Special Notice – Membership Renewal

Translation: ChineseKoreanSpanish

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


Global Member Newsletter November 2020

Translation: Chinese


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.


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’.



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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


Global Member Newsletter October 2020


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.


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.



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.

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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 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



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


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


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


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.


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


Global Member Newsletter September 2020

Translation: EspañolChinese


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.


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!’



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. 

Submit your image


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


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.

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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.

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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.



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


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


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.

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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 


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.   


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

Global Member Newsletter August 2020


Join us for our half-day virtual conference in September

On Saturday 26 September, IACLE is hosting a virtual conference to ‘Bring the focus back to contact lenses’. There will be an industry panel discussion to update delegates on the current situation with COVID-19. The group will reflect on the impact to the industry since the start of the pandemic, how consumers have been affected and give their thoughts on how the next 6-9 months may play out. 

Look out for the full program in our Special Notice

NEW IACLETOP adds Flashcards for students

Soft contact lens application, removal and lens care systems are the topics for the first in a series of Flashcards for students, now available on IACLETOP. The Flashcards – in PDF, PowerPoint and Nearpod formats – have been designed to support the delivery of practical skills through summary sheets to highlight the key aspects of a particular skill. 

Access the flashcards via IACLETOP

NEW The TLC Initiative records social media success

IACLE introduced a new initiative in June 2020 to supplement existing educational activities with the aim to support members, students and industry as recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative has been a great success, and this is shown in the huge shift in engagement across all IACLE social channels. Amelia Morgan, Digital Marketing Consultant, says: ‘Although this is an uncertain time for all, this can be the catalyst for change, and for producing great opportunities and success.’ 

See the full social media metrics report

IACLE’s first webinars in Arabic now on IACLETOP

In a first for IACLE, the recent Arabic-speaking webinar series is now available for members to use on IACLETOP, along with more than 30 other recorded lectures. Topics covered in the Arabic series are myopia management, contact lens compliance, meibomian gland dysfunction and atopic diseases. 

Read the Arabic webinars report

IACLE France completes webinar series

Around 25 members took part in the recent French-speaking webinars which are now available on IACLETOP. IACLE Treasurer Professor Etty Bitton joined the speaker panel from Montreal, Canada, along with FIACLEs Marina Barthe and Samuel Avril in France.

Read the French webinars report


Eman Alzghoul is a 2016 IACLE Travel Award winner and lecturer at Jordan University of Science and Technology, specialising in RGP, therapeutic and myopia control contact lenses. Eman says: ‘IACLE has enriched my career path by honing my professional behaviour and networking skills, and has helped me expand my teaching methods. IACLE also supports me in developing the contact lens course due to having access to a huge array of online resources that I use in my academic teaching and practical career.’ Eman is also currently a PhD student at the University of New South Wales, Australia conducting research on the impact of using multifocal contact lenses in basic visual functions among myopic patients. 



Conjunctival de-epithelialisation in dry eye

Alejandra De la Hoya Olvera from Universo Visual Optica in Mexico captured this image using a slit lamp with an attached mobile phone adapter with diffuse slit-lamp illumination, low magnification and white light. Lissamine green stain was used to show bulbar conjunctival de-epithelialisation in dry eye syndrome.

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IACLE survey report reveals impact of COVID-19

To determine the impact of COVID-19 on contact lens education, and how educators and institutions plan to adapt in the future, IACLE conducted an online survey among its Educator Members. A full report on the survey findings is now available on our website.

Read the full survey results

Institutions take part in first Online STEs

IACLE has introduced an online version of its Student Trial Exam to support its educators and their students following the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, a total of five universities use the STEs with a total of 192 students participating. Jeju Tourism University students (pictured) have used the STEs.

Find out more about the Online STE

ICLC now includes dry eye lecture in Korean

‘Dry eye and contact lenses’ (D4) is the latest lecture in Korean to be added to the IACLE Contact Lens Course (ICLC2015 version). Translations of Contact Lens Care (module C) and Myopia and its Management (module F) are pending to complete the course for Korean members.

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The Summit provides access to specialist lens webinars

The Summit of Specialty Contacts spring and summer webinars are now complete and recordings are available online. The Summit virtual conference comprised a total of 15 lectures on specialist contact lens fitting and is free to view. 

Watch the recordings

Global Myopia Symposium becomes virtual event

FIACLE Professor Lyndon Jones of the University of Waterloo, Canada will be among the presenters for the Global Myopia Symposium, a virtual meeting focused on myopia management for clinicians, researchers and educators, taking place on 25-26 September.

Find more details and program

Survey explores impact of COVID-19 on CL wear

Nine in 10 contact lens wearers anticipate going back to their normal wearing schedule and almost all (94%) have remained loyal to their current brand during the COVID-19 pandemic. These are among the findings of a survey by IACLE Platinum Sponsor Alcon of 1,500 contact wearers in five countries.  

Read the survey results

CDC offers resources for Contact Lens Health Week

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with its partners, is holding the seventh annual Contact Lens Health Week from 17-21 August. CDC has a range of educational resources available around this year’s theme of ‘Road to 2020 vision begins with contact lens health’.

Access the Contact Lens Health Week toolkit


Special issue of Eye on COVID-19

Comments, reviews and original articles on the effects of SARS-CoV-2 on the eye.

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Ophthalmology education

A global perspective on transforming ophthalmic education into virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 and contact lens wear in Spain

The influence of COVID-19 on contact lens habits and perceived risk of infection due to contact lens wear during the pandemic.

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Implications of the pandemic on eye care practice

An editorial by two UK Professors discusses the implications of the current pandemic for eye care practitioners.

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IACLE has made the switch from streaming Spanish-speaking webinars via YouTube to Facebook to ensure accessibility in one central location. The second Latin America TLC webinar was hosted by Dr Martin Giraldo from Columbia on the topic of ‘Tear film assessment on contact lens practice’. Recorded programs can be listened to on demand. In other news from the LA region, IACLE Americas Regional Coordinator, Guillermo Carrillo, features in a documentary highlighting the importance of the optometry role in preventative medicine. 

Watch the documentary (Password: LATAM). Read the Americas report

AAO 2020 moves to virtual meeting

The annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) is now taking place virtually and will be available from 7-22 October during select periods. Check the Academy website for the latest news, program and registration. 

Full details

CooperVision announces scholarship recipients

IACLE Gold Sponsor CooperVision has announced the 2020 recipients of its National Optometric Association Future Contact Lens Scholarships. The recipients are Christina Huynh from Kentucky College of OptometryJessica Olson Livermont from Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry and Richard Wan from The Ohio State University College of Optometry

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Tributes paid to Dr Rajeswari Mahadevan

The Elite School of Optometry in Chennai, India was among those paying tribute to IACLE’s Asia Pacific Regional President Dr Rajeswari Mahadevan who passed away on 15 July. Raji graduated from the school in 1998 and went on to pursue her MPhil and PhD studies in contact lenses while serving at Sankara Nethralaya

Read an obituary and a tribute from our President

Lakshmi delivers invited talk across AP region

Lakshmi Shinde, IACLE’s Executive Manager of Global Education, spoke on ‘Soft torics: teaching vs practice’ at an invited lecture (12 July), organized by FIACLE Fakhruddin Barodawala for Online Optom Learning Series (OOLS). ‘OOLS is an initiative by some optometrist friends to create an online learning platform,’ says Fakhruddin. Optometrists and optometry students from countries including India, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Phillipines have joined the 44 OOLS sessions since April.

Watch the lecture

IACLE team heads for the IVI virtual conference

The IACLE India team will be taking part in the India Vision Institute (IVI) virtual conference, Eye Health in a Changing World, on 3-4 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. FIACLEs Dr Byki Huntjens and Rajesh Wadhwa complete the line-up of IACLE speakers.

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IACLE India panel discusses virtual learning

Lakshmi Shinde and Executive Manager of Educational Programs Nilesh Thite hosted an online panel discussion on virtual learning (17 July), alongside FIACLEs Professor Monica ChaudhryShraddha Kadam and Nirav Mehta. They were joined by students from Lotus College of OptometryVidyasagar College of Optometry and Shree Bharatimaiya College of Optometry. A total of 142 educators and students participated in the webinar. 

IACLE China presents dry eye lecture via IACLETOP

China National Coordinator Professor Wang Haiying held an online lecture on ‘Dry eye and contact lenses’ last month. Haiying discussed IACLETOP and presented Professor James Wolffsohn’s lecture on ‘Contact lens induced dry eye: causes, investigations and management’. Xie Peiying from the Optometry Research Center of Peking University and China National Coordinator Professor Qu Xiaomei also delivered presentations.

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BCLA to host Presidential Address and first-ever podcast

For the first time, the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) Presidential Address will be held via a live webinar (10 September). The event will include an address from incoming President Indie Grewal (pictured) entitled ‘Making a lasting first impression’. Last month the BCLA produced its first-ever podcast, entitled ‘The community speaks’. The podcast gave BCLA members the opportunity to hear from experts about the impact COVID-19 has had on the contact lens profession. 

Find more details of BCLA events

UK and Italian universities join up to produce COVID-19 survey

IACLE members are invited to take part in a study designed by Aston UniversityUniversity of Milano Bicocca and Sapienza University of Rome, with the aim of investigating different aspects relating to contact lens practice following the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Link to the study


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

23-25 October 2020 – Optometry Conference of Central and South-Eastern Europe, Split, Croatia. Details

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

23-25 April 2021 – European Academy of Optometry and Optics Annual Conference (Helsinki2021), Helsinki, Finland. Details.

20-23 May 2021 – Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators (AOCLE) Annual Workshop, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Details.

13-14 March 2022 – Nederlands Contactlens Congres, Veldhoven, The Netherlands. Details.

Please email dates of events to s.allen@iacle.org.

Global Meetings and Events Schedule

IACLE Events Calendar providing all information and login details to the TLC Initiative events go to www.iacle.org member login 


Special Notice – COVID-19 Impact Survey Results

Translations: Chinese (simplified), Korean, Spanish

IACLE releases report on the impact of COVID-19 on global contact lens education

Contact lens educators expect substantial increases in online teaching in future and IACLE resources will play an even more essential role. 

That’s the message from IACLE’s survey of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global contact lens education. A total of 214 responses were received from Educator Members in 32 countries, representing a 39% response rate. 

Key findings include:

• Around seven in 10 (69%) say at least half of their contact lens teaching will be online by the end of 2020

• Three-quarters (76%) expect to provide more online lectures in future

• Almost nine in 10 (87%) expect to use IACLE resources more in future and none anticipate using them less

But major challenges remain with online delivery, particularly in teaching practical skills, and in student assessment and engagement. One in four respondents (25%) were not providing practical education when the survey was conducted in May, and a similar proportion (22%) were not assessing students.

Read the full survey report 

Have your say on the findings

There is strong support for an IACLE online education platform delivering IACLE resources. IACLE’s new learning management system – IACLETOP – is already hosting more than 30 global, regional and country-specific webinars, a new Online Student Trial Exam and flashcards for students on practical skills. 

IACLETOP is a key element of the TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative, a new online education program and communications campaign to supplement our existing activities and support our members through the pandemic and beyond. 

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo commented: ‘Our survey reveals major changes in the way we teach contact lenses. IACLE is at the forefront of advances in teaching technology and our members have access to – and are using – our wide range of online resources and programs. Your feedback is important and we’ll be providing even more support in light of the survey findings.’

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


Special Notice – Launch of Online STE

IACLE introduces Online Student Trial Exam to support its members following the COVID-19 pandemic

Translations: Chinese (simplified), Spanish

IACLE has launched an online version of its Student Trial Exam (STE) to support educators whose students are unable to attend their institutions in person or who want to assess students’ knowledge online.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Global Contact Lens Education’ survey conducted in May 2020 among IACLE Educator Members worldwide revealed:

• 71% of their institutions were currently closed to students to attend in person
• Only 24% were running exams or assessments for students to take in person
• 22% said they were not currently assessing students at all

Hosted on our new teaching online platform – IACLETOP – the Online STE is one of many additional resources IACLE is introducing under The TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative to support educators, students and industry, and help reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The STE has previously been a 100 multiple-choice question (MCQ) assessment in paper format to help teachers gauge how their students are progressing through their contact lens curriculum. The paper-format STE will now be discontinued. Delivering the STE online means IACLE can offer a number of enhancements:

• A choice between the traditional 100 MCQ exam or a reduced STE with 50 MCQs, providing more flexibility for you and your students
• Questions and answer options randomized, so each student gets an individual exam
• The option to complete the STE via a smartphone app as well as on their computer
• Online feedback for each student, either on the day or when the educator prefers

The Online STE will be free of charge until the end of 2020 and will initially be conducted in English, with translations into Spanish, Korean, Chinese (Simplified) and Bahasa to be completed by September. 

IACLE’s Executive Manager of Educational Development Professor Craig Woods, who is leading the project, explained: ‘Even if educators are teaching remotely and their students are learning from home, IACLE is able to support them with this tried, tested and trusted exam. We’re very excited to add this to our existing resources and the three institutions that have already tried it out were impressed by how easy it was to administer to their students.’  

FIACLE optometrist Fakhruddin Barodawala (pictured), lecturer at SEGi University in Malaysia, was among the first to run the exam. He commented: ‘IACLETOP came to the rescue just in time. The pandemic has hit everyone globally, and we were clueless on how we would conduct the STE. At SEGi University, STE is an important element of contact lens teaching as it forms a part of our summative assessment for final-year students.

‘I appreciate the efforts of the IACLE team to initiate IACLETOP and provide training on its use. Both I as the educator and my students had a good learning experience. A special thanks to Professor Woods who helped and supported us throughout the journey, and for being there to make sure the STE experience was student as well as educator friendly.’

Find out more about the Student Trial Exam

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