Global Member Newsletter September 2021

MEMBERSHIP PERKS IN SEPTEMBER

Register now for our global Virtual Conference

We are pleased to announce that we are holding a third global Virtual Conference themed ‘Education and Practice: All CLEAR’, taking place on Saturday 23 October from 12 noon – 3.00 pm UK time (BST). In March 2021, the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) released the Contact Lens Evidence-based Academic Reports (CLEAR) initiative to provide the latest research information across a wide range of contact lens-related topics for eye care professionals and educators. This report features 11 papers written by 102 authors from 16 countries and will be the focus of the Virtual Conference.

Register hereView the conference agenda


IACLETOP NEWS

Take part in the final Fellowship Exam workshop

Every month, the IACLE Education Team conduct virtual workshops for members who have registered for the Fellowship Exam. The final session is on Tuesday 5 October at 11.00 am UK time (BST). Professor Craig Woods will provide a step-by-step demonstration of the exam process, explain the rules and requirements of the exam, and answer any questions you may have. 

Catch-up on the latest session here in: English – Chinese – Bahasa – Korean – Spanish

Housekeeping notes for the Fellowship Exam

The Fellowship Exam, taking place on 12 November, will be conducted online via IACLETOP. Members are required to download proctoring software which will run throughout the entirety of the exam. Photo identification, and the name on the identification, must match the name you have registered by, including first name, middle name, and surname. Prior to the exam, we encourage all members to complete the Distance Learning Program (DLP), a self-study program based on the IACLE Contact Lens Course (ICLC), designed to improve their contact lens knowledge. The DLP divides the ICLC into four sections with 12 assessments, all with instant feedback.

We also suggest that members intending to take the Fellowship Exam attend the monthly Fellowship Exam Workshops to prepare as thoroughly as possible for the exam. If you have not yet been contacted by your IACLE Representative about how to attend, we request members to contact them, or reach out to Executive Manager of Global Operations Siobhan Allen.

Access the DLP in English, Chinese, Korean and Spanish


THIS MONTH’S THEMED WEBINARS

Advanced instruments in contact lens practice

We are hosting a global webinar series themed ‘Advanced instruments in contact lens practice’. On 22 September at 12 noon UK (BST), Deborah Jones Clinical Professor at the School of Optometry and Vision Science and Clinical Scientist at the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) at the University of Waterloo in Canada, is hosting a webinar on ‘Biometry in myopia management’. In addition, Prasad Sawant Founder of Sawant Optometry Clinic in Dombivli, India, is hosting a webinar on the topic of ‘External ocular photography’ on 29 September at 12 noon UK (BST).

Catch up on previous webinars in the series:

Assessment of tear film and ocular surface with Dr Keyur Patel

Measuring the anterior ocular surface with Dr Stefan Bandlitz


NEWS IN SEPTEMBER

Image of the Month

Adriana Navarrete, a Visual Health Professional, captured this image using a slit lamp equipped with a Canon EOS Rebel T5i camera with direct and indirect lighting techniques. The 54-year-old patient had previously undergone radial keratotomy and later LASIK. On examination, neovascularization perpendicular to the corneal flap and radial keratotomy incisions were observed. 

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

FIACLE named as Fellow of Royal Society of Canada

We are pleased to announce that FIACLE and Director at the Centre for Ocular Research and Education (CORE) Professor Lyndon Jones has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada’s Class of 2021. Lyndon is among 89 new fellows elected by their peers for outstanding scholarly, scientific, and artistic achievements. 

Read the news article

BCLA President highlights post-pandemic opportunities for ECPs

Neil Retallic (pictured left) has succeeded Indie Grewal (pictured right) as President of the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) following their recent AGM (9 September). Mr Retallic delivered a webinar address themed ‘The person behind the contact lens – through a pandemic and beyond’, focusing on how eye care professionals can prepare themselves for the post-pandemic world.

Read a press release

An update of IACLE policies

We would like to inform our members that we have updated some of our policies relating to the content shared in discussion forums or chat areas, and social media. Please refer to the Content Disclaimer and the Social Media Policy.


MEET A MEMBER

Introducing Professor Ankit Varshney Assistant Professor at Shree Bharatimaiya College of Optometry in Surat, India, specializing in contact lenses and dispensing optics. Ankit says that IACLE’s resources have been beneficial in his contact lens teaching, particularly the new ICLC modules, as they are concise, and students find them easy to understand. ‘Try to give your students all of your knowledge so that they can grow and expand to an extent where novelties can bloom and be implemented to bridge the loopholes that exist in today’s society’, is a top tip from Ankit. In his spare time, Ankit enjoys travelling, reading, and playing cricket. ‘Learn, earn, and return’ is Ankit’s mantra. 

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. 

View Meet a Member infographic

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


RESOURCES

IMI release myopia infographic

The International Myopia Institute have launched a myopia infographic for practitioners based on the IMI White Papers published in 2019 and 2021. The infographic is a valuable public health tool and reference of key myopia management evidence-based information easily accessed by practitioners. 

Access the infographic in EnglishAccess the infographic in Spanish

Reprising the Gothenburg Study

A short communication in Contact Lens and Anterior Eye by Nathan Efron and former IACLE President Debbie Sweeney celebrates the famous 1985 paper that reported the highly influential ‘Gothenburg Study’ results. The study evaluated 27 patients who had worn an extended wear contact lens in one eye only with no lens in the fellow eye for a significant duration of time (about five years on average). This group of wearers allowed the authors to identify important physiological changes to the cornea caused by contact lenses and played a crucial role in establishing a blueprint for contact lens development over the subsequent 30 years – advocating for lenses of greater oxygen transmissibility and more regular replacement. The new paper is a superb reminder of this earlier research project and will greatly interest IACLE members.

Read the paper

Latest update features myopia progression

Jeffrey Walline, Associate Dean for Research at the Ohio State University College of Optometry authors an editorial in the latest Contact Lens Update. ‘Should we control myopia progression or eye growth?’ reviews the increasing prevalence of myopia in young patients and features advice on the need to measure eye growth when managing myopia today. 

Read the editorial.  Sign up to receive Contact Lens Update


COVID-19 RESOURCE

Increased screen time, dry eye, and COVID-19

In this recent editorial, the author warns about increased screen time, reduced blink rate, dry eye, and eventual adverse effects on physical and mental health associated with COVID-19. The most important advice we can give our patients with dry eye symptoms is to be mindful of their use of electronic devices and seek out alternative modalities for working, learning, and socializing where possible.

Read the full text


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR REGIONS?

AMERICAS

Industry session in Latin America

During August, IACLE Americas Regional Coordinator Guillermo Carrillo was invited to speak at a Johnson & Johnson webinar in the Latin American region, focusing on ‘Contact lens fitting in the pandemic’ (19 August). The session reached over 250 eyecare professionals from Mexico. 

Read the full Americas report

ASIA PACIFIC

Students in India sit the Student Trial Exam

In July 2021, FIACLE Ankit Varshney from Shree Bharatimaiya College of Optometry in Surat, India, held the Student Trial Exam (STE). A total of 30 students sat the exam, with a pass rate of 47%. ‘We have found IACLETOP to be a very effective and easy tool to use for both educating students and conducting the Student Trial Exam. From the students’ perspective, sitting the STE was a great experience for them to explore various features. The Student Area provided access to various Case Reports, Flashcards, videos, presentations and much more. Finally, we would like to thank IACLE for creating IACLETOP and making life easy for contact lens educators,’ says Ankit.

Read the full Asia Pacific meeting report

President delivers webinar to AP students and optometrists

The Online Optom Learning Series (OOLS), an online platform conducting weekly webinars ran by IACLE Board Member and FIACLE Fakhruddin Barodawala, invited IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan to deliver a talk on ‘How can we reduce contact lens dropouts?’. Over 70 students and practising optometrists from India, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Mauritius and Jordan, attended the session. 

For more information on upcoming sessions

Dr Raji Mahadevan memorial session

Executive Manager of Global Education Lakshmi Shinde delivered a lecture at Sankara Nethralaya’s 2nd Dr Rajeswari Mahadevan Memorial Scientific Session on ‘IACLE: Scope for advancements in CL education for academicians and practitioners’ (9 September). FIACLE Professor Lyndon Jones Director at Centre for Ocular Research & Education also presented a keynote address on ‘The innovative use of Contact Lenses: Beyond vision correction’. 

More information

EUROPE / AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST

South African university registers for Student Area

We are pleased to announce that the University of Johannesburg has registered its students to the Student Area within IACLETOP for the second year running. The Student Area is a space designed for educators to offer their students a unique teaching space for learning and assessment opportunities. After attending an IACLE webinar for members in Africa, Dr Elizabeth Chetty Lecturer at the university, felt motivated to use the system again in 2021. 

More information on the Student Area in English – Spanish – Korean – Chinese

IACLE at Italian Optometric Society national congress

IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan will deliver a talk titled ‘IACLE: four decades of global contact lens education. What’s next?’ during the contact lens session of the next meeting of the Italian Optometric Society (SOPTI) held between 10-11 October in Bologna, Italy. The meeting is themed ‘Good practice in optometry and contact lenses’.

For more information

IACLE at Vision Plus Academy

From 26-28 October, IACLE Executive Manager of Educational Programs Nilesh Thite and 2017 EAME Educator of the Year and FIACLE Dr Yazan Gammoh are speaking at the Vision Plus Academy’s 3-day scientific event in Dubai. The theme of the exhibition is ‘Vision care in the digital era’, featuring the latest technology and healthcare solutions in optometry. 

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

IACLE TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect) WEBINARS

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

GLOBAL MEETINGS IN COMING MONTHS

  • 8-10 October – SICHT.KONTAKTE Online. Details
  • 10-11 October – Italian Optometric Society (SOPTI), Bologna, Italy. Details
  • 29-30 October – New Zealand Association of Optometrists 90th Annual Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand. Details.
  • 3-6 November – American Academy of Optometry, Boston, USA. Details.

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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IACLE’s Third Virtual Conference

Register now for IACLE’s Virtual Conference ‘Education and Practice: All CLEAR’

We are excited to announce that we are holding a third global Virtual Conference themed ‘Education and Practice: All CLEAR’ on Saturday 23 October from 12 noon until 3pm UK time (BST). In March 2021, the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) released the Contact Lens Evidence-based Academic Reports (CLEAR) to provide the latest research information across a wide range of contact lens-related topics for eye care professional and educators. This report features 11 papers written by 102 authors from 16 countries.

Find out what time the conference begins in your time zone

IACLE’s global Virtual Conference focuses on evidence-based practice and teaching and will include summaries of the most relevant reports. Several authors involved in writing these papers will speak on their areas of expertise. 

Members can join this free virtual event by registering here

The conference will be chaired by IACLE Board Member and FIACLE Dr Byki Huntjens and introduced by IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan

The program features presentations on:

  • Evidence-based practice: Why and how?
  • Ocular response – effect on tears
  • Ocular response – effect on physiology
  • Ocular complications in contact lens wear
  • Going beyond the routine – contact lenses for medical use
  • Going beyond the routine – orthokeratology
  • Going beyond the routine – scleral lenses

PLUS a panel discussion on ‘Future challenges for contact lens educators and potential solutions’, with experts from IACLE’s sponsors.

IACLE Executive Manager of Educational Programs Nilesh Thite says, ‘As evidence continues to remain a buzzword in contact lens practice and education, IACLE’s third Virtual Conference themed ‘Education and Practice: All CLEAR’ will focus on evidence-based practice. We believe that IACLE members worldwide will find the conference very informative and hope that many members benefit from it. We look forward to seeing you there!’

View the conference agenda

For more information

Global Member Newsletter August 2021

MEMBERSHIP PERKS IN AUGUST

Join the President on Facebook live for a special announcement

On Thursday 2 September, IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan and newly elected Board Member Dr Byki Huntjens are hosting a Facebook live to announce the details of an exciting IACLE event coming up in the near future. 

Tune into our Facebook page at 12 noon UK time for the announcement!


IACLETOP UPDATES

Introducing Regional Hubs

We are pleased to announce a new feature within IACLETOP – the Regional Hubs – a language-specific community space to interact and engage with other IACLE colleagues. The Hubs enable members to see who is online, meet with others through the coffee room feature, instant message, share documents and exchange teaching materials. 

Register for the Hubs here

Student Area now available in French

The Student Area, designed for educators to offer their students a unique teaching space for learning and assessment opportunities, is now available in French. The area provides access to the Student Trial Exam, online classrooms, and a space to develop your own teaching material. 

For more information on the Student Area

July global webinar series available now

In July, the theme for our global webinar series was ‘Grow your contact lens practice’. We heard from four international experts, Brian TompkinsRakesh KapoorNick Howard, and Caroline Christie, who gave great insights into the topic. The complete series is available to view on IACLETOP through the Webinars tab.

Catch up on the webinars:

Business aspects of CL practice – Aftercare visits: Why, when and how – Maximize your potential with soft CLs – Managing presbyopia with soft CLs 

Prepare for the Fellowship Exam

Each month, we conduct virtual workshops for members who have registered for the Fellowship Exam, with the topic changing each month. The next session is on Tuesday 7 September at 11 am UK time (BST) where members can receive advice from a current FIACLE and chat with IACLE’s Vice President Dr Shehzad Naroo. We encourage all members sitting the exam to accept their invite to access the Fellowship Exam Area within IACLETOP to help you prepare as thoroughly as possible.

Members registered for the Fellowship Exam can catch up on previous sessions here


THIS MONTH’S THEMED WEBINARS

Advanced instruments in contact lens practice

IACLE is hosting a global webinar series themed ‘Advanced instruments in contact lens practice’ throughout August and September. Dr Keyur Patel began the series with a talk on ‘Assessment of tear film and ocular surface’ (11 August). Tune into the next webinar of the series on 25 August at 12 noon UK (BST) hosted by Dr Stefan Bandlitz on ‘Measuring the anterior ocular surface’.

View the webinar schedule in IACLETOP


NEWS IN AUGUST

Image of the Month

Dr Atanu Samanta from Nagar School of Optometry in Ahmedabad, India, captured the above images using a OnePlus 6 mobile phone using a 9mp camera sensor under slit lamp diffuse illumination. The 28-year-old RGP lens wearer complained of ocular irritation whilst wearing the nine-month-old lenses. On slit lamp examination, the lens was found to be chipped on the edge with protein and lipid deposits on the front surface. In addition, corneal abrasions were observed on surface examination with fluorescein. 

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

EAME Regional President steps down

A member since 1992 and a Fellow of IACLE since 1996, Judith Morris steps down as Europe / Africa / Middle East Regional President. Throughout her 21 years working with IACLE, Judith enjoyed giving input into the growing number of available resources. When Judith was relatively new to teaching, she found the curriculum and slides, especially the images, invaluable, and wishes they had been around when she was starting her career. Judith reflects on her IACLE journey and says, ‘My most fond memories are the people and colleagues I have worked with or known through my involvement with IACLE over the many years. I’ve got to spend time with many colleagues in my region who I hold in high regard. But more importantly, I have enjoyed the many dinners around the world where the subject is not necessarily contact lenses but life in general; those evenings are my fondest memories’.

IACLE reports great year in 2020 Activity Summary

At the close of 2020, IACLE’s membership consisted of 731 members from 74 countries, and more than two fifths of members (41%) were Fellows of IACLE. In June 2020, we introduced the TLC Initiative to supplement IACLE’s existing educational activities during the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic where the total attendance at our virtual webinars was 10,200. 

Read the 2020 Activity Summary

2021 Annual General Meeting

In May 2021, IACLE held its first-ever virtual Annual General Meeting. The IACLE Board and the membership approved several motions including the 2019 meeting minutes, IACLE’s new By-Laws and the financial statements. 

Read the full meeting minutes


MEET A MEMBER

Introducing Professor Ankit Varshney Assistant Professor at Shree Bharatimaiya College of Optometry in Surat, India, specializing in contact lenses and dispensing optics. Ankit says that IACLE’s resources have been beneficial in his contact lens teaching, particularly the new ICLC modules, as they are concise, and students find them easy to understand. ‘Try to give your students all of your knowledge so that they can grow and expand to an extent where novelties can bloom and be implemented to bridge the loopholes that exist in today’s society’, is a top tip from Ankit. In his spare time, Ankit enjoys travelling, reading, and playing cricket. ‘Learn, earn, and return’ is Ankit’s mantra. 

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

Contact lens journals see rise in impact factor

Two major journals specializing in publishing contact lens-related research have seen an increase in a key metric that estimates their reach and importance in the field. New data from the science analytics company Clarivate reports that the ‘impact factor’ for the journal Contact Lens and Anterior Eye increased from 2.578 in 2019 to 3.077 in 2020. Over this same period, the impact factor for Eye and Contact Lens rose from 1.521 to 2.018. These scores rank the journals in 25th and 42nd position, respectively, from 62 journals within the ophthalmology category.


COVID-19 RESOURCE

Effectiveness of 0.01% atropine for myopia control during lockdown

Erdinest et al retrospectively analysed data of 14 children who had been under effective myopia control before the pandemic and who then were socially restricted from March 2020 to March 2021. The increase in axial length during the lockdown phase was much greater than that seen during the pre-pandemic period and suggests a possible significant impact of the environment on myopia increase even in individuals under effective atropine treatment. 

Access the journal


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR REGIONS?

AMERICAS

Colombian universities join IACLETOP

Two institutions in Colombia have recently joined IACLETOP. The Americas Regional Office held a meeting with Sandra Guerrero Dean of the Optometry School at Universidad Santo Tomas in Bogotá, Colombia, and postgraduate contact lens educators. It was proposed that the university would encourage new contact lens educators to become members of IACLE to gain access to the Student Area within IACLETOP and for their students to sit the Student Trial Exam

Read the full Americas report

ASIA PACIFIC

Showcasing IACLE resources at Chinese university

IACLE China National Coordinator Professor Wang Haiying visited the Medical College at Panzhihua University in China and met with the Dean of the Eye Hospital Professor Zhou, the Director of the Department Lu Zhi Xia and faculty member Yi Zhuo Zheng. Haiying introduced IACLE to the Head of the Department and encouraged the faculty to become members of IACLE. The session focused on IACLE resources, educational projects and new developments, mainly IACLETOP, as well as the Student Trial Exam

Read the full Asia Pacific report

EUROPE / AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST

Update from a member in Iran

Ali Reza Jafari from the Basir Eye Center in Tehran, Iran, has been involved in contact lens training for over 20 years. Ali conducts regular training sessions, both theoretical and practical, at Basir Eye Center and the Iranian Society of Optometry and since being a member of IACLE uses the IACLE Contact Lens Course. Ali recently provided training to optometrists interested in contact lenses in the Golestan Province.

BCLA announces Presidential Address

The British Contact Lens Association has announced that Neil Retallic Global Professional Services Manager for Menicon, will take over as President from Indie Grewal after the BCLA’s AGM on 7 September. He will deliver his Presidential Address ‘The person behind the contact lens – through a pandemic and beyond’ as his first duty as President. 

Read the press release


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

IACLE TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect) WEBINARS

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

GLOBAL MEETINGS IN COMING MONTHS

  • 4 September – 49th European Contact Lens and Ocular Surface Congress (ECLSO), online symposium. Details.
  • 8-10 October – SICHT.KONTAKTE Online. Details
  • 29-30 October – New Zealand Association of Optometrists 90th Annual Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand. Details.
  • 3-6 November – American Academy of Optometry, Boston, USA. Details.

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 – New Regional Directors

IACLE introduces the new Regional Directors

We are pleased to announce that IACLE has three new Regional Directors to provide strategic advice and oversight for their regions. They are Dr Kah Ooi Tan for the Asia Pacific region, Professor Martín Edisson Giraldo Mendivelso for the Americas region and Dr Fabrizio Zeri for the EAME region. The IACLE Team are delighted to welcome the new Regional Directors to their roles and are excited to work alongside them in the coming years.

Asia Pacific Regional Director

Dr Kah Ooi Tan was first involved with IACLE in the early 1990s when IACLE began developing teaching materials and establishing resource centres in the Asia Pacific region. He believes his IACLE journey during this time enriched both his knowledge and skills in his subsequent careers in the contact lens industry. Kah Ooi is Co-Founder and Director of Business Development at nthalmic in Sydney, Australia, with 25 years of experience in professional services, clinical affairs, and marketing to business management in the vision care industry and academia. Some of Kah Ooi’s current roles include President of the Asia Optometric Management Academy, Chairman, Advisory Council of the Asia Optometric Congress, and Visiting Professor at Management and Science University in Malaysia. Kah Ooi is most looking forward to extending IACLE’s reach to more institutions, training centres, hospitals, and optometric practice groups, particularly with CLEAR, the evidence-based approach to contact lens practice. ‘I used to play all sorts of sports, including sepak takraw and soccer. I was a goalkeeper representing the optometry student team during my university days. I wore my spectacles for the first match (contact lenses were too expensive for me). We lost that match. I managed to ‘loan’ a pair of trial contact lenses from the optometry department for my subsequent matches, and we came runner-up in that year!’ recalls Kah Ooi. 


Americas Regional Director

Professor Martín Edisson Giraldo Mendivelso is a former Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year Award recipient. Martín aims to increase the level of contact lens education, support research, and achieve better communication with industry and academia in his region while in his role as Americas Regional Director. Martín graduated and received his Master’s from Universidad de La Salle in Colombia and is a specialist in anterior segment and contact lenses at Santo Tomás University in Bogotá, Colombia. Martín says he is a dreamer and enthusiastic and wishes to transform utopia into reality. ‘I want humans to change the way they think through my dedication and service’, says Martín. 


Europe / Africa – Middle East Regional Director

Dr Fabrizio Zeri is a researcher and lecturer at the University of Milano Bicocca in Milan, Italy, and a visiting research fellow at Aston University in Birmingham, UK. ‘IACLE was extremely important in my career as a contact lens educator, especially in the first years of teaching. The possibility of accessing the contact lens course and meeting other educators around Europe to discuss and compare teaching methods was of paramount importance’, says Fabrizio. He looks forward to the opportunity as EAME Regional Director to meet the new generations of contact lens educators in his region and support them to create the future of contact lens teaching. In his spare time, Fabrizio enjoys discovering masterpieces in his home city of Rome on how our brain works in terms of visual perception ‘which is something that art can reveal’.


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Special Notice – Regional Hubs

IACLETOP launches Regional Hubs

We are pleased to announce a new feature within IACLETOP – the Regional Hubs – a language-specific community space to interact and engage with other IACLE colleagues.
The Hubs enable members to see who is online, meet with others through the coffee room feature, instant message, share documents and exchange teaching materials.

The Regional Hubs are available in English, Bahasa, Chinese, Korean and Spanish.

To access the Regional Hubs, please register through this link.

If you have any further queries, please contact us at iacle@iacle.org.

Please refer to IACLE’s Policies to see how this platform is used. 


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Special Notice – Fellowship Exam & FIACLE Status

Read in: Spanish – Korean – Bahasa – Chinese

Fellowship Exam and FIACLE status information

For members considering sitting this year’s Fellowship Examination, please note the following points about the process:

  • The exam is exclusively available to IACLE members
  • A successful outcome of the exam qualifies members to apply to become a Fellow of IACLE (FIACLE), provided they have held IACLE membership for at least one year and meet the terms and conditions
  • FIACLE status is approved by IACLE’s Board of Directors
  • The FIACLE status is valid for three years before a member must apply to renew their status
  • This year’s Fellowship Exam will be hosted on IACLETOP, where you can also find helpful resources to assist you in the preparation of the exam 
  • The exam is based on the content of the IACLE Contact Lens Course (ICLC)
  • Members are encouraged to prepare by completing the Distance Learning Program

For an IACLE member to be awarded Fellow of IACLE (FIACLE) status, they must:

  • Have successfully completed the Fellowship Exam
  • Hold IACLE membership for at least one year
  • Continue to qualify as an IACLE member
  • Be a financial member (fees are paid up to date)
  • Promote IACLE educational goals and objectives
  • Continue to contribute to contact lens education
  • Participate in programs that advance contact lens education
  • Renew their FIACLE status every three years by completing a ‘Declaration of Participation’ form

To register for the Fellowship Exam, or if you have any further questions, please contact your IACLE Representative.

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Global Member Newsletter July 2021

MEMBERSHIP PERKS IN JULY

Prepare for the Fellowship Exam with our monthly workshops

We are conducting monthly virtual workshops for members who have registered for the Fellowship Exam, with the topic changing each month. The sessions will run up until the exam. In July’s session, Professor Craig Woods held a Q&A session (6 July) and explained how to use discussions, announcements, and the chat feature. He also gave two examples of how cases would be displayed in the exam. The next session on 3 August will review the Distance Learning Program.

Members registered for the Fellowship Exam can catch up on the sessions here

Utilize IACLE programs and resources with your students

After registering, IACLE members have access to a dedicated Student Area within IACLETOP. The area is designed for educators to offer their students a unique teaching space for learning and assessment opportunities. The Student Area has the tools to allow educators to produce individual teaching content and assessments while streamlining and integrating IACLE resources (which are available in this area) into their teaching. In addition, student data is stored safely, and for your use only.

For more information on the Student Area


IACLETOP UPDATES

‘How to’ videos introduced to IACLETOP

The Education Team have developed instructional videos to visually demonstrate how to use certain aspects of IACLETOP, available to view through IACLE’s YouTube channel and our website. The videos explain how to log inmodify the Dashboard, the Student Area (highly recommended for those who teach) and how to access the IACLE Library.

Access the videos here


THIS MONTH’S THEMED WEBINARS

Grow your contact lens practice

Throughout July, IACLE is hosting four global webinars focusing on growing contact lens practices. Brian Tompkins began the series with ‘Business aspects of contact lens practice’. Nick Howard is hosting a webinar on ‘Maximize your potential with soft contact lenses’, with an introduction by Alcon, IACLE Platinum Sponsor, on Wednesday 21 July. Finally, Caroline Christie is presenting ‘Managing presbyopia with soft contact lenses’, with an introduction by CooperVision, IACLE Gold Sponsor, on Wednesday 28 July

Catch up on the webinars via IACLETOP


NEWS IN JUNE

Announcing the new Officers of the Association

We are pleased to announce the new officer roles for the Association. The Board has elected Professor Philip Morgan as President with Dr Shehzad Naroo moving to the Vice President position. As well as this, Dr Etty Bitton has been elected as Treasurer / Secretary. In addition to these three named officer positions, the IACLE Board also include three newly-elected Directors – Dr Renée ReederDr Byki Huntjens and Fakhruddin Barodawala. IACLE also has three new Regional Directors – Fabrizio Zeri, EAME Regional Director, Kah Ooi Tan, Asia Pacific Regional Director, and Martín Giraldo, Americas Regional Director. 

Look out for a Special Notice with more information

Image of the Month

Suraj Kumar Chaurasiya from the C.L. Gupta Eye Institute in Moradabad, India, captured this image using a Redmi Note 7 AI mobile phone. A 38-year-old patient complained of discomfort and foreign body sensation with his contact lenses, along with an elevated mass near the nasal limbus in the right eye for three months. The patient had used extended wear contact lenses for high myopia for a long period of time and was diagnosed with ocular surface squamous neoplasia (OSSN).

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Malaysian member awarded Honorary Membership

Dr Sharanjeet Kaur began her teaching career in 1986 at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in Bangi, Malaysia. In 1995, she founded a resource centre at UKM using IACLE resources and was appointed the first coordinator for the centre, named ‘UKM-IACLE Resource Centre’. Although Sharanjeet would love to continue teaching, residents in Malaysia who reach 60 years of age must take mandatory retirement. Sharanjeet has held IACLE membership for 27 years and due to this and her retirement, IACLE awards her with Honorary Membership. ‘The resources provided by IACLE are very helpful and up to date. I am truly happy to be a part of the organization’, says Sharanjeet. 


MEET A MEMBER

Introducing Feiruz Hamid Umar Bahasywen (pictured above), a junior lecturer at STIKes Binalita Sudama Medan in Indonesia, specializing in contact lenses and binocular vision. Feiruz Hamid Umar wanted to be an optometrist since she was nine years old due to regularly accompanying her sister, who works in patching therapy for amblyopia. She believes IACLE has helped her expand her knowledge, especially in the complications surrounding contact lenses. IACLE has been her ‘go-to resource’ to find information about contact lenses as there are very few journals and articles in Indonesia due to the limited amounts of people who specialize in contact lenses. ‘I believe teaching is a work of love. Those who teach with love will teach children to love learning, and that’s all that matters’, says Feiruz Hamid Umar.

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

FIACLE elected as Chief Scientist at IMI

FIACLE Professor James Wolffsohn has accepted a new position of Chief Scientist of the International Myopia Institute (IMI), following the retirement of Professor Earl Smith. ‘We look forward to working with Professor Wolffsohn to further the mission of the IMI in advancing research, education and awareness in myopia to reduce future vision impairment and blindness,” said IMI Executive Director Dr Monica Jong.

Read the press release

Latest Contact Lens Update features the BCLA CLEAR Report

Dr Manbir Nagra optometrist, educator, and researcher based in the UK, authors an editorial in the latest Contact Lens Update titled ‘The CLEAR reports – clarity, consensus, and cogitation’. The report is a valuable resource for eye care practitioners to assist with evidence-based practice.

Read the editorial


COVID-19 RESOURCE

In this recent survey-based study, Saldanha et al reported responses of over 380 adults with dry eye who spent more time at home during the pandemic than before. The authors conclude that COVID-19 pandemic-related eye strain may impact symptoms, performance, and ultimately employment, especially for those with moderate dry eye.

Read the full text


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR REGIONS?

AMERICAS

Latin American members assist with ICLC2020

A group of IACLE members from Mexico, Argentina and Perú are currently reviewing the 2015 versions of the IACLE Contact Lens Course (ICLC). The members will complete the translations by the end of July to prepare for the Fellowship Exam, taking place on 12 November.

Read the full Americas report

ASIA PACIFIC

IACLE at AOCLE

Executive Manager of Global Education Lakshmi Shinde presented at this year’s Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators (AOCLE) meeting, discussing various aspects of IACLETOP and how it is useful for educators and their students. IACLE Secretary / Treasurer Dr Etty Bitton and Lakshmi also spoke about IACLE’s Image of the Month initiative. In addition, multiple educators from universities around the globe attended this year’s virtual meeting. 

Read AOCLE’s latest newsletter

Indonesia host industry session

The American Academy of Optometry in Surabaya, Indonesia, conducted an industry session where Johnson & Johnson presented a session on contact lens operating procedures and how to fit toric lenses (9 June). Johnson & Johnson also presented an interactive session on Acuvue products.

Read the full Asia Pacific report

EUROPE / AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST

IACLE at the BCLA

IACLE had a prominent presence at this year’s BCLA Virtual Clinical Conference with our officers and staff members acting as chairs, moderators, and speakers. Professor Philip Morgan presented ‘Effect of lens materials and design on the anatomy and physiology of the eye’, Dr Shehzad Naroo led the ‘CLAE Journal Highlights 2021-21’ discussion, and Nilesh Thite and Lakshmi Shinde discussed ‘Threats and opportunities for future contact lens practice’. Nilesh also delivered a talk titled ‘Proactive contact lens prescribing – which approach is more effective?’ Professor Craig Woods hosted the ‘Why journal Special Issues are ideal for clinicians’ session and the ’40 years of soft lenses history’ quiz.

‘De Tafel van 4’ in the Netherlands

A new series of the contact lens talk show ‘De Tafel van 4’ was recorded at Kanaal 30 in Utrecht in the Netherlands. Bausch + Lomb organized the internet broadcast series in cooperation with the Dutch magazine EyeLine. FIACLE Dr Eef van der Worp chaired the session, FIACLE Henri Eek was part of the ‘Table’ guests, and the broadcast also featured FIACLE and 2021 EAME Educator of the Year Dr Byki Huntjens live from London, UK. 

Watch the series on YouTube


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

IACLE TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect) WEBINARS

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

GLOBAL MEETINGS IN COMING MONTHS

  • 4 September – European Contact Lens and Ocular Surface Congress (online symposium). Details.
  • 29-30 October – New Zealand Association of Optometrists 90th Annual Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand. Details.
  • 3-6 November – American Academy of Optometry, Boston, USA. Details.

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 


IACLE IS SPONSORED BY

Ophtecs New Bronze Sponsor

IACLE announces Ophtecs as a new sponsor

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) has a new Bronze Sponsor – Ophtecs Corporation, a contact lens care solution manufacturer based in Japan.

IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan welcomed the Association’s new sponsor, saying, ‘It’s fantastic news for IACLE and our members that we welcome Ophtecs as a new sponsor. The sponsors are an integral part of IACLE activity, and the Executive Board regularly speak with our sponsor colleagues to update them on our work, and to discuss issues facing our members. With this in mind, we look forward to working with our colleagues at Ophtecs and all our sponsors to continue our work towards IACLE’s mission of developing outstanding contact lens educators.’

Founded in 1981, Ophtecs aims to provide comfortable lens wear for all types of contact lens wearers. This has led to the company developing unique and innovative contact lens care solutions which are distributed in over 15 countries. The company’s corporate mission is to ‘Contribute to the Global Ophthalmic Field’ and they continue to develop new products by having the care for contact lens wearers at heart.

CEO and President of Ophtecs Joe Yoneda commented, ‘We are very excited to be a part of IACLE’s activities and we look forward to working closely with the Association.’

CTO and Executive Director Mr Fumio Saito said, ‘We are happy and honoured to be a part of this worldwide organization. We are looking forward to working with IACLE and its members for a long time.’ IACLE Vice President Dr Shehzad Naroo also said, ‘IACLE is very pleased to announce our new sponsor. Ophtecs are a provider of contact lens care products based in Japan with a global reach. This comes at an exciting time for IACLE as we start our plans to grow our membership and develop more educational resources. Partnerships like this are the key to our success.’

For media enquiries please contact:

Amelia Morgan 
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Leeds | United Kingdom
Email: amelia@ameliamorgan.org
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NOTES FOR EDITORS

  1. Click here for more details on IACLE’s sponsors.
  2. Dr Shehzad Naroo is Reader at Aston University in Birmingham, UK.
  3. Professor Philip Morgan is Head of Optometry at University of Manchester, UK.

Information on all IACLE activities and membership 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 731 active members in 74 countries (as of December 2020) 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 Ophtecs and Donor Sponsor Euclid. 

ABOUT OPHTECS

Founded in 1981, Ophtecs aspires to contribute to the comfortable contact lens wear for all types of wearers. This desire has driven the company to develop unique and innovative contact lens care solutions, distributed in over 15 countries. Ophtecs’ corporate mission is to ‘Contribute to the Global Ophthalmic Field’. To achieve this, they open their doors to the global market and continue to research and develop new products by having the care for contact lens wearers at heart. Ophtecs is the only company in Japan with a specialized research and development facility for contact lens care products. Their well-equipped team is continuously researching the disinfection and the cleaning of contact lenses. The company’s R&D department collects feedback from the market and passes it onto the product development team to meet the needs of consumers. They also work closely with ophthalmologists in various research areas. Different products are designed and developed, from contact lens care products to improve eye health to products such as OTC and pharmaceutical eye drops. Ophtecs have created evolutionary products – they developed the world’s first contact lens care products using Povidone Iodine. Ophtecs develops, manufactures and sells all products lines at their own factories.

Special Notice – New Board of Director Positions

IACLE appoints new Board of Director positions

We are pleased to announce the new officer roles for the Association. Professor Philip Morgan has been elected by the Board as President with Dr Shehzad Naroo moving to the Vice President position. Dr Etty Bitton has been elected as Treasurer / Secretary. In addition to these three named officer positions, the IACLE Board also include three newly-elected Directors – Dr Renée ReederDr Byki Huntjens and Fakhruddin Barodawala.

Professor Philip Morgan commented, ‘It is a great honor to have been elected as IACLE President and I’m truly grateful to the Board for this opportunity. I have been a member of IACLE for 28 years and I have experienced at first hand the positive impact of the Association on my own contact lens teaching. I was very fortunate to be able to attend the first IACLE World Congress at the University of Waterloo in 1994 and the incredible experience of that meeting meant I have been a keen advocate of the Association ever since. I’m excited to have the opportunity to serve as President; I believe that IACLE is a unique and precious organization, and I look forward to working alongside our staff, Board and sponsors to deliver our global mission.’

IACLE IS SPONSORED BY

Special Notice – New Sponsor Ophtecs

IACLE announces Ophtecs as a new sponsor

We are pleased to announce that IACLE has a new Bronze Sponsor – Ophtecs Corporation, a contact lens care solution manufacturer based in Japan. 

Founded in 1981, Ophtecs aspires to contribute to the comfortable contact lens wear for all types of wearers. This desire has driven the company to develop unique and innovative contact lens care solutions, distributed in over 15 countries. Ophtecs’ corporate mission is to ‘Contribute to the Global Ophthalmic Field’. To achieve this, they open their doors to the global market and continue to research and develop new products by having the care for contact lens wearers at heart. 

CEO and President of Ophtecs Joe Yoneda commented, ‘We are very excited to be a part of IACLE’s activities and we look forward to working closely with the Association.’

Mr Fumio Saito CTO and Executive Director said, ‘We are happy and honoured to be a part of this worldwide organization. We are looking forward to working with IACLE and its members for a long time.’

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo welcomed our new sponsor, saying, ‘IACLE is very pleased to announce our new sponsor. Ophtecs are a provider of contact lens care products based in Japan with a global reach. This comes at an exciting time for IACLE as we start our plans to grow our membership and develop more educational resources. Partnerships like this are the key to our success.’

IACLE Vice President Professor Philip Morgan also said, ‘It’s fantastic news for IACLE and our members that we welcome Ophtecs as a new sponsor. The sponsors are an integral part of IACLE, and the Executive Board regularly speak with our sponsor colleagues to update them on our activities, and to discuss issues facing our members. With this in mind, we look forward to working with our colleagues at Ophtecs and all our sponsors to continue our work towards IACLE’s mission of developing outstanding contact lens educators.’

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