4th IACLE World Congress

Applications are now open for IACLE’s 4th World Congress on Contact Lens Education

IACLE members from around the world will gather in the UK in June 2023 for the Fourth IACLE World Congress on Contact Lens Education. We encourage and invite our members from all regions to attend the congress. 

Hosted at Conference Aston in Birmingham, UK, the congress will take place from 5-8 June 2023 and is timed to precede the British Contact Lens Association’s 2023 Clinical Conference & Exhibition in Manchester (9-11 June 2023). IACLE members’ participation will be facilitated by the generous support of industry partners sponsoring the workshop sessions: Platinum Sponsor Alcon, Gold Sponsor CooperVision, Silver Sponsor Johnson & Johnson and Bronze Sponsors Bausch + LombOphtecs and Menicon

The theme of the congress is Contact Lens Education for the Practitioner of the Future. The four-day meeting will combine hands-on workshops with plenary sessions, networking opportunities, and social events. Delegates will gain direct exposure to the latest computer-based and handheld device teaching technology to take back to their institutions and incorporate into their teaching. 

The registration cost, including participation in the plenary and workshop sessions, hotel accommodation, lunch on all four days, gala dinner ticket and luxury coach travel to the BCLA in Manchester, will be covered for all registered IACLE members

IACLE members will also receive an exclusive registration rate for the BCLA’s 2023 Clinical Conference & Exhibition (full registration rate is £750, and IACLE members pay £500). Registration for the BCLA opens in early 2023. 

Complete the application form to register for WC4

To help cover the cost of travel, IACLE members are eligible to apply for a travel stipend that will be considered on an individual basis and will depend on distance and flight costs. For example, if you are travelling from Asia, your stipend may be higher than if you are travelling from Europe. 

Travel stipends will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, and you will be notified within one month of submitting your application if it has been accepted. 

Registration opens on 30 November and applications for travel stipends close on 31 January 2023

All questions regarding registering for WC4 should be directed to IACLE Chief Executive Officer Bonnie Boshart at b.boshart@iacle.org

Visit our website for more information.

Call for abstracts

The WC4 Program Committee invites IACLE members to participate in a series of 10-minute presentations during the plenary sessions based on selected themes:

  • Innovation in teaching
  • Motivating students
  • Novel assessments

If you would like to take part and present any of the above topics during WC4, please register your intent to submit an abstract via the form here. Once accepted, a full abstract will be required. 

Individuals whose abstracts are accepted will be eligible to receive a travel stipend following registration for the congress. 

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact the Program Chair Professor Craig Woods at c.woods@iacle.org

For more information visit our website

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2023 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).

More information is coming soon

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MEMBERSHIP PERKS IN NOVEMBER

Register now for our Virtual Conference

There’s just over one week until our Virtual Conference takes place live online. We will hear from speakers from our Asia Pacific region, plus IACLE colleagues who will discuss their areas of expertise. IACLE industry partners will also share their perspectives on seizing the opportunity

Register now – read the brochure – view the agenda

Applications opening soon for our 4th World Congress

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

We are pleased to inform our members that we are opening applications in the next few weeks. Applications will be based on a first-come, first-served basis.

Keep a look out for applications opening


NEWS IN NOVEMBER

Image of the Month

IACLE Korea National Coordinator and lecturer at Kookje University in Pyeongtaek, South Korea Professor Kyounghee Park captured the above images using a Topcon SL7 with a DC4 camera. A persistent pupillary membrane was found under slit lamp examination with 6x magnification in the eyes of a healthy 20-year-old college student. It is a frequently encountered congenital anomaly. It represents remnants of anterior tunica vasculosa lentis and appears as strands of connective tissue bridging the pupillary area. They are usually asymptomatic and of no functional significance.  

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

Updates from the AAO

During the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) meeting in San Diego, USA, the IACLE Board of Directors and senior staff members gathered for a strategic planning meeting to discuss some exciting initiatives that we look forward to sharing with you all.

 Executive Manager of Global Education Lakshmi Shinde showcased an IACLETOP-themed poster during the poster session (pictured above).

Five Contact Lens Educators of the Year from 2020, 2021 and 2022 received their awards during CooperVison’s International Reception. Professor Renée Reeder (2020), Dr Johanna Garzón (2021), Dr Byki Huntjens (2021), Dr Lindsay Sicks (2022) and Dr Carole Maldonado-Codina (2022) were among the recipients who received their awards at this year’s celebration. Congratulations to all! 

Finally, thank you to all our members who came along to shoot some video interviews. We appreciate your help!

Menicon joins IACLE as a new sponsor

We are delighted to announce that IACLE has a new Bronze Sponsor ­– Menicon Co., Ltd. – a Japanese contact lens manufacturer that developed Japan’s first practical corneal contact lens. Menicon offers a full range of products and services as a comprehensive vision care enterprise. Within the RGP and MTO lens portfolio, Menicon has a diverse range of products to satisfy various needs. In terms of disposable contact lenses, to provide better vision and experience to customers, Menicon developed SmartTouch technology which has been applied to all Miru 1day disposable contact lenses.

Read the press release

IACLE presence increases at CLAE

IACLE EAME Regional Director Dr Fabrizio Zeri has recently been appointed as an Editorial Member of Contact Lens and Anterior Eye (CLAE), making him the first CLAE Editorial Member from Italy. The Italian audience is growing with an increasing number of CLAE authors, making Dr Zeri a valuable addition to CLAE. 

Read the latest CLAE issue


RESOURCES

Evaluating tolerability of commercial eyelid cleansers

This prospective randomised crossover study evaluates the short-term tolerability of five commercially available anti-demodectic eyelid cleansers on 30 healthy non-contact lens wearers. The study outcomes demonstrate varying tolerability profiles with different anti-demodectic lid cleanser preparations and the potential to induce tear film instability, conjunctival hyperaemia, and ocular surface staining on application.

Read the study

Patient and parent perceptions of myopia modalities

This study compares the quality of life of myopic adults and children who were established spectacle, soft contact lens, or orthokeratology wearers and parent/child responses using the Pediatric Refractive Error Profile 2. The authors conclude that actively driven children and adults perceive significant benefits from orthokeratology over spectacles, and parents’ perceptions did not align with their children’s perceptions of their correction.

Read the full text


COVID-19 RESOURCE

A recent questionnaire-based study of 132 participants assessed the effectiveness of an online educational video in improving contact lens care knowledge and behaviour and found that online video-based learning is an effective educational tool. The authors note that patient education via online videos may become an innovative and successful technique to increase patient knowledge and long-term health behaviours.

Read the full text


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR REGIONS?

AMERICAS

IACLE Latin America speak at ALDOO conference

On 21-22 October, Asociación Latinoamericana de Optometría y Óptica (ALDOO) held its 25th conference. IACLE Americas Regional Coordinator Guillermo Carrillo, Lifetime FIACLE Rolando Rojas and IACLE member Ana Paola Mercado delivered a contact lens and ocular surface session. The event was successful, with an attendance of around 1,000 participants. 

Read the full Americas report

Professor Wolffsohn receives major AAO Award

Each year, the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) recognize and award individuals who have made significant contributions and excelled in the optometry profession. At AAO San Diego, Lifetime FIACLE Professor James Wolffsohn was awarded the Glenn A Fry Lecture Award. Congratulations James!

ASIA PACIFIC

China hosts educator meeting

IACLE China held a virtual educator meeting on 22 October. Industry representatives from AlconCooperVisionJohnson & Johnson, and Bausch + Lomb were a part of the agenda. The topics discussed included toric lenses, orthokeratology, bifocal lens fitting, lens care, and contact lens innovation. A total of 60 members attended the meeting. 

Read the full Asia Pacific report

Update from member in Pakistan

In October, Consultant Optometrist from Pakistan FIACLE Dr Mutahir Shah delivered a workshop for students and faculty members at Munawar Memorial Hospital in Chakwal, Pakistan. Dr Shah used IACLE materials, including the ICLCIACLE Library and training templates, to guide the session. The group received hands-on training from a patient with advanced keratoconus. The hospital’s CEO and Dean of the Optometry School appreciated the international resources provided by IACLE and were keen to organize the Student Trial Exam for their students.

Not a member of IACLE? Visit our website to find out how to join

Regional Director presented with President Award

IACLE Asia Pacific Regional Director Dr Kah Ooi Tan recently spoke at the 3rd Asia Optometric Congress (AOC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on the topic ‘Practitioners’ perception on myopia management in Asia – a project by AOC’ (15-16 November). Dr Tan was also presented with the Asia Optometric Congress President Award for the region and the Asia Outstanding Optometrist Award during the congress. Congratulations Kah Ooi!

More information on the AOC

EUROPE / AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST

Upcoming BCLA webinar on keratoconus

The British Contact Lens Association are hosting a ‘Management of Keratoconus: What have we learned and how our practice has changed?’ themed webinar with FIACLE Daddi Fadel and Barry Eiden. Join the BCLA on Wednesday 30 November at 6:30 pm (GMT). The webinar is open to all; you don’t need to be a BCLA member.

Register hereFor more information


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 THE COMING MONTHS 

Global Specialty Lens Symposium, Las Vegas, USA, 18-21 January 2023. Details.

14th Annual Congress on Controversies in Ophthalmology, Lisbon, Portugal, 24-25 March 2023. Details.

IACLE 4th World Congress, Birmingham, UK, 5-8 June 2023. Details.  

BCLA Clinical Conference & Exhibition, Manchester, UK, 9-11 June 2023. Details.

4th World Congress of Optometry (WCO4) and O=MEGA23, Melbourne, Australia, 8-10 September. Details.  

American Academy of Optometry, New Orleans, USA. 11-14 October 2023. Details TBC.


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Register now for our Virtual Conference

We are pleased to announce that registration for our Virtual Conference is now open. Join us online on Saturday 26 November from 8:30 – 11:30 am (GMT) for a ‘Seize the opportunity’ themed conference. Find out what time the conference begins in your time zone

Register now

Contact lens practice around the world is at a critical juncture with exciting opportunities with new products but also the looming threat of wearers dropping out due to discomfort or dryness. 

During our fifth Virtual Conference, expert speakers from our Asia Pacific region plus IACLE colleagues will discuss their areas of expertise and we will also hear from IACLE industry partners who will share their perspectives on seizing the opportunity.   

To hear about the current hot topics in contact lens practice, we encourage IACLE members to register for our fifth Virtual Conference.

View the agenda – Read the brochure


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Menicon joins IACLE as a new sponsor

We are delighted to announce that IACLE has a new Bronze Sponsor ­– Menicon Co., Ltd. – a Japanese contact lens manufacturer that developed Japan’s first practical corneal contact lens. Menicon holds steadfast to safety values and strives to create comfortable and convenient contact lenses. Menicon is firmly progressing as a global enterprise represented in over 80 countries while providing the joy of sight to the world. 

Menicon offers a full range of products and services as a comprehensive vision care enterprise. Within the RGP and MTO lens portfolio, Menicon has a diverse range of products to satisfy various needs. In terms of disposable contact lenses, to provide better vision and experience to customers, Menicon developed SmartTouch technology which has been applied to all Miru 1day disposable contact lenses. Furthermore, as contact lens hygiene has always been regarded as a core priority within the business, Menicon also provides a complete lineup of lens care solutions to all RGP and soft lens users.  

Senior Executive Officer of Menicon Hideki Koga commented, ‘As a contact lens manufacturer, we are dedicated to delivering high-quality contact lens and care products which are designed with the wearer and hygiene in mind. Eye care professionals play an important role in wearers’ lives and maximizing success with contact lenses. Partnering with IACLE allows us to support contact lens education, research, and best practice evidence-based approaches for those teaching and aspiring the next generation of eye care professionals.’

IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan welcomes our new sponsor, ‘We are thrilled that Menicon has joined IACLE as a sponsor – this is truly great news for our membership. IACLE sponsors are an integral part of the Association. Certainly, funding from our sponsors is critical for our work, but we very much appreciate their insights into current market trends and other areas of expertise. On behalf of the IACLE leadership, I look forward to working with our colleagues at Menicon and all our sponsors to execute IACLE’s mission of developing outstanding contact lens educators.’


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2021 Newsletter Archive

January Special Notice – Apply for the 2021 IACLE Educator of the Year Awards
January IACLE Global Member Newsletter
January IACLE Special Notice – Final Call – IACLE Awards
January IACLE Special Notice – IACLETOP Payment Scheme
January IACLE Special Notice – Membership Renewal
February IACLE Global Member Newsletter
February IACLE Special Notice – paid up member benefits
March Global Member Newsletter
March IACLE Special Notice – 50th Research Update
March IACLE Special Notice – IACLE 2021 Virtual Conference
March IACLE Special Notice – Professor Luigina Sorbara Tribute
March Special Notice – Fellowship Exam Area on IACLETOP
April IACLE Global Member Newsletter
April IACLE Special Notice – IACLE 2021 AGM
April IACLE Special Notice – Board of Directors
April IACLE Special Notice – Fellowship Exam Registration is Open
April IACLE Special Notice – IACLE Virtual Conference
May Global Member Newsletter
May IACLE Special Notice – 2020-2021 Activities Survey
May IACLE Special Notice – Final Call to Nominate
May IACLE Special Notice – IACLETOP Survey
June IACLE Global Member Newsletter
June IACLE Special Notice – 2021 IACLE Award Winners
June IACLE Special Notice – New Board of Director Positions
June IACLE Special Notice – New Sponsor Ophtecs
June IACLE Special Notice – One Year of T.L.C
June IACLE Special Notice – Results of Board Election
July IACLE Global Member Newsletter
July IACLE Special Notice – Fellowship Exam & FIACLE Status
July IACLE Special Notice – Regional Hubs
August Global Member Newsletter
September IACLE Global Member Newsletter
September IACLE Special Notice – Registration is open for our Virtual Conference
October IACLE Global Member Newsletter
October IACLE Special Notice – 2020 Activity Summary
November IACLE Global Member Newsletter
November IACLE Special Notice – FIACLE renewal changes
December IACLE Global Member Newsletter

IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Award Winners

Congratulations to the IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Award winners for 2021 and 2022 who received their awards during the American Academy of Optometry in San Diego, USA, at IACLE’s awards ceremony on Friday 28 November.

A Special Notice with more information about the award recipients and the ceremony will be released soon.

Thank you to the sponsor of the IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards

For more information about IACLE Awards please go to:

IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards

and

IACLE Travel Awards

IACLE’s 2022 Awards Ceremony at the AAO

Join us at the IACLE Awards Ceremony this Friday

For our members who are attending the American Academy of Optometry in San Diego, we invite you to come along to the IACLE Awards Ceremony on Friday 28 October from 6 pm in the Hilton Hotel Aqua Ballroom.  

Video shooting at AAO

We will also be shooting some video content on Friday 28 October in Exhibit Hall H in the convention centre between 10 am – 3 pm. If you would like to get involved and have some availability on Friday, please email Amelia Morgan at a.morgan@iacle.org. Thanks to our members who have already got in touch! 

CORE Knowledge at AAO

The Centre for Ocular Research and Education (CORE) has teamed up with the Academy to unveil and play the newest edition of CORE Knowledge – a multiple choice eye science trivia game – on 26-28 October at booth 537. IACLE has contributed a series of eye-related questions that will be included during live play at the CORE booth. See you there! 


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2020 Newsletter Archive

January IACLE Global Member Newsletter
February IACLE Global Member Newsletter
March IACLE Global Member Newsletter
March IACLE Special Notice – 2019 Fellowship Exam Outcomes
March IACLE Special Notice – COVID-19 Protections for Contact Lens Wearers
March IACLE Special Notice – Position Statement COVID-19
April IACLE Global Member Newsletter
April IACLE Special Notice – IACLE Live Lectures to Members Worldwide
April IACLE Special Notice – ICLC2020 Goes Live
April IACLE Special Notice – 2020 IACLE Award Winners
May IACLE Global Member Newsletter
May IACLE Special Notice – 2019 Activity Summary
May IACLE Special Notice – Live Tuesday Lectures
June IACLE Global Member Newsletter
June IACLE Special Notice – The TLC Initiative Launch
July IACLE Global Member Newsletter
July IACLE Special Notice – Launch of Online STE
July IACLE Special Notice – Tribute to Dr Rajeswari Mahadevan
August IACLE Global Member Newsletter
August IACLE Special Notice – COVID-19 Impact Survey Results
September IACLE Global Member Newsletter
September Special Notice – TLC Initiative Outcomes Update
October IACLE Global Member Newsletter
October IACLE Special Notice – Global Myopia Webinar Series
November IACLE Global Member Newsletter
November IACLE Special Notice – Membership Renewal
December IACLE Global Member Newsletter
December IACLE Special Notice – IACLE Award Winners

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