TLC Initiative Monthly Issue #7

Teach. Learn. Connect. in December

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

The Teach. Learn. Connect. Initiative approaches 6-month point

IACLE’s TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative, designed to support educators during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, has been a substantial success in the first six months since its launch.

Some of the TLC Initiative achievements include:

• A total of 876 members have signed up for IACLETOP, our Learning Management System
• Over 1,000 students from 26 institutions worldwide have sat the new online Student Trial Exam (STE)
• Since the launch of the TLC Initiative, 50 new members have joined IACLE
• Facebook and Instagram have seen an increase in engagement due to the initiative, gaining over 3,200 followers across both platforms 
• More than 200 delegates tuned in live to IACLE’s first-ever Virtual Conference
• At least 8,000 members and their students have tuned in to 70 live global, regional and national TLC webinars, now available on IACLETOP

To support our members as the recovery from the pandemic continues, we will be extending our 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 will be exclusively available via IACLETOP, with more translations into core and other languages
• The Fellowship Exam will take place in 2021, via IACLETOP, with preparation assistance through the platform
• A research-based Virtual Conference in April 2021
• Educators will be able to develop their own learning environment for their students on IACLETOP

GLOBAL

Almost 350 educators worldwide join myopia webinar series

Throughout November, IACLE brought members and international speakers together for a weekly program of webinars on Myopia Management. We heard from global experts Professor Nicola Logan, Professor Padmaja Sankaridurg (pictured), Professor Mark Bullimore and Dr Kate Gifford who discussed topics such as myopia prevalence in children, controlling myopia, the effect of vitamin D on myopia, outdoor activities and myopia, and myopia progression.

All webinars are now available to view via IACLETOP

IACLETOP


What can IACLETOP offer you?

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

Webinars – last month we hosted a webinar series to update our members on the topic of Myopia Management. World leading experts hosted lectures to discuss their expertise on the subject, all of which are available to watch through IACLETOP

IACLE Contact Lens Course (ICLC) – available in English, Chinese (simplified), Spanish, Korean, French and Italian, with some content available in German, Portuguese and Russian. Access the ICLC

Student Trial Exam (STE) – now being taken in Bahasa, Chinese, English and Korean

Case Report Series – launched on IACLETOP last month, with the first four Case Series now online for members to access 

NEW this month

Four IACLE Case Report Series are now available in a new flipped classroom format and can be accessed via the Teacher Area through the IACLETOP Dashboard. 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. 

Did you know?

When registering for the Student Trial Exam (STE), your own dedicated Student Area is made available to give support to students in the assessment journey, and also create a space for members to develop and deliver teaching material. For more information, please contact Professor Craig Woods.

Coming up…

Content for the Case Report Series will continue to grow, adding a total of 10 series. These cases will soon be available in a dedicated format for members to offer their students as a self-directed learning opportunity. Educators can determine when and how cases are released, and students will receive a certificate of completion.

REGIONAL

Spanish-speaking webinars in December

Weekly webinars to be conducted in December across Latin America. Contact IACLE Americas Regional Coordinator Willy Carrillo for more information. 

2 December at 1.00 pm Uruguay (GMT-3)
Topic: GP contact lens fitting, today! 
Presenter: Daniela Garese

9 December at 11.00 am Ecuador (GMT-5)
Topic: Reducing the need for corneal transplants in severe keratoconus with scleral lenses
Presenter: Daniel Torres

16 December at 10.00 am Mexico (GMT-6)
Topic: Myopia in children and young people: the effects of confinement
Presenter: Reyna Citalán

NATIONAL

India team to host Journal Clubs this month

The IACLE Education Team in India is hosting two webinars themed ‘Journal Club’ to discuss recently published articles. On 4 December at 3.00 pm India (GMT+5.5), Runa Mazumdar and Preetha Ramprasat will host the first Journal Club. Md Noor and Premjit Bhakat will present the second webinar on 18 December at 3.00 pm India (GMT+5.5). For more information, please contact Nilesh Thite.

COMMUNICATIONS

From this year, 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:

• Annual invoices will be sent out to existing members in November
• Payment of your annual membership renewal fee is due before 1 January
• 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.

Thank you for your continued support

Read more about the Teach. Learn. Connect. Initiative

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Special Notice – Membership Renewal

Translation: ChineseKoreanSpanish

From this year we are making changes to the membership renewal process to ensure exclusive access to full benefits for our paid-up members. In 2021, we’ll be adding even more benefits to support our members and bring you together.

This year has been a difficult time for us all. In response 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 in new formats for IACLETOP

To support you as the recovery from the pandemic continues, we’ll be extending 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 will be exclusively available via IACLETOP, with more translations into core and other languages

• The Fellowship Exam will take place in 2021 via IACLETOP, with preparation assistance through the platform

• 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:

• Annual invoices will be sent out to existing members in November

• Payment of your annual membership renewal fee is due before 1 January

• 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

Read more about the Teach. Learn. Connect. Initiative

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Global Member Newsletter November 2020

Translation: Chinese

WHAT’S NEW AT IACLE

NEW Vitamin D and time outdoors discussed in myopia webinar

Professor Nicola Logan (pictured) was first to speak in our Myopia Management themed Global Webinar Series, discussing behavioural changes that affect the progression and development of myopia, including the role of Vitamin D and outdoor activities. The next webinar in the series will be hosted by Professor Mark Bullimore from the University of Houston, USA on ‘Contact lenses for myopia control’ (17 November). 

View the full series agendaCatch up on Nicola’s talk through IACLETOP

NEW Certificates of completion for Case Report Series

The IACLE Case Report Series has been refreshed and transformed into a new format for IACLETOP, with each series containing several case reports designed to support a self-directed learning experience for members. In a first for IACLE, certificates are awarded when a case series is complete. 

More info on the Case Report Series

NEW Dutch member awarded Lifetime FIACLE

An IACLE member for 15 years, and showing great support to the Association, Ruud van’t Pad Bosch (pictured) has been awarded Emeritus Membership, due to his retirement, and Lifetime FIACLE status. After Ruud’s optometry career began in 1977, he soon realised that contact lenses would be his field of expertise. Joining Bausch + Lomb in 1990, he combined his work as an educator with a role in the industry as a Professional Services Manager. Ruud said after discovering IACLE and its philosophies, it fit him ‘like a glove’. He believes sharing knowledge, promoting education and finding new ways of teaching is in line with his beliefs. 

‘The potential of contact lenses is enormous and being part of the IACLE membership is a great tool to provide the best in teaching. Contact lenses are alive and kicking! The best is yet to come!’, said Ruud. 

More information on the IACLE Fellowship Program

Coming soon: call for entries for 2021 IACLE Awards

Plans for the 2021 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards and IACLE Travel Awards are nearing completion. Presentations of the 2020 awards were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Winners for both years will attend events in 2021 to receive their awards if travel restrictions allow. The Educator Awards are sponsored by CooperVision and the Travel Awards by all our Industry Sponsors.

Look out for our 2021 Awards announcement

Renew your membership to receive all IACLE benefits

Members are reminded that access to our full range of membership benefits – including our Learning Management System IACLETOP, the new version of the IACLE Contact Lens Course, ICLC2020, and all resources and events under The TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative – is only available to IACLE members. Note that membership expires when payment is not received. Contact Siobhan Allen if you have any questions about your membership renewal.

MEET A MEMBER

Introducing Dr Stefan Bandlitz, Senior Lecturer at Höhere Fachschule für Augenoptik Köln (Cologne School of Optometry) and researcher at the Anterior Eye Research Group at Aston University, Birmingham, UK. Stefan is a real contact lens fan, with over 20 years’ fitting experience. In 15 years of teaching and researching, his aim has been to make his students contact lens lovers. Stefan says IACLE is a great resource for teaching and the IACLE Contact Lens Course has well designed, informative slides which he has integrated into his everyday contact lens lectures. ‘Since I had the opportunity to study optometry in three different countries, I would encourage any young optometry student to broaden their horizons by studying abroad’.

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

Restoration of binocular vision and cosmetic appearance

Dr Atanu Samanta from Nagar School of Optometry in Ahmedabad, India captured this image using a OnePlus 6 mobile phone and a 9MP camera sensor using a slit lamp with diffuse illumination. The patient faced difficulty in both distance and near vision due to a road accident, and also reported ‘black spots around the white area of the eye’ since birth. Restoration of binocular vision and cosmetic appearance of the iris tear and scleral nevus of Ota was done using a customized large diameter soft prosthetic contact lens with tinted iris and central refractive correction. 

We encourage all members to submit images to Image of the Month. At the end of each year, a range of images are chosen to create an annual IACLE Image Collection and Image of the Year is announced each December.

Submit your image

RESOURCES

Dry eye lecture completes ICLC in Chinese

An additional lecture from ICLC2015 on ‘Dry eye and contact lenses’ (D4) has been translated into Chinese, completing the whole course. The ICLC2015 is available in various languages to access through IACLETOP and via Member Login

Access ICLC2015 in Chinese

IACLE members receive 15% discount on textbook

A textbook written by IACLE member Daddi Fadel that describes in detail the issues and complications that can arise when fitting scleral lenses is available for IACLE members to purchase with a discounted rate of 15% off. 

Follow the link and use code ‘IACLE15’ to receive the discount

GMS sessions available online

The Global Myopia Symposium (GMS) virtual conference, solely focused on myopia and its management, is now available to watch on-demand until 26 December. FIACLE Professor Lyndon Jones from the University of Waterloo was among the presenters at the symposium (25-26 September).

Access the sessions

Latest update features scleral lens review

Dr Melissa Barnett from the University of California, USA authors an editorial in the latest Contact Lens Update, which features scleral lenses. ‘Current and future applications’ reviews current topics, new research and diagnostic lens disinfection guidelines for sclerals. Contact Lens Update is published by the Centre for Research & Education (CORE) in Canada.

Read the editorialSign up to receive Contact Lens Update

CooperVision releases contact lens survey results

CooperVision commissioned a survey among more than 35,000 consumers in Germany, UK, Japan, Spain and USA, designed to learn more about the deeper and emotional benefits gained from wearing contact lenses. The results demonstrated not only the benefits of wearing lenses, but also the high expectations patients have of their eye care professionals. Read the full survey results

FTC makes changes to the Contact Lens Rule

In the US, the Federal Trade Commission has amended the Contact Lens Rule that requires prescribers to give patients a copy of their contact lens prescription at the end of the contact lens fitting, even if the patient does not ask for it. A patient who wants to buy contact lenses from another seller, may give the prescription to that seller. The seller must get the prescription details from the patient and send to a prescriber to verify before selling the lenses. The rule went into effect on 16 October. For more information

COVID-19 RESOURCES

Mask associated dry eye

An infographic from the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) on the newly identified condition ‘Mask associated dry eye’ is now available to download in 32 languages, including Russian.

Access the infographic

COVID-19 pandemic-driven innovations in optometric education

Effects of the pandemic on optometric education in the US, and clinical innovations such as telehealth and alternative care settings. 

Read the full text

Myopia epidemic post-Coronavirus disease 2019

Implications for the prevalence of childhood myopia of prolonged hours of near activity without outdoor activities during the pandemic. Read the journal

GLOBAL UPDATE

AMERICAS

Latin America hosts industry radio show

IACLE’s Americas Regional Coordinator, Guillermo Carrillo, explored ‘The impact of COVID-19 on the Latin American contact lens market’ in monthly radio show, with industry representatives from AlconCooperVisionJohnson & Johnson Vision Care Mexico and Bausch + Lomb (28 October). Recorded programs can be listened to on-demand.

Read the Americas report

Academy stays At Home for annual meeting

Around 6,400 delegates from 55 countries registered for the American Academy of Optometry’s first-ever virtual meeting, Academy 2020 At Home (7-22 October). While myopia and its management was the most prominent theme, the meeting covered a broad range of contact lens topics. Delegates can access the event virtually on-demand until 31 December. 

Read the full Academy at Home meeting report

GSLS to be held virtually in 2021

The Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS), focusing on the successful management of ocular conditions using specialty contact lenses, is holding its next event as a virtual meeting, on 21-23 January 2021. Netherlands-based FIACLE Dr Eef van der Worp is on the GSLS program committee. 

Read more information

ASIA PACIFIC

Over the past month, Asia Pacific Coordinators across the region have demonstrated various programs and resources that educators gain through IACLE membership, such as our Learning Management System, IACLETOP, the IACLE Contact Lens Course, the Student Trial Exam and the Case Report Series

Read the full Asia Pacific report

AOC to take place as virtual meeting

The 2020 Asia Optometric Congress (AOC) will now take place as a virtual conference (eAOC2020) on 18-19 November. It is free to register for the event, and it will be simultaneously translated into Chinese, Korean, Thai and Vietnamese. The next AOC, 2021 – A New Vision, is scheduled for 9-10 June 2021.

Register for eAOC2020

EUROPE / AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST

BCLA holds first online-only conference and exhibition

The British Contact Lens Association’s BCLA UK event took place solely online for the first time, made possible by live streaming technology that enabled eye care professionals to tune in from across the globe (8 November). Confidence in fitting myopia patients with contact lenses and managing dry eye disease were some of the themes discussed at the conference.

Read a full report next month

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

The following meetings are among those that have new dates in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic:
13-15 November – American Academy of Ophthalmology – Virtual Meeting. Details
18-19 November – 2020 Asia Optometric Congress (eAoc2020) – Virtual Meeting. Details

Key date for early 2021:
21-23 January 2021 – The Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS) – Virtual Meeting. Details

Look out for a full list of major meetings taking place in 2021 in next month’s Global Member Newsletter.

Access the IACLE Events Calendar

Global Meetings and Events Schedule

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TLC Initiative Monthly Issue #6

Teach. Learn. Connect. in November

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 in IACLE’s new calendar under Member Login

GLOBAL

Global experts speak on myopia management

Our next global webinar series starts on Tuesday 3 November with ‘Myopia development and its progression’, hosted by Professor Nicola Logan from Aston University, Birmingham, UK. The full agenda and Zoom details can be found below (speakers l-r):

Date3 November at 12:00 noon (GMT)
Topic: Myopia development and its progression
SpeakerProfessor Nicola LoganAston University, Birmingham, UK
Zoom login details are provided in the member login of our website in the events calendar

Date10 November at 10:00 am (GMT)
Topic: Methods of controlling myopia
SpeakerProfessor Padmaja Sankaridurg, the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Zoom login details are provided in the member login of our website in the events calendar

Date17 November at 12:00 noon (GMT)
Topic: Contact lenses for myopia control
SpeakerProfessor Mark Bullimore, the University of Houston, Texas, USA
Zoom login details are provided in the member login of our website in the events calendar 

Date24 November at 10:00 am (GMT)
Topic: Bringing myopia control to practice
SpeakerDr Kate GiffordMyopia Profile, Brisbane, Australia
Zoom login details are provided in the member login of our website in the events calendar

Members can watch live online via Zoom or through our Facebook page. Recorded versions of the series will be available on IACLETOP.

IACLETOP


What can IACLETOP offer you?

The content for the IACLE Case Report Series has been refreshed and transformed into a new format. Each series contains several case reports designed to support a self-directed learning experience for members. The first four case series were launched at the end of October, and in a first for IACLE, certificates of completion will be awarded.


Did you know?

When registering for the Online Student Trial Exam (STE), a dedicated Student Area is made accessible to give support to students in the assessment journey and is also a space for members to develop and deliver teaching material. For more information, please contact Professor Craig Woods.


Coming up…

Content for the Case Report Series will continue to grow, adding a total number of 10 series to the Teaching Online Platform (TOP) over the coming months. The cases will be delivered in a variety of formats to support the learning experience of students, either as self-directed learning or as flipped classes.

REGIONAL

Spanish-speaking webinars in November

Weekly webinars to be conducted in November across Latin America live on IACLE’s Facebook Page. Contact IACLE Latin America Coordinator Willy Carrillo for more information. 

4 November at 11.00 am Colombia (GMT-5)
Topic: Strengthening basic training
Presenter: John Jairo Valencia

11 November at 11.00 am Mexico (GMT-5)
Topic: Parents’ perceptions of visual health and contact lens wear
Presenter: Arturo Aguirre

18 November at 11.00 am Colombia (GMT-5)
Topic: Fitting soft toric contact lenses in post-refractive surgery patients
Presenter: Adriana Navarrete

19 November at 4:00 pm Argentina (GMT-3)
Topic: Importance of comfort and compliance in contact lens wear
Presenters: Ingrid Pedraza, Gabriel Cordone, Enzo Ghilliasa and Joselyn Retamales

25 November at 1.00 pm Argentina (GMT-3)
Topic: Myopia control and binocular vision
Presenter: Andrea Monteleone

NATIONAL

IACLE webinar in Bahasa

On Sunday 22 November at 11.00 am Jakarta (GMT+7)Lucia Sutedja is hosting a webinar on the topic of ‘Cases of RGP fitting practices’.

Members and students can tune into the webinar live via Zoom. A recorded version of the webinar will be available on IACLETOP after the event has taken place. Bahasa-speaking members will be contacted by Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator Dr Cheni Lee with login details.

COMMUNICATIONS

Keep a look out for an announcement on the changes we are making to our membership renewal system for 2021.

Read more about the Teach. Learn. Connect. Initiative

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Myopia webinars now available on IACLETOP

International speakers join global webinars on myopia

Translations: Chinese (simplified) Español

Our next global webinar series begins on Tuesday 3 November with ‘Myopia development and its progression’, presented by Professor Nicola Logan (pictured far left) from Aston University, Birmingham, UK. We will also hear from international experts (l-r) Professor Padmaja SankaridurgProfessor Mark Bullimore and Dr Kate Gifford every Tuesday throughout November. Members can watch the series live online via Zoom (login details will be issued to paid up members via our TLC Monthly November e-notice), or through our Facebook page. The full agenda can be found below.

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo commented ‘Following the success of our first Virtual Conference last month, the upcoming webinar series aims to help understand the mechanisms of myopia, the effects it can have on the eye, its progression and the methods to control it. Ophthalmic practitioners and researchers from around the world would agree that understanding myopia is one of the challenges we face in our field today. Those involved in training the next generation of contact lens practitioners play a vital role in ensuring their students have the confidence and ability to manage myopia.’

Date3 November at 12:00 noon (GMT)
Topic: Myopia development and its progression
Speaker: Professor Nicola LoganAston University, Birmingham, UK

Date10 November at 10:00 am (GMT)
Topic: Methods of controlling myopia
SpeakerProfessor Padmaja SankaridurgUniversity of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Date17 November at 12:00 noon (GMT)
Topic: Contact lenses for myopia control
SpeakerProfessor Mark BullimoreUniversity of Houston, Texas, USA

Date24 November at 10:00 am (GMT)
Topic: Bringing myopia control to practice
SpeakerDr Kate GiffordMyopia Profile, Brisbane, Australia

Member feedback from our Virtual Conference

“I really enjoyed the conference overall. There were many practical tips that I can implement within my teaching practice.”

“I enjoyed the event and having these events twice a year would be good to connect members even closer.”

“It was certainly a great experience for me listening to the great representatives of the Association. Technology can bring us closer and allow us to share personal experiences.”

These were some of the comments received in the post-conference survey from IACLE members who attended our first-ever Virtual Conference. Due to the success of the conference, we plan to organize another virtual meeting in the first quarter of 2021. 

Read September’s conference report

Read more about the Teach. Learn. Connect. Initiative

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

Special Notice – Global Myopia Webinar Series

International speakers join global webinars on myopia

Translations: Chinese (simplified) Español

Our next global webinar series begins on Tuesday 3 November with ‘Myopia development and its progression’, presented by Professor Nicola Logan (pictured far left) from Aston University, Birmingham, UK. We will also hear from international experts (l-r) Professor Padmaja SankaridurgProfessor Mark Bullimore and Dr Kate Gifford every Tuesday throughout November. Members can watch the series live online via Zoom (login details will be issued to paid up members via our TLC Monthly November e-notice), or through our Facebook page. The full agenda can be found below.

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo commented ‘Following the success of our first Virtual Conference last month, the upcoming webinar series aims to help understand the mechanisms of myopia, the effects it can have on the eye, its progression and the methods to control it. Ophthalmic practitioners and researchers from around the world would agree that understanding myopia is one of the challenges we face in our field today. Those involved in training the next generation of contact lens practitioners play a vital role in ensuring their students have the confidence and ability to manage myopia.’

Date3 November at 12:00 noon (GMT)
Topic: Myopia development and its progression
Speaker: Professor Nicola LoganAston University, Birmingham, UK

Date10 November at 10:00 am (GMT)
Topic: Methods of controlling myopia
SpeakerProfessor Padmaja Sankaridurg, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Date17 November at 12:00 noon (GMT)
Topic: Contact lenses for myopia control
SpeakerProfessor Mark Bullimore, University of Houston, Texas, USA

Date24 November at 10:00 am (GMT)
Topic: Bringing myopia control to practice
SpeakerDr Kate GiffordMyopia Profile, Brisbane, Australia

Member feedback from our Virtual Conference

“I really enjoyed the conference overall. There were many practical tips that I can implement within my teaching practice.”

“I enjoyed the event and having these events twice a year would be good to connect members even closer.”

“It was certainly a great experience for me listening to the great representatives of the Association. Technology can bring us closer and allow us to share personal experiences.”

These were some of the comments received in the post-conference survey from IACLE members who attended our first-ever Virtual Conference. Due to the success of the conference, we plan to organize another virtual meeting in the first quarter of 2021. 

Read September’s conference report

Read more about the Teach. Learn. Connect. Initiative

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

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Global Member Newsletter October 2020

WHAT’S NEW AT IACLE

NEW Members worldwide come together for Virtual Conference

More than 98% of delegates strongly agreed or agreed that the speakers presented information in a way that was easy to understand at IACLE’s first virtual conference, the results of our post-conference survey show. Over 200 participants watched live online (26 September) as IACLE’s board and staff, educators and industry representatives from across the globe discussed their thoughts and experiences on the current state of the contact lens industry, education and practice. Pictured is FIACLE Professor Renée Reeder who presented ‘The new normal in teaching’. The full conference is available to view through IACLETOP.

Read the post-meeting reportRead our press release on the industry session

NEW Global experts speak on myopia in November webinars

IACLE’s next global webinar series begins on 3 November with ‘Myopia development and its progression’, hosted by Professor Nicola Logan (pictured far left) from Aston University, Birmingham, UK. Following this, we will hear from (l-r) Professor Padmaja SankaridurgDr Fiona Cruickshank and Dr Kate Gifford every Tuesday throughout November. 

Look out for details on how to tune in

NEW Malaysian students complete Online Student Trial Exam

FIACLE Fakhruddin Barodawala (left), lecturer at SEGi University in Malaysia, was one of the first contact lens educators to run IACLE’s Online Student Trial Exam with his students (pictured). The exam counts towards 10% of final examination grades at SEGi University. One of Fakhruddin’s final-year students said: ‘Registering for the STE is easy, and a step-by-step guide is provided. The STE is an internationally recognized exam that effectively evaluated my knowledge in my contact lens studies.’

Watch Fakhruddin share his STE experience through IACLETOP

NEW From Europe to a global organization – a personal perspective 

Former Vice President Professor Desmond Fonn recalls the background to the founding of IACLE and charts the Association’s evolution from its early days in Europe to an organization with a global structure and industry investment. Des’s article is the latest in a series on the history of IACLE commissioned to mark our 40th anniversary in 2019.

Read our History pageRead the full article

Renew your membership to receive all IACLE benefits

Members are reminded that access to our full range of membership benefits – including our Learning Management System IACLETOP, the new version of the IACLE Contact Lens Course ICLC2020, and all resources and events under The TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative – is only available to IACLE members. Note: IACLE membership runs on an annual cycle which expires when payment is not received. Contact Siobhan Allen if you have any questions about your membership renewal.

MEET A MEMBER

Picture by Edward Moss All rights reserved. Aston University Staff

Meet our long-standing member Professor James Wolffsohn, Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Aston University, Birmingham, UK, who specialises in anterior eye, particularly contact lenses, intraocular lenses, dry eye and ophthalmic instrumentation. James has worked with IACLE since 2000 to develop the contact lens course at Aston University as well as to canvas the views of others in the field to support new teaching techniques. Outside work, his interests include gardening and Christian Mission. Another interesting fact: ‘My parents were both born, brought up and married in Chile, South America,’ says James.

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

Vogt’s striae in keratoconus

Professor Fausto Miguel Rangel Rosas from Instituto Politécnico Nacional in Mexico City captured this image of a clinical sign in keratoconus. Vogt’s striae appear as fine vertical lines deep in the corneal stroma over Descemet’s membrane. The photo was taken through a slit lamp camera system with direct parallelepiped illumination.

Submit your image

RESOURCES

What’s new in IACLETOP?

The latest version of our most valued resource, the IACLE Contact Lens Course (ICLC2020), is now available to access via IACLETOP. Translations are almost complete for the previous version (ICLC2015) in Chinese, Spanish and Korean, with some content available in French, Italian, German, Portuguese and Russian. The Online Student Trial Exam is now in English, Bahasa, Chinese, Korean and Spanish. 

Access ICLC2020

Handout explores blink inefficiency

Professor Charles McMonnies from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia has developed a handout, ‘Blinking: dry eyes and dry contact lenses’, available in English and Spanish. An accompanying report on ‘Diagnosis and remediation of blink inefficiency’, discusses how efficient blinking habits are essential for maintaining the health of the surface of the eye and optimum contact lens performance. 

Find handout and report in Contributed Resources – Guides/Factsheets via Member Login

TFOS holds latest meeting online

Presentations from the recent Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society (TFOS) virtual meeting (9 September), themed ‘Unique challenges and unmet needs for the management of ocular surface diseases throughout the world’, are now available to view online. Dry eye specialists worldwide took part in the meeting. 

Watch the meeting

Summit continues its educational program

The second part of The Summit of Specialty Contacts’ (SSC) educational program continues with a webinar on ‘Gas permeable, hybrid, and scleral multifocal lens selection and troubleshooting’ on 18 October and is free to view. The SCOPE Study Group also announced the results of its latest survey at SSC’s virtual meeting (27 September). 

Watch the full program recordings

J&J celebrates World Sight Day with symposium

The Johnson & Johnson Institute is celebrating World Sight Day (8 October) with a 6-hour Virtual Symposium from the Asia Pacific region over 3 days. The final webinar, on ‘Digital eye strain’, runs on 21 October from 7pm-9pm Sydney time. ‘We have collaborated with our counterparts in Asia Pacific countries to bring together a robust program. We expect global attendees to his event, and have included speakers from multiple countries,’ said J&J. 

Register here

Simplifying contact lens wear and care

Industry body The Contact Lens Institute (CLI) has launched The EASY Way Program (Eyes, Awareness, Safety, You) that includes simplified wear and care tips, attention-grabbing infographics, and companion digital resources for eye care professionals and staff to use in their practices.

Watch the EASY way videoAccess the ECP toolkit

COVID-19 RESOURCES

COVID-19 and spectacle wear

A study by Zeng et al investigates the association between wearing spectacles and susceptibility to COVID-19.

Read the report

Eye protection and the risk of coronavirus disease

An accompanying editorial highlights the limitations of the Zeng et al study.

Read the editorial

BCLA PPE guidance and advice

The British Contact Lens Association shares videos, developed jointly with Alcon, relating to donning and doffing of personal protective equipment.

View the videos

GLOBAL UPDATE

AMERICAS

Academy 2020 at Home opens

The latest findings in myopia control and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on eye care practice were prominent themes as the American Academy of Optometry opened its annual meeting, Academy 2020 At Home (7 October). Highlights for educators included surveys on the mental health impact of the pandemic among students, and on diversity, equality and inclusion in US optometry schools. The virtual meeting runs until 22 October.

Look out for a full report next month

Colombia hosts TLC webinar

FIACLE Dr Jorge Vargas (pictured) from Colombia – 2016 IACLE Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year – hosted a webinar under The TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative on the topic of ‘Diagnosing keratoconus using ocular tomography’ (14 September). Recorded IACLE in the World programs from the LA region can be listened to on demand.

Read the Americas report

ASIA PACIFIC

World Congress of Optometry to be postponed

The World Council of Optometry and partner organizations have decided to postpone the 4th World Congress of Optometry (WCO4) until 8-10 September 2023, due to COVID-19 restrictions. The congress was due to take place in Melbourne, Australia in September 2021.

Find more information

Industry seminar takes place at South Korean university

Alcon conducted an industry seminar at Baekseok University, Cheonan City, South Korea, on the topic of ‘How to fit multifocal contact lenses’, where Jun Eunhee discussed the lens fitting guide via a virtual platform. Professor Hyojin Kim and 15 graduate students attended the meeting.Read the full Asia Pacific report

Educators in China shown IACLE’s Contact Lens Course

China National Coordinator Professor Wang Haiying visited Guangzhou Business Vocational School, Guangzhou, China, to speak with contact lens educators about the IACLE Contact Lens Course (ICLC), and to show the educators IACLE’s resources and how to use them. Haiying also encouraged the contact lens teachers to use IACLE’s Online Student Trial Exam (17 September).

IACLE plays its part in India-wide virtual meeting

The India Vision Institute organized an international virtual conference and trade fair themed ‘Eye health in a changing world’ with as many as 1,200 optometrists, ophthalmologists and other eye care professions attending the event (2-4 October). IACLE India’s Nilesh Thite and Lakshmi Shinde, along with FIACLE Dr Byki Huntjens and FIACLE Rajesh Wadhwa, took part in the virtual conference. IACLE’s involvement was dedicated to Asia Pacific Regional President Dr Rajeswari Mahadevanwho passed away in July.

Read a full report

EUROPE / AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST

South African university holds Online STE

FIACLE Dr Elizabeth ChettyUniversity of Johannesburg, South Africa, ran IACLE’s Online Student Trial Exam (STE) with her students last month (12 September). ‘I found this to be a comprehensive examination of their contact lens knowledge. I found the IACLETOP platform to be user-friendly, and Lakshmi and Kavitha were very helpful in taking me through the system and guiding me every step of the way. What I love most about the IACLETOP platform is the analysis of the student’s answers after the exam. The reports generated helped greatly in identifying the gaps in student knowledge and provided me with a clear indication of where revision should be focused to prepare the students for their final assessment. Thank you IACLE for this wonderful opportunity!’ said Elizabeth. 

Read educator and student feedback on the STE

Professor Sankaridurg receives Optometrist of the Year award

Professor Padmaja Sankaridurg, from the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Sydney, Australia has won the International Optometrist of the Year Award 2020. The award is presented in collaboration with Spanish organizations the College of Optometrists of CataloniaCatalan Association of Optometry and Vision Therapy and Terrassa School of Optics and Optometry. Three FIACLEs are previous recipients of the award: Professors Lyndon JonesJosé Manuel González-Meijome and James Wolffsohn.

For more information

BCLA calls for papers for 2021 conference

The Call for 2021 Scientific Papers for the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) Clinical Conference and Exhibition – to be held in Manchester, UK (11-13 June 2021) – is now open, with a pre-screening deadline of 27 November. The final deadline for submissions is 10 January 2021. 

Information on Call for Papers

BCLA UK going ahead as virtual event

BCLA UK is taking place as an online event on 8 November and will include a virtual exhibition. IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo, Vice President Professor Philip Morgan, FIACLEs Professor James Wolffsohn and Dr Byki Huntjens, and IACLE members Dr Manbir Nagra and Dr Katharine Evans, are presenting. 

View the full BCLA virtual meeting program

Manchester universities move teaching online

Universities in Manchester, UK are teaching online until at least the end of the month due to an outbreak of coronavirus among students. IACLE Vice President Professor Philip Morgan, Head of Optometry at the University of Manchester, explained: ‘The current situation presents a number of challenges for us in delivering our teaching but I’m pleased that the detailed reorganization of our teaching program over the summer means that we will continue to deliver a blended learning experience for our students, including face-to-face practicals and clinics, including contact lens work.’

Read a news item on the situation

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

The following meetings are among those that have new dates in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

7-22 October – Academy 2020 At Home (American Academy of Optometry) Virtual Conference. Details

1 November-19 December – CLASS 2020 (Contact Lens of the Americas Specialists Symposium), Cartagena Caribe, Colombia. Details.

8 November – BCLA (British Contact Lens Association) UK Virtual Conference and Exhibition. Details

A full list of events in 2020 and beyond is available in our Global Meetings & Events Schedule. Please email dates of events to s.allen@iacle.org.

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Teach. Learn. Connect. in October

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 in IACLE’s new calendar under Member Login

GLOBAL

Virtual conference brings members worldwide together

More than 200 delegates watched live online as IACLE hosted its first-ever virtual conference, to bring the focus ‘Back to contact lenses’ (26 September). IACLE’s board and staff members, educators and industry representatives from across the globe discussed their thoughts and experiences on the current state of the contact lens industry, education and practice. The conference is now available to watch on IACLETOP.

Look out for a full report in our October newsletter

IACLETOP


What can IACLETOP offer you?

IACLETOP is an online Learning Management System, acting as the central location for our online resources and teaching materials. So far, IACLE has delivered 37 webinars during 2020 that are available to watch through IACLETOP. The Online Student Trial Exam has become available in Bahasa, Chinese, Korean and Spanish. 


NEW this month

The latest IACLE Contact Lens Course (ICLC2020) is now available to access via IACLETOP. The previous version (ICLC2015) is translated into Chinese, French, Italian, Spanish and Korean, with some content from the original ICLC available in German, Portuguese and Russian.

Did you know?

All members can now access the Teacher Area – this is an area that provides information on the Online STE, plus user guides to help you make the most of IACLETOP. When registering for the Online Student Trial Exam, a dedicated Student Area is made accessible. A number of our educator members have already started to create learning content for their students. 


Coming up…

Updating and transferring the IACLE Case Report Series to IACLETOP is now underway. New interactive options for self-directed learning will be added, great for using with students as flipped classroom content.

REGIONAL

Latin America weekly webinar series in Spanish continues

Weekly webinars to be conducted in September across Latin America live on IACLE’s Facebook Page. Contact IACLE Latin America Coordinator Willy Carrillo for more information. 

7 October at 11.00 am Peru (GMT-5)
Topic: Adequate management of the care and maintenance of contact lenses: What not to forget?
PresentersDiana Orozco

14 October at 11.00 am Peru (GMT-5)
Topic: Panel discussion on ‘Opportunities in the contact lens market post COVID-19’
Presenter: Edison Gamarra

28 October at 10.00 am Columbia (GMT-5)
Topic: The ocular surface and contact lens fitting
Presenter: Ana Olave

28 October at 11.00 am Mexico (GMT-5)
Topic: Parent perception of visual health and contact lens wear
Presenter: Arturo Aguirre

NATIONAL

India webinar series on IACLETOP

On Friday 9 October at 3.00 pm India (GMT+5.5), Nirav Mehta is hosting a webinar via Zoom to discuss his experience of using IACLETOP. Executive Manager of Global Education Lakshmi Shinde and Atanu Samanta are also hosting a case discussion based around IACLETOP on Friday 23 October at 3.00 pm India (GMT+5.5).

IACLE webinar in Bahasa

On Sunday 25 October at 11:00 am Jakarta (GMT+7), Febry Corina and Cheni Lee are hosting a webinar on the topic of ‘A fresh look at astigmatism and fitting soft toric lenses’.

Members and students can take part live via Zoom. A recorded version will be available on IACLETOP. Bahasa-speaking members will be contacted with login details.

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