TLC Initiative Outcomes Update

IACLE reports success of TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators’ TLC Initiative to support educators, their students and the contact lens industry during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, has been a major success since it launched three months ago today.

Teach. Learn. Connect is an online education program and communications campaign that supplements IACLE’s existing educational activities.

Some of the notable achievements of the initiative include:

• At least 4,828 educators and their students have taken part online in global, regional and national TLC webinars.

• IACLE members are now registering for its first-ever Virtual Conference – Back to Contact Lenses – taking place on 26 September.

NOTE: Non-members and students can take part in some conference sessions via the IACLE Facebook page, including an Industry Panel Discussion on the impact of COVID-19 and the future for contact lens education, practice and the industry.

• A total of 842 members have signed up for IACLETOP, IACLE’s new Learning Management System.

• So far, 302 students from nine institutions across the world have taken the new Online Student Trial Exam (STE) to assess their contact lens knowledge.

Social media activity has increased across all platforms, gaining over 1,700 followers on IACLE’s Facebook page, an increase of 37% in a three-month period. The introduction of Instagram has been especially popular, with 1,092 followers joining since its launch at the start of The TLC.

• Since The TLC launch, 35 new members have joined IACLE bringing the total number of members worldwide to 997.

IACLE’s next global webinar series will focus on myopia and its management, starting on 3 November. The topic of the first webinar is ‘What causes myopia and its progression? – current understanding’, presented by Professor Nicola Logan from Aston University, Birmingham, UK.

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo commented: ‘The Teach. Learn. Connect. Initiative has brought together many of IACLE’s existing resources, merged them with the new activities that IACLE is undertaking and housed them under one banner making them more user-friendly and accessible. The result has been increased engagement with educators and their students.’ 

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For media enquiries please contact:

Alison Ewbank
Communications | International Association of Contact Lens Educators
International Association of Contact Lens Educators
London | United Kingdom
Email: a.ewbank@iacle.org
Work: + 44 208 390 9378 | Mobile: + 44 7732 121 959
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Amelia Morgan 
Marketing Consultant | International Association of Contact Lens Educators
Leeds | United Kingdom
Email: amelia@ameliamorgan.org
Work / Mobile: + 44 7740 858 395
Skype: ameliagracemorgan_1 | Web: www.iacle.org

Notes for editors 

  1. Read more details of The TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect) Initiative.
  2. Access the 2020 Virtual Conference brochure.
  3. Find out more about the IACLETOP Learning Management System.
  4. ‘The Impact of COVID-19 on Global Contact Lens Education’ survey of IACLE Educator Members worldwide was conducted online in May 2020. A total of 214 responses were received from 32 countries across all three of IACLE’s global regions. The survey covers the current effects of the pandemic on contact lens education worldwide, and how educators and institutions plan to adapt in future. Read a full report.
  5. Dr Shehzad Naroo is Reader at Aston University in Birmingham, UK.
  6. Information on all IACLE activities and membership benefits is available at www.iacle.org.

About IACLE

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators was established in 1979 and is a non-profit, non-political association. IACLE has 967 (as of 30 June 2020) active members in 726 institutions in 79 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 Sponsor Bausch + Lomb and Donor Sponsor Euclid. 

Special Notice – TLC Initiative Outcomes Update

Translation: Korean Español

IACLE reports success of TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative

IACLE’s TLC Initiative to support its members, their students and the contact lens industry during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, has been a major success since it launched three months ago today. 

Some of the notable achievements of the initiative include:

• At least 4,828 members and their students have taken part in global, regional and national TLC webinars.

• Around 85 members have already registered for our first-ever Virtual Conference, taking place on 26 September

Read the conference brochure. Register here

• A total of 842 members have signed up for IACLETOP, our Learning Management System.

• So far, 302 students from nine institutions across the world have taken the new Online Student Trial Exam (STE).

• Social media activity has increased across all platforms, gaining over 1,700 followers on IACLE’s Facebook page, an increase of 37% in a three-month period. The introduction of Instagram has been especially popular, with 1,092 followers joining since its launch at the start of The TLC.

• A revamp of IACLE email communications to ensure members are the first to hear about the latest developments. 

• Since The TLC launch, 35 new members have joined IACLE bringing the total number of members to 997.

IACLE’s next global webinar series will focus on myopia and its management, starting on 3 November. The topic of the first webinar is ‘What causes myopia and its progression? – current understanding’, presented by Professor Nicola Logan from Aston University, Birmingham, UK. 

Read more about the TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative

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Global Member Newsletter September 2020

Translation: EspañolChinese

WHAT’S NEW AT IACLE

NEW IACLE releases brochure for half-day virtual event

IACLE has published full details of its first Virtual Conference, on Saturday 26 September, to bring the focus ‘Back to contact lenses’. The conference brochure includes abstracts and speaker profiles. Members can join this free half-day event via Zoom by registering through IACLETOP, with selected sessions available to watch through the IACLE Facebook page for non-members and students. Full recordings of the conference will be accessible on IACLETOP after the event has taken place. 

Access the conference brochureRegister and view the full program.

NEW 2020 IACLE Awards presentations move to 2021

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and the cancellation of major events in 2020, we will be postponing the presentation of this year’s IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards, sponsored by CooperVision, and IACLE Travel Awards, supported by all our industry partners. We will continue to monitor the situation and, once restrictions are lifted, will finalise plans for the presentations of these awards in 2021. Pictured are our 2020 IACLE Awards winners.

Renew your membership now to receive all IACLE benefits

Members are reminded that access to our full range of membership benefits – including our Learning Management System IACLETOP, the new version of the IACLE Contact Lens Course ICLC2020, and all resources and events under The TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative – is only available to IACLE members. Note that membership expires when payment is not received.Contact Siobhan Allen if you have any questions about your membership renewal.


MEET A MEMBER

In this month’s ‘Meet a Member’, IACLE introduces Shraddha Kadam, senior member of academic staff at Laxmi College of Optometry in New Panvel, India, who specializes in contact lenses and clinical optometry. Shraddha says that IACLE has shown her how to correctly and ethically teach contact lens material. She also notes that IACLE has given her opportunities to hear and learn from different individuals who have achieved great things in the contact lens industry. Shraddha is a voracious reader and enjoys listening to music, singing and exploring various art forms. ‘I believe that every human being on this planet teaches you something, including your students. So, don’t stop learning, stay humble and keep smiling!’

WOULD YOU LIKE TO INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO IACLE MEMBERS WORLDWIDE? WE’RE LOOKING FOR MORE MEMBERS TO TAKE PART IN MEET A MEMBER.


IMAGE OF THE MONTH

Scleral contact lens fitting in incisional keratotomy

Norma Cárdenas, from Instituto Colombiano de Lentes Especiales in Bogotá, Colombia captured these images using a Topcon slit-lamp and an iPhone adapter. The photos are from a female patient with a history of incisional keratotomy approximately 30 years ago. Five years ago, her visual acuity began to progressively decrease. Her best correction with glasses was 20/200 binocularly. Slit-lamp examination shows marked radial incisions with corneal scarring, a flat cornea in the center and a steep periphery. Oblate scleral contact lenses were fitted, obtaining VA 20/40. 

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RESOURCES

ICLC2020 now accessible on IACLETOP

IACLE’s latest Contact Lens Course (ICLC2020) is now available to access via IACLETOP, as well as through the IACLE website under Member Login. The 33 lectures in six modules are delivered in an online format or as downloadable files. The previous version of the course – ICLC2015 – is also available on IACLETOP in six different languages. 

Access IACLETOPRead about the IACLE Contact Lens Course

Myopia lectures added to ICLC in Korean

IACLE has published full details of its first Virtual Conference, on Saturday 26 September, to bring the focus ‘Back to contact lenses’. The conference brochure includes abstracts and speaker profiles. Members can join this free half-day event via Zoom by registering through IACLETOP, with selected sessions available to watch through the IACLE Facebook page for non-members and students. Full recordings of the conference will be accessible on IACLETOP after the event has taken place.

An additional lecture from ICLC2015 on ‘Emmetropization in the context of myopia’ (F1) has been translated into Korean and is available to access via IACLETOP and through Member Login. A further myopia lecture from ICLC2020, on ‘Methods of controlling in myopia’ (F2), is also available and the remaining Korean translations will be based on the latest ICLC version. 

Access ICLC2015 in Korean

Myopia Profile reviews selected ARVO abstracts

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) cancelled its 2020 annual meeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will next meet from 2-6 May 2021 in San Francisco, USA. Australia-based practitioners Kate Gifford and Paul Gifford have selected a range of new research presented at ARVO’s 2019 conference for their Myopia Profile website. 

Read their review of ARVO’s contact lens research sessions


COVID-19 RESOURCES

Impact of COVID-19 on academic activities in India

A study to understand the factors affecting academia due to COVID-19 – how the Indian optometry education system has responded to the pandemic.

Read the full text

Soft contact lens wear during the pandemic

More than half of participants in this study (56%) were wearing their contact lenses less during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the full text

Mask-associated dry eye

FIACLE Professor Lyndon Jones, from the Centre for Ocular Research and Education (CORE) at the University of Waterloo, Canada discusses why wearing face masks for long periods can worsen dry eye symptoms. CORE has a useful infographic to explain the cause of and solution to mask-associated dry eye. 

Read the articleAccess the infographic.


GLOBAL UPDATE

AMERICAS

Academy stays home for 2020 meeting

The American Academy of Optometry 2020 is taking place virtually as the Academy at Home meeting (7-22 October). A summary of the contact lens sessions is now available. The AAO has announced its 2020 Award Recipients, including Professor Jeffrey Walline of The Ohio State University College of Optometry who will receive the Max Schapero Memorial Lecture Award. 

IACLE Treasurer Professor Etty Bitton is participating in two sessions at the Academy at Home meeting:

Session: Anterior Segment – ‘Understanding and combating Demodex in clinical practice’

Date13 October at 5:00 pm EST (GMT-5)

AuthorsEtty Bitton and Jennifer Craig

Session: Anterior Segment – ‘MGD therapy is heating up’

Date22 October at 9:00 am EST (GMT-5)

AuthorsEtty Bitton and William Ngo

More information on Academy at Home 2020

IACLE LA supports advances in Mexican education

The second Mexican Consensus in Contact Lens Education meeting is taking place this month (10 September), where the IACLE Contact Lens Course (ICLC) and Online Student Trial Exam (STE) will be used and performed to analyze the level of contact lens education in Mexican students. 

Read the Americas report

ASIA PACIFIC

IACLE Korea prepares university for STEs

Korea National Coordinator Professor Kyounghee Park (pictured) visited Kyungdong University last month to prepare students and IACLE member Professor Daejong Kim for the Online Student Trial Exam (2 August). In Indonesia, FIACLE Abdul Halim shared his experience on how to conduct student assessments before and after COVID (16 August), and FIACLE Fakhruddin Barodawala presented a lecture on ‘Contact lens aftercare’ to students in the Philippines (27 August).

Read the full AP report

IACLE China takes step-by-step approach to education

Dr Zhou Jie Qi (pictured) from Eye and ENT Hospital at Shanghai Fudan University in China was invited to host a lecture on the ‘Step-by-step fitting rule of corneal refractive therapy (CRT) lenses’ (12 August), where China National Coordinator Professor Wang Haiying chaired the discussion. A total of 38 participants joined the lecture. Other AP events in Korea, Indonesia and the Philippines attracted more than 150 students and educators. 

Indian educators and students share Online STE experiences

Education Team members Lakshmi Shinde and Nilesh Thite hosted an online panel discussion last month on IACLE’s new Online Student Trial Exam (7 August). Students Jishna Balakrishnan from Ahalia School of Optometry in Kerala, Vivek Reshamwala from Shree Bharatimaiya College of Optometry in Surat and Saipriya Balamoni from DY Patil Institute of Optometry & Vision Sciences in Pune, successfully passed the STE and shared their first-time experiences, along with their teachers (FIACLE Nithya Ravindren, FIACLE Ankit Varshney, Susmita Banerjee), using the Online STE through IACLETOP. A total number of 101 participants attended the webinar. 

Find feedback on the Online STE from educators and students

India team brings industry together for compliance discussion

‘Contact lens care and compliance’ was the topic for the latest panel discussion hosted by the IACLE India team (21 August). The panel of industry representatives consisted of FIACLE Rajesh Kumar from Alcon, FIACLE Khemraj Nackwal from Bausch + Lomb, FIACLE Amod Gogate from Johnson & Johnson and IACLE member Rupam Sinha from CooperVision.

IACLE plays its part in IVI’s first virtual conference

Former IACLE Asia Pacific Regional President Dr Nag Rao, Founder and Chair of the LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, will join Yvonne Holden, widow of former IACLE President Professor Brien Holden, to open the India Vision Institute’s first-ever International Virtual Conference. ‘Eye health in a changing world’ runs from 2-4 October. Nilesh Thite will present an introduction to IACLE and Lakshmi Shinde will dedicate her talk on discomfort and dry eye to Dr Rajeswari Mahadevan.

More information and registration

EUROPE / AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST

Emmanuel represents West Africa at TFOS meeting

IACLE member Emmanuel Kobia-Acquah was among those participating in the Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society (TFOS) meeting this month (9 September). ‘Unique challenges and unmet needs for the management of ocular surface diseases throughout the world’ was the theme for the online event. Emmanuel (pictured right), who represented West Africa, lectures at the Department of Optometry and Visual Science, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana.

OCCSEE becomes latest casualty on events calendar

The 5th Optometry Conference of Central and South-Eastern Europe (OCCSEE) is the latest meeting to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference had been rescheduled from April to take place from 23-25 October in Split, Croatia. OCCSEE’s Scientific Committee included IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo and FIACLEs Stefan BandlitzJosé González-MéijomeSebastian Marx and Helmer Schweizer.

Find out more


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

26 September 2020 – IACLE Virtual Conference. Details

3-4 October 2020 – India Vision Institute Virtual Conference, India. Details

7-22 October 2020 – Academy 2020 At Home (American Academy of Optometry) Virtual Conference. Details

12-14 October 2020 – International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness – 11th General Assembly, Singapore. Details.

5-7 November 2020 – Contact Lens of the Americas Specialists Symposium, Cartagena Caribe, Colombia. Details.  

8 November 2020 – BCLA UK, Birmingham, United Kingdom. Details.

A full list of events in 2020 and beyond is available in our Global Meetings & Events Schedule. Please email dates of events to s.allen@iacle.org.

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Special Notice – 2020 Virtual Conference

Translations:     Español ChineseKorean

‘Back to Contact Lenses’ is the theme for IACLE’s first-ever Virtual Conference, taking place on Saturday 26 September from 12 noon to 3pm BST (GMT+1). Members can join this free half-day event via the Zoom platform by registering in advance on IACLETOP.

The conference will be chaired by Europe / Africa – Middle East Regional President Judith Morris, and introduced by President Dr Shehzad Naroo and Vice President Professor Philip Morgan

The program features presentations on:

• The impact of COVID-19 on education and the way forward
• The latest IACLE initiatives and programs, with feedback from users
• How to ensure a good online presentation
• Gearing up for the new normal in teaching and assessment

PLUS Industry representatives will take part in a panel discussion on bringing the focus back to contact lenses, and the future for contact lens education, practice and the industry.   

VIEW THE FULL PROGRAM

How to register

Access the Members’ area of IACLETOP and select IACLE Events from the menu. You will find the conference on 26 September. Click on register and simply enter your email address, name, institute/organization and country. After registering you will receive a message with login details.

IACLE Executive Manager of Educational Programs Nilesh Thite commented: ‘We’re excited to bring IACLE’s first virtual conference to you. The theme – Back to Contact Lenses – is a reminder and an encouragement to our members to focus on what we do best: teach contact lenses. The topics are handpicked considering our members’ requirements. We look forward to having maximum participation in this landmark event.’

Look out for our conference brochure with
full details of speakers and abstracts

IACLE Virtual Conference

Join us for our half-day virtual conference in September 

On Saturday 26 September, IACLE is hosting a virtual conference to ‘Bring the focus back to contact lenses’. There will be an industry panel discussion to update delegates on the current situation with COVID-19. The group will reflect on the impact to the industry since the start of the pandemic, how consumers have been affected and give their thoughts on how the next 6-9 months may play out. 

Look out for the full program in our Special Notice 

Global Member Newsletter August 2020

WHAT’S NEW AT IACLE

Join us for our half-day virtual conference in September

On Saturday 26 September, IACLE is hosting a virtual conference to ‘Bring the focus back to contact lenses’. There will be an industry panel discussion to update delegates on the current situation with COVID-19. The group will reflect on the impact to the industry since the start of the pandemic, how consumers have been affected and give their thoughts on how the next 6-9 months may play out. 

Look out for the full program in our Special Notice

NEW IACLETOP adds Flashcards for students

Soft contact lens application, removal and lens care systems are the topics for the first in a series of Flashcards for students, now available on IACLETOP. The Flashcards – in PDF, PowerPoint and Nearpod formats – have been designed to support the delivery of practical skills through summary sheets to highlight the key aspects of a particular skill. 

Access the flashcards via IACLETOP

NEW The TLC Initiative records social media success

IACLE introduced a new initiative in June 2020 to supplement existing educational activities with the aim to support members, students and industry as recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative has been a great success, and this is shown in the huge shift in engagement across all IACLE social channels. Amelia Morgan, Digital Marketing Consultant, says: ‘Although this is an uncertain time for all, this can be the catalyst for change, and for producing great opportunities and success.’ 

See the full social media metrics report

IACLE’s first webinars in Arabic now on IACLETOP

In a first for IACLE, the recent Arabic-speaking webinar series is now available for members to use on IACLETOP, along with more than 30 other recorded lectures. Topics covered in the Arabic series are myopia management, contact lens compliance, meibomian gland dysfunction and atopic diseases. 

Read the Arabic webinars report

IACLE France completes webinar series

Around 25 members took part in the recent French-speaking webinars which are now available on IACLETOP. IACLE Treasurer Professor Etty Bitton joined the speaker panel from Montreal, Canada, along with FIACLEs Marina Barthe and Samuel Avril in France.

Read the French webinars report


MEET A MEMBER

Eman Alzghoul is a 2016 IACLE Travel Award winner and lecturer at Jordan University of Science and Technology, specialising in RGP, therapeutic and myopia control contact lenses. Eman says: ‘IACLE has enriched my career path by honing my professional behaviour and networking skills, and has helped me expand my teaching methods. IACLE also supports me in developing the contact lens course due to having access to a huge array of online resources that I use in my academic teaching and practical career.’ Eman is also currently a PhD student at the University of New South Wales, Australia conducting research on the impact of using multifocal contact lenses in basic visual functions among myopic patients. 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO IACLE MEMBERS WORLDWIDE? WE’RE LOOKING FOR MORE MEMBERS TO TAKE PART IN MEET A MEMBER.


IMAGE OF THE MONTH

Conjunctival de-epithelialisation in dry eye

Alejandra De la Hoya Olvera from Universo Visual Optica in Mexico captured this image using a slit lamp with an attached mobile phone adapter with diffuse slit-lamp illumination, low magnification and white light. Lissamine green stain was used to show bulbar conjunctival de-epithelialisation in dry eye syndrome.

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RESOURCES

IACLE survey report reveals impact of COVID-19

To determine the impact of COVID-19 on contact lens education, and how educators and institutions plan to adapt in the future, IACLE conducted an online survey among its Educator Members. A full report on the survey findings is now available on our website.

Read the full survey results

Institutions take part in first Online STEs

IACLE has introduced an online version of its Student Trial Exam to support its educators and their students following the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, a total of five universities use the STEs with a total of 192 students participating. Jeju Tourism University students (pictured) have used the STEs.

Find out more about the Online STE

ICLC now includes dry eye lecture in Korean

‘Dry eye and contact lenses’ (D4) is the latest lecture in Korean to be added to the IACLE Contact Lens Course (ICLC2015 version). Translations of Contact Lens Care (module C) and Myopia and its Management (module F) are pending to complete the course for Korean members.

Access ICLC via Member Login

The Summit provides access to specialist lens webinars

The Summit of Specialty Contacts spring and summer webinars are now complete and recordings are available online. The Summit virtual conference comprised a total of 15 lectures on specialist contact lens fitting and is free to view. 

Watch the recordings

Global Myopia Symposium becomes virtual event

FIACLE Professor Lyndon Jones of the University of Waterloo, Canada will be among the presenters for the Global Myopia Symposium, a virtual meeting focused on myopia management for clinicians, researchers and educators, taking place on 25-26 September.

Find more details and program

Survey explores impact of COVID-19 on CL wear

Nine in 10 contact lens wearers anticipate going back to their normal wearing schedule and almost all (94%) have remained loyal to their current brand during the COVID-19 pandemic. These are among the findings of a survey by IACLE Platinum Sponsor Alcon of 1,500 contact wearers in five countries.  

Read the survey results

CDC offers resources for Contact Lens Health Week

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with its partners, is holding the seventh annual Contact Lens Health Week from 17-21 August. CDC has a range of educational resources available around this year’s theme of ‘Road to 2020 vision begins with contact lens health’.

Access the Contact Lens Health Week toolkit


COVID-19 RESOURCES

Special issue of Eye on COVID-19

Comments, reviews and original articles on the effects of SARS-CoV-2 on the eye.

Access the issue

Ophthalmology education

A global perspective on transforming ophthalmic education into virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the full text

COVID-19 and contact lens wear in Spain

The influence of COVID-19 on contact lens habits and perceived risk of infection due to contact lens wear during the pandemic.

Read the full text

Implications of the pandemic on eye care practice

An editorial by two UK Professors discusses the implications of the current pandemic for eye care practitioners.

Read the full text


GLOBAL UPDATE

AMERICAS

IACLE has made the switch from streaming Spanish-speaking webinars via YouTube to Facebook to ensure accessibility in one central location. The second Latin America TLC webinar was hosted by Dr Martin Giraldo from Columbia on the topic of ‘Tear film assessment on contact lens practice’. Recorded programs can be listened to on demand. In other news from the LA region, IACLE Americas Regional Coordinator, Guillermo Carrillo, features in a documentary highlighting the importance of the optometry role in preventative medicine. 

Watch the documentary (Password: LATAM). Read the Americas report

AAO 2020 moves to virtual meeting

The annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) is now taking place virtually and will be available from 7-22 October during select periods. Check the Academy website for the latest news, program and registration. 

Full details

CooperVision announces scholarship recipients

IACLE Gold Sponsor CooperVision has announced the 2020 recipients of its National Optometric Association Future Contact Lens Scholarships. The recipients are Christina Huynh from Kentucky College of OptometryJessica Olson Livermont from Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry and Richard Wan from The Ohio State University College of Optometry

Find more details

ASIA PACIFIC

Tributes paid to Dr Rajeswari Mahadevan

The Elite School of Optometry in Chennai, India was among those paying tribute to IACLE’s Asia Pacific Regional President Dr Rajeswari Mahadevan who passed away on 15 July. Raji graduated from the school in 1998 and went on to pursue her MPhil and PhD studies in contact lenses while serving at Sankara Nethralaya

Read an obituary and a tribute from our President

Lakshmi delivers invited talk across AP region

Lakshmi Shinde, IACLE’s Executive Manager of Global Education, spoke on ‘Soft torics: teaching vs practice’ at an invited lecture (12 July), organized by FIACLE Fakhruddin Barodawala for Online Optom Learning Series (OOLS). ‘OOLS is an initiative by some optometrist friends to create an online learning platform,’ says Fakhruddin. Optometrists and optometry students from countries including India, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Phillipines have joined the 44 OOLS sessions since April.

Watch the lecture

IACLE team heads for the IVI virtual conference

The IACLE India team will be taking part in the India Vision Institute (IVI) virtual conference, Eye Health in a Changing World, on 3-4 October. Nilesh Thite will present an introduction to IACLE and Lakshmi Shinde will dedicate her talk on discomfort and dry eye to Dr Rajeswari Mahadevan. FIACLEs Dr Byki Huntjens and Rajesh Wadhwa complete the line-up of IACLE speakers.

Find more information

IACLE India panel discusses virtual learning

Lakshmi Shinde and Executive Manager of Educational Programs Nilesh Thite hosted an online panel discussion on virtual learning (17 July), alongside FIACLEs Professor Monica ChaudhryShraddha Kadam and Nirav Mehta. They were joined by students from Lotus College of OptometryVidyasagar College of Optometry and Shree Bharatimaiya College of Optometry. A total of 142 educators and students participated in the webinar. 

IACLE China presents dry eye lecture via IACLETOP

China National Coordinator Professor Wang Haiying held an online lecture on ‘Dry eye and contact lenses’ last month. Haiying discussed IACLETOP and presented Professor James Wolffsohn’s lecture on ‘Contact lens induced dry eye: causes, investigations and management’. Xie Peiying from the Optometry Research Center of Peking University and China National Coordinator Professor Qu Xiaomei also delivered presentations.

Read the full report

EUROPE / AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST

BCLA to host Presidential Address and first-ever podcast

For the first time, the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) Presidential Address will be held via a live webinar (10 September). The event will include an address from incoming President Indie Grewal (pictured) entitled ‘Making a lasting first impression’. Last month the BCLA produced its first-ever podcast, entitled ‘The community speaks’. The podcast gave BCLA members the opportunity to hear from experts about the impact COVID-19 has had on the contact lens profession. 

Find more details of BCLA events

UK and Italian universities join up to produce COVID-19 survey

IACLE members are invited to take part in a study designed by Aston UniversityUniversity of Milano Bicocca and Sapienza University of Rome, with the aim of investigating different aspects relating to contact lens practice following the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Link to the study


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

The following meetings are among those that have new dates for later in 2020 and beyond due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

23-25 October 2020 – Optometry Conference of Central and South-Eastern Europe, Split, Croatia. Details

8 November 2020 – BCLA UK, Birmingham, United Kingdom. Details.

23-25 April 2021 – European Academy of Optometry and Optics Annual Conference (Helsinki2021), Helsinki, Finland. Details.

20-23 May 2021 – Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators (AOCLE) Annual Workshop, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Details.

13-14 March 2022 – Nederlands Contactlens Congres, Veldhoven, The Netherlands. Details.

Please email dates of events to s.allen@iacle.org.

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 – COVID-19 Impact Survey Results

Translations: Chinese (simplified), Korean, Spanish

IACLE releases report on the impact of COVID-19 on global contact lens education

Contact lens educators expect substantial increases in online teaching in future and IACLE resources will play an even more essential role. 

That’s the message from IACLE’s survey of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global contact lens education. A total of 214 responses were received from Educator Members in 32 countries, representing a 39% response rate. 

Key findings include:

• Around seven in 10 (69%) say at least half of their contact lens teaching will be online by the end of 2020

• Three-quarters (76%) expect to provide more online lectures in future

• Almost nine in 10 (87%) expect to use IACLE resources more in future and none anticipate using them less

But major challenges remain with online delivery, particularly in teaching practical skills, and in student assessment and engagement. One in four respondents (25%) were not providing practical education when the survey was conducted in May, and a similar proportion (22%) were not assessing students.

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Have your say on the findings

There is strong support for an IACLE online education platform delivering IACLE resources. IACLE’s new learning management system – IACLETOP – is already hosting more than 30 global, regional and country-specific webinars, a new Online Student Trial Exam and flashcards for students on practical skills. 

IACLETOP is a key element of the TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative, a new online education program and communications campaign to supplement our existing activities and support our members through the pandemic and beyond. 

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo commented: ‘Our survey reveals major changes in the way we teach contact lenses. IACLE is at the forefront of advances in teaching technology and our members have access to – and are using – our wide range of online resources and programs. Your feedback is important and we’ll be providing even more support in light of the survey findings.’

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Special Notice – Launch of Online STE

IACLE introduces Online Student Trial Exam to support its members following the COVID-19 pandemic

Translations: Chinese (simplified), Spanish

IACLE has launched an online version of its Student Trial Exam (STE) to support educators whose students are unable to attend their institutions in person or who want to assess students’ knowledge online.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Global Contact Lens Education’ survey conducted in May 2020 among IACLE Educator Members worldwide revealed:

• 71% of their institutions were currently closed to students to attend in person
• Only 24% were running exams or assessments for students to take in person
• 22% said they were not currently assessing students at all

Hosted on our new teaching online platform – IACLETOP – the Online STE is one of many additional resources IACLE is introducing under The TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative to support educators, students and industry, and help reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The STE has previously been a 100 multiple-choice question (MCQ) assessment in paper format to help teachers gauge how their students are progressing through their contact lens curriculum. The paper-format STE will now be discontinued. Delivering the STE online means IACLE can offer a number of enhancements:

• A choice between the traditional 100 MCQ exam or a reduced STE with 50 MCQs, providing more flexibility for you and your students
• Questions and answer options randomized, so each student gets an individual exam
• The option to complete the STE via a smartphone app as well as on their computer
• Online feedback for each student, either on the day or when the educator prefers

The Online STE will be free of charge until the end of 2020 and will initially be conducted in English, with translations into Spanish, Korean, Chinese (Simplified) and Bahasa to be completed by September. 

IACLE’s Executive Manager of Educational Development Professor Craig Woods, who is leading the project, explained: ‘Even if educators are teaching remotely and their students are learning from home, IACLE is able to support them with this tried, tested and trusted exam. We’re very excited to add this to our existing resources and the three institutions that have already tried it out were impressed by how easy it was to administer to their students.’  

FIACLE optometrist Fakhruddin Barodawala (pictured), lecturer at SEGi University in Malaysia, was among the first to run the exam. He commented: ‘IACLETOP came to the rescue just in time. The pandemic has hit everyone globally, and we were clueless on how we would conduct the STE. At SEGi University, STE is an important element of contact lens teaching as it forms a part of our summative assessment for final-year students.

‘I appreciate the efforts of the IACLE team to initiate IACLETOP and provide training on its use. Both I as the educator and my students had a good learning experience. A special thanks to Professor Woods who helped and supported us throughout the journey, and for being there to make sure the STE experience was student as well as educator friendly.’

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Online STE Launch

IACLE introduces Online Student Trial Exam to support educators following the COVID-19 pandemic

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) has launched an Online Student Trial Exam (STE) to support educators whose students are currently unable to attend their institutions in person or who want to assess students’ knowledge online.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Global Contact Lens Education’ survey conducted in May 2020 among IACLE Educator Members worldwide revealed:

• 71% of their institutions were currently closed to students to attend in person
• Only 24% were running exams or assessments for students to take in person
• 22% said they were not currently assessing students at all

Hosted on a new teaching online platform – IACLETOP – the Online STE is one of many additional resources IACLE is introducing under The TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative to support educators, students and industry at this time, and help reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative also reflects IACLE’s wider move towards online delivery via IACLETOP.

The STE has previously been a 100 multiple-choice question (MCQ) assessment in paper format to help teachers gauge how their students are progressing through their contact lens curriculum. The paper-format STE will now be discontinued. Delivering the STE online means IACLE can offer a number of enhancements:

• A choice between the traditional 100 MCQ exam or a reduced STE with 50 MCQs, providing more flexibility for educators and students.
• Questions and answer options randomized, so each student gets an individual exam.
• The option to complete the STE via a smartphone app as well as on their computer.
• Online feedback for each student, either on the day or when the educator prefers.

The Online STE will be free of charge until the end of 2020 and will initially be conducted in English, with translations into Spanish, Korean, Chinese (Simplified) and Bahasa to be completed by September.

IACLE’s Executive Manager of Educational Development Professor Craig Woods, who is leading the project, explained: ‘Even if educators are teaching remotely and their students are learning from home, IACLE is able to support them with this tried, tested and trusted exam. We’re very excited to add this to our existing resources and the three institutions that have already tried it out were impressed by how easy it was to administer to their students.’

FIACLE optometrist Fakhruddin Barodawala, lecturer at SEGi University in Malaysia, was among the first to run the exam. He commented: ‘IACLETOP came to the rescue just in time. The pandemic has hit everyone globally, and we were clueless on how we would conduct the STE. At SEGi University, STE is an important element of contact lens teaching as it forms a part of our summative assessment for final-year students. Both I as the educator and my students had a good learning experience.’

– ENDS –

For media enquiries please contact:

Alison Ewbank
Communications | International Association of Contact Lens Educators
International Association of Contact Lens Educators
London | United Kingdom
Email: a.ewbank@iacle.org
Work: + 44 208 390 9378 | Mobile: + 44 7732 121 959
Skype: alisonewbank1 | Web: www.iacle.org

Amelia Morgan 
Marketing Consultant | International Association of Contact Lens Educators
Leeds | United Kingdom
Email: amelia@ameliamorgan.org
Work / Mobile: + 44 7740 858 395
Skype: ameliagracemorgan_1 | Web: www.iacle.org

Notes for editors 

  1. Information on the IACLE Student Trial Exam.
  2. Details of The TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative.
  3. ‘The Impact of COVID-19 on Global Contact Lens Education’ survey of IACLE Educator Members worldwide was conducted online in May 2020. A total of 214 responses were received from 32 countries across all three of IACLE’s global regions. The survey covers the current effects of the pandemic on contact lens education worldwide, and how educators and institutions plan to adapt in future.
  4. Information on all IACLE activities and membership benefits is available at www.iacle.org.

About IACLE

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators was established in 1979 and is a non-profit, non-political association. IACLE has 967 (as of 30 June 2020) active members in 726 institutions in 79 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 Sponsor Bausch + Lomb and Donor Sponsor Euclid. 

Special Notice – Tribute to Dr Rajeswari Mahadevan

IACLE regrets to announce the passing of Asia Pacific Regional President Dr Rajeswari Mahadevan

Raji’s lecture at IACLE’s 2017 Regional Congress
Hyderabad, India

Dr Rajeswari Mahadevan graduated in 1998 from Elite School of Optometry, India, and completed her MPhil in the field of contact lenses in 2002. She took charge of the Department of Contact Lenses at Sankara Nethralaya, from where she also gained a PhD in optometry in 2011. Her PhD thesis was entitled ‘A study of rigid gas permeable contact lens wearers for keratoconus and contact lens fitting methods in irregular corneas’. She published in several international journals.

Dr Rajeswari was only the second Indian to complete a PhD in optometry from an Indian university and the first to do so in the subject of contact lenses. She contributed substantially to IACLE as an enthusiastic educator, taking part in many IACLE programs, such as the Distance Learning Program, Student Trial Exam, Fellowship Exam and Fellowship of IACLE.

In 2014 she was the first recipient of the IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year for the Asia Pacific region. Most recently she became the Asia Pacific Regional President of IACLE in 2016.

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo said: ‘Raji was a very special educator, she was well loved by her students for her enthusiasm and well respected by her colleagues for her vast knowledge. She was passionate about the growth of optometry in India and this gained her a lot of support and admiration from colleagues all over the world. Her radiant smile will be sorely missed by all who knew her. Her loss at such a young age is a shock and all at IACLE offer their prayers and love to her family.’

Read Raji’s report on her experience being awarded the 2014 IACLE Asia Pacific Educator of the Year awardRaji & Monica Chaudhry at the 3rd IACLE World Congress, UKRaji with IACLE Board Members, at IACLE’s 2017 Regional Congress, India


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