Members receive discount for upcoming BCLA conference

We have teamed up with the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) to provide our members with exclusive discounted tickets for their upcoming Vision Conference & Exhibition, taking place on Sunday 7 November. IACLE members can benefit from a 50% discount by entering in the code BCLA_IACLE21 during registration. The code is valid until 31 October and is for non-BCLA member packages

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Special Notice – Final Call to Register!

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Final call to register for our Virtual Conference taking place this Saturday 23 October

There is still time to register for our third global Virtual Conference themed ‘Education and Practice: All CLEAR’, taking place this Saturday 23 October from 12 noon – 3 pm UK time (BST). The conference focuses on the British Contact Lens Association’s (BCLA) Contact Lens Evidence-based Academic Reports (CLEAR) Initiative that provides the latest research information across a wide range of contact lens-related topics for eye care professionals and educators. The program features several authors involved in CLEAR

Register here

The conference will be chaired by IACLE Board Member and FIACLE Dr Byki Huntjens and introduced by IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan

Find out what time the conference begins in your time zone

The program features presentations on:

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

PLUS a panel discussion on ‘Future challenges for contact lens educators and potential solutions’, with experts from IACLE’s sponsors.

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

View the program – View the brochure

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Global Member Newsletter October 2021

MEMBERSHIP PERKS IN OCTOBER

Our Virtual Conference is fast approaching…

With just over a week until our third global Virtual Conference takes place (Saturday 23 October), we encourage all IACLE members to register for what’s going to be an insightful event. The theme, ‘Education and Practice: All CLEAR’, focuses on the British Contact Lens Association’s (BCLA) Contact Lens Evidence-based Academic Reports (CLEAR) Initiative to provide the latest research information across a wide range of contact lens-related topics for eye care professionals and educators. The program features several authors involved in writing these papers. 

Register here

Find out what time the conference begins in your time zone – View the program – Read the brochure

Members receive discount for upcoming BCLA conference

We have teamed up with the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) to provide our members with exclusive discounted tickets for their upcoming Vision Conference & Exhibition, taking place on Sunday 7 November. IACLE members can benefit from a 50% discount by entering in the code BCLA_IACLE21 during registration. The code is valid until 31 October and is for non-BCLA member packages

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IACLETOP NEWS

Last minute Fellowship Exam essentials workshop

Professor Craig Woods is hosting a Fellowship Exam workshop as final preparation for members sitting the Fellowship Exam on 12 November. Professor Woods will guide members through the exam process and invite any questions. Tune in on Tuesday 2 November at 11 am UK time

Catch-up on the latest session here in: English – Chinese – Bahasa – Korean – Spanish

Housekeeping notes for the Fellowship Exam

The Fellowship Exam, taking place on 12 November, will be conducted online via IACLETOP. Members are required to download proctoring software which will run throughout the entirety of the exam. Photo identification, and the name on the identification, must match the name you have registered by, including first name, middle name, and surname. We encourage all members to complete the Distance Learning Program (DLP), a self-study program based on the IACLE Contact Lens Course (ICLC), designed to improve contact lens knowledge. The DLP divides the ICLC into four sections with 12 assessments, all with instant feedback.

We also suggest that members intending to take the Fellowship Exam review the monthly Fellowship Exam Workshops to prepare as thoroughly as possible for the exam. We request members to contact their IACLE Representative if they have not yet contacted you, or reach out to Executive Manager of Global Operations Siobhan Allen.

Access the DLP in English – Chinese – Korean – Spanish

Did you know?

The IACLE Contact Lens Course (ICLC) is a complete curriculum to provide educators with all aspects of clinical science to support you and your students. Within IACLETOP, the ICLC is available as online presentations, downloadable PowerPoint files or PDFs. If you have registered for a Student Area, educators can selectively release the ICLC modules to align with their teaching program. 

More on the IACLE Contact Lens Course


CATCH UP ON GLOBAL WEBINARS

IACLE’s latest global webinar series featured a range of topics focused on the theme ‘Advanced instruments in contact lens practice’. We heard from Dr Keyur Patel, winner of the BCLA’s Dry Eye Practitioner of the Year Award, Dr Stefan Bandlitz, Senior Lecturer at Cologne School of OptometryProfessor Debbie Jones, Clinical Professor at the School of Optometry & Vision Science at the University of Waterloo, and Prasad Sawant Founder of Sawant Optometry Clinic.

Catch up on the full series via IACLETOP


NEWS IN OCTOBER

Image of the Month

Board Member and FIACLE Fakhruddin Barodawala from SEGi University in Malaysia captured this image using a Topcon slit lamp with an inbuilt camera under 10X magnification. The 23-year-old female patient visited the contact lens clinic for an aftercare examination. She was an occasional cosmetic contact lens wearer (bought online) and replaced the lenses every three months. Her current contact lenses were one month old, and she complained of dryness and blurred vision in the right eye (the image above shows the right eye lens). Upon examination, fingerprints were found on the lens which are indicative of lipid deposits. 

Feature in next month’s Image of the Month by submitting your image here

AAO awards Dr Etty Bitton

We are delighted to announce that the American Academy of Optometry has awarded IACLE Treasurer / Secretary Dr Etty Bitton with the Michael G Harris Family Award for Excellence in Optometric Education. The American Academy of Optometry Foundation presents the award to an optometric educator who demonstrates ongoing and consistent excellence in educating optometry students and / or advances optometric education. Congratulations Etty!

Read more about the award

South American member receives IACLE Travel Award

FIACLE Professor Martín Guzmán (pictured right) from Universidad Nacional Experimental Romulo Gallegos in Venezuela, South America, was awarded his 2020 IACLE Travel Award at this year’s International Congress of Scleral Lenses (23-24 July). Over 300 delegates from 42 countries attended the two-day meeting both virtually and in-person. Martín gives advice to members and says, ‘I encourage all IACLE members to sit the Fellowship Exam and apply for Fellowship status as it gives a lot of leverage and networking capabilities, especially if you are involved in education. Thanks to IACLE for its support and for making it possible for me to attend this wonderful conference’.

More information on the IACLE Travel Awards

Renew your membership to receive all IACLE benefits

Members are reminded that access to our full range of membership benefits – including the resources and programs within IACLETOP and all resources and events under the Teach. Learn. Connect. Initiative – is exclusively available for IACLE members. Please note, IACLE membership runs on an annual cycle and expires when payment is not received. Please renew your membership by 31 December 2021. If you have any questions about renewing your membership, please contact your IACLE Representative

More info on IACLE membership


MEET A MEMBER

We are pleased to announce that Mhamed Ouzzani Clinical Instructor at the University of Oran in Algeria, has successfully defended his PhD thesis titled ‘Advanced Orthokeratology (OK), corneal clinical and topographic changes after OK’, co-supervised by the University of Montreal in Canada and the University of Oran

Have you introduced any technologies or innovations to your curriculum recently? Have you received any awards or recognition for your teaching efforts? Do you have any goals or aspirations for contact lens education in the future? Has IACLE helped you in your contact lens teaching? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, we would love to hear from you! Share your achievements with other IACLE colleagues and inspire the future of contact lens education. 

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Introduce yourself to other IACLE colleagues by completing this short form


RESOURCES

Access free Alcon resources online

IACLE’s Platinum Sponsor Alcon is offering educators, residents, students, staff and practitioners free access to the Alcon Experience Academy, a site offering non-promotional training and educational resources for eye care professionals. Upon registration, you will be granted access.

Register to gain access here

New paper confirms important differences between soft contact lenses

IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan, Lifetime FIACLEs Professor James Wolffsohn and Professor Lyndon Jones and other contact lens experts have authored a paper titled ‘All soft contact lenses are not created equal’ that discusses the clinical significance of differences in a range of characteristics of soft contact lenses. The paper notes that the substitution of prescribed contact lenses with different products may lead to undesirable consequences for the lens wearer in terms of vision, ocular health, comfort, and cosmetic appearance.  

Access the paper


COVID-19 RESOURCE

Myopia among school children during the COVID-19 pandemic

This recently published study conducted by Zhang et al included over 1,700 school children from Hong Kong. The results indicate a potential increase in myopia incidence, significant decrease in outdoor time and an increase in screen time. Authors recommend that collective efforts are needed to prevent childhood myopia – a potential public health crisis due to COVID-19.

Read the study


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR REGIONS?

AMERICAS

Journal Club launches in Spanish

As a result of the success of IACLE’s Journal Club in India, IACLE Americas Coordinator Guillermo Carrillo has launched a Spanish-speaking Journal Club in Latin America, a space for members to review some of the most interesting and recently published articles. At the end of every month, two IACLE members will present and discuss two papers. The IACLE Americas Offices invites all members to participate in the new initiative. Tune into the first Journal Club in Spanish on Wednesday 27 October at 11 am Peru (GMT-5). For more information, please contact Guillermo Carrillo.

Read the full Americas report

ASIA PACIFIC

China hosts multifocal soft lens fitting session

China National Coordinator Professor Wang Haiying conducted an online lecture on multifocal soft lens fitting (14 September). She discussed the status of myopia development, demonstrated different types of myopia control methods and the application of multifocal soft contact lenses. Professor Wang also spoke on the need and seriousness of myopia prevention and control in China. Educators in vocational colleges are also looking to introduce the fitting of multifocal soft contact lens into their own curriculum.

Catch up on the session – Read the full Asia Pacific report

Malaysian students awarded STE certificates in online ceremony

Students from the Faculty of Optometry and Vision Sciences (FOVS) at SEGi University in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, successfully completed the IACLE Student Trial Exam (STE) with a 100% pass rate. A total of 17 students sat the exam in August this year, and a virtual certificate presentation took place on 30 September (pictured above). President Professor Philip Morgan represented IACLE at the event. ‘FOVS is thankful for IACLE and their sponsors for their continued support in providing updated contact lens teaching materials to the faculty’, says IACLE Board Member and Lecturer at SEGi University, Fakhruddin Barodawala.

More on the Student Trial Exam

EUROPE / AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST

President addresses Italian Optometric Society

IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan delivered a presentation about IACLE and the benefits of membership to a meeting of the Italian Optometric Society, SOPTI (October 11). He described the development of the Association over the past four decades and IACLE’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

More info on SOPTI

IACLE at VisionPlus Academy

From 26-28 October, IACLE Executive Manager of Educational Programs Nilesh Thite and 2017 EAME Educator of the Year and FIACLE Dr Yazan Gammoh are speaking at the Vision Plus Academy’s 3-day scientific event in Dubai. The theme of the exhibition is ‘Vision care in the digital era’, featuring the latest technology and healthcare solutions in optometry. 

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President speaks at BCLA webinar

IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan has been invited to speak at the British Contact Lens Association’s (BCLA) latest webinar to urge eye care professionals to proactively address the issue of contact lens discomfort. The webinar is titled ‘Let’s get comfortable talking about contact lens discomfort’ and takes place for BCLA members on Tuesday 23 November at 6:30 pm (GMT).

Learn more


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

  • Christchurch, New Zealand. Details.
  • 3-6 November – American Academy of Optometry, Boston, USA. Details.

Global Meetings and Events Schedule
IACLE Events Calendar providing all information and login details to the TLC Initiative events go to www.iacle.org member login 


IACLE IS SPONSORED BY

TLC Initiative Monthly Issue #17

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 under IACLE Webinars through the IACLETOP Dashboard


GLOBAL

Register now for our Virtual Conference


Join us on Saturday 23 October from 12 noon – 3 pm UK time (BST) for our third global virtual conference themed ‘Education and Practice: All CLEAR’. The conference is based around the British Contact Lens Association’s (BCLA) Contact Lens Evidence-Based Academic Reports (CLEAR) initiative that launched in March 2021. The aim of CLEAR was to provide the latest research information across a wide range of contact lens-related topics for eye care professionals and educators. Several authors involved in writing the papers will speak on their areas of expertise at our Virtual Conference.

Find out what time the conference begins in your time zone

Register hereView the conference agenda

FELLOWSHIP EXAM WORKSHOP

The IACLE Education Team are holding monthly workshops to assist members who are sitting the Fellowship Exam on 12 November. The next session takes place on Tuesday 5 October at 11 am UK time (BST) to discuss a revision plan. We encourage all members sitting the exam to accept their invite to access the Fellowship Exam Area within IACLETOP to help you prepare as thoroughly as possible.

For more information on the Fellowship Exam and FIACLE status


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

Did you know?

The IACLE Education Team have developed a series of Flashcards, designed to support educators with practical classes. The Flashcards include easy to follow instructions for activities including contact lens application and removal and lens care. They are available as PDFs, as well as supporting presentations and interactive flipped classroom style materials. 

Access the Flashcards in: English – Chinese – Bahasa – Korean – Spanish


WEBINARS IN SPANISH

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

6 October at 11 am Colombia (GMT-5)
Topic: Climate change and its harmful effect on eyes
Presenter: Sara Angulo

13 October at 11 am Colombia (GMT-5)
Topic: The new and most useful in Pentacam Tomography
Presenter: Carlos Alfonso

20 October at 11 am Colombia (GMT-5)
Topic: How to write a Case Report
Presenter: Sandra Ramirez

27 October at 11 am Peru (GMT-5)
Topic: Journal Club: A discussion on recently published articles
Presenter: TBC


NATIONAL

Prepare for the Fellowship Exam in Korean

On Friday 8 October at 7 pm South Korea (GMT+9) IACLE Korea National Coordinator Professor Kyounghee Park is hosting a webinar to help members prepare for the Fellowship Exam. The exam is taking place on Friday 12 November and we encourage all members who have registered for the exam to take part in this webinar to prepare as thoroughly as possible. 

If you have any queries, please contact Korea National Coordinator Kyounghee Park

Prepare for the Fellowship Exam in Chinese

IACLE China National Coordinators Qu Xiaomei and Wang Haiying and China Administrators Wang Cuiying and Xu Hai Peng are hosting a Chinese-speaking webinar to assist the members sitting the Fellowship Exam. Tune into the webinar on Tuesday 12 October at 8 pm China (GMT+8). 

If you have any queries, please contact China National Coordinator Qu Xiaomei.

Journal Club in October

This month, Gaurav Pandey Professional Services Executive at Bausch + Lomb and Puja Banerjee Optometrist at Sankara Nethralaya in Chennai, India, are hosting Journal Club. 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 contact Nilesh Thite

Catch-up on last month’s Journal Club


COMMUNICATIONS

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Global Member Newsletter September 2021

MEMBERSHIP PERKS IN SEPTEMBER

Register now for our global Virtual Conference

We are pleased to announce that we are holding a third global Virtual Conference themed ‘Education and Practice: All CLEAR’, taking place on Saturday 23 October from 12 noon – 3.00 pm UK time (BST). In March 2021, the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) released the Contact Lens Evidence-based Academic Reports (CLEAR) initiative to provide the latest research information across a wide range of contact lens-related topics for eye care professionals and educators. This report features 11 papers written by 102 authors from 16 countries and will be the focus of the Virtual Conference.

Register hereView the conference agenda


IACLETOP NEWS

Take part in the final Fellowship Exam workshop

Every month, the IACLE Education Team conduct virtual workshops for members who have registered for the Fellowship Exam. The final session is on Tuesday 5 October at 11.00 am UK time (BST). Professor Craig Woods will provide a step-by-step demonstration of the exam process, explain the rules and requirements of the exam, and answer any questions you may have. 

Catch-up on the latest session here in: English – Chinese – Bahasa – Korean – Spanish

Housekeeping notes for the Fellowship Exam

The Fellowship Exam, taking place on 12 November, will be conducted online via IACLETOP. Members are required to download proctoring software which will run throughout the entirety of the exam. Photo identification, and the name on the identification, must match the name you have registered by, including first name, middle name, and surname. Prior to the exam, we encourage all members to complete the Distance Learning Program (DLP), a self-study program based on the IACLE Contact Lens Course (ICLC), designed to improve their contact lens knowledge. The DLP divides the ICLC into four sections with 12 assessments, all with instant feedback.

We also suggest that members intending to take the Fellowship Exam attend the monthly Fellowship Exam Workshops to prepare as thoroughly as possible for the exam. If you have not yet been contacted by your IACLE Representative about how to attend, we request members to contact them, or reach out to Executive Manager of Global Operations Siobhan Allen.

Access the DLP in English, Chinese, Korean and Spanish


THIS MONTH’S THEMED WEBINARS

Advanced instruments in contact lens practice

We are hosting a global webinar series themed ‘Advanced instruments in contact lens practice’. On 22 September at 12 noon UK (BST), Deborah Jones Clinical Professor at the School of Optometry and Vision Science and Clinical Scientist at the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) at the University of Waterloo in Canada, is hosting a webinar on ‘Biometry in myopia management’. In addition, Prasad Sawant Founder of Sawant Optometry Clinic in Dombivli, India, is hosting a webinar on the topic of ‘External ocular photography’ on 29 September at 12 noon UK (BST).

Catch up on previous webinars in the series:

Assessment of tear film and ocular surface with Dr Keyur Patel

Measuring the anterior ocular surface with Dr Stefan Bandlitz


NEWS IN SEPTEMBER

Image of the Month

Adriana Navarrete, a Visual Health Professional, captured this image using a slit lamp equipped with a Canon EOS Rebel T5i camera with direct and indirect lighting techniques. The 54-year-old patient had previously undergone radial keratotomy and later LASIK. On examination, neovascularization perpendicular to the corneal flap and radial keratotomy incisions were observed. 

Feature in next month’s Image of the Month by submitting your image here

FIACLE named as Fellow of Royal Society of Canada

We are pleased to announce that FIACLE and Director at the Centre for Ocular Research and Education (CORE) Professor Lyndon Jones has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada’s Class of 2021. Lyndon is among 89 new fellows elected by their peers for outstanding scholarly, scientific, and artistic achievements. 

Read the news article

BCLA President highlights post-pandemic opportunities for ECPs

Neil Retallic (pictured left) has succeeded Indie Grewal (pictured right) as President of the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) following their recent AGM (9 September). Mr Retallic delivered a webinar address themed ‘The person behind the contact lens – through a pandemic and beyond’, focusing on how eye care professionals can prepare themselves for the post-pandemic world.

Read a press release

An update of IACLE policies

We would like to inform our members that we have updated some of our policies relating to the content shared in discussion forums or chat areas, and social media. Please refer to the Content Disclaimer and the Social Media Policy.


MEET A MEMBER

Introducing Professor Ankit Varshney Assistant Professor at Shree Bharatimaiya College of Optometry in Surat, India, specializing in contact lenses and dispensing optics. Ankit says that IACLE’s resources have been beneficial in his contact lens teaching, particularly the new ICLC modules, as they are concise, and students find them easy to understand. ‘Try to give your students all of your knowledge so that they can grow and expand to an extent where novelties can bloom and be implemented to bridge the loopholes that exist in today’s society’, is a top tip from Ankit. In his spare time, Ankit enjoys travelling, reading, and playing cricket. ‘Learn, earn, and return’ is Ankit’s mantra. 

Have you introduced any technologies or innovations to your curriculum recently? Have you received any awards or recognition for your teaching efforts? Do you have any goals or aspirations for contact lens education in the future? Has IACLE helped you in your contact lens teaching? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, we would love to hear from you! Share your achievements with other IACLE colleagues and inspire the future of contact lens education. 

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


RESOURCES

IMI release myopia infographic

The International Myopia Institute have launched a myopia infographic for practitioners based on the IMI White Papers published in 2019 and 2021. The infographic is a valuable public health tool and reference of key myopia management evidence-based information easily accessed by practitioners. 

Access the infographic in EnglishAccess the infographic in Spanish

Reprising the Gothenburg Study

A short communication in Contact Lens and Anterior Eye by Nathan Efron and former IACLE President Debbie Sweeney celebrates the famous 1985 paper that reported the highly influential ‘Gothenburg Study’ results. The study evaluated 27 patients who had worn an extended wear contact lens in one eye only with no lens in the fellow eye for a significant duration of time (about five years on average). This group of wearers allowed the authors to identify important physiological changes to the cornea caused by contact lenses and played a crucial role in establishing a blueprint for contact lens development over the subsequent 30 years – advocating for lenses of greater oxygen transmissibility and more regular replacement. The new paper is a superb reminder of this earlier research project and will greatly interest IACLE members.

Read the paper

Latest update features myopia progression

Jeffrey Walline, Associate Dean for Research at the Ohio State University College of Optometry authors an editorial in the latest Contact Lens Update. ‘Should we control myopia progression or eye growth?’ reviews the increasing prevalence of myopia in young patients and features advice on the need to measure eye growth when managing myopia today. 

Read the editorial.  Sign up to receive Contact Lens Update


COVID-19 RESOURCE

Increased screen time, dry eye, and COVID-19

In this recent editorial, the author warns about increased screen time, reduced blink rate, dry eye, and eventual adverse effects on physical and mental health associated with COVID-19. The most important advice we can give our patients with dry eye symptoms is to be mindful of their use of electronic devices and seek out alternative modalities for working, learning, and socializing where possible.

Read the full text


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR REGIONS?

AMERICAS

Industry session in Latin America

During August, IACLE Americas Regional Coordinator Guillermo Carrillo was invited to speak at a Johnson & Johnson webinar in the Latin American region, focusing on ‘Contact lens fitting in the pandemic’ (19 August). The session reached over 250 eyecare professionals from Mexico. 

Read the full Americas report

ASIA PACIFIC

Students in India sit the Student Trial Exam

In July 2021, FIACLE Ankit Varshney from Shree Bharatimaiya College of Optometry in Surat, India, held the Student Trial Exam (STE). A total of 30 students sat the exam, with a pass rate of 47%. ‘We have found IACLETOP to be a very effective and easy tool to use for both educating students and conducting the Student Trial Exam. From the students’ perspective, sitting the STE was a great experience for them to explore various features. The Student Area provided access to various Case Reports, Flashcards, videos, presentations and much more. Finally, we would like to thank IACLE for creating IACLETOP and making life easy for contact lens educators,’ says Ankit.

Read the full Asia Pacific meeting report

President delivers webinar to AP students and optometrists

The Online Optom Learning Series (OOLS), an online platform conducting weekly webinars ran by IACLE Board Member and FIACLE Fakhruddin Barodawala, invited IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan to deliver a talk on ‘How can we reduce contact lens dropouts?’. Over 70 students and practising optometrists from India, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Mauritius and Jordan, attended the session. 

For more information on upcoming sessions

Dr Raji Mahadevan memorial session

Executive Manager of Global Education Lakshmi Shinde delivered a lecture at Sankara Nethralaya’s 2nd Dr Rajeswari Mahadevan Memorial Scientific Session on ‘IACLE: Scope for advancements in CL education for academicians and practitioners’ (9 September). FIACLE Professor Lyndon Jones Director at Centre for Ocular Research & Education also presented a keynote address on ‘The innovative use of Contact Lenses: Beyond vision correction’. 

More information

EUROPE / AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST

South African university registers for Student Area

We are pleased to announce that the University of Johannesburg has registered its students to the Student Area within IACLETOP for the second year running. The Student Area is a space designed for educators to offer their students a unique teaching space for learning and assessment opportunities. After attending an IACLE webinar for members in Africa, Dr Elizabeth Chetty Lecturer at the university, felt motivated to use the system again in 2021. 

More information on the Student Area in English – Spanish – Korean – Chinese

IACLE at Italian Optometric Society national congress

IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan will deliver a talk titled ‘IACLE: four decades of global contact lens education. What’s next?’ during the contact lens session of the next meeting of the Italian Optometric Society (SOPTI) held between 10-11 October in Bologna, Italy. The meeting is themed ‘Good practice in optometry and contact lenses’.

For more information

IACLE at Vision Plus Academy

From 26-28 October, IACLE Executive Manager of Educational Programs Nilesh Thite and 2017 EAME Educator of the Year and FIACLE Dr Yazan Gammoh are speaking at the Vision Plus Academy’s 3-day scientific event in Dubai. The theme of the exhibition is ‘Vision care in the digital era’, featuring the latest technology and healthcare solutions in optometry. 

View the flyer


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

  • 8-10 October – SICHT.KONTAKTE Online. Details
  • 10-11 October – Italian Optometric Society (SOPTI), Bologna, Italy. 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.

Global Meetings and Events Schedule
IACLE Events Calendar providing all information and login details to the TLC Initiative events go to www.iacle.org member login 


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IACLE’s Third Virtual Conference

Register now for IACLE’s Virtual Conference ‘Education and Practice: All CLEAR’

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

Find out what time the conference begins in your time zone

IACLE’s global Virtual Conference focuses on evidence-based practice and teaching and will include summaries of the most relevant reports. Several authors involved in writing these papers will speak on their areas of expertise. 

Members can join this free virtual event by registering here

The conference will be chaired by IACLE Board Member and FIACLE Dr Byki Huntjens and introduced by IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan

The program features presentations on:

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

PLUS a panel discussion on ‘Future challenges for contact lens educators and potential solutions’, with experts from IACLE’s sponsors.

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

View the conference agenda

For more information

TLC Initiative Monthly Issue #16

Teach. Learn. Connect. in September

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

Join the President on Facebook live for a special announcement

On Thursday 2 September, IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan and newly elected Board Member Dr Byki Huntjens are hosting a Facebook live to announce the details of an exciting IACLE event coming up in the near future. Tune into our Facebook page at 12 noon UK time for the announcement!  Find out what time the announcement starts in your time zone


SEPTEMBER THEMED WEBINARS

‘Advanced instruments in contact lens practice’

Throughout August and September, IACLE is hosting a global webinar series themed ‘Advanced instruments in contact lens practice’. In September, Deborah Jones Clinical Professor at the School of Optometry and Vision Science and Clinical Scientist at the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) at the University of Waterloo in Canada is hosting a webinar on ‘Biometry in myopia management’. Prasad Sawant Founder of Sawant Optometry Clinic in Dombivli, India, is hosting a webinar on the topic of ‘External ocular photography’. Please see full details of the webinars below. 

22 September at 12 noon UK (BST)
Presenter: Deborah Jones
Topic: Biometry in myopia management
Meeting ID: 830 4197 1186
Password: 700758

29 September at 12 noon UK (BST)
Presenter:
Prasad Sawant
Topic: External ocular photography
Meeting ID: 810 8321 8976
Password: 580636

Catch up on previous webinars in the series:

Assessment of tear film and ocular surface with Dr Keyur Patel

Measuring the anterior ocular surface with Dr Stefan Bandlitz


FELLOWSHIP EXAM WORKSHOP

The IACLE Education Team are holding monthly workshops to assist members who are sitting the Fellowship Exam on 12 November. The next session takes place on Tuesday 7 September at 11 am UK time (BST) where members can receive advice from a current FIACLE and chat with IACLE’s Vice President Dr Shehzad Naroo. We encourage all members sitting the exam to accept their invite to access the Fellowship Exam Area within IACLETOP to help you prepare as thoroughly as possible.

For more information on the Fellowship Exam and FIACLE status


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

Did you know?

The Regional Hubs are a language-specific community space to interact and engage with other IACLE members. The Hubs enable members to see who is online, meet and chat in the coffee room or organize a more formal meeting using the conference facility, start discussions to stimulate debate, share and seek advice from your colleagues and share and develop documents and teaching materials. 

To access the Regional Hubs, please register here.


WEBINARS IN SPANISH

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

1 September at 11 am Colombia (GMT-5) 
Topic: How to manage residual astigmatism in big diameter RGPs
PresenterHector Velazquez

8 September at 11 am Colombia (GMT-5) 
Topic: The essence of basics in contact lens practice
PresenterHector Paez

15 September at 1 pm Brazil (GMT-3) 
Topic: How to manage residual astigmatism in big diameter RGPs
PresenterSergey Cusato

22 September at 1 pm Argentina (GMT-3) 
Topic: Contact lens practice: Post pandemic
PresenterEduardo Elvira

29 September at 11 am Colombia (GMT-5) 
Topic: Keratoconus and contact lenses
PresenterCarolina Rodriguez


NATIONAL

Journal Club in September

This month, Maruee Pahuja and Kavitha Pallery are hosting Journal Club on Friday 17 September at 3 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.


COMMUNICATIONS

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Global Member Newsletter August 2021

MEMBERSHIP PERKS IN AUGUST

Join the President on Facebook live for a special announcement

On Thursday 2 September, IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan and newly elected Board Member Dr Byki Huntjens are hosting a Facebook live to announce the details of an exciting IACLE event coming up in the near future. 

Tune into our Facebook page at 12 noon UK time for the announcement!


IACLETOP UPDATES

Introducing Regional Hubs

We are pleased to announce a new feature within IACLETOP – the Regional Hubs – a language-specific community space to interact and engage with other IACLE colleagues. The Hubs enable members to see who is online, meet with others through the coffee room feature, instant message, share documents and exchange teaching materials. 

Register for the Hubs here

Student Area now available in French

The Student Area, designed for educators to offer their students a unique teaching space for learning and assessment opportunities, is now available in French. The area provides access to the Student Trial Exam, online classrooms, and a space to develop your own teaching material. 

For more information on the Student Area

July global webinar series available now

In July, the theme for our global webinar series was ‘Grow your contact lens practice’. We heard from four international experts, Brian TompkinsRakesh KapoorNick Howard, and Caroline Christie, who gave great insights into the topic. The complete series is available to view on IACLETOP through the Webinars tab.

Catch up on the webinars:

Business aspects of CL practice – Aftercare visits: Why, when and how – Maximize your potential with soft CLs – Managing presbyopia with soft CLs 

Prepare for the Fellowship Exam

Each month, we conduct virtual workshops for members who have registered for the Fellowship Exam, with the topic changing each month. The next session is on Tuesday 7 September at 11 am UK time (BST) where members can receive advice from a current FIACLE and chat with IACLE’s Vice President Dr Shehzad Naroo. We encourage all members sitting the exam to accept their invite to access the Fellowship Exam Area within IACLETOP to help you prepare as thoroughly as possible.

Members registered for the Fellowship Exam can catch up on previous sessions here


THIS MONTH’S THEMED WEBINARS

Advanced instruments in contact lens practice

IACLE is hosting a global webinar series themed ‘Advanced instruments in contact lens practice’ throughout August and September. Dr Keyur Patel began the series with a talk on ‘Assessment of tear film and ocular surface’ (11 August). Tune into the next webinar of the series on 25 August at 12 noon UK (BST) hosted by Dr Stefan Bandlitz on ‘Measuring the anterior ocular surface’.

View the webinar schedule in IACLETOP


NEWS IN AUGUST

Image of the Month

Dr Atanu Samanta from Nagar School of Optometry in Ahmedabad, India, captured the above images using a OnePlus 6 mobile phone using a 9mp camera sensor under slit lamp diffuse illumination. The 28-year-old RGP lens wearer complained of ocular irritation whilst wearing the nine-month-old lenses. On slit lamp examination, the lens was found to be chipped on the edge with protein and lipid deposits on the front surface. In addition, corneal abrasions were observed on surface examination with fluorescein. 

Feature in next month’s Image of the Month by submitting your image here

EAME Regional President steps down

A member since 1992 and a Fellow of IACLE since 1996, Judith Morris steps down as Europe / Africa / Middle East Regional President. Throughout her 21 years working with IACLE, Judith enjoyed giving input into the growing number of available resources. When Judith was relatively new to teaching, she found the curriculum and slides, especially the images, invaluable, and wishes they had been around when she was starting her career. Judith reflects on her IACLE journey and says, ‘My most fond memories are the people and colleagues I have worked with or known through my involvement with IACLE over the many years. I’ve got to spend time with many colleagues in my region who I hold in high regard. But more importantly, I have enjoyed the many dinners around the world where the subject is not necessarily contact lenses but life in general; those evenings are my fondest memories’.

IACLE reports great year in 2020 Activity Summary

At the close of 2020, IACLE’s membership consisted of 731 members from 74 countries, and more than two fifths of members (41%) were Fellows of IACLE. In June 2020, we introduced the TLC Initiative to supplement IACLE’s existing educational activities during the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic where the total attendance at our virtual webinars was 10,200. 

Read the 2020 Activity Summary

2021 Annual General Meeting

In May 2021, IACLE held its first-ever virtual Annual General Meeting. The IACLE Board and the membership approved several motions including the 2019 meeting minutes, IACLE’s new By-Laws and the financial statements. 

Read the full meeting minutes


MEET A MEMBER

Introducing Professor Ankit Varshney Assistant Professor at Shree Bharatimaiya College of Optometry in Surat, India, specializing in contact lenses and dispensing optics. Ankit says that IACLE’s resources have been beneficial in his contact lens teaching, particularly the new ICLC modules, as they are concise, and students find them easy to understand. ‘Try to give your students all of your knowledge so that they can grow and expand to an extent where novelties can bloom and be implemented to bridge the loopholes that exist in today’s society’, is a top tip from Ankit. In his spare time, Ankit enjoys travelling, reading, and playing cricket. ‘Learn, earn, and return’ is Ankit’s mantra. 

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

Contact lens journals see rise in impact factor

Two major journals specializing in publishing contact lens-related research have seen an increase in a key metric that estimates their reach and importance in the field. New data from the science analytics company Clarivate reports that the ‘impact factor’ for the journal Contact Lens and Anterior Eye increased from 2.578 in 2019 to 3.077 in 2020. Over this same period, the impact factor for Eye and Contact Lens rose from 1.521 to 2.018. These scores rank the journals in 25th and 42nd position, respectively, from 62 journals within the ophthalmology category.


COVID-19 RESOURCE

Effectiveness of 0.01% atropine for myopia control during lockdown

Erdinest et al retrospectively analysed data of 14 children who had been under effective myopia control before the pandemic and who then were socially restricted from March 2020 to March 2021. The increase in axial length during the lockdown phase was much greater than that seen during the pre-pandemic period and suggests a possible significant impact of the environment on myopia increase even in individuals under effective atropine treatment. 

Access the journal


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR REGIONS?

AMERICAS

Colombian universities join IACLETOP

Two institutions in Colombia have recently joined IACLETOP. The Americas Regional Office held a meeting with Sandra Guerrero Dean of the Optometry School at Universidad Santo Tomas in Bogotá, Colombia, and postgraduate contact lens educators. It was proposed that the university would encourage new contact lens educators to become members of IACLE to gain access to the Student Area within IACLETOP and for their students to sit the Student Trial Exam

Read the full Americas report

ASIA PACIFIC

Showcasing IACLE resources at Chinese university

IACLE China National Coordinator Professor Wang Haiying visited the Medical College at Panzhihua University in China and met with the Dean of the Eye Hospital Professor Zhou, the Director of the Department Lu Zhi Xia and faculty member Yi Zhuo Zheng. Haiying introduced IACLE to the Head of the Department and encouraged the faculty to become members of IACLE. The session focused on IACLE resources, educational projects and new developments, mainly IACLETOP, as well as the Student Trial Exam

Read the full Asia Pacific report

EUROPE / AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST

Update from a member in Iran

Ali Reza Jafari from the Basir Eye Center in Tehran, Iran, has been involved in contact lens training for over 20 years. Ali conducts regular training sessions, both theoretical and practical, at Basir Eye Center and the Iranian Society of Optometry and since being a member of IACLE uses the IACLE Contact Lens Course. Ali recently provided training to optometrists interested in contact lenses in the Golestan Province.

BCLA announces Presidential Address

The British Contact Lens Association has announced that Neil Retallic Global Professional Services Manager for Menicon, will take over as President from Indie Grewal after the BCLA’s AGM on 7 September. He will deliver his Presidential Address ‘The person behind the contact lens – through a pandemic and beyond’ as his first duty as President. 

Read the press release


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

  • 4 September – 49th European Contact Lens and Ocular Surface Congress (ECLSO), online symposium. Details.
  • 8-10 October – SICHT.KONTAKTE Online. 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.

Global Meetings and Events Schedule
IACLE Events Calendar providing all information and login details to the TLC Initiative events go to www.iacle.org member login 


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Special Notice – New Regional Directors

IACLE introduces the new Regional Directors

We are pleased to announce that IACLE has three new Regional Directors to provide strategic advice and oversight for their regions. They are Dr Kah Ooi Tan for the Asia Pacific region, Professor Martín Edisson Giraldo Mendivelso for the Americas region and Dr Fabrizio Zeri for the EAME region. The IACLE Team are delighted to welcome the new Regional Directors to their roles and are excited to work alongside them in the coming years.

Asia Pacific Regional Director

Dr Kah Ooi Tan was first involved with IACLE in the early 1990s when IACLE began developing teaching materials and establishing resource centres in the Asia Pacific region. He believes his IACLE journey during this time enriched both his knowledge and skills in his subsequent careers in the contact lens industry. Kah Ooi is Co-Founder and Director of Business Development at nthalmic in Sydney, Australia, with 25 years of experience in professional services, clinical affairs, and marketing to business management in the vision care industry and academia. Some of Kah Ooi’s current roles include President of the Asia Optometric Management Academy, Chairman, Advisory Council of the Asia Optometric Congress, and Visiting Professor at Management and Science University in Malaysia. Kah Ooi is most looking forward to extending IACLE’s reach to more institutions, training centres, hospitals, and optometric practice groups, particularly with CLEAR, the evidence-based approach to contact lens practice. ‘I used to play all sorts of sports, including sepak takraw and soccer. I was a goalkeeper representing the optometry student team during my university days. I wore my spectacles for the first match (contact lenses were too expensive for me). We lost that match. I managed to ‘loan’ a pair of trial contact lenses from the optometry department for my subsequent matches, and we came runner-up in that year!’ recalls Kah Ooi. 


Americas Regional Director

Professor Martín Edisson Giraldo Mendivelso is a former Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year Award recipient. Martín aims to increase the level of contact lens education, support research, and achieve better communication with industry and academia in his region while in his role as Americas Regional Director. Martín graduated and received his Master’s from Universidad de La Salle in Colombia and is a specialist in anterior segment and contact lenses at Santo Tomás University in Bogotá, Colombia. Martín says he is a dreamer and enthusiastic and wishes to transform utopia into reality. ‘I want humans to change the way they think through my dedication and service’, says Martín. 


Europe / Africa – Middle East Regional Director

Dr Fabrizio Zeri is a researcher and lecturer at the University of Milano Bicocca in Milan, Italy, and a visiting research fellow at Aston University in Birmingham, UK. ‘IACLE was extremely important in my career as a contact lens educator, especially in the first years of teaching. The possibility of accessing the contact lens course and meeting other educators around Europe to discuss and compare teaching methods was of paramount importance’, says Fabrizio. He looks forward to the opportunity as EAME Regional Director to meet the new generations of contact lens educators in his region and support them to create the future of contact lens teaching. In his spare time, Fabrizio enjoys discovering masterpieces in his home city of Rome on how our brain works in terms of visual perception ‘which is something that art can reveal’.


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Special Notice – Regional Hubs

IACLETOP launches Regional Hubs

We are pleased to announce a new feature within IACLETOP – the Regional Hubs – a language-specific community space to interact and engage with other IACLE colleagues.
The Hubs enable members to see who is online, meet with others through the coffee room feature, instant message, share documents and exchange teaching materials.

The Regional Hubs are available in English, Bahasa, Chinese, Korean and Spanish.

To access the Regional Hubs, please register through this link.

If you have any further queries, please contact us at iacle@iacle.org.

Please refer to IACLE’s Policies to see how this platform is used. 


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