IACLE Activity Survey Results

IACLE announces the results of its Activity Survey

IACLE last conducted a comprehensive membership survey in 2018. Since then, there have been significant changes to modes of delivery of education as teaching moved online, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic that took effect from the start of 2020. 

A total of 151 members in 25 countries took part in IACLE’s Activity Survey, representing a response rate of 19%. The highest number of responses was from the Asia Pacific region (76%), followed by Americas (18%) and Europe/Africa – Middle East (6%). 

Key findings from the survey include:

  • The IACLE Contact Lens Course is the most used IACLE Resource, rated highest for satisfaction and most important. 
  • Data showed that 1,385 students from 31 institutions participated in the Student Trial Exam since its launch in July 2020.
  • The national, regional, and global webinar count reached 13,000 views within one year. 
  • IACLE’s Virtual Conferences had the highest satisfaction rating among members for online events, particularly the Virtual Conference in April 2021.
  • 60% of members use IACLETOP Resources for their lectures, workshops, and tutorials.

IACLE gives thanks to all members who participated in the survey. 

Read the full Activity Survey report

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2021 IACLE Activity Report

IACLE reports successful year as membership grows

More contact lens educators are enjoying the valuable benefits of belonging to the International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE). Membership grew by 19% in 2021 as IACLE gained 134 members. 

At the end of the year, the association had a total of 871 active members from 80 countries, with the largest representation in China (268), India (135), the United Kingdom (41), Mexico (39), and South Korea (32). Over a third of members (35%) were Fellows of IACLE (FIACLEs). 

Key achievements for IACLE in 2021 included:

  • Annual increase in membership of 19% as of 31 December
  • Following the Fellowship Exam, 58 members became eligible to apply for FIACLE status
  • Several member resources were introduced, including the Student Area, Regional Hubs and the IACLE Library
  • 1,134 students at 27 institutions registered for the Student Area
  • 1,001 students across five countries completed the Student Trial Exam
  • The Teach. Learn. Connect. Initiative was redefined and implemented indefinitely
  • Total attendance of 6,852 at IACLE’s webinars
  • The membership voted for six candidates to fill Director positions
  • Three new Regional Directors were appointed
  • Welcomed Ophtecs as a new sponsor 

Read the 2021 Activity Summary

IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan commented: ‘I am pleased to report that 2021 was a great year for IACLE. With the hard work of our staff and support from our sponsors, we have continued to expand our online resources and we have once again reached thousands of members via our webinars, all while welcoming a new team of Directors. The next 12 months will see a return to face-to-face meetings and the Fourth IACLE World Congress of Contact Lens Education, so exciting and busy times ahead!’

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Global Member Newsletter June 2022

MEMBERSHIP PERKS IN JUNE

Virtual Conference recordings now available

Last month, we hosted a ‘Make students practice ready’ themed Virtual Conference (14 May). The three-hour meeting, chaired by Dr Etty Bitton featured seven presentations and a panel discussion. Professor Craig Woods reflected on his long experience in optometric education to report on problem-based learning, and Dr Cheni Lee discussed how to use IACLE’s case reports in teaching. Dr Vinod Maseedupally shared his experience of running contact lens clinical teaching at UNSW Sydney, and Dr Neema Ghorbani Mojarrad provided a UK perspective, reporting on how he assesses his contact lens students. Sarah MorganNirav Mehta and Dr Bitton shared their expertise in patient communication, using IACLETOP and internships and externships, respectively. The panel discussion allowed colleagues Ithar BeshtawiUma MageswariHaiying Wang and Martin Giraldo to share their experiences from their own institutions, led by IACLE Director Dr Byki Huntjens.

More details to come in the TLC in July. Access the recordings here


THIS MONTH’S GLOBAL WEBINAR

Ocular health of children wearing daily disposable contact lenses

Join Head of Clinical Research at the Centre for Ocular Research & Education Jill Woods on Wednesday 22 June at 1 pm UK (BST) for a global webinar on ‘Ocular health of children wearing daily disposable contact lenses’. IACLE Vice President Dr Shehzad Naroo will chair the webinar. The webinar will be live streamed to IACLE’s Facebook page and we encourage educators to inform their students of the session.

Find out what time the webinar begins in your time zone


NEWS IN JUNE

Image of the Month

Vandana Kamath from Sankara College of Optometry in Bangalore, India, captured this image using a Samsung F41 mobile phone with a microscope. The tear fern test is a qualitative test that indicates tear film stability. An abnormal tear fern pattern is observed among eye cosmetic users. Tear fern tests are graded as follows: Grade I: the ferns are very closely packed without gaps between the branches. Grade II: the ferns are small and have gaps between the branches. Grade III: the ferns are very small with a many gaps and less / rare branching. Grade IV: ferning is incomplete. 

Would you like to feature in next month’s Image of the Month?

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Congratulations to the 2022 Award winners!

Contact lens educators from three countries – the United States of America, India, and the United Kingdom – receive prestigious awards from IACLE for their efforts in contact lens education. Dr Lindsay Sicks (pictured left), Lavanya Kalikivayi (pictured middle left), and Dr Carole Maldonado-Codina (pictured middle right) receive the 2022 Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards for IACLE’s three regions. In addition, the 2022 IACLE Travel Award winner is Asif Iqbal (pictured right) from India. Congratulations all! 

Read a Special Notice on the 2022 award winners

Dr Etty Bitton receives Lifetime Achievement Award

At this year’s Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators (AOCLE) meeting, IACLE Treasurer / Secretary Dr Etty Bitton was awarded the AOCLE Lifetime Achievement Award. The AOCLE presents this award to an optometric educator who has demonstrated exemplary commitment and dedication to the organization over numerous years. Congratulations Etty!

For more information on AOCLE

Register your attendance for this year’s AGM

A polite reminder that an Annual General Meeting (AGM) of IACLE will take place virtually next Tuesday 21 June at 12 noon (BST) via Zoom. Attending members will receive a Zoom link via email within 48 hours of the meeting.

Click here to register your attendance or apologiesFind out what time the meeting begins in your time zone

RESOURCES

Latest update features specialty rigid contact lenses

Dr Maria Walker authors the latest Contact Lens Update editorial titled ‘Managing dry eye with rigid contact lenses’, that particularly focuses on two types of specialty contact lenses with dry eye patients – scleral lenses and orthokeratology lenses. 

Read the editorial

Wireless ‘theranostic’ contact lenses

A recent report in Nature Communications describes a wireless ‘theranostic’ (diagnostic and therapeutic) contact lens which is able to both measure intra-ocular pressure and deliver anti-glaucoma drugs as necessary.

Read the paper


COVID-19 RESOURCES

A recently published Indian survey-based study of over 600 responders (optometrists) assessed the impact of lockdown on Indian optometry practice. About half of the optometrists switched to teleconsultation to aid patients during the pandemic. As face-to-face consultations continue, the authors appeal to the regulatory bodies to issue appropriate guidelines regarding safe optometry practice. 

Read the full text


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR REGIONS?

AMERICAS

Latest webinars in Latin America

In the past month, FIACLE Orlando Neira had the opportunity to share one of the papers from the latest Research Update. Karla Herrera spoke on ‘Contact lenses and assessment options for athletes’. FIACLE Edison Gamarra discussed the criteria for GP fittings. FIACLE Rolando Rojas reviewed a paper related to mask usage and dry eye. This month, we reached 50 IACLE members and almost 200 contact lens practitioners and students. 

Read the full Americas meeting report

ASIA PACIFIC

B+L collaborate with CL Gupta Eye Institute

In association with Bausch + LombCL Gupta Eye Institute hosted a dedicated contact lens conference at the CL Gupta Moradabad campus (21-22 May). The two-day event focused on soft contact lenses and specialty contact lenses. Executive Manager of Global Education Lakshmi Shinde, Executive Manager of Educational Programs Nilesh Thite, FIACLEs and IACLE members gave insights on the contact lens industry through interactive lectures and panel discussions.

Read the full Asia Pacific meeting report

EUROPE / AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST

Members and staff host EAME leadership meeting

Three members from the EAME region – Professor Raquel Gil Cazorla (Europe), Dr Elizabeth Chetty (Africa) and Dr May Bakkar (Middle East) – met virtually with IACLE Board members, past Regional President Judith Morris, and staff to discuss IACLE’s mission within the region (19 May). The discussion included updates and outcomes regarding previous meetings with current, former, and potential members within the individual’s sub-regions. The group also discussed the need for donations of trial lenses and solution. As a result of the meeting, the IACLE Education Team have contacted IACLE industry partners to assist with this. 

Read the full EAME report

Member meeting at this year’s NCC

EAME FIACLEs Wim Borst and Henri Eek invite educators and IACLE members to join them for a meeting and discussion on ‘The future of contact lens fitting’, at this year’s Netherlands Contactlens Congress (NCC) in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, at the end of the month. Join the pair and IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan on Sunday 26 June from 12:30-13:30 in the Baroniezaal room. Lunch will be served during the ‘meet and greet’ part of the session to allow IACLE members to meet face-to-face.

View the full NCC program

IACLE at the BCLA

IACLE had a prominent presence at this year’s British Contact Lens Association’s (BCLA) Focus Conference & Exhibition, with our officers and staff members acting as chairs and speakers. IACLE Director Fakhruddin Barodawala received his BCLA Fellowship at the two-day event.

More details on upcoming BCLA events


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

Netherlands Contactlens Congress (NCC), Veldhoven, the Netherlands. 26-27 June. Details.

6th International Congress of Scleral Contacts (ICSC), Florida, USA, 29-30 July. Details

Cornea & Contact Lens Society Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 11-13 August. Details

The Summit of Specialty Contacts, Sorrento, Italy, 14-16 October. Details

American Academy of Optometry, San Diego, USA, 26-29 October. Details

3rd Asia Optometric Congress and 8th ASEAN Optometric Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 15-16 November. Details


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2022 IACLE AGM

IACLE’s upcoming Annual General Meeting

A polite reminder that an Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) will take place virtually on Tuesday 21 June at 12 noon (BST) via Zoom. Attending members will receive a Zoom link through email within 48 hours of the meeting.

Please register your attendance or apologies

The meeting is taking place for the following purposes:The Directors of the Association will present the financial position for 2021An update on IACLE activitiesTransact such other business as may be properly brought before the meeting Find out what time the meeting begins in your time zoneAny questions regarding the AGM can be directed to Chief Executive Officer Bonnie Boshart. If you cannot attend, you are able to assign a proxy. 

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IACLE 2022 Award Winners

IACLE celebrates the achievements of its 2022 Award winners

Contact lens educators from three countries – India, the United States of America, and the United Kingdom – receive prestigious awards from the International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) for their efforts in contact lens education.

IACLE has today announced the winners of the 2022 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards to recognize and reward achievement in contact lens education, and the 2022 IACLE Travel Award that supports educators attending major international meetings. This year’s awards will be presented at events around the world.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship from CooperVision, three IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards will be presented, one for each of its three global regions. To receive their awards, winners will travel to the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) in San Diego, USA (26-29 October) or the British Contact Lens Association’s (BCLA) Clinical Conference & Exhibition in Manchester, UK (9-11 June 2023).

The 2022 IACLE Contact Lens Educators of the Year are:

IACLE Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year
Dr Lindsay Sicks

Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, USA



IACLE Asia Pacific Contact Lens Educator of the Year
Lavanya Kalikivayi

Ahalia School of Optometry, Kerala, India



IACLE Europe/Africa – Middle East Contact Lens Educator of the Year
Carole Maldonado-Codina

University of Manchester, UK


Dr Sicks commented on her award: ‘I am honored to be chosen as IACLE’s 2022 Contact Lens Educator of the Year for the Americas. During the challenging pandemic times, IACLE has served as a sounding board and a resource for fresh ideas and perspectives on how we can deliver contact lens education to our students, no matter where in the world we teach.’

‘We are proud of our continuing partnership with IACLE to support these awards. Eye care professionals around the world are indebted to the talent, enthusiasm and experience of hundreds of contact lens educators. We congratulate the recipients of this year’s awards and thank them for their tireless efforts to inspire the next generation of professionals,’ said Karen Walsh, Director, Global Professional Affairs – 1 Day & FRP Brands for CooperVision.

This year, one IACLE Travel Award – funded by all IACLE’s industry sponsors – will be presented.




The 2022 IACLE Travel Award winner is Asif Iqbal from Sankara Nethralaya in Chennai, India, who says he is ‘extremely honored’.


IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan added: ‘We are excited to announce this year’s Educator of the Year and Travel Awards. Receiving these accolades represents a great achievement for our winners. We are grateful to CooperVision and all IACLE sponsors for sponsoring these important awards once again.’

-ENDS-

For media enquires please contact:

Amelia Morgan
Communications Specialist – International Association of Contact Lens Educators
International Association of Contact Lens Educators
Leeds, United Kingdom
Email: a.morgan@iacle.org

Notes for Editors

  1. Click here for full details of the IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards and here for a full list of previous recipients.
  2. Click here to find out more about the IACLE Travel Awards and here for a full list of previous recipients.
  3. Professor Philip Morgan is Head of Optometry, Deputy Head of the Division of Pharmacy and Optometry, and Director of Eurolens Research at The University of Manchester.
  4. Information on all IACLE activities and membership benefits is available at www.iacle.org
  5. Details of the Academy 2022 San Diego are here and the British Contact Lens Association Clinical Conference & Exhibition here.

About IACLE
The International Association of Contact Lens Educators was established in 1979 and is a non-profit, non-political association. IACLE has 754 (as of June 2022) active members in 81 countries and welcomes contact lens educators from all eye care professions and related disciplines. IACLE is dedicated to raising the standard of contact lens education and promoting the safe use of contact lenses worldwide. It is the leading provider of educational and information resources essential to contact lens educators. IACLE is supported by leading global contact lens manufacturers: Platinum Sponsor Alcon, Gold Sponsor CooperVision, Silver Sponsor Johnson & Johnson Vision, Bronze Sponsors Bausch + Lomb and Ophtecs, and Donor Sponsor Euclid.

About CooperVision
CooperVision, a division of CooperCompanies (NYSE:COO), is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of contact lenses. The company produces a full array of daily disposable, two-week and monthly soft contact lenses that feature advanced materials and optics, and premium rigid gas permeable lenses for orthokeratology and scleral designs. CooperVision has a strong heritage of addressing the toughest vision challenges such as astigmatism, presbyopia, childhood myopia, and highly irregular corneas; and offers the most complete portfolio of spherical, toric and multifocal products available. Through a combination of innovative products and focused practitioner support, the company brings a refreshing perspective to the marketplace, creating real advantages for customers and wearers. For more information, visit www.coopervision.com.

About CooperCompanies
CooperCompanies (“Cooper”) is a global medical device company publicly traded on the NYSE (NYSE:COO). Cooper operates through two business units, CooperVision and CooperSurgical. CooperVision brings a refreshing perspective on vision care with a commitment to developing a wide range of high-quality products for contact lens wearers and providing focused practitioner support. CooperSurgical is committed to advancing the health of women, babies and families with its diversified portfolio of products and services focusing on medical devices and fertility & genomics. Headquartered in San Ramon, Calif., Cooper has a workforce of more than 12,000 with products sold in over 100 countries. For more information, please visit www.coopercos.com

2022 Award Winners

IACLE celebrates our 2022 award winners

Contact lens educators from three countries – India, the United States of America, and the United Kingdom – receive prestigious awards from IACLE for their efforts in contact lens education. 

IACLE is delighted to announce the winners of the 2022 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards to recognize and reward achievement in contact lens education, and the 2022 IACLE Travel Awards for members to attend major international meetings.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship from CooperVision, three IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards will be presented, one for each of its three regions. To receive their awards, winners will travel to the American Academy of Optometry in San Diego, USA (26-29 October) or the British Contact Lens Association’s (BCLA) Clinical Conference & Exhibition in Manchester, UK (9-11 June 2023). 

The 2022 IACLE Contact Lens Educators of the Year are:

IACLE Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year: Dr Lindsay Sicks, Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, USA

‘I am honoured to be chosen as IACLE’s 2022 Contact Lens Educator of the Year for the Americas. I am especially excited that the IACLE Board has chosen the American Academy of Optometry Meeting for us to gather and celebrate the educators who have won this award for the past several years but have yet to be formally recognized because of the pandemic. During this challenging time, IACLE has served as a sounding board and a resource for fresh ideas and perspectives on how we can deliver contact lens education to our students, no matter where in the world we teach.’

IACLE Asia Pacific Contact Lens Educator of the Year: Lavanya Kalikivayi, Ahalia School of Optometry, Kerala, India

‘I am truly overwhelmed to receive this honourable award, and I am humbly thankful to the team who selected me as a recipient. Thank you for motivating me to have the highest level of dedication as an educator. This accomplishment is a significant milestone in my life. The biggest honours go to Lakshmi Shinde and Nilesh Thite at IACLE, and also the Head of the Department at Ahalia School of Optometry & Research Centre FIACLE Dr Kalikivayi Venkataramana for being a constant motivation who has enabled me to get this far.’

IACLE Europe, Africa and Middle East Contact Lens Educator of the Year: Carole Maldonado-Codina, University of Manchester, UK

‘It is an honour to join the list of previous IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year awardees, many of whom I have admired and been inspired by. Thank you to IACLE and to its Sponsors! It has also been a privilege to be part of the global IACLE community for almost 25 years. We are very fortunate to have such a supportive organisation that ‘educates the educators’ and helps us be the best teachers we can be. I look forward to 2022 being the year we can meet up in person, so we can once again connect with and learn from each other at educational events and conferences.’

‘We are proud of our continuing partnership with IACLE to support these awards. Eye care professionals around the world are indebted to the talent, enthusiasm and experience of hundreds of contact lens educators. We congratulate the recipients of this year’s awards and thank them for their tireless efforts to inspire the next generation of professionals,’ said Karen Walsh, Director, Global Professional Affairs – 1 Day & FRP Brands for CooperVision. 

This year, one IACLE Travel Award – funded by all IACLE industry sponsors – will be presented. 

The 2022 IACLE Travel Award winner is Asif Iqbal from Sankara Nethralaya in Chennai, India, who says he is ‘extremely honoured’.

IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan commented: ‘We are excited to announce this year’s Educator of the Year and Travel Awards. Receiving these accolades represents a great achievement for our winners. We are grateful to CooperVision and all IACLE sponsors for sponsoring these important awards once again.’

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IACLE 2022 AGM

IACLE announces upcoming Annual General Meeting details

Notice is hereby given that an Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) will take place virtually on Tuesday 21 June at 12 noon (BST) via Zoom. Attending members will receive a Zoom link through email within 48 hours of the meeting. 

Find out what time the meeting begins in your time zone

The meeting is taking place for the following purposes:

  • The Directors of the Association will present the financial position for 2021
  • An update on IACLE activities
  • 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. If you cannot attend, you are able to assign a proxy. 

4th IACLE World Congress

Save the date for the 4th IACLE World Congress

We are pleased to announce that we are holding the 4th IACLE World Congress of Contact Lens Education, a global event dedicated to shaping the future training of contact lens professionals worldwide, next year hosted by Aston University in Birmingham, UK. The four-day congress will take place from 5-8 June 2023 and is timed to precede the British Contact Lens Association’s 2023 Clinical Conference & Exhibition (9-11 June).

Look out for more details in the coming months

Read about IACLE’s previous World Congresses

Global Member Newsletter May 2022

MEMBERSHIP PERKS IN MAY

Join our Virtual Conference this Saturday

There is still time for IACLE members to register for our fourth global Virtual Conference themed ‘Make students practice ready’, taking place this Saturday 14 May from 12 noon – 3 pm UK time (BST). The panel discussion, along with all sessions in Part Two, will be live streamed to our Facebook page on the day for non-members and students. Please see program for further details.

Register here – view the brochure – view the program


IACLETOP UPDATE

Updates to the DLP and Case Reports

The Distance Learning Program (DLP), a self-study program based on the IACLE Contact Lens Course designed to improve educators’ contact lens knowledge, has been reviewed and updated, thanks to the help of FIACLE Daddi Fadel. The new Case Reports and the updated DLP – developed by Daddi – will be available in translated languages soon. 

If you would like to see any particular Case Reports or content added to IACLETOP, please reach out to Professor Craig Woods and Lakshmi Shinde


NEWS IN MAY

Image of the Month

Isha Dave owner of independent practice ‘Primary Eye Care Centre’ in Mumbai, India, captured the above images using a slit lamp and Oppo camera phone. The images show a 45-year-old female patient who complained of itching and flakiness on the eyelids. The slit lamp examination revealed moderate blepharitis in both eyes. Blephex treatment was recommended, followed by self-management with lid hygiene at home. The images indicate the appearance of the lid margin before and after the Blephex treatment.

Would you like to feature in next month’s Image of the Month?

Submit your image here

Congratulations to the newly appointed FIACLEs!

From everyone at IACLE, we congratulate all who have successfully completed the Fellowship Exam and have attained FIACLE status. All successful candidates have been contacted, and FIACLE packs – approval letter, FIACLE certificate and FIACLE badge – have been issued. ‘Becoming a Fellow of IACLE recognizes your knowledge in contact lenses and evidence-based practice. During the last two years, I have learned a lot from the DLP and Case Reports available on the IACLETOP, and many aspects of my knowledge were confirmed. It is important to exchange views and knowledge with peers to grow professionally; IACLE provides all the instruments to do so,’ says Daddi Fadel (pictured above left). 

Also receiving their FIACLE certificate is active member since 2018 Mumtaz Qazi from Lotus College of Optometry in Mumbai, India. Executive Manager of Global Education Lakshmi Shinde visited the college last month and was able to hand over her certificate in person (pictured above right).

More information on the Fellowship Exam

Save the date for the 4th IACLE World Congress

We are pleased to announce that we are holding the 4th IACLE World Congress of Contact Lens Education, a global event dedicated to shaping the future training of contact lens professionals worldwide, next year hosted by Aston University in Birmingham, UK. The four-day congress will take place from 5-8 June 2023 and is timed to precede the British Contact Lens Association’s 2023 Clinical Conference & Exhibition (9-11 June).

Look out for more details in the coming months

Myopia Awareness Week is approaching

The Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI) has recently announced the 2022 Myopia Awareness Week dates, taking place from 23-28 May. The initiative was launched in 2021 to bring attention to the increasing number of myopia in children. The theme for the week is ‘Make your Eye Moves’, aiming to encourage participation in activities that promote eye health and reduce the risk of myopia. 

For more information

CooperVision opens submissions for Science and Technology Awards

IACLE Gold Sponsor CooperVision has recently announced the opening of submissions for their 2022 Science and Technology Awards, a program to bring award recipients and CooperVision scientists together to explore new areas of technology advancements. This year, the two focus areas are around ‘Methodologies to Enhance Global Ophthalmic Clinical Insights’ and ‘New Technologies for Prediction, Prevention, and Treatment of Myopia’.

To apply and for more information – submissions close on 15 July.

Save the date for our Annual General Meeting

The IACLE Annual General Meeting will take place virtually at 12 noon (BST) on Tuesday 21 June 2022. The meeting will be conducted via Zoom and is open to all IACLE members and industry partners. The Directors of the Association will present IACLE’s financial positions for 2021, along with an update on activities. IACLE will also transact such other business as may be properly brought before the meeting. If you are unable to attend, you are able to assign a proxy.

Look out for a Special Notice to send an RSVP or apologies


RESOURCES

BCLA CLEAR Reports – Open Access

The British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) has announced an extension to the Open Access provision for its landmark global consensus report on contact lenses published in 2021. The new arrangement for the ‘CLEAR Reports’ will see continued free access to the 10 full papers, written by 102 authors and making up a single issue of Contact Lens and Anterior Eye of over 300 pages. The BCLA reports that the papers have been downloaded nearly 80,000 times.

Access the CLEAR Reports

Contact lens compliance in university students in Spain

A report in Contact Lens and Anterior Eye has highlighted poor levels of contact lens compliance among university students in Spain. A high proportion of the contact lens wearers responding to a survey reported some degree of non-compliance. Around 60% of the participants did not replace their lenses on time and a similar number wore their lenses longer than recommended each day. Over 40% of respondents exposed their lenses to water regularly. Around two-thirds of the group reported that they had not been informed about the risks of contact lens wear.

Read the paper


COVID-19 RESOURCES

Antiviral activity and contact lens care solutions

A recent study indicates that oxidative contact lens disinfection systems, based on hydrogen peroxide and povidone-iodine, have higher virucidal activity than non-oxidative systems against the two seasonal human coronavirus strains examined.

Read the full text


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR REGIONS?

AMERICAS

Latin America reaches 100 webinar mark

Since the launch of the Teach. Learn. Connect. Initiative (TLC) in June 2020, the Latin America region has delivered 100 webinars, a milestone reached last week. We thank IACLE Americas Regional Coordinator Guillermo Carrillo for his continued support in coordinating such webinars for members in Latin America. 

Read the full Americas meeting report

University of Montreal celebrates Dry Eye Clinic’s 10th anniversary

The University of Montreal’s Dry Eye Clinic, inaugurated in 2012, was the first dedicated dry eye service in an optometry school in North America. Since then, it has grown and includes advanced dry eye management technologies and has treated over 1,000 patients. ‘Incorporating dry eye management at our optometry school has assisted patients with a growing problem, provided enhanced exposure to the disease for our students and provided opportunities for clinical research to share with the larger scientific community’, says IACLE Treasurer / Secretary and Director of the Dry Eye Clinic Dr Etty Bitton.

Register for GSLS: Virtual now

An extension of the in person Global Specialty Lens Symposium brings you GSLS: Virtual, taking place on 9-11 June. The digital event focused on successfully managing ocular conditions using today’s specialty contact lenses offers the opportunity to stay updated on best practices, and new techniques through interactive sessions streamed virtually. 

For more information and to register for the free program

ASIA PACIFIC

IACLE at ‘Evolution of Optometry’

Lakshmi Shinde and IACLE Director Fakhruddin Barodawala were invited as guest speakers at VOPTO2022’s ‘Evolution of Optometry’ themed conference, organized by Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation (9 April). Lakshmi presented ‘Contact lenses – Da Vinci to Digital Era’, and Fakhruddin discussed ‘Dry eye diagnostics – a journey’. He spoke about diagnostic criteria and how dry eye evaluation has evolved over the years based on the TFOS DEWS II Report and clinical experience. Over 1,000 people attended the conference.

Read the full Asia Pacific meeting report

Indian university receives free trial lenses

Samuel Livingstone from Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute in Chennai, India, has generously received some free trial contact lenses – PureVision soft spherical contact lenses – from IACLE Bronze Sponsor Bausch + Lomb for his students. 

If you are interested in receiving some trial lenses for your students, please get in touch with us at iacle@iacle.org.

EUROPE / AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST

Meeting to discuss membership in Spain and Portugal

Professor Raquel Gil-Cazorla from Aston University in Birmingham, UK, arranged a meeting with current and past IACLE members and industry colleagues during the Optometry Tomorrow (OPTOM) 2022 Conference in Spain (2 April). The purpose of the gathering was to connect with active members and discuss methods to encourage past members from Spain and Portugal to re-join. The group concluded that an increase in leadership in these countries is needed, and Raquel agreed to champion the task in collaboration with EAME Regional Director Dr Fabrizio Zeri


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

OPTI, Munich, Germany, 13-15 May. Details

BCLA Focus, Birmingham, UK and virtual. 11-12 June. Details

6th International Congress of Scleral Contacts (ICSC), Florida, USA, 29-30 July. Details

Cornea & Contact Lens Society Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 11-13 August. Details

The Summit of Specialty Contacts, Sorrento, Italy, 14-16 October. Details

American Academy of Optometry, San Diego, USA, 26-29 October. Details

3rd Asia Optometric Congress and 8th ASEAN Optometric Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 15-16 November. Details


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