Special Notice – Membership Renewal

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From this year we are making changes to the membership renewal process to ensure exclusive access to full benefits for our paid-up members. In 2021, we’ll be adding even more benefits to support our members and bring you together.

This year has been a difficult time for us all. In response we’ve added many essential member-only benefits to supplement our existing educational activities:

• Our Teaching Online Platform IACLETOP, developed using the Canvas system

• More than 40 multilingual recorded live webinars, available to view via IACLETOP

• The IACLE Contact Lens Course (ICLC), your essential resource to deliver a comprehensive contact lens curriculum, is now on IACLETOP

• The IACLE Flashcards, to support the delivery of students’ practical skills

• The Student Trial Exam (STE), conducted by members online for final-year students

• The IACLE Case Report Series, a growing collection of interactive case reports in new formats for IACLETOP

To support you as the recovery from the pandemic continues, we’ll be extending our successful TLC Initiative into 2021 and adding further valuable benefits:

• A new program of weekly live webinars on a global, regional or national basis

• The IACLE Contact Lens Course will be exclusively available via IACLETOP, with more translations into core and other languages

• The Fellowship Exam will take place in 2021 via IACLETOP, with preparation assistance through the platform

• A second Virtual Conference in April 2021

• Educators will be able to develop their own learning environment on IACLETOP

To ensure your exclusive access to all these membership benefits, we have a new renewal schedule:

• Annual invoices will be sent out to existing members in November

• Payment of your annual membership renewal fee is due before 1 January

• 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

Read our Membership Terms & Conditions

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo commented, ‘As a member of IACLE, you are part of our worldwide community dedicated to the highest standards of contact lens education, using the latest platforms and up-to-date content. The contact lens field is rapidly changing, as are the ways the subject is taught. IACLE is committed to ensuring educators have the best tools to undertake this role.’

Your active participation in IACLE is important to us

Thank you for being a member and for your continued support

Read more about the Teach. Learn. Connect. Initiative

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Global Member Newsletter November 2020

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WHAT’S NEW AT IACLE

NEW Vitamin D and time outdoors discussed in myopia webinar

Professor Nicola Logan (pictured) was first to speak in our Myopia Management themed Global Webinar Series, discussing behavioural changes that affect the progression and development of myopia, including the role of Vitamin D and outdoor activities. The next webinar in the series will be hosted by Professor Mark Bullimore from the University of Houston, USA on ‘Contact lenses for myopia control’ (17 November). 

View the full series agendaCatch up on Nicola’s talk through IACLETOP

NEW Certificates of completion for Case Report Series

The IACLE Case Report Series has been refreshed and transformed into a new format for IACLETOP, with each series containing several case reports designed to support a self-directed learning experience for members. In a first for IACLE, certificates are awarded when a case series is complete. 

More info on the Case Report Series

NEW Dutch member awarded Lifetime FIACLE

An IACLE member for 15 years, and showing great support to the Association, Ruud van’t Pad Bosch (pictured) has been awarded Emeritus Membership, due to his retirement, and Lifetime FIACLE status. After Ruud’s optometry career began in 1977, he soon realised that contact lenses would be his field of expertise. Joining Bausch + Lomb in 1990, he combined his work as an educator with a role in the industry as a Professional Services Manager. Ruud said after discovering IACLE and its philosophies, it fit him ‘like a glove’. He believes sharing knowledge, promoting education and finding new ways of teaching is in line with his beliefs. 

‘The potential of contact lenses is enormous and being part of the IACLE membership is a great tool to provide the best in teaching. Contact lenses are alive and kicking! The best is yet to come!’, said Ruud. 

More information on the IACLE Fellowship Program

Coming soon: call for entries for 2021 IACLE Awards

Plans for the 2021 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards and IACLE Travel Awards are nearing completion. Presentations of the 2020 awards were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Winners for both years will attend events in 2021 to receive their awards if travel restrictions allow. The Educator Awards are sponsored by CooperVision and the Travel Awards by all our Industry Sponsors.

Look out for our 2021 Awards announcement

Renew your membership to receive all IACLE benefits

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

MEET A MEMBER

Introducing Dr Stefan Bandlitz, Senior Lecturer at Höhere Fachschule für Augenoptik Köln (Cologne School of Optometry) and researcher at the Anterior Eye Research Group at Aston University, Birmingham, UK. Stefan is a real contact lens fan, with over 20 years’ fitting experience. In 15 years of teaching and researching, his aim has been to make his students contact lens lovers. Stefan says IACLE is a great resource for teaching and the IACLE Contact Lens Course has well designed, informative slides which he has integrated into his everyday contact lens lectures. ‘Since I had the opportunity to study optometry in three different countries, I would encourage any young optometry student to broaden their horizons by studying abroad’.

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

IMAGE OF THE MONTH

Restoration of binocular vision and cosmetic appearance

Dr Atanu Samanta from Nagar School of Optometry in Ahmedabad, India captured this image using a OnePlus 6 mobile phone and a 9MP camera sensor using a slit lamp with diffuse illumination. The patient faced difficulty in both distance and near vision due to a road accident, and also reported ‘black spots around the white area of the eye’ since birth. Restoration of binocular vision and cosmetic appearance of the iris tear and scleral nevus of Ota was done using a customized large diameter soft prosthetic contact lens with tinted iris and central refractive correction. 

We encourage all members to submit images to Image of the Month. At the end of each year, a range of images are chosen to create an annual IACLE Image Collection and Image of the Year is announced each December.

Submit your image

RESOURCES

Dry eye lecture completes ICLC in Chinese

An additional lecture from ICLC2015 on ‘Dry eye and contact lenses’ (D4) has been translated into Chinese, completing the whole course. The ICLC2015 is available in various languages to access through IACLETOP and via Member Login

Access ICLC2015 in Chinese

IACLE members receive 15% discount on textbook

A textbook written by IACLE member Daddi Fadel that describes in detail the issues and complications that can arise when fitting scleral lenses is available for IACLE members to purchase with a discounted rate of 15% off. 

Follow the link and use code ‘IACLE15’ to receive the discount

GMS sessions available online

The Global Myopia Symposium (GMS) virtual conference, solely focused on myopia and its management, is now available to watch on-demand until 26 December. FIACLE Professor Lyndon Jones from the University of Waterloo was among the presenters at the symposium (25-26 September).

Access the sessions

Latest update features scleral lens review

Dr Melissa Barnett from the University of California, USA authors an editorial in the latest Contact Lens Update, which features scleral lenses. ‘Current and future applications’ reviews current topics, new research and diagnostic lens disinfection guidelines for sclerals. Contact Lens Update is published by the Centre for Research & Education (CORE) in Canada.

Read the editorialSign up to receive Contact Lens Update

CooperVision releases contact lens survey results

CooperVision commissioned a survey among more than 35,000 consumers in Germany, UK, Japan, Spain and USA, designed to learn more about the deeper and emotional benefits gained from wearing contact lenses. The results demonstrated not only the benefits of wearing lenses, but also the high expectations patients have of their eye care professionals. Read the full survey results

FTC makes changes to the Contact Lens Rule

In the US, the Federal Trade Commission has amended the Contact Lens Rule that requires prescribers to give patients a copy of their contact lens prescription at the end of the contact lens fitting, even if the patient does not ask for it. A patient who wants to buy contact lenses from another seller, may give the prescription to that seller. The seller must get the prescription details from the patient and send to a prescriber to verify before selling the lenses. The rule went into effect on 16 October. For more information

COVID-19 RESOURCES

Mask associated dry eye

An infographic from the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) on the newly identified condition ‘Mask associated dry eye’ is now available to download in 32 languages, including Russian.

Access the infographic

COVID-19 pandemic-driven innovations in optometric education

Effects of the pandemic on optometric education in the US, and clinical innovations such as telehealth and alternative care settings. 

Read the full text

Myopia epidemic post-Coronavirus disease 2019

Implications for the prevalence of childhood myopia of prolonged hours of near activity without outdoor activities during the pandemic. Read the journal

GLOBAL UPDATE

AMERICAS

Latin America hosts industry radio show

IACLE’s Americas Regional Coordinator, Guillermo Carrillo, explored ‘The impact of COVID-19 on the Latin American contact lens market’ in monthly radio show, with industry representatives from AlconCooperVisionJohnson & Johnson Vision Care Mexico and Bausch + Lomb (28 October). Recorded programs can be listened to on-demand.

Read the Americas report

Academy stays At Home for annual meeting

Around 6,400 delegates from 55 countries registered for the American Academy of Optometry’s first-ever virtual meeting, Academy 2020 At Home (7-22 October). While myopia and its management was the most prominent theme, the meeting covered a broad range of contact lens topics. Delegates can access the event virtually on-demand until 31 December. 

Read the full Academy at Home meeting report

GSLS to be held virtually in 2021

The Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS), focusing on the successful management of ocular conditions using specialty contact lenses, is holding its next event as a virtual meeting, on 21-23 January 2021. Netherlands-based FIACLE Dr Eef van der Worp is on the GSLS program committee. 

Read more information

ASIA PACIFIC

Over the past month, Asia Pacific Coordinators across the region have demonstrated various programs and resources that educators gain through IACLE membership, such as our Learning Management System, IACLETOP, the IACLE Contact Lens Course, the Student Trial Exam and the Case Report Series

Read the full Asia Pacific report

AOC to take place as virtual meeting

The 2020 Asia Optometric Congress (AOC) will now take place as a virtual conference (eAOC2020) on 18-19 November. It is free to register for the event, and it will be simultaneously translated into Chinese, Korean, Thai and Vietnamese. The next AOC, 2021 – A New Vision, is scheduled for 9-10 June 2021.

Register for eAOC2020

EUROPE / AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST

BCLA holds first online-only conference and exhibition

The British Contact Lens Association’s BCLA UK event took place solely online for the first time, made possible by live streaming technology that enabled eye care professionals to tune in from across the globe (8 November). Confidence in fitting myopia patients with contact lenses and managing dry eye disease were some of the themes discussed at the conference.

Read a full report next month

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

The following meetings are among those that have new dates in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic:
13-15 November – American Academy of Ophthalmology – Virtual Meeting. Details
18-19 November – 2020 Asia Optometric Congress (eAoc2020) – Virtual Meeting. Details

Key date for early 2021:
21-23 January 2021 – The Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS) – Virtual Meeting. Details

Look out for a full list of major meetings taking place in 2021 in next month’s Global Member Newsletter.

Access the IACLE Events Calendar

Global Meetings and Events Schedule

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Myopia webinars now available on IACLETOP

International speakers join global webinars on myopia

Translations: Chinese (simplified) Español

Our next global webinar series begins on Tuesday 3 November with ‘Myopia development and its progression’, presented by Professor Nicola Logan (pictured far left) from Aston University, Birmingham, UK. We will also hear from international experts (l-r) Professor Padmaja SankaridurgProfessor Mark Bullimore and Dr Kate Gifford every Tuesday throughout November. Members can watch the series live online via Zoom (login details will be issued to paid up members via our TLC Monthly November e-notice), or through our Facebook page. The full agenda can be found below.

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo commented ‘Following the success of our first Virtual Conference last month, the upcoming webinar series aims to help understand the mechanisms of myopia, the effects it can have on the eye, its progression and the methods to control it. Ophthalmic practitioners and researchers from around the world would agree that understanding myopia is one of the challenges we face in our field today. Those involved in training the next generation of contact lens practitioners play a vital role in ensuring their students have the confidence and ability to manage myopia.’

Date3 November at 12:00 noon (GMT)
Topic: Myopia development and its progression
Speaker: Professor Nicola LoganAston University, Birmingham, UK

Date10 November at 10:00 am (GMT)
Topic: Methods of controlling myopia
SpeakerProfessor Padmaja SankaridurgUniversity of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Date17 November at 12:00 noon (GMT)
Topic: Contact lenses for myopia control
SpeakerProfessor Mark BullimoreUniversity of Houston, Texas, USA

Date24 November at 10:00 am (GMT)
Topic: Bringing myopia control to practice
SpeakerDr Kate GiffordMyopia Profile, Brisbane, Australia

Member feedback from our Virtual Conference

“I really enjoyed the conference overall. There were many practical tips that I can implement within my teaching practice.”

“I enjoyed the event and having these events twice a year would be good to connect members even closer.”

“It was certainly a great experience for me listening to the great representatives of the Association. Technology can bring us closer and allow us to share personal experiences.”

These were some of the comments received in the post-conference survey from IACLE members who attended our first-ever Virtual Conference. Due to the success of the conference, we plan to organize another virtual meeting in the first quarter of 2021. 

Read September’s conference report

Read more about the Teach. Learn. Connect. Initiative

Information on all IACLE membership benefits is available at www.iacle.org

Special Notice – Global Myopia Webinar Series

International speakers join global webinars on myopia

Translations: Chinese (simplified) Español

Our next global webinar series begins on Tuesday 3 November with ‘Myopia development and its progression’, presented by Professor Nicola Logan (pictured far left) from Aston University, Birmingham, UK. We will also hear from international experts (l-r) Professor Padmaja SankaridurgProfessor Mark Bullimore and Dr Kate Gifford every Tuesday throughout November. Members can watch the series live online via Zoom (login details will be issued to paid up members via our TLC Monthly November e-notice), or through our Facebook page. The full agenda can be found below.

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo commented ‘Following the success of our first Virtual Conference last month, the upcoming webinar series aims to help understand the mechanisms of myopia, the effects it can have on the eye, its progression and the methods to control it. Ophthalmic practitioners and researchers from around the world would agree that understanding myopia is one of the challenges we face in our field today. Those involved in training the next generation of contact lens practitioners play a vital role in ensuring their students have the confidence and ability to manage myopia.’

Date3 November at 12:00 noon (GMT)
Topic: Myopia development and its progression
Speaker: Professor Nicola LoganAston University, Birmingham, UK

Date10 November at 10:00 am (GMT)
Topic: Methods of controlling myopia
SpeakerProfessor Padmaja Sankaridurg, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Date17 November at 12:00 noon (GMT)
Topic: Contact lenses for myopia control
SpeakerProfessor Mark Bullimore, University of Houston, Texas, USA

Date24 November at 10:00 am (GMT)
Topic: Bringing myopia control to practice
SpeakerDr Kate GiffordMyopia Profile, Brisbane, Australia

Member feedback from our Virtual Conference

“I really enjoyed the conference overall. There were many practical tips that I can implement within my teaching practice.”

“I enjoyed the event and having these events twice a year would be good to connect members even closer.”

“It was certainly a great experience for me listening to the great representatives of the Association. Technology can bring us closer and allow us to share personal experiences.”

These were some of the comments received in the post-conference survey from IACLE members who attended our first-ever Virtual Conference. Due to the success of the conference, we plan to organize another virtual meeting in the first quarter of 2021. 

Read September’s conference report

Read more about the Teach. Learn. Connect. Initiative

Information on all IACLE membership benefits is available at www.iacle.org

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Global Member Newsletter October 2020

WHAT’S NEW AT IACLE

NEW Members worldwide come together for Virtual Conference

More than 98% of delegates strongly agreed or agreed that the speakers presented information in a way that was easy to understand at IACLE’s first virtual conference, the results of our post-conference survey show. Over 200 participants watched live online (26 September) as IACLE’s board and staff, educators and industry representatives from across the globe discussed their thoughts and experiences on the current state of the contact lens industry, education and practice. Pictured is FIACLE Professor Renée Reeder who presented ‘The new normal in teaching’. The full conference is available to view through IACLETOP.

Read the post-meeting reportRead our press release on the industry session

NEW Global experts speak on myopia in November webinars

IACLE’s next global webinar series begins on 3 November with ‘Myopia development and its progression’, hosted by Professor Nicola Logan (pictured far left) from Aston University, Birmingham, UK. Following this, we will hear from (l-r) Professor Padmaja SankaridurgDr Fiona Cruickshank and Dr Kate Gifford every Tuesday throughout November. 

Look out for details on how to tune in

NEW Malaysian students complete Online Student Trial Exam

FIACLE Fakhruddin Barodawala (left), lecturer at SEGi University in Malaysia, was one of the first contact lens educators to run IACLE’s Online Student Trial Exam with his students (pictured). The exam counts towards 10% of final examination grades at SEGi University. One of Fakhruddin’s final-year students said: ‘Registering for the STE is easy, and a step-by-step guide is provided. The STE is an internationally recognized exam that effectively evaluated my knowledge in my contact lens studies.’

Watch Fakhruddin share his STE experience through IACLETOP

NEW From Europe to a global organization – a personal perspective 

Former Vice President Professor Desmond Fonn recalls the background to the founding of IACLE and charts the Association’s evolution from its early days in Europe to an organization with a global structure and industry investment. Des’s article is the latest in a series on the history of IACLE commissioned to mark our 40th anniversary in 2019.

Read our History pageRead the full article

Renew your membership to receive all IACLE benefits

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

MEET A MEMBER

Picture by Edward Moss All rights reserved. Aston University Staff

Meet our long-standing member Professor James Wolffsohn, Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Aston University, Birmingham, UK, who specialises in anterior eye, particularly contact lenses, intraocular lenses, dry eye and ophthalmic instrumentation. James has worked with IACLE since 2000 to develop the contact lens course at Aston University as well as to canvas the views of others in the field to support new teaching techniques. Outside work, his interests include gardening and Christian Mission. Another interesting fact: ‘My parents were both born, brought up and married in Chile, South America,’ says James.

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

IMAGE OF THE MONTH

Vogt’s striae in keratoconus

Professor Fausto Miguel Rangel Rosas from Instituto Politécnico Nacional in Mexico City captured this image of a clinical sign in keratoconus. Vogt’s striae appear as fine vertical lines deep in the corneal stroma over Descemet’s membrane. The photo was taken through a slit lamp camera system with direct parallelepiped illumination.

Submit your image

RESOURCES

What’s new in IACLETOP?

The latest version of our most valued resource, the IACLE Contact Lens Course (ICLC2020), is now available to access via IACLETOP. Translations are almost complete for the previous version (ICLC2015) in Chinese, Spanish and Korean, with some content available in French, Italian, German, Portuguese and Russian. The Online Student Trial Exam is now in English, Bahasa, Chinese, Korean and Spanish. 

Access ICLC2020

Handout explores blink inefficiency

Professor Charles McMonnies from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia has developed a handout, ‘Blinking: dry eyes and dry contact lenses’, available in English and Spanish. An accompanying report on ‘Diagnosis and remediation of blink inefficiency’, discusses how efficient blinking habits are essential for maintaining the health of the surface of the eye and optimum contact lens performance. 

Find handout and report in Contributed Resources – Guides/Factsheets via Member Login

TFOS holds latest meeting online

Presentations from the recent Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society (TFOS) virtual meeting (9 September), themed ‘Unique challenges and unmet needs for the management of ocular surface diseases throughout the world’, are now available to view online. Dry eye specialists worldwide took part in the meeting. 

Watch the meeting

Summit continues its educational program

The second part of The Summit of Specialty Contacts’ (SSC) educational program continues with a webinar on ‘Gas permeable, hybrid, and scleral multifocal lens selection and troubleshooting’ on 18 October and is free to view. The SCOPE Study Group also announced the results of its latest survey at SSC’s virtual meeting (27 September). 

Watch the full program recordings

J&J celebrates World Sight Day with symposium

The Johnson & Johnson Institute is celebrating World Sight Day (8 October) with a 6-hour Virtual Symposium from the Asia Pacific region over 3 days. The final webinar, on ‘Digital eye strain’, runs on 21 October from 7pm-9pm Sydney time. ‘We have collaborated with our counterparts in Asia Pacific countries to bring together a robust program. We expect global attendees to his event, and have included speakers from multiple countries,’ said J&J. 

Register here

Simplifying contact lens wear and care

Industry body The Contact Lens Institute (CLI) has launched The EASY Way Program (Eyes, Awareness, Safety, You) that includes simplified wear and care tips, attention-grabbing infographics, and companion digital resources for eye care professionals and staff to use in their practices.

Watch the EASY way videoAccess the ECP toolkit

COVID-19 RESOURCES

COVID-19 and spectacle wear

A study by Zeng et al investigates the association between wearing spectacles and susceptibility to COVID-19.

Read the report

Eye protection and the risk of coronavirus disease

An accompanying editorial highlights the limitations of the Zeng et al study.

Read the editorial

BCLA PPE guidance and advice

The British Contact Lens Association shares videos, developed jointly with Alcon, relating to donning and doffing of personal protective equipment.

View the videos

GLOBAL UPDATE

AMERICAS

Academy 2020 at Home opens

The latest findings in myopia control and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on eye care practice were prominent themes as the American Academy of Optometry opened its annual meeting, Academy 2020 At Home (7 October). Highlights for educators included surveys on the mental health impact of the pandemic among students, and on diversity, equality and inclusion in US optometry schools. The virtual meeting runs until 22 October.

Look out for a full report next month

Colombia hosts TLC webinar

FIACLE Dr Jorge Vargas (pictured) from Colombia – 2016 IACLE Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year – hosted a webinar under The TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative on the topic of ‘Diagnosing keratoconus using ocular tomography’ (14 September). Recorded IACLE in the World programs from the LA region can be listened to on demand.

Read the Americas report

ASIA PACIFIC

World Congress of Optometry to be postponed

The World Council of Optometry and partner organizations have decided to postpone the 4th World Congress of Optometry (WCO4) until 8-10 September 2023, due to COVID-19 restrictions. The congress was due to take place in Melbourne, Australia in September 2021.

Find more information

Industry seminar takes place at South Korean university

Alcon conducted an industry seminar at Baekseok University, Cheonan City, South Korea, on the topic of ‘How to fit multifocal contact lenses’, where Jun Eunhee discussed the lens fitting guide via a virtual platform. Professor Hyojin Kim and 15 graduate students attended the meeting.Read the full Asia Pacific report

Educators in China shown IACLE’s Contact Lens Course

China National Coordinator Professor Wang Haiying visited Guangzhou Business Vocational School, Guangzhou, China, to speak with contact lens educators about the IACLE Contact Lens Course (ICLC), and to show the educators IACLE’s resources and how to use them. Haiying also encouraged the contact lens teachers to use IACLE’s Online Student Trial Exam (17 September).

IACLE plays its part in India-wide virtual meeting

The India Vision Institute organized an international virtual conference and trade fair themed ‘Eye health in a changing world’ with as many as 1,200 optometrists, ophthalmologists and other eye care professions attending the event (2-4 October). IACLE India’s Nilesh Thite and Lakshmi Shinde, along with FIACLE Dr Byki Huntjens and FIACLE Rajesh Wadhwa, took part in the virtual conference. IACLE’s involvement was dedicated to Asia Pacific Regional President Dr Rajeswari Mahadevanwho passed away in July.

Read a full report

EUROPE / AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST

South African university holds Online STE

FIACLE Dr Elizabeth ChettyUniversity of Johannesburg, South Africa, ran IACLE’s Online Student Trial Exam (STE) with her students last month (12 September). ‘I found this to be a comprehensive examination of their contact lens knowledge. I found the IACLETOP platform to be user-friendly, and Lakshmi and Kavitha were very helpful in taking me through the system and guiding me every step of the way. What I love most about the IACLETOP platform is the analysis of the student’s answers after the exam. The reports generated helped greatly in identifying the gaps in student knowledge and provided me with a clear indication of where revision should be focused to prepare the students for their final assessment. Thank you IACLE for this wonderful opportunity!’ said Elizabeth. 

Read educator and student feedback on the STE

Professor Sankaridurg receives Optometrist of the Year award

Professor Padmaja Sankaridurg, from the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Sydney, Australia has won the International Optometrist of the Year Award 2020. The award is presented in collaboration with Spanish organizations the College of Optometrists of CataloniaCatalan Association of Optometry and Vision Therapy and Terrassa School of Optics and Optometry. Three FIACLEs are previous recipients of the award: Professors Lyndon JonesJosé Manuel González-Meijome and James Wolffsohn.

For more information

BCLA calls for papers for 2021 conference

The Call for 2021 Scientific Papers for the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) Clinical Conference and Exhibition – to be held in Manchester, UK (11-13 June 2021) – is now open, with a pre-screening deadline of 27 November. The final deadline for submissions is 10 January 2021. 

Information on Call for Papers

BCLA UK going ahead as virtual event

BCLA UK is taking place as an online event on 8 November and will include a virtual exhibition. IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo, Vice President Professor Philip Morgan, FIACLEs Professor James Wolffsohn and Dr Byki Huntjens, and IACLE members Dr Manbir Nagra and Dr Katharine Evans, are presenting. 

View the full BCLA virtual meeting program

Manchester universities move teaching online

Universities in Manchester, UK are teaching online until at least the end of the month due to an outbreak of coronavirus among students. IACLE Vice President Professor Philip Morgan, Head of Optometry at the University of Manchester, explained: ‘The current situation presents a number of challenges for us in delivering our teaching but I’m pleased that the detailed reorganization of our teaching program over the summer means that we will continue to deliver a blended learning experience for our students, including face-to-face practicals and clinics, including contact lens work.’

Read a news item on the situation

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

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

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

1 November-19 December – CLASS 2020 (Contact Lens of the Americas Specialists Symposium), Cartagena Caribe, Colombia. Details.

8 November – BCLA (British Contact Lens Association) UK Virtual Conference and Exhibition. Details

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

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IACLE Virtual Conference

Industry comes together for positive message on future for contact lenses

The future is bright for the contact lens industry and there are positive developments arising from changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s the verdict of industry leaders taking part in the first-ever International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) Virtual Conference, on the theme ‘Back to contact lenses’ (26 September).

Joining a panel discussion chaired by IACLE Vice President Professor Philip Morgan were:

Cheryl Donnelly, Head of International Professional Affairs and International KOL Lead – Vision Care at Alcon
Gary Orsborn, Vice President Global Professional, Medical & Clinical Affairs, CooperVision
John Meyler, Global Head, Professional and Clinical Education, Johnson & Johnson Vision
Osbert Chan, Director of Medical and Clinical Affairs for Bausch + Lomb, Asia Pacific

Key developments for the contact lens sector arising from the COVID-19 pandemic included:

• Collaboration between industry, practitioners, scientists and educators to dispel myths about the safety of contact lens wear at the early stages of the pandemic
• Lack of going out, socializing and playing sport were the reasons for patients wearing contact lenses less, rather than safety concerns
• Hygiene now ‘top of mind’ for patients and practitioners
• Efficiencies in appointments and services, such as telemedicine or ‘teleoptometry’
• Rising demand for online ordering, direct-to-patient delivery and digital engagement
• Recognition that contact lenses are an important, ongoing revenue stream for practices
• Acceptance of online learning among industry, practitioners, educators and students
• Opportunities for wearing contact lenses to avoid spectacles fogging and to enhance eye appearance when wearing face masks and coverings

Each of the panel members expressed optimism about the future for contact lenses and identified major changes to contact lens practice that had resulted from the pandemic:

Cheryl Donnelly said that patients purchasing habits for contact lenses, and how and where they interacted with their contact lens practitioners, had changed. ‘We need to look at how patients want to engage, and consider changes to our practice patient journey to allow for the imposed and required changes. It’s not about doing things to a lesser extent clinically… but doing things differently.’

Dr Gary Orsborn anticipated a permanent change in the patient journey. ‘Virtual aftercare appointments, I believe, will improve the situation we have in retaining patients in contact lenses and this should result in fewer dropouts, because of the effectiveness of improved virtual communications. Expect to see increased investment in telemedicine solutions for eye care.’

John Meyler said the sector could work in a much smarter way going forward. ‘Patient experience will improve. This has been a time to reflect on how we can do things more efficiently and better serve patients. I think the future’s very bright for the industry.’

Dr Osbert Chan was also ‘very optimistic’ about the future. ‘We know what to do. We need to learn how to live with the virus and how to overcome it.’

All congratulated IACLE and its members – contact lens educators worldwide – on their response to the pandemic. ‘From the IACLE perspective, you’ve stepped up education delivery so well in these last few months, and have led the way with The TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect) Initiative,’ said Ms Donnelly.

More than 200 delegates took part in the IACLE Virtual Conference live. Members participated via the Zoom platform, while non-members and students were able to watch selected sessions via Facebook.

The conference was introduced by IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo, chaired by Europe / Africa – Middle East Regional President Judith Morris and organized by Executive Manager of Educational Programs Nilesh Thite. Speakers on education topics were Lakshmi Shinde (India), Dr Etty Bitton (Canada), Professor Craig Woods (Australia), Fakhruddin Barodawala (Malaysia), Dr May Bakkar (Jordan), Dr Frank Eperjesi (UK), Professor Renée Reeder (USA) and Dr Byki Huntjens (UK).

A recording of the conference is available to IACLE members on its learning management system, IACLETOP, along with around 40 global, regional and national webinars delivered under the TLC Initiative so far. The next series of global webinars – on myopia and its management – will run weekly in November.

– ENDS –

For media enquiries please contact:

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

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

Notes for editors 

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

About IACLE

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators was established in 1979 and is a non-profit, non-political association. IACLE has 967 (as of 30 June 2020) active members in 726 institutions in 79 countries and welcomes contact lens educators from all eye care professions and related disciplines. IACLE is dedicated to raising the standard of contact lens education and promoting the safe use of contact lenses worldwide. It is the leading provider of educational and information resources essential to contact lens educators. IACLE is supported by leading global contact lens manufacturers: Platinum Sponsor Alcon, Gold Sponsor CooperVision, Silver Sponsor Johnson & Johnson Vision, Bronze Sponsor Bausch + Lomb and Donor Sponsor Euclid. 

TLC Initiative Outcomes Update

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

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

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

Some of the notable achievements of the initiative include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– ENDS –

For media enquiries please contact:

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

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

Notes for editors 

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

About IACLE

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators was established in 1979 and is a non-profit, non-political association. IACLE has 967 (as of 30 June 2020) active members in 726 institutions in 79 countries and welcomes contact lens educators from all eye care professions and related disciplines. IACLE is dedicated to raising the standard of contact lens education and promoting the safe use of contact lenses worldwide. It is the leading provider of educational and information resources essential to contact lens educators. IACLE is supported by leading global contact lens manufacturers: Platinum Sponsor Alcon, Gold Sponsor CooperVision, Silver Sponsor Johnson & Johnson Vision, Bronze Sponsor Bausch + Lomb and Donor Sponsor Euclid. 

Special Notice – TLC Initiative Outcomes Update

Translation: Korean Español

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

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

Some of the notable achievements of the initiative include:

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

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

Read the conference brochure. Register here

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Global Member Newsletter September 2020

Translation: EspañolChinese

WHAT’S NEW AT IACLE

NEW IACLE releases brochure for half-day virtual event

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

Access the conference brochureRegister and view the full program.

NEW 2020 IACLE Awards presentations move to 2021

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

Renew your membership now to receive all IACLE benefits

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


MEET A MEMBER

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

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


IMAGE OF THE MONTH

Scleral contact lens fitting in incisional keratotomy

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

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RESOURCES

ICLC2020 now accessible on IACLETOP

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

Access IACLETOPRead about the IACLE Contact Lens Course

Myopia lectures added to ICLC in Korean

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

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

Access ICLC2015 in Korean

Myopia Profile reviews selected ARVO abstracts

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

Read their review of ARVO’s contact lens research sessions


COVID-19 RESOURCES

Impact of COVID-19 on academic activities in India

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

Read the full text

Soft contact lens wear during the pandemic

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

Read the full text

Mask-associated dry eye

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

Read the articleAccess the infographic.


GLOBAL UPDATE

AMERICAS

Academy stays home for 2020 meeting

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

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

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

Date13 October at 5:00 pm EST (GMT-5)

AuthorsEtty Bitton and Jennifer Craig

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

Date22 October at 9:00 am EST (GMT-5)

AuthorsEtty Bitton and William Ngo

More information on Academy at Home 2020

IACLE LA supports advances in Mexican education

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

Read the Americas report

ASIA PACIFIC

IACLE Korea prepares university for STEs

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

Read the full AP report

IACLE China takes step-by-step approach to education

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

Indian educators and students share Online STE experiences

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

Find feedback on the Online STE from educators and students

India team brings industry together for compliance discussion

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

IACLE plays its part in IVI’s first virtual conference

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

More information and registration

EUROPE / AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST

Emmanuel represents West Africa at TFOS meeting

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

OCCSEE becomes latest casualty on events calendar

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

Find out more


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

26 September 2020 – IACLE Virtual Conference. Details

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

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

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

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

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

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

For the 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 – 2020 Virtual Conference

Translations:     Español ChineseKorean

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

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

The program features presentations on:

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

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

VIEW THE FULL PROGRAM

How to register

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

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

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