Global Member Newsletter February 2021

WHAT’S NEW AT IACLE

NEW IACLE Library launches later this month

A new searchable database accessible through IACLETOP is launching this month. The IACLE Library consists of IACLE images, videos and PDFs, and members can upload resources they wish to share with other IACLE colleagues. Photographs from the Image of the Month initiative can also be found here. 

Access IACLETOP

NEW Research Update area added to IACLETOP

Our monthly Research Update email now has a designated area within IACLETOP, with access through the Dashboard. Catch-up with previous issues, along with summary videos produced by Executive Manager of Educational Programs Nilesh Thite. Nilesh reviews the contact lens-related research literature and provides a summary of the most topical and essential articles. 

Access the Research Update area

NEW Student Area released on IACLETOP

A new Student Area for educators to use with their students is launching this month. This separate area allows educators to release the IACLE Case Reports to their students as and when they wish, giving educators control over which topics their students cover. Assigned STEs can also be found here.

Access the Case Reports on IACLETOP

NEW Case Reports now available as flipped classes

The Teacher Area within IACLETOP has been updated so members now have access to use the Case Reports as flipped classes using the Nearpod software. This software allows educators and their students to review each case using discussion boards and instant polling (pictured above) in an engaging online environment to stimulate conversation.

Access the Case Reports using Nearpod

NEW Save the date for our second Virtual Conference

Following our first-ever Virtual Conference’s success in September 2020, the IACLE Education Team is hosting a second global Virtual Conference on Saturday 24 April, starting at 12 noon (GMT), themed ‘Integrating research into education’. International experts will share their knowledge and experiences on how to combine research and education to become a successful academic. 

Look out for more details soon

NEW Brochure for 2021

The IACLE Brochure has had an update for the year ahead, highlighting activities, resources, programs and initiatives that are taking place throughout the year. We encourage all members to share the document with their peers.

Read the brochure

NEW Fellowship Exam date announced

We are pleased to announce that the Fellowship Exam will take place on Friday 12 November. Registration for the exam will open via the IACLE website on 1 April and closes on 30 June, and payment must be made by 30 June. A reminder to members that enrolment for the Distance Learning Program (DLP), designed to improve the contact lens knowledge of educators and support members who are taking the Fellowship Exam, opens in March on IACLETOP. Once members have paid and registered for the exam, a dedicated area will be accessible to give further support to those sitting the exam, including discussion groups, mock exams and periodic mentoring sessions. 

Look out for the opening of the DLP on IACLETOP

Innovative ways to assess students

As many institutions have suspended most face-to-face teaching activity due to the Coronavirus pandemic, educators have had to adapt to new ways of assessing their students. This month, our Worldwide Wednesday Webinar Series theme is ‘Innovative ways to assess students’, where educators will explore novel methods in this area. Members can find the Zoom login details through the ‘IACLE Webinars’ tab on the IACLETOP Dashboard. 

Watch the first webinar from this month’s theme

Renew your membership to receive full benefits this year

In November, we announced some changes to our terms and conditions of membership renewal. Please renew your membership now to ensure open access to all our member-only benefits continues. Access to full membership benefits ended on 31 January if payment was not received, and a late fee is payable after the end of February. Please note that members with an Emeritus Membership are exempt from the annual fee. 

Thank you Wim Borst (Emeritus Member) from the Netherlands for his kind donation to IACLE.

More information on membership renewal

MEET A MEMBER

Introducing Silvia Pulido, Professional Education and Development Manager at Johnson & Johnson in Madrid, Spain. Silvia specializes in contact lenses and anterior eye and uses IACLE resources to leverage her educational material. She has a keen passion for learning from colleagues who are from different backgrounds and cultures. Outside of work, Silvia enjoys family time, sailing, biking and swimming.

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 questionnaire

IMAGE OF THE MONTH

Norma takes the winning image

Lifetime FIACLE Ajay Shinde from the Shinde Eye Centre in Bengaluru, India, captured this image using a slit lamp camera. The patient complained of a burning sensation when inserting their contact lenses but had not used tap water or moisturizer on their hands prior to incision. On slit lamp examination, diffuse superficial punctate keratitis (SPK) was observed. Ajay noted that the care solution was changed two months prior, and the patient was recommended tear substitutes and to stop contact lens wear for the time being. The patient was seen for a follow-up examination and the condition resolved within a week. Contact lens wear soon resumed with a new pair of lenses. 

Submit your image

RESOURCES

BCLA CLEAR initiative reviews academic contact lens literature

Ahead of the launch of its Contact Lens Evidence-based Academic Reports (CLEAR) initiative, the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) describes the various papers in a series of blog articles. FIACLE Professor James Wolffsohn (pictured left) and IACLE Vice President Professor Philip Morgan (pictured middle) led the CLEAR initiative and it features several IACLE Fellows and members as authors, including IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo (pictured right). CLEAR will be published in the March issue of Contact Lens and Anterior Eye and will be available to BCLA members and non-members.

Access the blogs

Myopia tests for children

CooperVision has devised a tool for parents to test whether their children may become myopic. The Nearsightedness Assessment Tool is a short survey featuring questions for parents to answer about the age of their child, relevant family history and the amount of close work performed.  

Access the tool

Myopia in children at the forefront of research

Johnson & Johnson, the American Optometric Association, the American Academy of Optometry, the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, and the Singapore Optometric Association have collaborated to produce a new myopia resource. The guide, titled ‘Managing Myopia: A Clinical Response to the Growing Epidemic’, provides a research-based rationale for how and why children’s eye health should be prioritized.

Read the guide

What does the future hold for ECPs?

Editor of Contact Lenses Today Dr Jason Nichols authors an article on the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the contact lens industry titled ‘Contact Lenses 2020’. The 2020 Annual Report highlights the key trends in contact lens prescribing and discusses eyecare professionals’ future. 

Read the article

COVID-19 RESOURCES

Progression of myopia after COVID-19 home confinement

A recent study published by Wang et al in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggests an association between home confinement during the COVID-19 pandemic and a substantial myopic shift for young children aged 6-8. 

Read the journal

Attitudes to wear and care during the pandemic in Jordan

A survey conducted in Jordan by FIACLE Dr May Bakkar and IACLE member Eman Alzghoul, recently published in Contact Lens & Anterior Eye, revealed that most patients continued to wear their lenses during the pandemic and reported improved contact lens hygiene habits.

Access the survey

GLOBAL UPDATE

AMERICAS

Students in Mexico sit the STE

For the first time, a large group of students (124) from the Interdisciplinary Center for Health Sciences Unit Santo Tomás IPN and FES Iztacala in Mexico City, Mexico, are sitting IACLE’s Student Trial Exam this month. This is a direct outcome of the second Mexican Consensus in Contact Lens Education meeting, held in Puebla in March 2020.

Read the Americas report

ASIA PACIFIC

China Team explore online teaching methods

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, educators have had to adapt to different teaching methods. Ma Yuying from Wuxi Vocational Institute of Arts & Technology in Jiangsu, China, and Liu Wenlan from Xi’an Medical University in Xi’an, China, held an online teaching methods session and interactive case presentations.

Read the full Asia Pacific report

EUROPE / AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST

Meet and Chat with Judith Morris

EAME Regional President Judith Morris hosted the first Meet and Chat for our European members. An array of topical thoughts was discussed, including the difficulties faced in clinical teaching due to COVID-19, assessments in practice and the effect of the current lack of hands-on experience. The next Meet and Chat session is on Saturday 20 February at 3.00 pm (GMT) for our Middle Eastern members who will receive the Zoom login details via email prior to the event. 

Tune into the next Meet and Chat

EAOO goes virtual

Due to the current situation, the European Academy of Optometry and Optics (EAOO) have announced that their Helsinki 2021 meeting will now go ahead virtually. The event will take place from 23-25 April, and both lectures and exhibitions will be live streamed.

For more information and to register

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Key dates for 2021:

23-25 April – European Academy of Optometry and Optics Annual (EAOO) Conference (virtual meeting). Details

1-7 May – Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Annual Meeting (virtual meeting). Details.

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

13-14 June – BCLA Clinical Conference and Exhibition, Manchester, UK. Details.

1-4 July – 5th Asia Pacific Ophthalmic Trauma Society Meeting, Bali, Indonesia. Details.

3-4 September – 49th European Contact Lens and Ocular Surface Congress (ECLSO), Paris, France. 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.

23-24 November – 3rd Asia Optometric Congress and 8th ASEAN Optometric Conference, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia. Details.

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Special Notice – Final Call – IACLE Awards

Last call for 2021 Educator of the Year Awards entries

Three contact lens educators from around the world will be attending major international meetings this year, as winners of the 2021 IACLE Awards.  

IACLE is offering educators worldwide the chance to become IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year and travel to a major international meeting providing COVID-19 restrictions allow. Please note, we will continue to monitor the situation and may need to postpone presentation of awards to 2022. IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year will be awarded to three individuals, one from each of IACLE’s three global regions:

  • 2021 IACLE Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year
  • 2021 IACLE Asia Pacific Contact Lens Educator of the Year
  • 2021 IACLE Europe / Africa – Middle East Contact Lens Educator of the Year

Entries to be submitted through the application form here

The 2020 winners (pictured above left to right: Professor Renée Reeder, Professor Bariah Mohd Ali and Jo Underwood) will also receive their awards at meetings this year, when restrictions allow.

These awards recognize and reward achievements in contact lens education and are sponsored by CooperVision. The winners will each receive a bursary of up to US$3,000 towards the cost of attending an international meeting and permission to use the title 2021 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year for their region. 

The IACLE Educator Awards are open to all IACLE members who have been paid-up members for at least three years. Members can either nominate themselves, or be nominated by another member, their IACLE regional / country coordinator or IACLE staff. Applicants must demonstrate use of IACLE resources, engagement with IACLE, impact on their institution and the ways that they inspire their students to become future contact lens practitioners.  

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo commented: ‘We are proud to be able to continue to offer the IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards for our three global regions. IACLE encourages all members to consider applying for the 2021 Awards, or to nominate someone for the Award. We are grateful to all our sponsors for their support, and especially to CooperVision for continuing to sponsor the Educator of the Year Awards.’

‘Continuous advancement in contact lens technology has made it more important than ever for students to receive focused education in this area of education and practice experience,’ said Gary Orsborn, OD, Vice President of Global Professional, Medical and Clinical Affairs, CooperVision. ‘As one of the world’s leading soft contact lens manufacturers, CooperVision is proud to support IACLE each year in recognizing outstanding contact lens educators for their dedication to the future of the profession.’

The IACLE Travel Awards are bursaries of up to US$3,000 allowing IACLE Educator Members to attend international meetings. The IACLE Travel Awards are sponsored by IACLE through the generous support of all IACLE’s sponsors (Alcon, CooperVision, Johnson & Johnson Vision, Bausch + Lomb and Euclid). 

Three 2020 Travel Award recipients, Dr Elizabeth Chetty, Professor Martín Guzmán and Associate Professor Nirav Mehta will receive their awards at an international meeting this year, providing COVID-19 restrictions allow. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, there will be no IACLE Travel Awards for 2021. 

The deadline for the 2021 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards is midnight (EST) on Sunday 31 January 2021.

Find more information

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Special Notice – Payment Scheme for IACLETOP

IACLE introduces payment scheme for IACLETOP

IACLE’s Teaching Online Platform, IACLETOP, is an online Learning Management System developed using Canvas. The platform will become the central point to access all IACLE online resources and teaching materials, with access via the IACLETOP Login. IACLE is developing IACLETOP to deliver an ever-increasing, powerful array of highly integrated learning products that enable educators worldwide to build a digital learning environment, tailored specifically to their needs, simplify teaching and elevate their students’ learning. 

IACLE continuously strives to support members and how they educate their students. IACLETOP provides members with the ability to develop individual teaching content and assessments, and to integrate IACLE resources into teaching, offering maximum flexibility in a dedicated teaching space. This increased flexibility requires a higher level of support. Due to this, some benefits will now incur additional fees:

  • Student Trial Exams – ran through IACLETOP, the STE is available in two versions, 50 and 100 MCQ formats, and can be resat where needed, allowing student progression to be monitored and compared
  • Student-specific Case Reports – available in two formats, self-directed learning or as an interactive format, each Case Report is available to deliver as a tutorial using the Nearpod software
  • Developing individual teaching material – to support student learning, teaching materials and individual assessments can be developed and delivered through IACLETOP

IACLETOP also has the potential for members to have dedicated space to use for their own teaching, and to use the power of the Canvas system to support their educational work. Additional costs apply for this facility and will be levied on a ‘per student per year’ basis, expiring on 31 December. The costs are as follows:

  • PPP1 US$5
  • PPP2 US$10
  • PPP3 US$15

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo commented: ‘Over the last year, IACLE has invested heavily into IACLETOP. Having our own virtual learning environment makes perfect sense to deliver the vast array of materials that we have. Whilst IACLE members can still access IACLETOP as part of their regular IACLE membership, we do expect that some members will see the benefit of having their own institutional space within IACLETOP and allowing access to their students. In the past we had a nominal fee for students undertaking the Student Trial Exam, the new fee structure is slightly higher but has many more resources that students will find useful.’

Executive Manager of Educational Development Professor Craig Woods said: ‘Incorporating a Learning Management System (LMS) into teaching is a game changer in so many ways. You will see an increase in your student’s motivation to learn and their engagement grow. An LMS allows students’ confidence to grow and they perceive an increase in transparency and fairness in assessments. IACLETOP gives educators unlimited scope in developing state-of-the-art teaching and assessment materials, as well as accessing extensive material developed by IACLE.’

Read more about the Teach. Learn. Connect. Initiative

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Special Notice – Renew Membership in 2021

Renew your IACLE membership now to ensure your exclusive access to all the benefits continues

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

In response to the challenging year we faced in 2020, 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

To support you as the recovery from the pandemic continues, we have extended 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 is now exclusively available via IACLETOP, with more translations into core and other languages
  • The Fellowship Exam will take place in November 2021 via IACLETOP, with preparation assistance through the platform
  • The Distance Learning Program is designed to improve the contact lens knowledge of educators and is encouraged for those members who intend to sit the IACLE Fellowship Exam
  • The IACLE Library – a searchable database of donated clinical images
  • 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:

  • 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

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Global Member Newsletter January 2021

WHAT’S NEW AT IACLE

Translation – Chinese

NEW ICLC exclusively available on IACLETOP

From this month, the IACLE Contact Lens Course has been made exclusively available via IACLETOP and is no longer available through our website to ensure members receive full benefits of IACLE membership. Our contact lens curriculum is available in English, Chinese (simplified), Spanish, Korean, French and Italian with some content in German, Portuguese and Russian. 

Access the ICLC via IACLETOP

NEW Worldwide Wednesday Webinars

This month, we launched a new series of global webinars themed ‘Goodbye 2020, hello 2021’. Executive Manager of Global Education Lakshmi Shinde and Executive Manager of Educational Programs Nilesh Thite started the series and discussed programs and resources introduced in 2020, in addition to IACLE’s plans for 2021. Look out for webinars in Chinese, Bahasa and Spanish in the coming weeks. 

Catchup on IACLETOP

NEW Case Reports added on IACLETOP today

The Case Report Series has been restructured into a new flipped classroom format to provide learning opportunities for students, either as flipped classes or for self-directed learning. This format utilizes the Nearpod software and allows educators and their students to review each case using discussion boards and instant polling in an engaging online environment to stimulate conversation. Released today, the number of Case Reports has increased from four to 10. 

For more information and to access the Case Reports

NEW Save the date for our second Virtual Conference

Following our first-ever Virtual Conference’s success in September 2020, the IACLE Education Team is hosting a global conference on Saturday 24 April themed ‘Integrating research into education’. International experts will share their knowledge and experiences on how to combine research and education to become a successful academic. 

Look out for more details

NEW Meet and Chat for EAME members

Attending conferences around the world allows members to meet others in their region, talk about how they use IACLE resources and to share teaching ideas they have put into practice. Due to congresses being unable to go ahead at this current time, EAME Regional President Judith Morris is introducing a ‘Meet and Chat’ initiative to connect members, to learn from one another and to discuss educational needs. The sessions will be conducted via Zoom and will take place four times a year for each part of the region – Europe, Middle East and Africa. The first Meet and Chat for our European members is on Monday 25 January at 3.00 pm (GMT).

EAME members – please see your email inbox for the details

Apply now for the 2021 Educator of the Year Awards

Applications are still open for the IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards. The Educator Awards are sponsored by CooperVision and winners will each receive US$3,000 towards the cost of attending a major international meeting and permission to use the title 2021 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year for their region. Pictured (center right) is 2018 winner Runa Mazumder at the 2018 meeting of the American Academy of Optometry, with colleagues from the AP region. Applications close on Sunday 31 January at midnight (EST).

Apply now

Renew your membership to receive full benefits this year

In November, we announced some changes to our terms and conditions of membership renewal. Please renew your membership now to ensure open access to all our member-only benefits continues. Access to full membership benefits will end on 31 January if payment is not received. 

More information on membership renewal changes

MEET A MEMBER

Introducing Jenny Sandh, Professional Learning and Development Manager, Northern European Academy at Specsavers. Jenny is based in Stockholm and is a third-generation optometrist. Growing up in an optometry family created her curiosity for the profession. Jenny uses IACLE resources daily for finding information and to use as a reference when conducting training sessions. Outside of work, Jenny enjoys skiing, sailing and tracking. Creating ceramic objects and making silver rings out of antique silver spoons is another of her hobbies. 

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

Norma takes the winning image

Congratulations to Colombian member Norma Cárdenas, winner of the 2020 IACLE Image of the Year. Norma receives one year of free IACLE membership, a US$100 Amazon voucher and certificate. Norma captured these images of a female patient with a history of incisional keratotomy approximately 30 years ago. Five years ago, her visual acuity decreased progressively, and her best correction with glasses was 20/200 binocularly. Slit lamp examination showed marked radial incisions with corneal scarring, a flat cornea in the center and a steep periphery. Oblate scleral contact lenses were fitted, obtaining a VA of 20/40. 

SHARE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS FOR THE 2021 IACLE IMAGE COLLECTION AND ENTER OUR IMAGE OF THE YEAR COMPETITION FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN A YEAR’S IACLE MEMBERSHIP AND A US$100 AMAZON VOUCHER!

Submit your image

RESOURCES

2020 roundup of the contact lens industry

Karen Walsh, Professional Education Team Leader and Clinical Scientist at the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE), Canada, authors an editorial in the latest Contact Lens Update titled ‘A year in review: a global perspective on the most extraordinary of years in clinical practice. This report reflects on events throughout the year through the eyes of clinicians, researchers and educators. 

Read the editorial. Sign up to receive Contact Lens Update

Prescribing contact lenses in 2020

An article written by Vice President Professor Philip Morgan, Executive Manager of Educational Development Professor Craig Woods and FIACLE Professor Lyndon Jones (pictured above), and other colleagues including Lifetime FIACLEs Eef van der Worp and José Manuel González-Méijome and FIACLEs Dr John Hsiao and Dr Ioannis Tranoudis summarizes information for clinical practitioners, industry and academia about contact lens prescribing behaviours during 2020. 

Access the article

Predicting the future for contact lenses

FIACLE Professor Lyndon Jones, Director at the Centre for Ocular Research & Education and Karen Walsh, Professional Education Team Leader and Clinical Scientist, assess the accuracy of predictions 20 years after they were made for the new millennium, and explore where the contact lens industry will be in another 20 years’ time. 

Read the full text

COVID-19 RESOURCES

Contact lens wear in Spain during the COVID-19 pandemic

A new study published by Marta Vianya-Estopa et al in Contact Lens & Anterior Eye emphasizes the importance of educating contact lens wearers to ensure safe wear.

Read the full text

Ensuring safe clinical teaching at university optometry schools

A new report outlines the challenges currently faced by optometry schools and describes strategies to minimize the risk of virus transmission to ensure safe clinical optometric teaching.

Access the article

GLOBAL UPDATE

AMERICAS

Latin America reports on the past year

In 2020, more than 50 IACLE members from the Latin America region took part in the radio program ‘IACLE in the world’, to discuss various contact lens topics. In total, the LA Team recorded more than 60 hours of content and over 6,000 ECPs tuned into the shows across Zoom, Facebook live and YouTube.

Read the Americas report

ASIA PACIFIC

Australian member awarded Lifetime FIACLE

An IACLE member for 24 years, Professor Helen Swarbrick (pictured right with past IACLE President Professor Deborah Sweeney) has been awarded Emeritus Membership on her retirement from the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of New South Wales, and Lifetime FIACLE status. As well as introducing undergraduate students to contact lenses, she also developed and ran two very successful postgraduate courses – Advanced Contact Lens Studies and Specialty Contact Lenses Studies, taken by many international students through the Master of Optometry course. Helen acted as Assistant Secretary for IACLE for many years and has always enthusiastically encouraged her students at all levels to utilize the resources of IACLE in their learning, and subsequent contact lens clinical practice and research.

More information on the Fellowship Program

Korean university runs Student Trial Exam

Students from Kukje University in Seoul, South Korea recently took the Student Trial Exam (5 December). Korea National Coordinator Professor Park Kyung-hee said ‘Students acquiring the IACLE STE certificate is a big part of their future employment. In the future, we will continue to do our best to ensure that more students acquire licenses and find employment smoothly.’

Read the news article

Students successfully pass the STE in Indonesia

IACLE member Sylvianti Simanjuntak from the Academy of Optometry Leprindo in Jakarta conducted the Student Trial Exam on 28 October. Certificates were presented to all who successfully passed the exam (pictured above). Dian Leila Sari, Director of the Optometry School commented: ‘Thank you Sylvianti and Dr Cheni Lee for conducting and facilitating this STE exam. It’s a privilege that we are given this opportunity to gauge our students’ contact lens knowledge.’  

Read the full Asia Pacific report

EUROPE / AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST

BCLA appoints new President

The British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) has appointed their new President-Elect, FIACLE Neil Retallic. Neil hopes to push for advances in eco-friendly products and finding treatments for patients with ocular pathology. He will take over from current President, Indie Grewal, following the BCLA annual general meeting. 

Read a press release

EAOO Helsinki2021 takes place in April

The European Academy of Optometry and Optics’ conference will now take place in the Finnish capital Helsinki from 23-25 April 2021. The congress will include keynotes, poster presentations, workshops, discussion groups and professional exhibitions, and will be streamed online for those who cannot attend.

For more information

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Key dates for 2021:
21-23 January – The Global Specialty Lens Symposium (virtual meeting). Details

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

1-7 May – Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Annual Meeting (virtual meeting). Details.

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

11-13 June – BCLA Clinical Conference and Exhibition, Manchester, UK. Details.

1-4 July – 5th Asia Pacific Ophthalmic Trauma Society Meeting, Bali, Indonesia. Details.

3-4 September – 49th European Contact Lens and Ocular Surface Congress (ECLSO), Paris, France. 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.

23-24 November – 3rd Asia Optometric Congress and 8th ASEAN Optometric Conference, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia. Details

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Special Notice – 2021 Educator of the Year Awards

Translations: ChineseKorean

Apply now for the 2021 Educator of the Year Awards

Three contact lens educators from around the world will be attending major international meetings this year, as winners of the 2021 IACLE Awards.  

IACLE is offering educators worldwide the chance to become IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year and travel to a major international meeting providing COVID-19 restrictions allow. IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year will be awarded to three individuals, one from each of IACLE’s three global regions:

• 2021 IACLE Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year

• 2021 IACLE Asia Pacific Contact Lens Educator of the Year

• 2021 IACLE Europe / Africa – Middle East Contact Lens Educator of the Year

The 2020 winners (pictured above left to right: Professor Renée Reeder, Professor Bariah Mohd Ali and Jo Underwood) will also receive their awards at meetings this year, when restrictions allow.

These awards recognize and reward achievements in contact lens education and are sponsored by CooperVision. The winners will each receive a bursary of up to US$3,000 towards the cost of attending an international meeting and permission to use the title 2021 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year for their region. 

The IACLE Educator Awards are open to all IACLE members who have been paid-up members for at least three years. Members can either nominate themselves, or be nominated by another member, their IACLE regional / country coordinator or IACLE staff. Applicants must demonstrate use of IACLE resources, engagement with IACLE, impact on their institution and the ways that they inspire their students to become future contact lens practitioners.  

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo commented: ‘We are proud to be able to continue to offer the IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards for our three global regions. IACLE encourages all members to consider applying for the 2021 Awards, or to nominate someone for the Award. We are grateful to all our sponsors for their support, and especially to CooperVision for continuing to sponsor the Educator of the Year Awards.’

‘Continuous advancement in contact lens technology has made it more important than ever for students to receive focused education in this area of education and practice experience,’ said Gary Orsborn, OD, Vice President of Global Professional, Medical and Clinical Affairs, CooperVision. ‘As one of the world’s leading soft contact lens manufacturers, CooperVision is proud to support IACLE each year in recognizing outstanding contact lens educators for their dedication to the future of the profession.’

The IACLE Travel Awards are bursaries of up to US$3,000 allowing IACLE Educator Members to attend international meetings. The IACLE Travel Awards are sponsored by IACLE through the generous support of all IACLE’s sponsors (Alcon, CooperVision, Johnson & Johnson Vision, Bausch + Lomb and Euclid). 

Three 2020 Travel Award recipients, Dr Elizabeth Chetty, Professor Martín Guzmán and Associate Professor Nirav Mehta will receive their awards at an international meeting in 2021, providing COVID-19 restrictions allow. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, there will be no IACLE Travel Awards for 2021. 

The deadline for the 2021 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards is midnight (EST) on Sunday 31 January 2021. Entries must be submitted using the application form.

Find more information

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Global Member Newsletter December 2020

WHAT’S NEW AT IACLE

Translation: Chinese

NEW Happy Holidays from the IACLE team!

2020 has been a year many of us will never forget. Thank you to all members and to industry sponsors for your continued support throughout the year. We look forward to your participation during 2021 when we will be extending the Teach. Learn. Connect. Initiative and introducing many new programs and resources. 

Please note the IACLE office will be closed from 24 December through to 4 January

NEW Apply now for 2021 Educator of the Year Awards

Three contact lens educators from around the world will be attending major international meetings next year, as winners of the IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards. The Educator Awards are sponsored by CooperVision and winners will each receive US$3,000 towards the cost of attending a major international meeting and permission to use the title 2021 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year for their region. Pictured (center right) is 2018 winner Runa Mazumder at the Academy 2018 meeting, with colleagues from the AP region. 

Read a Special Notice on the Awards launch

NEW TLC continues with worldwide Wednesday webinars

We are extending the TLC Initiative into 2021, with weekly webinars on a global, regional and national basis starting with the theme ‘Goodbye 2020, welcome 2021’ in January. Each month, our Wednesday webinars will follow a particular topic. The IACLE Education Team is exploring various initiatives before announcing what 2021 has in store for our members. 

Look out for a Special Notice with more details

NEW Fellowship Exam to move online

The IACLE Fellowship Exam is the only internationally recognized means of measuring an educator’s or an eye care professional’s contact lens knowledge. A successful outcome to the exam enables a member to become a Fellow of IACLE and obtain the title FIACLE. The 2021 Fellowship Exam will be conducted worldwide through IACLETOP in November 2021. Registration for the exam will open on 1 April and close on 30 June. 


Read FIACLE testimonies on the program. Full details next month.

Farewell to Alison….and welcome to Amelia

Alison Ewbank retires this month after 9 years working on IACLE communications. Our Digital Marketing Consultant Amelia Morgan will be responsible for all communications from January 2021. Alison (pictured with Vice President Professor Philip Morgan and President Dr Shehzad Naroo, right, during IACLE’s 40th Anniversary celebrations) practised as an optometrist before a career in optometric publishing and professional organizations. ‘It’s been a privilege to be a member of the worldwide IACLE family. Every success to you all for a very bright future ahead,’ she said.

NEW Myopia webinars available on IACLETOP

Throughout November, IACLE hosted a series of global webinars to explore myopia management and brought members and international speakers together. We heard from Professor Nicola Logan, Professor Padmaja Sankaridurg, Professor Mark Bullimore and Dr Kate Gifford, who all shared their knowledge on the topic. All webinars from the series are available to view via IACLETOP.

Read a meeting report on the series

Renew your membership to receive full benefits in 2021

In November, we announced some changes to our terms and conditions of membership renewal. A reminder to our members to please renew your 2021 membership by 31 December 2020 to ensure open access to all our member-only benefits continues. IACLE Administrators have issued invoices for 2021 membership. If you have not received yours, please contact your IACLE representative as soon as possible. FIACLEs may also be required to renew their FIACLE status to continue the use of the suffix. Please check your status in our Directory and follow the instructions on how to renew your FIACLE status

More information on the membership renewal changes

MEET A MEMBER

Introducing Henri Eek, optometrist and lecturer at Hogeschool Utrecht in the Netherlands, specialising in contact lenses and clinical optometry. Henri began his career working in marketing and made the move to optometry when he was 34 years old. When he qualified as an optometrist, he did not intend to work as a teacher but loves his role. Outside of work, Henri enjoys playing football, skiing, running and reading. ‘To be a good teacher, you must be good to your students!’, are his words of advice for educators. Among his achievements, Henri was a 2018 IACLE Europe / Africa – Middle East Contact Lens Educator of the Year.

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

Ahmed Sohail from the Superior College Lahore in Punjab, Pakistan captured this image using a Huawei Nova 2 on a Zeiss slit lamp with diffuse illumination. The 32-year-old patient, with a known case of keratoconus, complained of discomfort and blurry vision, and used scleral lenses for visual improvement. On examination, heavy protein deposits causing poor wettability were observed on the lenses.

Submit your image

RESOURCES

TFOS announces latest workshop

The Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society (TFOS) Board of Directors has announced the next TFOS Workshop themed ‘A Lifestyle Epidemic: Ocular Surface Disease’, focusing on topics such as digital eye strain, cosmetics, nutrition, self ‘iatrogenesis’, environment, lifestyle challenges, contact lenses, societal challenges and public awareness. FIACLEs Professor Lyndon Jones and Professor James Wolffsohn are on the steering committee.

Watch the workshop trailer

CORE forms new alliance

The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE), IACLE’s in-kind sponsor, and information resource Myopia Profile have announced an alliance designed to expand both organizations’ services and reach. 

Understanding more about childhood myopia

The Singapore National Eye Centre has sent out the message, ‘Keep myopia at bay, go outdoors and play’ in a brochure on childhood myopia. Our recent global webinars on myopia management referenced a range of useful resources to support education and clinical practice. 

Access the brochure

COVID-19 RESOURCES

BCLA #StopTheSteam campaign

A new campaign designed by the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA), aiming to #StopTheSteam and eliminate the ‘fogging’ experienced by spectacle wearers whilst wearing a face covering, has been launched. The BCLA advocates switching to contact lenses as a ‘safe and comfortable way to keep vision crystal clear’.   

Read the press release

Rising prevalence of myopia in Chinese children

The prevalence of myopia in schoolchildren in China increased by 11.7% during the COVID-19 pandemic (from January to June), according to a report in Chinese newspaper, The Paper.

Read the report in Chinese and English

Award for authors of COVID-19 and contact lenses paper

FIACLE Professor Lyndon Jones, IACLE Vice President Professor Philip Morgan and co-authors received an Outstanding Scientific Paper Award from the Vision Care Section of the American Public Health Association for their June 2020 publication, ‘The COVID-19 pandemic: Important considerations for contact lens practitioners’, in Contact Lens & Anterior Eye.

Read more. Read the full text

Future impact of pandemic on vision impairment

UK researchers predict a ‘flood’ of newly presented sight loss will present for ophthalmic care once the pandemic has passed.

Read the full text

GLOBAL UPDATE

AMERICAS

Americas Regional Office hosts industry webinar

IACLE Silver Sponsor Johnson & Johnson Vision hosted an industry webinar in the LA region to explore comfort issues, friction parameters, edge design, elasticity and how to achieve compliance with patients. Professor Ingrid Pedraza, Enzo Ghilliasa, Gabriel Cordone and Joselyn Retamales conducted the session on 26 November. Over 250 participants watched live through Zoom, Facebook and YouTube. 

Read the Americas report

ASIA PACIFIC

IACLE India Team starts Journal Club

A new initiative organized by IACLE’s Education Team in India has begun to explore recently published papers. Runa Mazumder (pictured) conducted the first session (4 December) themed ‘Value of routine evaluation in asymptomatic soft contact lens wearers’, with around 20 members from India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Sri Lanka tuning in. In the Journal Club, a presenter examines an article followed by a 10-minute discussion. Presentations cover the background, objectives, methodology, results, discussion and conclusions.

Tune into the next session on 18 December

IACLE China demonstrates flipped classes

FIACLE Ren Fengying from Xiamen Medical College, Fujian, China and Huang Ruiqin from Shijiazhuang Aier Eye Hospital, Tianjin hosted a lecture to demonstrate the use of flipped classes on the topics of RGP fitting and interaction in contact lens training. The two IACLE members shared their experiences using IACLE resources, teaching in an organized and effective manner, student evaluation and how to motivate students to study actively. 

EUROPE / AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST

BCLA plans to host hybrid event in 2021… 

The British Contact Lens Association’s 2021 BCLA Clinical Conference and Exhibition is currently planned to go ahead as a hybrid meeting (both virtual and in-person in Manchester, UK) from 11-13 June. The BCLA surveyed 2019 delegates last month for feedback based on the event in order to shape the educational program for the next 12 months.

More information

…and holds first online UK conference and exhibition

Last month, 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

BUCCLE turns 40

This month, the British and Irish Universities Committee of Contact Lens Educators (BUCCLE) celebrates 40 years since it was founded in 1980. The idea for BUCCLE was first initiated at an IACLE meeting in 1979 to form an association equivalent to the Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators that represented North American universities. 

Read more

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

21-23 January – The Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS) – Virtual Meeting. Details

18-21 February – All India Ophthalmological Society 78th Annual Meeting 2020 (AIOS 2020), Kolkata, India. Details

19-21 February – 25th European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons Winter Meeting 2021 (ESCRS2021) Virtual Meeting. Details

23-25 April – European Academy of Optometry and Optics Annual Conference (Helsinki 2020), Helsinki, Finland. Details.

11-13 June – The British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) UK Conference and Exhibition, Manchester, United Kingdom. Details

3-6 November – American Academy of Optometry, Boston, United States. Details

Access the IACLE Events Calendar

Global Meetings and Events Schedule

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Special Notice – 2021 Educator of the Year Awards

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Apply now for the 2021 Educator of the Year Awards

Three contact lens educators from around the world will be attending major international meetings in 2021, as winners of the 2021 IACLE Awards.  

IACLE is offering educators worldwide the chance to become IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year and travel to a major international meeting providing COVID-19 restrictions allow. IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year will be awarded to three individuals, one from each of IACLE’s three global regions:

• 2021 IACLE Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year

• 2021 IACLE Asia Pacific Contact Lens Educator of the Year

• 2021 IACLE Europe / Africa – Middle East Contact Lens Educator of the Year

Find more information

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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

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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.

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Global Meetings and Events Schedule

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