pandemic and a substantial myopic shift for young children aged 6-8. 

Read the journal

Attitudes to wear and care during the pandemic in Jordan

A survey conducted in Jordan by FIACLE Dr May Bakkar and IACLE member Eman Alzghoul, recently published in Contact Lens & Anterior Eye, revealed that most patients continued to wear their lenses during the pandemic and reported improved contact lens hygiene habits.

Access the survey

GLOBAL UPDATE

AMERICAS

Students in Mexico sit the STE

For the first time, a large group of students (124) from the Interdisciplinary Center for Health Sciences Unit Santo Tomás IPN and FES Iztacala in Mexico City, Mexico, are sitting IACLE’s Student Trial Exam this month. This is a direct outcome of the second Mexican Consensus in Contact Lens Education meeting, held in Puebla in March 2020.

Read the Americas report

ASIA PACIFIC

China Team explore online teaching methods

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, educators have had to adapt to different teaching methods. Ma Yuying from Wuxi Vocational Institute of Arts & Technology in Jiangsu, China, and Liu Wenlan from Xi’an Medical University in Xi’an, China, held an online teaching methods session and interactive case presentations.

Read the full Asia Pacific report

EUROPE / AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST

Meet and Chat with Judith Morris

EAME Regional President Judith Morris hosted the first Meet and Chat for our European members. An array of topical thoughts was discussed, including the difficulties faced in clinical teaching due to COVID-19, assessments in practice and the effect of the current lack of hands-on experience. The next Meet and Chat session is on Saturday 20 February at 3.00 pm (GMT) for our Middle Eastern members who will receive the Zoom login details via email prior to the event. 

Tune into the next Meet and Chat

EAOO goes virtual

Due to the current situation, the European Academy of Optometry and Optics (EAOO) have announced that their Helsinki 2021 meeting will now go ahead virtually. The event will take place from 23-25 April, and both lectures and exhibitions will be live streamed.

For more information and to register

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Key dates for 2021:

23-25 April – European Academy of Optometry and Optics Annual (EAOO) Conference (virtual meeting). Details

1-7 May – Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Annual Meeting (virtual meeting). Details.

20-23 May – Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators (AOCLE) Annual Workshop, Fort Lauderdale FL, USA. Details.

13-14 June – BCLA Clinical Conference and Exhibition, Manchester, UK. Details.

1-4 July – 5th Asia Pacific Ophthalmic Trauma Society Meeting, Bali, Indonesia. Details.

3-4 September – 49th European Contact Lens and Ocular Surface Congress (ECLSO), Paris, France. Details.

29-30 October – New Zealand Association of Optometrists 90th Annual Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand. Details.

3-6 November – American Academy of Optometry, Boston, USA. Details.

23-24 November – 3rd Asia Optometric Congress and 8th ASEAN Optometric Conference, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia. Details.

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2021 IACLE Global Virtual Conference

Following our first-ever Virtual Conference’s success in September 2020, the IACLE Education Team is hosting a second global Virtual Conference on Saturday 24 April, starting at 12 noon (GMT), themed ‘Integrating research into education’. International experts will share their knowledge and experiences on how to combine research and education to become a successful academic.

Look out for more details soon

TLC Initiative Monthly Issue #9

Teach. Learn. Connect. in February

The TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative is IACLE’s new online education and communications program that will supplement our existing educational activities. Our aim is to support our members, students and industry as recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Please note that login details for every event are under IACLE Webinars through the IACLETOP Dashboard

GLOBAL

Innovative ways to assess students

As many institutions have been forced to suspend most face-to-face teaching activity due to the Coronavirus pandemic, educators have had to adapt to new ways of assessing their students. In February, the theme for our Worldwide Wednesday Webinar Series is ‘Innovative ways to assess students’, where educators will explore novel methods in this area. Details for this month’s themed webinars are below:

Date: 3 February at 3.00 pm (GMT+5.5)
Language: English
Presenters: Lavanya Kalikivayi and Premjit Bhakat
Please contact Nilesh Thite for more information.

Date: 17 February at 9.00 pm (GMT-4)
Language: Spanish
Presenters: Arturo Aguirre
Please contact Willy Carrillo for more information.

Date: 24 February at 12.00 noon (GMT)
Language: English
Presenters: Fabrizio Zeri and Byki Huntjens
Please contact Nilesh Thite for more information.

IACLETOP

What can IACLETOP offer you?

IACLETOP is our online Learning Management System designed to support educators and their students. IACLETOP will become IACLE’s central point to access our online resources and teaching materials, with access via the IACLETOP Login

  • Webinars – recorded live webinars are added to IACLETOP within a few days of the event taking place
  • IACLE Contact Lens Course (ICLC) – our contact lens curriculum is accessible through IACLETOP and is available in English, Chinese (simplified), Spanish, Korean, French and Italian with some content in German, Portuguese and Russian. You can access the ICLC here
  • Student Trial Exam (STE) – are you interested in assessing your students’ contact lens knowledge? This online tool is available for members. Read member and student feedback here
  • Case Report Series – a growing collection of interactive case reports in a new interactive format 

NEW this month

Our monthly Research Update email now has a designated area within IACLETOP, with access through the Dashboard. Catch-up with previous issues, along with summary videos produced by Executive Manager of Educational Programs Nilesh Thite. Nilesh reviews the contact lens-related research literature and provides a summary of the topical and most important articles. Access the Research Update area

Launching late February, the IACLE Library is a searchable database consisting of IACLE images, videos and PDFs. Members are able to upload resources they wish to share with other IACLE colleagues. Photographs from IACLE’s Image of the Month initiative can also be found here. 

New content for the Student Area for educators to use with their students is launching this month. This separate area allows educators to release the IACLE Case Reports to their students as and when they wish, giving educators control over which topics their students cover.

The Teacher Area within IACLETOP has been updated meaning members now have access to use the Case Reports as flipped classes using the Nearpod software.

Did you know?

Every Monday at 10.00 am (GMT), the IACLE Education Team host ‘Office Hours’, to support and help members with any queries they may have regarding IACLETOP. For more information, visit the IACLETOP Calendar

Coming up in the New Year…

The Distanced Learning Program, a self-study program designed to improve the contact lens knowledge of educators and assist them in the preparation for the Fellowship Exam, launches in March. 

REGIONAL

Weekly webinars in Spanish

Weekly webinars to be conducted in February across the Latin America region. Please contact Americas Regional Coordinator Willy Carrillo for more information. 

3 February at 11.00 am (GMT-5) Colombia
Topic: Opportunities for differentiation and growth in the current scenario
Presenter: Orlando Neira

10 February at 11.00 am (GMT-5) Colombia
Topic: Discomfort with contact lenses
Presenter: Norma Cardenas

17 February at 1.00 pm (GMT-3) Argentina
Topic: Challenges to virtual education based on the pandemic
Presenter: Juan Pablo Luna

24 February at 12.00 noon (GMT-4) Puerto Rico
Topic: Hybrid contact lenses
Presenter: Edgar Davila

Meet and Chat – Middle East

Attending conferences around the world allows members to meet others in their region, talk about how they use IACLE resources and to share teaching ideas they have put into practice. Due to congresses being unable to go ahead at the current time, EAME Regional President Judith Morris is introducing a ‘Meet and Chat’ initiative to connect members, to learn from one another and to discuss educational needs. The sessions will be conducted via Zoom and will take place four times a year for each part of the region – Europe, Middle East and Africa. The first Meet and Chat for our Middle Eastern members is on Saturday 20 February at 3.00 pm (GMT).

Date: 20 February at 3.00 pm (GMT)
Presenter: Judith Morris
Zoom Meeting ID: 860 9939 3784
Password: 633516

NATIONAL

Indian Team continues with Journal Club

The IACLE Education Team hosts monthly Journal Club sessions to discuss recently published articles. On Friday 19 February at 3.00 pm (GMT+5.5), Ankit Varshney and Aditi Deshpande are presenting. For more information, please contact Nilesh Thite

Bahasa-speaking webinar

On Sunday 21 February at 11.00 am Jakarta (GMT+7), Lucia Sutedja is hosting a webinar on ‘The basics of orthokeratology’. Members and students can tune into the webinar live on Zoom. A recorded version of the webinar will be available on IACLETOP after the event has taken place. Please contact Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator Cheni Lee for more information.

COMMUNICATIONS

We are making changes to our membership renewal process to ensure exclusive access to full benefits for our paid-up members. Our new renewal schedule is as follows:

  • Access to full membership benefits will end on 31 January if payment is not received
  • A late fee will be payable for members who have not paid by the end of February

Please contact your IACLE Representative or reach us at iacle@iacle.org if you have any questions.

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Special Notice – Final Call – IACLE Awards

Last call for 2021 Educator of the Year Awards entries

Three contact lens educators from around the world will be attending major international meetings this year, as winners of the 2021 IACLE Awards.  

IACLE is offering educators worldwide the chance to become IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year and travel to a major international meeting providing COVID-19 restrictions allow. Please note, we will continue to monitor the situation and may need to postpone presentation of awards to 2022. IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year will be awarded to three individuals, one from each of IACLE’s three global regions:

  • 2021 IACLE Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year
  • 2021 IACLE Asia Pacific Contact Lens Educator of the Year
  • 2021 IACLE Europe / Africa – Middle East Contact Lens Educator of the Year

Entries to be submitted through the application form here

The 2020 winners (pictured above left to right: Professor Renée Reeder, Professor Bariah Mohd Ali and Jo Underwood) will also receive their awards at meetings this year, when restrictions allow.

These awards recognize and reward achievements in contact lens education and are sponsored by CooperVision. The winners will each receive a bursary of up to US$3,000 towards the cost of attending an international meeting and permission to use the title 2021 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year for their region. 

The IACLE Educator Awards are open to all IACLE members who have been paid-up members for at least three 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.  

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo commented: ‘We are proud to be able to continue to offer the IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards for our three global regions. IACLE encourages all members to consider applying for the 2021 Awards, or to nominate someone for the Award. We are grateful to all our sponsors for their support, and especially to CooperVision for continuing to sponsor the Educator of the Year Awards.’

‘Continuous advancement in contact lens technology has made it more important than ever for students to receive focused education in this area of education and practice experience,’ said Gary Orsborn, OD, Vice President of Global Professional, Medical and Clinical Affairs, CooperVision. ‘As one of the world’s leading soft contact lens manufacturers, CooperVision is proud to support IACLE each year in recognizing outstanding contact lens educators for their dedication to the future of the profession.’

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). 

Three 2020 Travel Award recipients, Dr Elizabeth Chetty, Professor Martín Guzmán and Associate Professor Nirav Mehta will receive their awards at an international meeting this year, providing COVID-19 restrictions allow. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, there will be no IACLE Travel Awards for 2021. 

The deadline for the 2021 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards is midnight (EST) on Sunday 31 January 2021.

Find more information

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Special Notice – Payment Scheme for IACLETOP

IACLE introduces payment scheme for IACLETOP

IACLE’s Teaching Online Platform, IACLETOP, is an online Learning Management System developed using Canvas. The platform will become the central point to access all IACLE online resources and teaching materials, with access via the IACLETOP Login. IACLE is developing IACLETOP to deliver an ever-increasing, powerful array of highly integrated learning products that enable educators worldwide to build a digital learning environment, tailored specifically to their needs, simplify teaching and elevate their students’ learning. 

IACLE continuously strives to support members and how they educate their students. IACLETOP provides members with the ability to develop individual teaching content and assessments, and to integrate IACLE resources into teaching, offering maximum flexibility in a dedicated teaching space. This increased flexibility requires a higher level of support. Due to this, some benefits will now incur additional fees:

  • Student Trial Exams – ran through IACLETOP, the STE is available in two versions, 50 and 100 MCQ formats, and can be resat where needed, allowing student progression to be monitored and compared
  • Student-specific Case Reports – available in two formats, self-directed learning or as an interactive format, each Case Report is available to deliver as a tutorial using the Nearpod software
  • Developing individual teaching material – to support student learning, teaching materials and individual assessments can be developed and delivered through IACLETOP

IACLETOP also has the potential for members to have dedicated space to use for their own teaching, and to use the power of the Canvas system to support their educational work. Additional costs apply for this facility and will be levied on a ‘per student per year’ basis, expiring on 31 December. The costs are as follows:

  • PPP1 US$5
  • PPP2 US$10
  • PPP3 US$15

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo commented: ‘Over the last year, IACLE has invested heavily into IACLETOP. Having our own virtual learning environment makes perfect sense to deliver the vast array of materials that we have. Whilst IACLE members can still access IACLETOP as part of their regular IACLE membership, we do expect that some members will see the benefit of having their own institutional space within IACLETOP and allowing access to their students. In the past we had a nominal fee for students undertaking the Student Trial Exam, the new fee structure is slightly higher but has many more resources that students will find useful.’

Executive Manager of Educational Development Professor Craig Woods said: ‘Incorporating a Learning Management System (LMS) into teaching is a game changer in so many ways. You will see an increase in your student’s motivation to learn and their engagement grow. An LMS allows students’ confidence to grow and they perceive an increase in transparency and fairness in assessments. IACLETOP gives educators unlimited scope in developing state-of-the-art teaching and assessment materials, as well as accessing extensive material developed by IACLE.’

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Special Notice – Renew Membership in 2021

Renew your IACLE membership now to ensure your exclusive access to all the benefits continues

We are making changes to the membership renewal process to ensure exclusive access to full benefits for our paid-up members. This year, we’ll be adding even more benefits to support our members and bring you together.

In response to the challenging year we faced in 2020, we’ve added many essential member-only benefits to supplement our existing educational activities:

  • Our Teaching Online Platform IACLETOP, developed using the Canvas system
  • More than 40 multilingual recorded live webinars, available to view via IACLETOP
  • The IACLE Contact Lens Course (ICLC), your essential resource to deliver a comprehensive contact lens curriculum, is now on IACLETOP
  • The IACLE Flashcards, to support the delivery of students’ practical skills
  • The Student Trial Exam (STE), conducted by members online for final-year students
  • The IACLE Case Report Series, a growing collection of interactive case reports

To support you as the recovery from the pandemic continues, we have extended our successful TLC Initiative into 2021 and adding further valuable benefits:

  • A new program of weekly live webinars on a global, regional or national basis
  • The IACLE Contact Lens Course is now exclusively available via IACLETOP, with more translations into core and other languages
  • The Fellowship Exam will take place in November 2021 via IACLETOP, with preparation assistance through the platform
  • The Distance Learning Program is designed to improve the contact lens knowledge of educators and is encouraged for those members who intend to sit the IACLE Fellowship Exam
  • The IACLE Library – a searchable database of donated clinical images
  • A second Virtual Conference in April 2021
  • Educators will be able to develop their own learning environment on IACLETOP

To ensure your exclusive access to all these membership benefits, we have a new renewal schedule:

  • Access to full membership benefits will end on 31 January if payment is not received
  • A late fee will be payable for members who have not paid by the end of February

Read our Membership Terms & Conditions

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo commented, ‘As a member of IACLE, you are part of our worldwide community dedicated to the highest standards of contact lens education, using the latest platforms and up-to-date content. The contact lens field is rapidly changing, as are the ways the subject is taught. IACLE is committed to ensuring educators have the best tools to undertake this role.’

Your active participation in IACLE is important to us

Thank you for being a member and for your continued support

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Global Member Newsletter January 2021

WHAT’S NEW AT IACLE

Translation – Chinese

NEW ICLC exclusively available on IACLETOP

From this month, the IACLE Contact Lens Course has been made exclusively available via IACLETOP and is no longer available through our website to ensure members receive full benefits of IACLE membership. Our contact lens curriculum is available in English, Chinese (simplified), Spanish, Korean, French and Italian with some content in German, Portuguese and Russian. 

Access the ICLC via IACLETOP

NEW Worldwide Wednesday Webinars

This month, we launched a new series of global webinars themed ‘Goodbye 2020, hello 2021’. Executive Manager of Global Education Lakshmi Shinde and Executive Manager of Educational Programs Nilesh Thite started the series and discussed programs and resources introduced in 2020, in addition to IACLE’s plans for 2021. Look out for webinars in Chinese, Bahasa and Spanish in the coming weeks. 

Catchup on IACLETOP

NEW Case Reports added on IACLETOP today

The Case Report Series has been restructured into a new flipped classroom format to provide learning opportunities for students, either as flipped classes or for self-directed learning. This format utilizes the Nearpod software and allows educators and their students to review each case using discussion boards and instant polling in an engaging online environment to stimulate conversation. Released today, the number of Case Reports has increased from four to 10. 

For more information and to access the Case Reports

NEW Save the date for our second Virtual Conference

Following our first-ever Virtual Conference’s success in September 2020, the IACLE Education Team is hosting a global conference on Saturday 24 April themed ‘Integrating research into education’. International experts will share their knowledge and experiences on how to combine research and education to become a successful academic. 

Look out for more details

NEW Meet and Chat for EAME members

Attending conferences around the world allows members to meet others in their region, talk about how they use IACLE resources and to share teaching ideas they have put into practice. Due to congresses being unable to go ahead at this current time, EAME Regional President Judith Morris is introducing a ‘Meet and Chat’ initiative to connect members, to learn from one another and to discuss educational needs. The sessions will be conducted via Zoom and will take place four times a year for each part of the region – Europe, Middle East and Africa. The first Meet and Chat for our European members is on Monday 25 January at 3.00 pm (GMT).

EAME members – please see your email inbox for the details

Apply now for the 2021 Educator of the Year Awards

Applications are still open for the IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards. The Educator Awards are sponsored by CooperVision and winners will each receive US$3,000 towards the cost of attending a major international meeting and permission to use the title 2021 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year for their region. Pictured (center right) is 2018 winner Runa Mazumder at the 2018 meeting of the American Academy of Optometry, with colleagues from the AP region. Applications close on Sunday 31 January at midnight (EST).

Apply now

Renew your membership to receive full benefits this year

In November, we announced some changes to our terms and conditions of membership renewal. Please renew your membership now to ensure open access to all our member-only benefits continues. Access to full membership benefits will end on 31 January if payment is not received. 

More information on membership renewal changes

MEET A MEMBER

Introducing Jenny Sandh, Professional Learning and Development Manager, Northern European Academy at Specsavers. Jenny is based in Stockholm and is a third-generation optometrist. Growing up in an optometry family created her curiosity for the profession. Jenny uses IACLE resources daily for finding information and to use as a reference when conducting training sessions. Outside of work, Jenny enjoys skiing, sailing and tracking. Creating ceramic objects and making silver rings out of antique silver spoons is another of her hobbies. 

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

IMAGE OF THE MONTH

Norma takes the winning image

Congratulations to Colombian member Norma Cárdenas, winner of the 2020 IACLE Image of the Year. Norma receives one year of free IACLE membership, a US$100 Amazon voucher and certificate. Norma captured these images of a female patient with a history of incisional keratotomy approximately 30 years ago. Five years ago, her visual acuity decreased progressively, and her best correction with glasses was 20/200 binocularly. Slit lamp examination showed marked radial incisions with corneal scarring, a flat cornea in the center and a steep periphery. Oblate scleral contact lenses were fitted, obtaining a VA of 20/40. 

SHARE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS FOR THE 2021 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

RESOURCES

2020 roundup of the contact lens industry

Karen Walsh, Professional Education Team Leader and Clinical Scientist at the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE), Canada, authors an editorial in the latest Contact Lens Update titled ‘A year in review: a global perspective on the most extraordinary of years in clinical practice. This report reflects on events throughout the year through the eyes of clinicians, researchers and educators. 

Read the editorial. Sign up to receive Contact Lens Update

Prescribing contact lenses in 2020

An article written by Vice President Professor Philip Morgan, Executive Manager of Educational Development Professor Craig Woods and FIACLE Professor Lyndon Jones (pictured above), and other colleagues including Lifetime FIACLEs Eef van der Worp and José Manuel González-Méijome and FIACLEs Dr John Hsiao and Dr Ioannis Tranoudis summarizes information for clinical practitioners, industry and academia about contact lens prescribing behaviours during 2020. 

Access the article

Predicting the future for contact lenses

FIACLE Professor Lyndon Jones, Director at the Centre for Ocular Research & Education and Karen Walsh, Professional Education Team Leader and Clinical Scientist, assess the accuracy of predictions 20 years after they were made for the new millennium, and explore where the contact lens industry will be in another 20 years’ time. 

Read the full text

COVID-19 RESOURCES

Contact lens wear in Spain during the COVID-19 pandemic

A new study published by Marta Vianya-Estopa et al in Contact Lens & Anterior Eye emphasizes the importance of educating contact lens wearers to ensure safe wear.

Read the full text

Ensuring safe clinical teaching at university optometry schools

A new report outlines the challenges currently faced by optometry schools and describes strategies to minimize the risk of virus transmission to ensure safe clinical optometric teaching.

Access the article

GLOBAL UPDATE

AMERICAS

Latin America reports on the past year

In 2020, more than 50 IACLE members from the Latin America region took part in the radio program ‘IACLE in the world’, to discuss various contact lens topics. In total, the LA Team recorded more than 60 hours of content and over 6,000 ECPs tuned into the shows across Zoom, Facebook live and YouTube.

Read the Americas report

ASIA PACIFIC

Australian member awarded Lifetime FIACLE

An IACLE member for 24 years, Professor Helen Swarbrick (pictured right with past IACLE President Professor Deborah Sweeney) has been awarded Emeritus Membership on her retirement from the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of New South Wales, and Lifetime FIACLE status. As well as introducing undergraduate students to contact lenses, she also developed and ran two very successful postgraduate courses – Advanced Contact Lens Studies and Specialty Contact Lenses Studies, taken by many international students through the Master of Optometry course. Helen acted as Assistant Secretary for IACLE for many years and has always enthusiastically encouraged her students at all levels to utilize the resources of IACLE in their learning, and subsequent contact lens clinical practice and research.

More information on the Fellowship Program

Korean university runs Student Trial Exam

Students from Kukje University in Seoul, South Korea recently took the Student Trial Exam (5 December). Korea National Coordinator Professor Park Kyung-hee said ‘Students acquiring the IACLE STE certificate is a big part of their future employment. In the future, we will continue to do our best to ensure that more students acquire licenses and find employment smoothly.’

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Students successfully pass the STE in Indonesia

IACLE member Sylvianti Simanjuntak from the Academy of Optometry Leprindo in Jakarta conducted the Student Trial Exam on 28 October. Certificates were presented to all who successfully passed the exam (pictured above). Dian Leila Sari, Director of the Optometry School commented: ‘Thank you Sylvianti and Dr Cheni Lee for conducting and facilitating this STE exam. It’s a privilege that we are given this opportunity to gauge our students’ contact lens knowledge.’  

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EUROPE / AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST

BCLA appoints new President

The British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) has appointed their new President-Elect, FIACLE Neil Retallic. Neil hopes to push for advances in eco-friendly products and finding treatments for patients with ocular pathology. He will take over from current President, Indie Grewal, following the BCLA annual general meeting. 

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EAOO Helsinki2021 takes place in April

The European Academy of Optometry and Optics’ conference will now take place in the Finnish capital Helsinki from 23-25 April 2021. The congress will include keynotes, poster presentations, workshops, discussion groups and professional exhibitions, and will be streamed online for those who cannot attend.

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Key dates for 2021:
21-23 January – The Global Specialty Lens Symposium (virtual meeting). Details

23-25 April – European Academy of Optometry and Optics Annual (EAOO) Conference, Helsinki, Finland. Details

1-7 May – Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Annual Meeting (virtual meeting). Details.

20-23 May – Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators (AOCLE) Annual Workshop, Fort Lauderdale FL, USA. Details.

11-13 June – BCLA Clinical Conference and Exhibition, Manchester, UK. Details.

1-4 July – 5th Asia Pacific Ophthalmic Trauma Society Meeting, Bali, Indonesia. Details.

3-4 September – 49th European Contact Lens and Ocular Surface Congress (ECLSO), Paris, France. Details.

29-30 October – New Zealand Association of Optometrists 90th Annual Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand. Details.

3-6 November – American Academy of Optometry, Boston, USA. Details.

23-24 November – 3rd Asia Optometric Congress and 8th ASEAN Optometric Conference, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia. Details

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Special Notice – 2021 Educator of the Year Awards

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Apply now for the 2021 Educator of the Year Awards

Three contact lens educators from around the world will be attending major international meetings this year, as winners of the 2021 IACLE Awards.  

IACLE is offering educators worldwide the chance to become IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year and travel to a major international meeting providing COVID-19 restrictions allow. IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year will be awarded to three individuals, one from each of IACLE’s three global regions:

• 2021 IACLE Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year

• 2021 IACLE Asia Pacific Contact Lens Educator of the Year

• 2021 IACLE Europe / Africa – Middle East Contact Lens Educator of the Year

The 2020 winners (pictured above left to right: Professor Renée Reeder, Professor Bariah Mohd Ali and Jo Underwood) will also receive their awards at meetings this year, when restrictions allow.

These awards recognize and reward achievements in contact lens education and are sponsored by CooperVision. The winners will each receive a bursary of up to US$3,000 towards the cost of attending an international meeting and permission to use the title 2021 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year for their region. 

The IACLE Educator Awards are open to all IACLE members who have been paid-up members for at least three 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.  

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo commented: ‘We are proud to be able to continue to offer the IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards for our three global regions. IACLE encourages all members to consider applying for the 2021 Awards, or to nominate someone for the Award. We are grateful to all our sponsors for their support, and especially to CooperVision for continuing to sponsor the Educator of the Year Awards.’

‘Continuous advancement in contact lens technology has made it more important than ever for students to receive focused education in this area of education and practice experience,’ said Gary Orsborn, OD, Vice President of Global Professional, Medical and Clinical Affairs, CooperVision. ‘As one of the world’s leading soft contact lens manufacturers, CooperVision is proud to support IACLE each year in recognizing outstanding contact lens educators for their dedication to the future of the profession.’

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). 

Three 2020 Travel Award recipients, Dr Elizabeth Chetty, Professor Martín Guzmán and Associate Professor Nirav Mehta will receive their awards at an international meeting in 2021, providing COVID-19 restrictions allow. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, there will be no IACLE Travel Awards for 2021. 

The deadline for the 2021 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards is midnight (EST) on Sunday 31 January 2021. Entries must be submitted using the application form.

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TLC Initiative Monthly Issue #8

Teach. Learn. Connect. in January

The TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative is IACLE’s new online education and communications program that will supplement our existing educational activities. Our aim is to support our members, students and industry as recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Please note that login details for every event are provided in our TLC Monthlies and TLC Reminders

GLOBAL

Worldwide Wednesday Webinars

We are extending the TLC Initiative into 2021, with weekly webinars on a global, regional and national basis starting with the theme ‘Goodbye 2020, welcome 2021’ in January. Each month, our Wednesday webinars will follow a particular topic. The IACLE Education Team is exploring various initiatives before announcing what 2021 has in store for our members. Details for this month’s ‘Goodbye 2020, welcome 2021’ themed webinars are below:

Date: 6 January at 3.00 pm India (GMT+5.5)
Language: English
Presenters: Lakshmi Shinde and Nilesh Thite
Please contact Nilesh Thite for more information.

Date: 13 January at 8.00 pm China (GMT+8)
Language: Chinese
Presenters: Qu Xiaomei and Wang Haiying
Please contact Cheni Lee for more information.

Date: 20 January at 2.00 pm Peru (GMT-5)
Language: Spanish
Presenter: Guillermo Carrillo
Please contact Willy Carrillo for more information.

Date: 24 January at 11.00 am Jakarta (GMT+7)
Language: Bahasa
Presenter: Cheni Lee
Please contact Cheni Lee for more information.

Date: 27 January at 12.00 pm (GMT)
Language: English
Presenters: Dr Shehzad Naroo and IACLE Education Team
Please contact Nilesh Thite for more information.

All webinars are now available to view via IACLETOP

IACLETOP

What can IACLETOP offer you?

IACLETOP is our online Learning Management System designed to support educators and their students.   

Webinars – live streamed webinars are removed from our Facebook page after 24 hours the recorded versions are added to IACLETOP within a few days post-event.   
IACLE Contact Lens Course (ICLC) – our contact lens curriculum is accessible through IACETOP and is available in English, Chinese (simplified), Spanish, Korean, French and Italian with some content in German, Portuguese and Russian. You can access the ICLC here.  
Student Trial Exam (STE) – are you interested in assessing your students’ contact lens knowledge? This online tool is available for members. Read member and student feedback here.  
Case Report Series – a growing collection of interactive case reports in new formats  

NEW this month

From this month, the IACLE Contact Lens Course (ICLC) has been made exclusively available via IACLETOP and is no longer available through our website to ensure members receive full benefits of IACLE membership.   

Our first Virtual Conference is available to view through IACLETOP in the IACLE Conferences area, along with other external meetings hosted by IACLE representatives. Lectures have been added to IACLETOP from the virtual International Contact Lens Education Program (ICLEP) that took place from 6-8 November 2020. Additionally, a presentation from the Autumn Conference of the Korean Society of Vision Science (KSVS) conducted as a hybrid conference on 20-21 November 2020 is also available to view on IACLETOP.   

During January, the number of Case Reports will increase from four to 10, with additional Case Reports offering alternative assessment methods. Certificates of completion will be provided.

Did you know?

Every Monday at 10 am (GMT), the IACLE Education Team host ‘Office Hours’, designed to support and help our members with any queries regarding IACLETOP. Please see more information in the IACLETOP Calendar.

Coming up in the New Year…

• The Case Reports are being restructured to provide learning opportunities for students, either as flipped classes or for self-directed learning.
• The Distance Learning Program is being transferred to IACLETOP and will be available soon.
• The IACLE Library is a new area consisting of IACLE images and videos, accessible via a searchable database. Members are able to upload any resources they wish to share with other IACLE colleagues.  

REGIONAL

Weekly webinars in Spanish

Weekly webinars to be conducted in January across Latin America. Contact IACLE Americas Regional Coordinator Willy Carrillo for more information.  13 January at 11.00 Colombia (GMT-5)  Topic: How to achieve a successful Fellowship Exam Presenters: Johana Garzon and Guillermo Carrillo   20 January at 11.00 Mexico (GMT-7) Topic: How to educate the population on contact lens wear Presenter: Rosalia Ramirez   27 January at 1.00 pm Brazil (GMT-3) Topic: GP contact lenses for myopia control Presenter: Rosalia Ramirez

NATIONAL

Journal Club continues into 2021

The IACLE Education Team in India is hosting a Journal Club to discuss recently published articles. On 22 January at 3.00 pm (GMT+5.5), FIACLEs Fakhruddin Barodawala and Preetam Kumar will present the first Journal Club of 2021. For more information, please contact Nilesh Thite.

COMMUNICATIONS

We are making changes to our membership renewal process to ensure exclusive access to full benefits for our paid-up members. Our new renewal schedule is as follows:

• Access to full membership benefits will end on 31 January if payment is not received

• A late fee will be payable for members who have not paid by the end of February

Please contact your IACLE Representative or reach us at iacle@iacle.org if you have any questions.

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