IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards

The IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards were introduced in 2014 to recognise 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 2019 IACLE Award winners

View all previous award recipients

2020 Awards

The recipients of the 2020 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 conference during 2020, thanks to generous sponsorship from CooperVision. With the support of the American Academy of Optometry, this year’s winners will attend:
  • Academy 2020 Nashville, the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry, Nashville, Tennessee, USA (7-10 October)
  • Permission to use the title 2020 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 also 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, their IACLE regional / country coordinator 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 Academy 2020 Nashville (in special circumstances, attendance at another international meeting during 2020 may be considered and agreed by the Executive Board)

Judging process

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

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo encouraged members to take advantage of the awards and submit their entries: ‘The IACLE Awards are now established as a great accolade, recognising the many achievements of our members. Although the benefits of winning are substantial, the application process is simple and I would urge all members to consider entering.’

How To Enter

To enter the 2020 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards, all applicants must complete the online application form.

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

The deadline for entries is midnight (EST) on Friday 28 February 2020.

Winners will be notified by IACLE Executive Director Bonnie Boshart.

What previous recipients say…

2019 IACLE Europe/Africa – Middle East Contact Lens Educator of the Year, FIACLE Dr Fabrizio Zeri of the Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Italy, commented: ‘In my experience, IACLE has played a massive role in contributing to the growth of contact lens education around the world. Sharing knowledge, experience, passion, and resources among educators has been the key to upgrade the level of education in the field in every country. This is the reason why having been chosen as IACLE EAME Contact Lens Educator of the Year for 2019 is a great honour for me.’

Of his 2018 IACLE Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year Award, FIACLE Professor Lyndon Jones of the University of Waterloo, Canada, said: ‘Founded almost 40 years ago, IACLE continues to fulfil its mandate of providing cutting edge, contemporary education on contact lenses to contact lens educators around the globe. The vast majority of contact lens clinicians globally have been trained in some way by an IACLE-affiliated educator and without IACLE, and the resources it provides to educators, there is no doubt in my mind that contact lens practice would be behind where it is today. I am absolutely delighted to be given this award and I thank IACLE for its continued dedication to training the contact lens clinicians of tomorrow.’

FIACLE Runa Mazumder (right) of the Vidyasagar College of Optometry & Vision Science in Kolkata, India, commented: It was an experience of lifetime to attend the American Academy of Optometry meeting in San Antonio, Texas. From the conference venue to the scientific sessions, exhibition, workshops and warmth of the people, everything about the meeting was extraordinary. I thoroughly enjoyed the meeting and I felt honoured on receiving my 2018 IACLE Asia Pacific Contact Lens Educator of the Year Award at the Academy. I thank IACLE for giving me the opportunity to receive this prestigious award and encouraging young educators like me through such awards.’

FIACLE Professor Monica Chaudhry of Amity University, Gurgaon, India was awarded 2015 IACLE Asia Pacific Contact Lens Educator of the Year. An IACLE member for 20 years, Monica described joining IACLE as ‘a turning point’ in her career from clinician to educator that led to her to become a key opinion leader in contact lenses in her country.

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