TLC Initiative Monthly Issue #12

Teach. Learn. Connect. in May

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

Virtual conference connects members from around the globe

More than 150 delegates watched live online as IACLE hosted its second global virtual conference, to discuss integrating research into education. IACLE’s Board, staff members, and educators from around the world shared their knowledge and experiences on a vast array of topics related to research in contact lens education. Professor Pauline Cho (pictured above) discussed ‘Critically reviewing a manuscript’. 

Catch up on all lectures from the conference via IACLETOP


IACLETOP

What can IACLETOP offer you?

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

NEW this month

The IACLE Library has a new location in IACLETOP, under the Member Area tab through the Dashboard.  

Coming up…

Later this month, members will be able to access the Case Report Series in multiple language options. The IACLETOP Education Team are also in the process of redesigning the IACLE Contact Lens Course within IACLETOP to allow for a more multilingual experience. 


REGIONAL

Weekly webinars in Spanish

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

5 May at 9.00 am (GMT-3) Argentina
Topic: Inappropriate habits whilst wearing contact lenses
Presenter: Doris Rivadeniera

12 May at 11.00 am (GMT-5) Ecuador
Topic: Contact lens application in low vision patients
Presenter: Flor Piña

19 May at 11.00 am (GMT-5) Colombia
Topic: Future of myopia and its control
Presenter: Sergio García

19 May at 7.00 pm (GMT-5) Colombia
Topic: Contact lens practice going forward
Presenter: Oscar Bello

26 May at 11.00 am (GMT-5) Mexico
Topic: Corneal topography in contact lens practice: Fashion or necessity?
Presenter: Fausto Rangel


NATIONAL

This month’s themed webinars

On Wednesday 5 May at 3.00 pm India (GMT+5.5), Isha Dave from the Lotus College of Optometry in Mumbai, India, is hosting a webinar on ‘Contact lens practice going forwards’. A Bahasa-speaking webinar on the same topic is taking place on Sunday 23 May at 11.00 am Jakarta (GMT+7), with Maya Saphira. Members will receive the Zoom details via email, and you can find all the details for May’s webinars via the IACLE Webinars tab in IACLETOP.

Journal club in May

This month, Karpagavalli Subramanian and Mumtaz Qazi are hosting Journal Club on Friday 21 May at 3.00 pm India (GMT+5.5). The team will discuss the most relevant papers and topics related to contact lens education. We encourage all members and Fellows of IACLE to take part in Journal Club. If you would like to present, please contact Nilesh Thite

Chinese-speaking webinar

Professor Chi Hui from Beijing Optometry and Ophthalmology Center in Beijing, China, is hosting a webinar on ‘Toric contact lens fitting’. The webinar will take place via Zoom on Tuesday 11 May at 8.00 pm China (GMT+8). Please contact Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator Cheni Lee for more information. 


COMMUNICATIONS

How did you find our Virtual Conference?

We thank all who participated in our Virtual Conference on Saturday 24 April. We appreciate your feedback, and it helps us prepare for future educational meetings. If you could spare a few minutes, we would be grateful if you could fill out a short survey about your experience of the conference.

Fill out the survey here


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Special Notice – Board of Directors

Translation: ChineseKoreanSpanish

IACLE opens nominations for the Board of Directors

IACLE is pleased to announce that nominations for the Board of Directors are now open. We encourage all members to consider nominating themselves or an IACLE colleague to stand for election to the new Board. The appointed Board will serve a four-year term and will be elected by the Association’s membership. 

Nominate your chosen candidates here

Officers of the Association – President, Vice President and Secretary / Treasurer – will be elected by the Board from among their numbers. The Board will appoint three Regional Directors for the Asia Pacific, Europe / Africa and the Middle East, and Americas regions. 

Full IACLE members who are in good financial standing can nominate. The nomination form should be completed in writing, signed by two full IACLE members, and accompanied by the candidate’s written consent. If the number of nominations received is equal to or fewer than the number of vacancies to be filled, a ballot will not take place. If the number of nominations received exceeds the vacancies, an electronic vote will take place on Friday 14 May.

Members interested in standing for election or who wish to nominate a potential candidate should review the election guidelines

The Board of Directors will implement the updated By-Laws that outline the new structure. Read the By-Laws here

Please email complete forms to Chief Executive Officer Bonnie Boshart, and if you have any questions, please get in touch with Bonnie. 

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Special announcement – IACLE 2021 AGM

Translation: ChineseKorean

IACLE announces Annual General Meeting details

Notice is hereby given that an Annual General Meeting of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) will take place virtually on Thursday 13 May at 12 noon (BST) via Zoom. Attending members will receive a Zoom link through email within 48 hours of the meeting. 

The meeting is taking place for the following purposes:

  • The directors of the association will present the financial positions for 2019 and 2020
  • An update on IACLE activities
  • The By-Laws of IACLE have been updated to reflect the governing legislation changes and to adopt a new structure for the Board of Directors. Members can view the new By-Laws here, and a motion for them to pass will be put before the membership at the AGM
  • Transact such other business as may be properly brought before the meeting

Please register your attendance or apologies via the link here, and any questions regarding the AGM can be directed to Chief Executive Officer Bonnie Boshart

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Special Notice – Final Call to Register

Final call to register for our Virtual Conference taking place this Saturday

‘Integrating research into education’ is the theme for IACLE’s second global Virtual Conference, taking place on Saturday 24 April from 12 noon until 3pm UK time (BST). International experts will share their knowledge and experiences on how to combine research and education to become a successful academic. Members can join this free half-day event via Zoom by registering through this link or through the IACLE Events Calendar in advance.

Register for the Virtual Conference here

Follow the link here to find out what time the conference begins in your time zone

The conference will be chaired by Vice President Professor Philip Morgan and introduced by President Dr Shehzad Naroo

The program features presentations on:

  • Evidence-based teaching
  • An editor’s perspective on which articles are published
  • Nailing an abstract
  • Critically reviewing a manuscript 
  • How to conduct a journal club
  • Costing a research proposal 
  • Forging successful research collaborations

PLUS a panel discussion on ‘Students’ research: challenges and potential solutions’, with international speakers Professor James Wolffsohn, Stefan Bandlitz, Monica Chaudhry, Dr Yazan Gammoh and Dr Orlando Neira.

View the full program

IACLE Executive Manager of Educational Programs Nilesh Thite commented: ‘Research is increasingly becoming an important part of an educator’s profile, which is why the theme of our Virtual Conference is ‘Integrating research into education.’ The topics are selected considering our members’ requirements and the speakers are the authority in their respective field. We look forward to yet another successful conference with maximum participation.’

View the conference brochure


Find out more about the Virtual Conference

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Global Member Newsletter April 2021

Translation: Chinese

MEMBERSHIP PERKS IN APRIL

Register today for our global Virtual Conference

‘Integrating research into education’ is the theme for IACLE’s second global Virtual Conference, taking place on Saturday 24 April from 12 noon until 3pm UK time (BST). Members can join this free half-day event via Zoom by registering here. International experts will share their knowledge and experiences on how to combine research into education to become a successful academic. We encourage your students to tune in to selected talks through our Facebook page (highlighted on the agenda).

Register for our Virtual Conference

View the conference agenda. Follow the link here to find out what time the conference begins in your time zone

IACLE members receive discount for BCLA virtual conference

IACLE has teamed up with the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) to offer discounted registration to their virtual conference and exhibition, taking place from 13-14 June 2021. Members will benefit from a 55% discount on the ‘live streaming’ package or receive an added value ‘conference plus’ package, with access to a 30% discount. Both tickets grant access to two BCLA conferences – the June meeting and a separate event later in the year. The discount code is valid from 19 April until 10 June. Low-cost options are also available for students. If you would like to discuss possible group discounts for students, please contact the BCLA directly. 

Enter the code ‘IACLE21’ when registering to receive the discount


IACLETOP UPDATES

Register now for the Fellowship Exam

We are pleased to announce that registration for the Fellowship Exam is now open. Payments for the exam must be received by 1 July, and after receipt, members will be given access to the Fellowship Exam Area within IACLETOP. The exam is the only internationally recognized means of measuring the contact lens knowledge of educators and eyecare professionals. A successful outcome to the exam qualifies members to become a Fellow of IACLE – FIACLE

Register for the Fellowship Exam. Watch a useful webinar on the exam


TOP NEWS IN APRIL

IMAGE OF THE MONTH

Yeshwant Saoji from Saoji Vision Care in Nagpur, India captured this image using a Remido Anterior Imaging Device. The image is of a patient who had been using the same RGP lenses for over three years. Patient history elicited that she was not very compliant with cleaning the lenses as prescribed. Rubbing and rinsing was carried out for less than five seconds, and it’s possible that rubbing was not done at all. However, the patient had no complaints nor any substantial lid allergy. 

Submit your image

Korean member awarded Honorary Membership

An IACLE member for over 26 years and FIACLE for 21 years, Professor Doukhoon Kim (pictured above) has been awarded Honorary Member and Lifetime FIACLE status after retiring from Masan University in South Korea. Doukhoon says being a part of the IACLE community has been a great help for contact lens education and is delighted to receive this award. After retiring from Masan University in August 2020, Doukhoon has worked as Head of the Biomedical Engineering Research Institute. 


MEET A MEMBER

Introducing Dr Grace Ogbonna, Lecturer at Mzuzu University in Malawi, Africa, who was nominated the most likely student to have a career in teaching in her high school and university Year Books. Grace believes that no answer is incorrect whilst teaching, encouraging her students to share their thoughts without feeling as if they will be criticized, and instead, will be helped to understand the subject better. IACLE assists Grace whilst delivering her lectures on paediatric contact lenses in low vision, in particular. In her free time, Grace enjoys reading, travelling and visiting the beach. 

Long standing members

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 form


RESOURCES

BCLA releases global consensus report

IACLE Vice President and Executive Vice Chair of the BCLA CLEAR initiative, Professor Philip Morgan, comments: ‘The just-published BCLA CLEAR reports aimed to bring together the latest research information across a wide range of contact lens-related topic areas. In total, the work comprises 10 full papers written by 102 authors from 16 countries, making up 302 pages in one full issue of Contact Lens and Anterior Eye. It is ‘Open Access’ (free to download) for a limited period and I absolutely recommend all IACLE members take advantage of this opportunity and explore how these wonderful review papers can inform their teaching.’

Access CLEAR

New myopia management guidance releases

The European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE), in collaboration with the International Myopia Institute (IMI), have released new myopia management guidance to increase awareness in Europe of the most common cause of irreversible visual impairment and blindness worldwide.

Read the journal


COVID-19 RESOURCES

Impact of COVID-19 on Indian optometrists

According to a study by Sehgal et al that gauges the impact of COVID-19 on optometry education and practices in India, key Indian stakeholders of optometry (students, educators and practitioners) seemed to have adapted well to changes enforced by the pandemic. 

Read the full text


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR REGIONS?

Americas

ALDOO sponsors IACLE memberships

It was announced last month that the Latin American Association of Optometrists and Opticians (ALDOO) had agreed to sponsor 20 IACLE memberships in the Latin America region. The available sponsorship spaces have now been taken with candidates from Bolivia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Colombia and Mexico. 

Read the full Americas report

Asia Pacific

Korea hosts Fellowship Exam webinar

Korea National Coordinator Professor Kyounghee Park hosted a panel discussion on the Fellowship Exam (31 March). Lifetime FIACLEs Dr Koon Ja Lee and Professor Ki Choong Mah from Eulji University in Daejeon, South Korea, Lifetime FIACLE Joonsang Lee, Director at Bausch + Lomb and Professor Jongpil Cho from Daejeon Health Institute participated in the panel discussion and shared their personal experiences of sitting the Fellowship Exam. A total of 15 members attended the session. 

Europe / Africa – Middle East

Opportunity for African members to connect

EAME Regional President Judith Morris, held the first Meet and Chat session for our members in Africa. Naimah Ebrahim Khan, Senior Lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa (pictured above), expressed her enthusiasm in engaging with educators from surrounding countries. The IACLE Education Team are in discussion about developing an area within IACLETOP where members by country/region can visit and connect with their fellow members.

Look out for more to follow


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 (virtual meeting). Details.

4 September – European Contact Lens and Ocular Surface (online symposium). 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.


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Special Notice – Fellowship Exam Registration is Open

Registration is now open for the Fellowship Exam

IACLE is pleased to announce that registration for the Fellowship Exam is now open. After entering in your details on the registration form, your IACLE representative will be in touch to confirm the receipt of your registration and will send an invoice for the payment of the exam. Once payment has been made, members will be given access to the Fellowship Exam Area on IACLETOP, that has launched today. All payments must be received by 1 July.

Register for the Fellowship Exam here

The exam is the only internationally recognized means of measuring the contact lens knowledge of educators and eye-care professionals and assesses the level of knowledge by identifying strengths and weaknesses across all areas of contact lenses. The exam will be conducted on IACLETOP, where members can find the Fellowship Exam Area (once their payment for the exam is confirmed) and the Distance Learning Program that provides members with a systematic method of studying the modules of the IACLE Contact Lens Course

Catch up on all webinars relating to the Fellowship Exam here

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

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TLC Initiative Monthly Issue #11

Teach. Learn. Connect. in April

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

Registration opens for our Virtual Conference

We are pleased to announce that the registration for our second Virtual Conference themed ‘Integrating research into education’ is now open. The event will take place on Saturday 24 April from 12 noon – 3pm UK time (BST). Follow the link here to find out what time the event takes place in your time zone. International experts will share their knowledge and experiences on how to combine research and education to become a successful academic. 

Follow the link to register. View the agenda

IACLETOP

What can IACLETOP offer you?

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

NEW this month

The Fellowship Area designed to support and assist those sitting the Fellowship Exam launches on Thursday 1 April. The area allows members to join study groups, understand different methods of assessment, sit mock exams, and chat to other members who are also taking the exam. The member support area is available in English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Bahasa. Registration for the Fellowship Exam opens on 1 April and the Fellowship Area will only be accessible for those who have registered for the exam. 

Did you know?

You can schedule meetings with other members sitting the Fellowship Exam to discuss queries or share study plans within the Fellowship Area. 

REGIONAL

Weekly webinars in Spanish

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

7 April at 1.00 pm (GMT-3) Argentina
Topic: When contact lens contraindications are saved
Presenter: Vanesa Sigrist

14 April at 10.00 am (GMT-6) Mexico
Topic: How to induce students into successful contact lens practice
Presenter: Francisco Ibarra

21 April at 11:00 am (GMT-5) Colombia
Topic: How to manage contact lens discomfort
Presenter: Yennifer Cañon

28 April at 11:00 (GMT-5) Colombia
Topic: Humanization as the core axis to achieve quality of care
Presenter: Martha Marquez

NATIONAL

This month’s Journal Club

Aloe Gupta and Khemraj Nackwal are hosting Journal Club on Friday 16 April at 3.00 pm India (GMT+5.5). The team will discuss the most relevant papers and topics related to contact lens education. We encourage all members and Fellows to take part in Journal Club. If you would like to present, please get in touch with Nilesh Thite.

IACLE webinar in Chinese

On Tuesday 13 April at 8.00 pm China (GMT+8), Jiang Jun and May Zhang are hosting a webinar on myopia control and prevention. 

Members can tune in live via Zoom and a recorded version will be available on IACLETOP after the event has taken place. Chinese-speaking members will be contacted with the login details.

COMMUNICATIONS

To keep up to date with our latest news and webinar reminders, follow us on our social media channels following the links at the top of this newsletter.

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Special Notice – Fellowship Exam Area on IACLETOP

IACLE launches Fellowship Exam Area on IACLETOP

IACLE is pleased to announce that the Fellowship Exam Area is launching on IACLETOP on Thursday 1 April. This area is designed to support and assist those sitting the Fellowship Exam, allowing members to join study groups, understand different methods of assessment, sit mock exams, and chat to other members who are also taking the exam. The member support area is available in English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Bahasa. Registration for the Fellowship Exam opens on 1 April and the Fellowship Exam Area will only be accessible for those who have registered and paid for the exam

Access the Fellowship Area

The Distance Learning Program (DLP), designed to improve the contact lens knowledge of educators and prepare them for the Fellowship Exam launched earlier this month. The DLP is a series of assessments designed to guide members through the IACLE Contact Lens Course module by module. There are four phases to the self-study program to allow members to adjust to the online environment. After working through each section of the ICLC, members complete a related assignment, submitting directly through IACLETOP with instant feedback available. Progression through the four phases of the DLP is time released, staged to help pace learning in preparation for the Fellowship Exam. The stages repeat until all modules of the ICLC are covered. 

Access the Distance Learning Program


Find out more about the Fellowship Exam

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Special Notice – IACLE 2021 Virtual Conference

Registration is now open for IACLE’s Virtual Conference ‘Integrating research into education’

‘Integrating research into education’ is the theme for IACLE’s second global Virtual Conference, taking place on Saturday 24 April from 12 noon until 3pm UK time (BST). International experts will share their knowledge and experiences on how to combine research and education to become a successful academic.

Members can join this free half-day event via Zoom by registering:

Follow the link here to find out what time the conference begins in your time zone


The conference will be chaired by Vice President Professor Philip Morgan and introduced by President Dr Shehzad Naroo

The program features presentations on:

  • Evidence-based teaching
  • An editor’s perspective on which articles are published
  • Nailing an abstract
  • Critically reviewing a manuscript 
  • How to conduct a journal club
  • Costing a research proposal 
  • Forging successful research collaborations

PLUS a panel discussion on ‘Students’ research: challenges and potential solutions’, with international speakers Professor James Wolffsohn, Stefan Bandlitz, Monica Chaudhry, Dr Yazan Gammoh and Dr Orlando Neira.

View the conference agenda

IACLE Executive Manager of Educational Programs Nilesh Thite commented: ‘Research is increasingly becoming an important part of an educator’s profile, which is why the theme of our Virtual Conference is ‘Integrating research into education.’ The topics are selected considering our members’ requirements and the speakers are the authority in their respective field. We look forward to yet another successful conference with maximum participation.’

Read more about the Teach. Learn. Connect. Initiative

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Global Member Newsletter March 2021

MEMBERSHIP PERKS IN MARCH

IACLETOP UPDATES

NEW Redesigned Student Area for educators

The newly redeveloped Student Area allows educators to develop their own teaching materials on the site. Students can view the IACLE Case Report Series in two formats: as self-directed learning and in a flipped classroom version. In addition, students can access IACLE’s Global Webinars and can also sit the Student Trial Exam here. A special rate registration fee applies per student to access the area and is based on the fee structure of our Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) Grouping. Please note this fee is a special rate for 2021. The IACLE Board will review the fee structure after assessing the initial rollout and revisions may take place in 2022. 

  • Group 1 US$5 student registration fee
  • Group 2 US$10 student registration fee
  • Group 3 US$15 student registration fee

Watch the Student Area instructional video

NEW Launch of the Distance Learning Program 

The Distance Learning Program (DLP), designed to improve the contact lens knowledge of educators and prepare them for the Fellowship Exam, is launching soon on IACLETOP. The DLP is a series of assessments designed to guide members through the IACLE Contact Lens Course module by module. There are four phases to the self-study program to allow members to adjust to the online environment. After working through each section of the ICLC, members complete a related assignment, submitting directly through IACLETOP with instant feedback available. Once members have achieved the satisfactory grade, they move onto the next phase. This cycle repeats until all modules of the ICLC are covered. Progression is managed with each phase having a staggered released date. 

Read more about the Fellowship Exam 

NEW IACLE Library now available

All images and videos are now available in the IACLE Library Area within IACLETOP. This is a searchable database where members can explore resources using keywords. Members can donate their own resources to share with other IACLE colleagues. Photographs from the Image of the Month initiative can also be found here.

Access the IACLE Library

THIS MONTH’S THEMED WEBINARS

The theme for this month’s webinars is the Fellowship Exam which is taking place on Friday 12 November. The webinars cover the importance of the exam, how it helps members in their careers and how to prepare for the exam. They are available in English, Spanish and Bahasa. Registration for the exam opens on 1 April and closes on 30 June

Catch up on the webinars

TOP NEWS IN MARCH

IMAGE OF THE MONTH

Dr Lina Maria Jaramillo Trejos from Fundación Universitaria del Area Andina in Colombia captured this image using a slit lamp with a mobile phone attachment using diffuse illumination and low magnification. The image is of a keratoconus patient with uncorrected VA 20/400 and VA 20/25 with scleral lenses. A notch was incorporated into the lens to avoid impingement of its edge over the pinguecula. 

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Save the date for our global Virtual Conference

Following our first-ever Virtual Conference’s success in September 2020, the IACLE Education Team is hosting a global virtual conference on Saturday 24 April, starting at 12 noon (BST), 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. Registration for the Virtual Conference opens on Wednesday 24 March.

For more information

IACLE mourns the loss of Professor Luigina Sorbara

Professor Luigina (Gina) Sorbara passed away on 11 February after battling a long illness that she fought so hard to overcome. She has been a huge part of the IACLE family for many years and she influenced hundreds, if not thousands, of educators and eye care practitioners worldwide. She leaves behind a legacy of kindness and generosity – always sharing her time and resources with others. IACLE has made a donation to the School of Optometry & Vision Science at the University of Waterloo in memory of Gina. Her family have asked that the donations support a Contact Lens Residency, which will be named after Gina.

Members can pay their tributes to Gina here

UK member awarded Lifetime FIACLE

An IACLE member for 30 years, and great supporter of the Association, Dr Christine Astin (pictured above) has been awarded Emeritus Membership and Lifetime FIACLE status. After attending an IACLE meeting in Italy in 1990, Christine was impressed by IACLE’s values and aims and with the encouragement of her mentors Professor Geoff Woodward of Moorfields Eye Hospital and Richard Pearson of City, University of London, she became an IACLE member. ‘To watch the work of IACLE expand worldwide has been amazing and I have been enthralled to see its influence on contact lens practitioners in so many countries’, said Christine. 

MEET A MEMBER

Introducing Asif Iqbal, Senior Optometrist at Sankara Nethralaya, Medical Research Foundation in Chennai, India. ‘The meaning of ADIDAS to me is ‘all day I dream about sclerals!’ and I truly believe where there’s a will there’s a way. Being a clinician, researcher and academic gives me immense pleasure and satisfaction’, says Asif. IACLE has helped Asif since he was a student and being part of the IACLE community has enabled him to be the contact lens practitioner he is today. It has given him the platform to connect with the ‘remarkable stars’ of the contact lenses and optometry industries worldwide. 

Long standing members

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 form

RESOURCES

Recent changes to CL education

A new paper written by IACLE staff and officers on recent changes to contact lens education has been published in the leading optometry journal Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics. As previously reported in this newsletter, IACLE conducted an extensive survey in the middle of 2020 to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on contact lens education. Members worldwide confirmed a shift to online teaching and modified practical sessions. This work’s findings informed various IACLE initiatives and publication of the paper will help members and indeed educators in related ophthalmic fields.

Access the paper

COVID-19 RESOURCES

Communication and contact lens compliance during COVID-19

Cardona et al recently conducted a survey-based study in Spain and reported poor compliance, particularly in terms of hand washing and storage case hygiene during lockdown. Hence, practitioners need to provide wearers with precise, detailed, easy-to-follow instructions.

Access the study

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR REGIONS?

Americas

ALDOO sponsors 20 new members in Latin America

President of the Latin American Association of Optometrists and Opticians (ALDOO) Dr Efrain Castellanos has agreed to sponsor 20 IACLE memberships for educators across the Latin America region. ALDOO’s goals are focused around standardizing the level of optometric education and have found IACLE to be of great support.

Read the full Americas report

Asia Pacific

Bausch + Lomb host industry seminar 

Ravi Singh from Dr D.Y. Patil Institute of Optometry and Visual Sciences in Pune, India, hosted an industry seminar to discuss contact lenses on behalf of Bausch + Lomb (8 February). Topics covered included the history of contact lenses, modality basis classification and spherical equivalents. Over 130 students, educators and alumni attended the Zoom seminar. 

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 members in the Middle East (20 February). An array of relevant topics was discussed, including suggestions for our upcoming themed webinars, the Student Trial Exam and the Distance Learning Program. The next Meet and Chat session is on Friday 19 March at 1.30pm (GMT) for our members in Africa who will receive the Zoom login details via email prior to the event. 

Tune into the next Meet and Chat

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

IACLE TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect) WEBINARS

Visit the IACLE Webinars area on IACLETOP to view the schedule for upcoming webinars.

GLOBAL MEETINGS IN COMING MONTHS

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.

For more meeting dates, visit our Global Meetings and Conference page

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