IACLE webinar on COVID-19 and contact lens practice
More than 200 educators and students joined our live webinar on ‘Contact lens practice in the COVID-19 scenario’ led by President Dr Shehzad Naroo and Vice President Professor Philip Morgan. Watch the webinar on our new teaching online platform, IACLETOP.
A new study by Docherty et al published in the British Medical Journal found that of 20,133 patients admitted to UK hospitals with COVID-19, only 0.3% of those experiencing symptoms presented with conjunctivitis, the lowest incidence of all the symptoms reported.
An editorial by Cho & Boost in press in Contact Lens & Anterior Eye suggests ‘Avoid touching MEN’ (Mouth, Eyes, Nose) as a reminder that the virus can enter via any of these gateways. Of these entry points, the least considered has been the eyes, the authors say.
A Summit of Specialty Contacts lecture by Dr Louise Sclafani and Professor Loretta Szczotka-Flynn discusses the ‘new normal’ in diagnostic lens disinfection, in light of new International Standards Organization (ISO) guidelines and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Final call for survey responses on the impact of COVID-19
Thanks to all those who have already replied to IACLE’s survey on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global contact lens education. The end of the month is the deadline for responses.
Please complete the survey before 31 May
Students join IACLE global webinar on COVID-19
In a first for our global events, students worldwide took part in a live webinar on ‘Contact lens practice in the COVID-19 scenario’ via Facebook. IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo and Vice President Professor Philip Morgan presented the webinar.
The role of the eye in transmitting human coronavirus
A review published by Sun et al in Frontiers in Public Health considers what we know and don’t know about the role of the eye in COVID-19 infection. The authors offer advice on infection control and personal protection in eye care practice.
The June issue of Contact Lens & Anterior Eye (43:3) includes a total of nine publications on COVID-19, contact lenses and the ocular surface. The editorial, articles and short communications are all open access.
The British Contact Lens Association has issued recommendations on returning to practice after lockdown, to be used in conjunction with local country/regional regulatory advice and/or professional body guidance.
Patient safety advocates call for action on online sales
In the US, the Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety – partnered by the American Optometric Association – calls on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to enforce patient health safeguards related to contact lens sales amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Might wearing contact lenses be protective against COVID-19 entering the ocular surface and airways? In the latest video lecture from the American Academy of Optometry, Professor Suzanne Fleiszig said this was just one of many questions as yet unanswered.
The May issue of Contact Lens Spectrum includes articles on strategies for managing contact lens practice during the pandemic, and how industry and practitioners are working together to help specialty lens wearers.
Coach and consultant Ian Davies delivered the first in IACLE’s new series of global lectures. In ‘The art of the virtual lecture’, Ian described how educators could adapt their teaching to a post-COVID world and said the future of the contact lens industry was in their hands. The lectures are live every Tuesday in May and are also available to members online.
The American Academy of Optometry has launched free video lectures on Coronavirus disease, starting with ‘SARS COV2: COVID-19 – A Clinical Review’ by President Dr Barbara Caffery and Past President Dr Joseph Shovlin.
The European industry organization EUROMCONTACT has two flashcards – ‘Contact lens practice and COVID-19: 4 actions for you to minimise transmission’ and ‘4 key points for your patients’ – available in 10 languages.
A new study highlights the increased risk of eye injuries at home and delayed presentation during lockdown. Writing in Contact Lens & Anterior Eye, Hamroush et al report that gardening and home improvements were the principal factors.
College of Optometrists’ guidance on adapting practice
In the UK, professional body The College of Optometrists provides a range of resources on COVI-19, including guidance on procedures to follow in eye care practice to minimize social contact during the pandemic.
Should contact lens wearers should take special precautions to prevent COVID-19? And is contact lens disinfecting solution effective against COVID-19? The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new guidance to answer these questions.
The COVID-19 pandemic: important considerations for contact lens practitioners
A paper in press in Contact Lens & Anterior Eye by FIACLE Professor Lyndon Jones and co-authors reviews current understanding of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the evidence surrounding COVID-19 disease, contact lenses and spectacles, and the impact on clinical care.
COVID-19 and contact lenses: the facts you need to know
The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) outlines ‘5 facts glasses and contact lens wearers need to know – based on the Contact Lens & Anterior Eye paper – and provides a useful graphic, plus other resources.
Contact Lens Spectrum features an interview by Professor Jason Nichols with authors of the Contact Lens & Anterior Eye paper, including IACLE Vice President Professor Philip Morgan discussing how contact lens practice – and lens wear – is changing during the pandemic.
More than 1,100 educators watched recent online lectures delivered by the IACLE LA office. Topics included ‘How effective are contact lens solutions in the COVID-19 scenario? (2 April) and ‘Biosecurity strategies in contact lens practice against COVID-19 (13 April).
The European Academy of Optometry and Optics (EAOO) Annual Conference, due to take place in Helsinki, Finland (15-17 May) is the latest event to be postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. The new dates are 23-25 April 2021.
The effects of the global outbreak of the Coronavirus disease COVID-19 continue to be felt around the world. In these challenging times, IACLE is here to help you keep up to date with the latest developments
From this week we are introducing a dedicated web page bringing together useful links and references on COVID-19 and contact lenses, and COVID-19 Updates sent directly to your mailbox. Below is a roundup of information and resources we have delivered to our members – and educators more widely – over the past two months. Please follow the links to learn more and look out for our regular updates over the coming weeks
IACLE Position Statement on COVID-19
Our position statement on COVID-19 and contact lenses summarizes the key points to consider and measures for wearers and clinicians to adopt during the pandemic.