IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards

The IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards were introduced in 2014 to recognize and reward achievements in contact lens education worldwide.

Sponsored by CooperVision, three prestigious awards are presented each year.

The title IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year is awarded to one individual from each of IACLE’s global regions:

  • Americas
  • Asia Pacific
  • Europe / Africa – Middle-East

Read our Special Notice on the 2021 Award winners

View all previous award recipients

2022 Award

The recipients of the 2022 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards will each receive:

A bursary of up to US$3,000 towards the cost of attending a major international meeting, when COVID-19 restrictions allow. Recipients of the awards will also receive:

  • Permission to use the title 2022 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year for their region.
  • A certificate to mark the award, to be presented at the conference attended.
  • Publicity relating to the award in IACLE communications and other media.

About the Awards

The IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year winners will demonstrate a high level of achievement in contact lens education and in the area of contact lenses in general. Successful applicants will show the impact they have had on contact lens education in their institutions and how they inspire their students to become future contact lens practitioners.


  • These awards are open to any IACLE member who has been a paid-up member for at least 3 years
  • Members can either nominate themselves, or be nominated by another member or IACLE staff

Entry requirements

  • Entries must be submitted via the online application form (the same form applies for both self-nominated or nominated applicants)
  • Applicants must be available to attend a global meeting, providing COVID-19 restrictions allow

Judging process

The IACLE Executive Board will decide on all winners following input from our three Regional Directors

IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan commented: ‘We are delighted to start the search for three new ‘Contact Lens Educator of the Year’ accolades. We invite our members to consider applying for the 2022 Awards, or to nominate a colleague. We are grateful to CooperVision for their continued sponsorship of our Educator of the Year Awards.’

How To Enter

The deadline for entries was midnight (EST) on Monday 28 February 2022.

Only entries submitted via the online application form will be accepted. The decision of the IACLE Executive Board will be final.

Winners will be notified by IACLE Chief Executive Officer Bonnie Boshart.

What previous recipients say…

2021 IACLE Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year, Dr Johanna Garzón, of the Universidad Antonio Nariño, Colombia, commented: ‘I am honored to receive this recognition from IACLE. I have dedicated my professional life to training, research and teaching of the ocular surface, and its close relationship with contact lenses. In my experience, IACLE has contributed greatly to the development of education around the world. This Award is dedicated to all of my optometry students, past and present, who continually inspire me to become a better educator.’

2021 IACLE Europe/Africa – Middle East Contact Lens Educator of the Year, Dr Byki Huntjens, from City, University of London, UK, said: ‘IACLE provides immeasurable support for any contact lens educator worldwide, and particularly during the global COVID-19 pandemic. The Association comprises of an extraordinary group of professionals who, like me, have a passion for contact lenses and are willing to share their knowledge to enhance our educational provision. Because in the end, everything we do is for the next generation of eye care practitioners. Thank you IACLE, for this awesome award; I cannot wait to share this news with my students!’

2021 IACLE Asia Pacific Contact Lens Educator of the Year, Wei Xu, of Jinling Institute of Technology, China, said: ‘When I first took part in the Student Trial Exam as an optometry student in 2002, I would never have imagined that I would receive this award as a contact lens educator. I have used many IACLE resources to enrich my contact lens teaching – IACLE Case Report Series and images collections were the most popular among my students. I have communicated with other contact lens educators through the Distance Learning Program and the Train-the-Trainer program and was glad to see people benefit from both. I am so proud to be a member of the IACLE family, and thankful to have colleagues in the same camp. Thank you IACLE for this honor!’

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