Global Member Newsletter December 2021

MEMBERSHIP PERKS IN DECEMBER

Happy Holidays from the IACLE Team! 

Thank you to all our members and industry sponsors for your continued support throughout 2021. We look forward to your participation in 2022 and seeing what the year brings for contact lens education. IACLE offices are closed from 24 December until 4 January. Membership renewal payments can still be made during this period, and renewal paperwork will be available when the offices open in the new year. 

We wish you all a Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year from the IACLE Team! 


IACLETOP NEWS

Over 160 members worldwide sat the IACLE Fellowship Exam on Friday 12 November. The exam was delivered online through IACLETOP for the first time, and members will receive their results by mid-January. 

Look out for more details in the January newsletter


CATCH UP ON DECEMBER’S GLOBAL WEBINAR

On Wednesday 8 December, IACLE President and Head of Optometry at the University of Manchester Professor Philip Morgan hosted a webinar on ‘Educating students about optimizing contact lens comfort’. Professor Morgan shared his thoughts on how educators should address the issues of contact lens discomfort and dropouts with their students. He outlined that for established soft lens users, end of day discomfort was the main reason for dropping out of contact lens wear. Furthermore, lens features such as the nature of the edge and surface wetting, appear to be key factors for wearer comfort. 

Catch up on the webinar here


NEWS IN DECEMBER

Image of the Month

Lifetime FIACLE Ajay Shinde captured the above image of a 48-year-old female patient who had been wearing multifocal contact lenses for 20 years. She complained of blurred vision for two days but had no complaints of watering, irritation, redness or itching. On slit lamp examination, jelly bumps on the right lens were observed, with no visible deposits on the left lens. The ocular structures appeared normal and contact lens discolouration was noticed on removal. The lens was cleaned and rinsed with a multi-purpose solution. The patient was advised to discard the existing lenses and wear new lenses. 

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

Submit your image here

Applications for IACLE awards opening soon

We are opening the applications for the 2022 IACLE Educator Awards in January. Keep an eye out for an announcement in the new year. 

More info on IACLE Awards

Members elected for the WCO Board of Directors

The World Council of Optometry (WCO) has recently announced their new leadership group and Board of Directors for 2021-2023. IACLE members Dr Efrain Castellanos from Universidad Xochicalco in Ensenada, Mexico, and FIACLE Dr Yazan Gammoh from Al-Ahliyya Amman University in Amman, Jordan, have been elected for the Executive Committee. In addition, Ahmed Idris Tairi, Professional Educational and Development Associate at Johnson & Johnson, was elected as Regional Representative.

For more information on the new positions

Active FIACLEs present at WCO education day

Last month, the World Council of Optometry presented ‘Eyes Around the World: A Global Day of Learning’, a 24-hour live stream for practising clinicians and optometry educators. IACLE invited four active FIACLEs to present on the day. Dr Lindsay SicksProfessor Monica ChaudhryDr Raquel Gil Cazorla and Professor James Wolffsohn delivered lectures supporting the continuing education day. 

For more information on the day

BUCCLE launches soft contact lens survey

The British & Irish University and College Contact Lens Educators (BUCCLE) recently launched a survey to explore what happens during a ‘teaching’ appointment where wearers learn how to apply and remove soft contact lenses. BUCCLE welcomes responses from all contact lens practitioners involved in soft contact lens teaching.

Complete the survey here

Renew your IACLE membership to receive all benefits

Thank you to all our members who have renewed their membership for 2022. We are looking forward to delivering more programs, resources, and events in the coming year. A kind reminder that access to our full range of membership benefits – including the resources and programs within IACLETOP and all resources and events under the Teach. Learn. Connect. Initiative – is exclusively available for IACLE members. Please note, IACLE membership runs on an annual cycle and expires when payment is not received. Therefore, please renew your membership by 31 December 2021. If you have any questions about renewing your membership, please get in touch with your IACLE Representative.

Thank you to Honorary Member Wim Borst from the Netherlands for his kind donation to IACLE.


MEET A MEMBER

Have you advanced the teaching of contact lenses in your institution/company over the past year but have already taken part in Meet a Member? We’d like to hear about your achievements and share them with our membership. If IACLE colleagues would like to connect with other members, we can arrange this by simply emailing us at iacle@iacle.org.

Introduce yourself to other IACLE members by completing this short online form


RESOURCES

Latest update features pandemic-associated eye problems

Lifetime FIACLE and Director of the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) at the University of Waterloo Professor Lyndon Jones authors an editorial in the latest Contact Lens Update. ‘Pandemic-associated eye problems: a review of five issues for the ECP’ reviews various ocular complications due to the pandemic.

Read the editorialSign up to receive Contact Lens Update

New podcast episode on specialty lenses

Dr Melissa Barnett and Dr Tom Arnold host a monthly podcast, supported by CooperVision, starring eye care specialists from around the globe. The latest episode features Dr Sheila Morrison, Optometrist at Mission Eye Care in Calgary, Canada, who speaks about her specialty contact lens practice and how it has helped connect optometrists from around the globe. 

Listen to the episode


COVID-19 RESOURCE

Computer Vision Syndrome and the COVID-19 lockdown

The 6-to-8-week lockdown due to COVID-19 in Spain resulted in a significant increase in electronic device use, as 730 survey respondents reported. Computer Vision Syndrome-related symptoms were reported more often in participants who used electronic devices for more time and spent less time outdoors. 

Read the paper


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR REGIONS?

AMERICAS

Latin America discusses optometry curriculum

On 25 November, the Latin American Association of Optometry and Optics (ALDOO) invited IACLE Regional Coordinator Guillermo Carrillo to the 7th Meeting of Deans and Directors of the School of Optometry, where 35 participants attended virtually to discuss the optometry curriculum in Latin America. ALDOO is committed to establishing a strong relationship with IACLE, and IACLE’s contact lens curriculum is included in its proposal for optometric education. 

Read the full Americas report

ASIA PACIFIC

CooperVision host lecture for South Korean students

On 8 NovemberCooperVision Education Director Minji Kang delivered a lecture on how to fit toric contact lenses for students at Kookje University in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. Among a range of techniques, Minji demonstrated how to use a slit lamp for toric lens axis evaluation. 

Read the full Asia Pacific meeting report

EUROPE / AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST

IACLE Team meet with Educators in Poland

During November, Alcon Senior Professional Affairs Manager Tomasz Suliński joined EAME Regional Director Dr Fabrizio Zeri, the IACLE Education Team and educators in Poland to discuss IACLE membership, programs and resources. 

OPTI postponed to May 2022

Due to the rapidly increasing infection rates of COVID-19, the International Trade Show for Optics & Design (OPTI) in Munich, Germany, will now take place from 13-15 May 2022

More info


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

IACLE TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect) WEBINARS

Visit the IACLE Webinars area on IACLETOP to view the schedule for upcoming webinars.

Key dates for early 2022:

19-22 January 2022 – Global Specialty Lens Symposium, Las Vegas. Details.

13-14 March 2022 – Netherlands Contact Lens Congress (NCC), Veldhoven, the Netherlands. Details

13-15 2022 – International Trade Show for Optics & Design (OPTI), Munich, Germany. Details.


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Renew your 2022 IACLE membership now

Thank you to all our members who have renewed for 2022. We are looking forward to delivering more programs, resources and events your way!

Last year, we adjusted the membership renewal process to ensure exclusive access to full benefits for our paid-up members. IACLE membership runs on an annual cycle and expires at the end of the calendar year. 

More information on renewing your membership

Member benefits include:

Accessing IACLE resources

  • The IACLE Contact Lens Course (ICLC), an essential resource to deliver a comprehensive contact lens curriculum
  • Our Teaching Online Platform – IACLETOP – is the central point to access our online resources and teaching materials
  • Case Report Series, a growing collection of interactive case reports to use as a teaching resource with students
  • Research Update, providing members with important, contact lens-related research papers for their quick reference
  • Flashcards, designed to support the delivery of practical skills
  • Image Library, a searchable, growing collection of images, videos, and webinars

Completing IACLE programs

Participating in IACLE events

  • Webinars running monthly in English, Bahasa, Chinese, Korean, and Spanish
  • Virtual Conferences conducted on a biannual basis 
  • Local meetings in our three regions
  • IACLE Radio taking place every week in the Latin America region 
  • Regional and World Congresses to bring members together to discuss the latest developments in teaching and technology

To ensure your exclusive access to all the above membership benefits continues, please see the renewal schedule:

  • Annual invoices are sent out to existing members in November
  • Payment of your annual membership renewal fee is due by 31 December
  • Access to full membership benefits will end on 31 January if payment is not received
  • A late fee will be payable for members who have not paid by the end of February 

More information on membership terms and conditions

IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan commented, ‘At IACLE, our goal is to provide resources, information and other support to our members to help them be the best contact lens educators possible. The years ahead are likely to bring unprecedented changes to the teaching environment, in addition to evolutions and revolutions in contact lens products. IACLE will continue to work with our staff, sponsors, and members to respond to these changes, and to support our contact lens educator community.

Your active IACLE participation is important to us

Thank you for your continued support and those who have already renewed for 2022

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Happy Holidays

From all at IACLE we wish everyone a safe, healthy and happy holiday season. We thank our sponsors and members for their continued support. We look forward to working with you in 2022.

IACLE offices will be closed from 24 December 2021 and will reopen on 3 January 2022 .

Optimizing Contact Lens Comfort

Join IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan on Wednesday 8 December at 12 noon UK (GMT) to discuss ‘Educating students about optimizing contact lens comfort’. Professor Morgan is Head of Optometry and Director of Eurolens Research at the University of Manchester. IACLE Platinum Sponsor Alcon will introduce the webinar. 

We encourage all educators to let their students know about this session that will be live streamed to our Facebook page on the day. Please see webinar details below.

8 December at 12 noon UK (GMT)
Presenter: Philip Morgan
Topic: Educating students about optimizing contact lens comfort
Meeting ID: 861 1389 2022
Zoom link

Keep updated on all IACLE events via IACLE’s Event Calendar and IACLE’s monthly Teach.Learn.Connect Initiative newsletter

Global webinar this month

Join IACLE Vice President Dr Shehzad Naroo and Lifetime FIACLE Dr Eef van der Worp on Wednesday 24 November at 12 noon UK time (GMT) to debate the topic ‘Are specialty lenses special?’. Shehzad is an Associate Professor at Aston University in Birmingham, UK, and is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Contact Lens and Anterior Eye. Eef served as the Head of the Contact Lens Department at Hogeschool van Utrecht in the Netherlands and currently runs a research and education consultancy, Eye-Contact-Lens, based in Amsterdam. 

We encourage educators to let their students know about this session that will be live streamed to our Facebook page on the day. 

Keep up to date on IACLE webinars by reading our monthly Teach.Learn.Connect Initiative updates and check our Events Calendar.

FIACLE Renewal

Updates to the FIACLE renewal process

We have made some adjustments to the Fellow of IACLE renewal process and how members maintain their FIACLE status. 

Previously, FIACLEs would complete a renewal form every three years. We are removing this requirement, and FIACLE status is now renewed when payment for IACLE membership is received, by agreeing to the membership policies, terms, and conditions, as well as the FIACLE policies, terms, and conditions

Please note, if an expired IACLE membership exceeds three years, FIACLE status becomes void and to attain FIACLE status again, you must successfully pass the Fellowship Exam. 

For more information, please refer to our website. If you have any queries, please contact IACLE Executive Manager of Global Operations Siobhan Allen.


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Global Member Newsletter November 2021

MEMBERSHIP PERKS IN NOVEMBER

Members around the world connect at Virtual Conference

Over 100 participants watched live online as IACLE’s Board, representatives from IACLE sponsors, and authors involved in writing the British Contact Lens Association’s (BCLA) Contact Lens Evidence-based Academic Report (CLEAR) Initiative shared knowledge on their areas of expertise. The post-conference survey was positive, with all respondents strongly agreeing or agreeing that the overall topics covered in the congress were relevant to their needs. We thank all the event participants and give special thanks to our sponsors for making the Virtual Conference and other IACLE activities possible. 

Catch up on the recordings here

IACLETOP UPDATES

Good luck to all sitting the Fellowship Exam!

We wish all members the best of luck sitting the Fellowship Exam (12 November). This is the first time we are conducting the exam online via IACLETOP and is running in Bahasa, Chinese, English, Korean and Spanish. For last minute essential revision, we advise you to review the monthly Fellowship Exam Workshops to help you prepare as thoroughly as possible. 

Access the Fellowship Exam Workshops in: English – Chinese – Bahasa – Korean – Spanish

GLOBAL WEBINAR IN NOVEMBER

Join IACLE Vice President Dr Shehzad Naroo and Lifetime FIACLE Dr Eef van der Worp on Wednesday 24 November at 12 noon UK time (GMT) to debate the topic ‘Are specialty lenses special?’. Shehzad is an Associate Professor at Aston University in Birmingham, UK, and is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Contact Lens and Anterior Eye. Eef served as the Head of the Contact Lens Department at Hogeschool van Utrecht in the Netherlands and currently runs a research and education consultancy, Eye-Contact-Lens, based in Amsterdam. 

We encourage educators to let their students know about this session that will be live streamed to our Facebook page on the day. 

NEWS IN NOVEMBER

Image of the Month

FIACLE Dr Atanu Samanta and Ashish Singh from Nagar School of Optometry in Ahmedabad, India captured the above images using a OnePlus 7T mobile with a camera sensor under slit lamp defuse illumination. The 48-year-old male soft contact lens wearer complained of poor vision and ocular discomfort for two months and had been a soft lens wearer for more than a year. However, on slit lamp examination, the pair found jelly bumps on different areas of the lens. A possible cause of this could be due to infrequent follow-up visits and improper cleaning of the lenses. 

Feature in next month’s Image of the Month by submitting your image here

CORE is recruiting

Our in-kind sponsor, the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE), based at the University of Waterloo in Canada, is recruiting for a Clinical Research Associate / Education Team Leader and a Clinical Research Associate. All work will be conducted at the CORE facility, located on the main campus at the University of Waterloo. If you have any questions regarding the positions, application process, assessment process, or eligibility, please get in touch with Professor Lyndon Jones.

For more information on the roles

WCO host 24-hour live stream

On 20 November, the World Council of Optometry (WCO) presents ‘Eyes Around the World: A Global Day of Learning’, a 24-hour live stream of lectures for practising clinicians and optometry educators. The conference program features over 25 speakers from 12 countries, covering diabetes, dry eye management, myopia management and specialty contact lenses. On behalf of IACLE, Lifetime FIACLEs Professor James Wolffsohn and Monica Chaudhry and FIACLEs Professor Raquel Gil Cazorla and Dr Lindsay Sicks are delivering four lectures in support of the continuing education day.

View the conference program and register here

Renew your IACLE membership to receive all benefits

We remind our members that access to our full range of membership benefits – including the resources and programs within IACLETOP and all resources and events under the Teach. Learn. Connect. Initiative – is exclusively available for IACLE members. Please note, IACLE membership runs on an annual cycle and expires when payment is not received. Therefore, please renew your membership by 31 December 2021. If you have any questions about renewing your membership, please get in touch with your IACLE Representative.

More info on IACLE membership

MEET A MEMBER

Introducing Angel Garcia Garrigos, optometrist and Director of the Technical Department at Tiedra Farmacéutica SL in Alcorcón, Spain. Angel specializes in myopia control, orthokeratology, and scleral lenses. He believes IACLE has assisted his career by keeping him in touch with ‘a group of professionals of the highest level’. Outside of work, Angel has an interest in astronomy, veganism and playing the steel tongue drum! 

Have you introduced any technologies or innovations to your curriculum recently? Have you received any awards or recognition for your teaching efforts? Do you have any goals or aspirations for contact lens education in the future? Has IACLE helped you in your contact lens teaching? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, we would love to hear from you! Share your achievements with other IACLE colleagues and inspire the future of contact lens education. 

Introduce yourself to other IACLE members by completing this short online form

RESOURCES

New GlobalEyes podcast series

Dr Melissa Barnett and Dr Tom Arnold host a monthly podcast, supported by CooperVision, starring eye care specialists from around the globe. The podcast explores the education system, techniques and methods, patient demographics and what they see as obstacles and opportunities. The latest episode, ‘Just do something’, features Dr Kate Gifford, who discusses her career. 

Listen to the episode

Soft contact lenses over the last 50 years

Professor Eric Papas from the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, outlines a contact lens practice’s ‘personal’ experience with soft contact lenses over the last 50 years and describes how soft lenses have evolved over the years. 

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR REGIONS?

AMERICAS

J&J invites Regional Coordinator to lecture

Johnson & Johnson Mexico invited IACLE Regional Coordinator Guillermo Carrillo to deliver a webinar on ‘Contact lens fitting in the pandemic: the new normal’, focusing on updated evidence in contact lens management and safe contact lens practice (21 October). Johnson & Johnson sponsored the event in collaboration with the Optometric Program UTESA in the Dominican Republic. Over 200 participants tuned in live.

Read the full Americas report

ASIA PACIFIC

Students in Korea learn about the STE

IACLE Korea Coordinator Professor Kyounghee Park delivered a webinar on ‘Case Reports for the Student Trial Exam’ to optometry students from Choonhae College of Health Sciences in Ulsan, South Korea (20 October). In addition, Professor Park explained the practical aspects of using IACLE’S new resources. A total of 15 students and two members joined live.

Read the full Asia Pacific report

IACLE at ICLEP

Between 29-31 October, several IACLE colleagues presented at the 57th Indian Contact Lens Program (ICLEP). Executive Manager of Educational Development Professor Craig Woods, Executive Manager of Educational Programs Nilesh Thite, Asia Pacific Regional Director Dr Kah Ooi Tan and EAME Regional Director Dr Fabrizio Zeri delivered talks on various topics from silicone hydrogels to Ortho-k to the effect of the pandemic on contact lens practice. 

More info on ICLEP

Regional Director speaks at AP conferences

IACLE Regional Director Dr Kah Ooi Tan spoke on behalf of the Asia Optometric Management Academy (AOMA) in partnership with the Asia Optometric Congress (AOC) to celebrate the release of the Asia region myopia management consensus guidelines (10 November). Kah Ooi is also speaking on ‘Overview of clinical myopia management’ at the Annual Optometric Conference organized by the Korean Society of Vision Science (12 November). 

EUROPE / AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST

On 7 November, the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) hosted a 12-hour live stream as part of the first-ever BCLA Vision conference. The day consisted of global contact lens experts who shared findings on the latest research and gave advice for how to use this in everyday practice. IACLE Vice President Dr Shehzad Naroo chaired a ‘CLAE: a year in review’ session and was joined by Executive Manager of Global Education, Lakshmi Shinde, Board Member, Fakhruddin Barodawala and Asia Pacific Regional Director Dr Kah Ooi Tan (pictured above).

Read a press release on the event

Vision care in the digital era

The Dubai VisionPlus Expo saw many global brands, manufacturers, and distributors of all products and services relating to the optical industry showcase their latest technology and product ranges (26-28 October). IACLE Executive Manager of Educational Programs Nilesh Thite (pictured above) was invited to speak at the scientific track – VisionPlus Academy. He delivered talks on ‘Opportunities and threats to contact lens practice’ and ‘Increasing contact lens business with a proactive recommendation.’

More info

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

IACLE TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect) WEBINARS

Visit the IACLE Webinars area on IACLETOP to view the schedule for upcoming webinars.

Key dates for early 2022:

OPTI (The International Trade Show for Optics & Design), Munich, Germany, 14-16 January 2022. Details

Global Specialty Lens Symposium, Las Vegas, USA, 19-22 January 2022. Details

Netherlands Contact Lens Congress (NCC), Veldhoven, The Netherlands, 13-14 March 2022. Details

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Success in challenging Times

IACLE reports successful year in response to global impact of
COVID-19

Contact lens educators worldwide are benefitting from IACLE’s move to a more virtual presence to support members throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. This strategic shift in IACLE activity responded to the increase in online education worldwide from the start of the pandemic in the early stages of 2020. 

At the end of 2020, the association’s membership consisted of 731 active members from 74 countries, with the highest numbers in China (241), India (108), United Kingdom (37), Mexico (30), Colombia (28), and South Korea (27).

Key achievements for IACLE in 2020 included:

  • Provided a selection of IACLE resources, including the Case Report Series, to the public to support remote learning – in March 2020
  • Released the ICLC2020, IACLE’s flagship resource, in April 2020. The previous version – ICLC2015 – was fully revised and updated by leading contact lens experts
  • Launched IACLETOP – an online Learning Management System hosting a wide range of valuable member resources and programs – in May 2020
  • Introduced the Teach. Learn. Connect. (TLC) Initiative to support members, students, and industry through the pandemic – in June 2020
  • First-ever Virtual Conference themed ‘Back to contact lenses’ – in September 2020
  • Total attendance of 10,200 at online webinars in multiple languages
  • 1,147 students from 28 institutions completed the Student Trial Exam virtually
  • 300 active FIACLEs worldwide represented 41% of IACLE’s membership

Immediate Past President Dr Shehzad Naroo commented: ‘What a year 2020 was! In the contact lens field, the effects from the COVID-19 pandemic were felt at every level. From education and training to clinical practice and sales. IACLE rose to the challenges, and we were quick to react and support the contact lens industry. We redesigned our training programmes so that our members were not isolated from updates and continuing their professional development. We supported the students of our members and non-members by opening the use of crucial resources to the public. Our Virtual Conferences and webinar series have been a roaring success that enabled us to connect further with members, students, and practitioners. Overall, IACLE emerged strongly from 2020, and we are ready for the next challenge. On behalf of IACLE, I express sincere gratitude for our sponsors’ continued support, especially during these tough times.’

Read the 2020 Activity Summary


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Virtual Conference Recordings

Virtual Conference recordings now available on IACLETOP

We are pleased to announce that our full Virtual Conference, including the industry panel discussion, is now available to watch via IACLETOP.

Access the recordings here

Over 100 participants watched live online as IACLE’s Board, representatives from IACLE sponsors, and authors involved in writing the British Contact Lens Association’s (BCLA) Contact Lens Evidence-based Academic Report (CLEAR) Initiative shared their knowledge on their areas of expertise (23 October). 

We thank our members for participating in this event and give special thanks to our sponsors for making the Virtual Conference and other IACLE activities possible. 

We would love to hear what you thought of our latest conference. If you have a spare moment, we would appreciate your feedback by filling out this short survey by Friday 5 November.

View the conference brochure that includes CLEAR summaries

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Members receive discount for upcoming BCLA conference

We have teamed up with the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) to provide our members with exclusive discounted tickets for their upcoming Vision Conference & Exhibition, taking place on Sunday 7 November. IACLE members can benefit from a 50% discount by entering in the code BCLA_IACLE21 during registration. The code is valid until 31 October and is for non-BCLA member packages

More information