Global Member Newsletter May 2022

MEMBERSHIP PERKS IN MAY

Join our Virtual Conference this Saturday

There is still time for IACLE members to register for our fourth global Virtual Conference themed ‘Make students practice ready’, taking place this Saturday 14 May from 12 noon – 3 pm UK time (BST). The panel discussion, along with all sessions in Part Two, will be live streamed to our Facebook page on the day for non-members and students. Please see program for further details.

Register here – view the brochure – view the program


IACLETOP UPDATE

Updates to the DLP and Case Reports

The Distance Learning Program (DLP), a self-study program based on the IACLE Contact Lens Course designed to improve educators’ contact lens knowledge, has been reviewed and updated, thanks to the help of FIACLE Daddi Fadel. The new Case Reports and the updated DLP – developed by Daddi – will be available in translated languages soon. 

If you would like to see any particular Case Reports or content added to IACLETOP, please reach out to Professor Craig Woods and Lakshmi Shinde


NEWS IN MAY

Image of the Month

Isha Dave owner of independent practice ‘Primary Eye Care Centre’ in Mumbai, India, captured the above images using a slit lamp and Oppo camera phone. The images show a 45-year-old female patient who complained of itching and flakiness on the eyelids. The slit lamp examination revealed moderate blepharitis in both eyes. Blephex treatment was recommended, followed by self-management with lid hygiene at home. The images indicate the appearance of the lid margin before and after the Blephex treatment.

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

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Congratulations to the newly appointed FIACLEs!

From everyone at IACLE, we congratulate all who have successfully completed the Fellowship Exam and have attained FIACLE status. All successful candidates have been contacted, and FIACLE packs – approval letter, FIACLE certificate and FIACLE badge – have been issued. ‘Becoming a Fellow of IACLE recognizes your knowledge in contact lenses and evidence-based practice. During the last two years, I have learned a lot from the DLP and Case Reports available on the IACLETOP, and many aspects of my knowledge were confirmed. It is important to exchange views and knowledge with peers to grow professionally; IACLE provides all the instruments to do so,’ says Daddi Fadel (pictured above left). 

Also receiving their FIACLE certificate is active member since 2018 Mumtaz Qazi from Lotus College of Optometry in Mumbai, India. Executive Manager of Global Education Lakshmi Shinde visited the college last month and was able to hand over her certificate in person (pictured above right).

More information on the Fellowship Exam

Save the date for the 4th IACLE World Congress

We are pleased to announce that we are holding the 4th IACLE World Congress of Contact Lens Education, a global event dedicated to shaping the future training of contact lens professionals worldwide, next year hosted by Aston University in Birmingham, UK. The four-day congress will take place from 5-8 June 2023 and is timed to precede the British Contact Lens Association’s 2023 Clinical Conference & Exhibition (9-11 June).

Look out for more details in the coming months

Myopia Awareness Week is approaching

The Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI) has recently announced the 2022 Myopia Awareness Week dates, taking place from 23-28 May. The initiative was launched in 2021 to bring attention to the increasing number of myopia in children. The theme for the week is ‘Make your Eye Moves’, aiming to encourage participation in activities that promote eye health and reduce the risk of myopia. 

For more information

CooperVision opens submissions for Science and Technology Awards

IACLE Gold Sponsor CooperVision has recently announced the opening of submissions for their 2022 Science and Technology Awards, a program to bring award recipients and CooperVision scientists together to explore new areas of technology advancements. This year, the two focus areas are around ‘Methodologies to Enhance Global Ophthalmic Clinical Insights’ and ‘New Technologies for Prediction, Prevention, and Treatment of Myopia’.

To apply and for more information – submissions close on 15 July.

Save the date for our Annual General Meeting

The IACLE Annual General Meeting will take place virtually at 12 noon (BST) on Tuesday 21 June 2022. The meeting will be conducted via Zoom and is open to all IACLE members and industry partners. The Directors of the Association will present IACLE’s financial positions for 2021, along with an update on activities. IACLE will also transact such other business as may be properly brought before the meeting. If you are unable to attend, you are able to assign a proxy.

Look out for a Special Notice to send an RSVP or apologies


RESOURCES

BCLA CLEAR Reports – Open Access

The British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) has announced an extension to the Open Access provision for its landmark global consensus report on contact lenses published in 2021. The new arrangement for the ‘CLEAR Reports’ will see continued free access to the 10 full papers, written by 102 authors and making up a single issue of Contact Lens and Anterior Eye of over 300 pages. The BCLA reports that the papers have been downloaded nearly 80,000 times.

Access the CLEAR Reports

Contact lens compliance in university students in Spain

A report in Contact Lens and Anterior Eye has highlighted poor levels of contact lens compliance among university students in Spain. A high proportion of the contact lens wearers responding to a survey reported some degree of non-compliance. Around 60% of the participants did not replace their lenses on time and a similar number wore their lenses longer than recommended each day. Over 40% of respondents exposed their lenses to water regularly. Around two-thirds of the group reported that they had not been informed about the risks of contact lens wear.

Read the paper


COVID-19 RESOURCES

Antiviral activity and contact lens care solutions

A recent study indicates that oxidative contact lens disinfection systems, based on hydrogen peroxide and povidone-iodine, have higher virucidal activity than non-oxidative systems against the two seasonal human coronavirus strains examined.

Read the full text


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR REGIONS?

AMERICAS

Latin America reaches 100 webinar mark

Since the launch of the Teach. Learn. Connect. Initiative (TLC) in June 2020, the Latin America region has delivered 100 webinars, a milestone reached last week. We thank IACLE Americas Regional Coordinator Guillermo Carrillo for his continued support in coordinating such webinars for members in Latin America. 

Read the full Americas meeting report

University of Montreal celebrates Dry Eye Clinic’s 10th anniversary

The University of Montreal’s Dry Eye Clinic, inaugurated in 2012, was the first dedicated dry eye service in an optometry school in North America. Since then, it has grown and includes advanced dry eye management technologies and has treated over 1,000 patients. ‘Incorporating dry eye management at our optometry school has assisted patients with a growing problem, provided enhanced exposure to the disease for our students and provided opportunities for clinical research to share with the larger scientific community’, says IACLE Treasurer / Secretary and Director of the Dry Eye Clinic Dr Etty Bitton.

Register for GSLS: Virtual now

An extension of the in person Global Specialty Lens Symposium brings you GSLS: Virtual, taking place on 9-11 June. The digital event focused on successfully managing ocular conditions using today’s specialty contact lenses offers the opportunity to stay updated on best practices, and new techniques through interactive sessions streamed virtually. 

For more information and to register for the free program

ASIA PACIFIC

IACLE at ‘Evolution of Optometry’

Lakshmi Shinde and IACLE Director Fakhruddin Barodawala were invited as guest speakers at VOPTO2022’s ‘Evolution of Optometry’ themed conference, organized by Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation (9 April). Lakshmi presented ‘Contact lenses – Da Vinci to Digital Era’, and Fakhruddin discussed ‘Dry eye diagnostics – a journey’. He spoke about diagnostic criteria and how dry eye evaluation has evolved over the years based on the TFOS DEWS II Report and clinical experience. Over 1,000 people attended the conference.

Read the full Asia Pacific meeting report

Indian university receives free trial lenses

Samuel Livingstone from Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute in Chennai, India, has generously received some free trial contact lenses – PureVision soft spherical contact lenses – from IACLE Bronze Sponsor Bausch + Lomb for his students. 

If you are interested in receiving some trial lenses for your students, please get in touch with us at iacle@iacle.org.

EUROPE / AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST

Meeting to discuss membership in Spain and Portugal

Professor Raquel Gil-Cazorla from Aston University in Birmingham, UK, arranged a meeting with current and past IACLE members and industry colleagues during the Optometry Tomorrow (OPTOM) 2022 Conference in Spain (2 April). The purpose of the gathering was to connect with active members and discuss methods to encourage past members from Spain and Portugal to re-join. The group concluded that an increase in leadership in these countries is needed, and Raquel agreed to champion the task in collaboration with EAME Regional Director Dr Fabrizio Zeri


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

IACLE TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect) WEBINARS

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

GLOBAL MEETINGS IN COMING MONTHS

OPTI, Munich, Germany, 13-15 May. Details

BCLA Focus, Birmingham, UK and virtual. 11-12 June. Details

6th International Congress of Scleral Contacts (ICSC), Florida, USA, 29-30 July. Details

Cornea & Contact Lens Society Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 11-13 August. Details

The Summit of Specialty Contacts, Sorrento, Italy, 14-16 October. Details

American Academy of Optometry, San Diego, USA, 26-29 October. Details

3rd Asia Optometric Congress and 8th ASEAN Optometric Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 15-16 November. Details


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Final call to register: 4th Virtual Conference

Final call to register for our Virtual Conference taking place this Saturday

There is still time for IACLE members to register for our fourth global Virtual Conference themed ‘Make students practice ready’, taking place this Saturday 14 May from 12 noon – 3 pm UK time (BST). In contact lenses, classroom teaching has an essential role to play. However, dealing with patients in a clinical setup poses different challenges. Hence, the focus of IACLE’s fourth Virtual Conference will bridge the gap between academic teaching and contact lens practice requirements. 

Register here – IACLE Members

The conference will be chaired by IACLE Treasurer / Secretary Dr Etty Bitton and introduced by IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan

Find out what time the conference begins in your time zone

The program features presentations on:

  • Problem-based learning
  • Incorporating case reports in teaching
  • How to conduct a practical session
  • Challenges and solutions in assessing students’ skills
  • Effective patient communication and counselling 
  • Internships and externships 

PLUS a panel discussion on ‘Programs and activities to establish contact lens clinics in institutional settings’. Expert academics from China, Colombia, Malaysia, and Palestine will present their experiences running a student contact lens clinic focusing on learning activities and attracting more patients. This session will be live streamed to our Facebook page for non-members and students, along with all sessions in Part Two – please see program for further details.

IACLE Executive Manager of Educational Programs Nilesh Thite says, ‘IACLE’s fourth global Virtual Conference promises to deliver a much-needed theme ‘Make students practice ready.’ This one-of-a-kind event will benefit all contact lens educators. Please register if you have not done so yet!’

View the program – View the brochure


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Global Member Newsletter April 2022

MEMBERSHIP PERKS IN APRIL

Registration opens soon for our Virtual Conference

Please save the date for our Virtual Conference taking place on Saturday 14 May from 12 noon – 3 pm UK (BST). The theme for the conference is ‘Make students practice ready’, featuring a range of speakers and topics, including assessing students’ skills, communicating with patients, and a panel discussion discussing how to establish contact lens clinics at teaching institutions. 

Find out what time the conference begins in your time zone


IACLETOP UPDATE

New Case Reports added

The IACLE Education Team and FIACLE Daddi Fadel have developed two new Case Series – #11 and #12 – each containing two Case Reports. The new additions focus on the use and management of scleral contact lenses. Members receive a completion certificate after completing each case. The new Case Series is currently available in English, with other languages and student versions in development. 

Access the new Case Series


GLOBAL WEBINARS IN APRIL

‘Effect of water exposure on the contact lens storage case’

Join Dr Memoona Arshad on Wednesday 20 April at 12 noon UK (BST) for a global webinar titled ‘Effect of water exposure on the contact lens storage case’. Water exposure during contact lens wear can transfer pathogenic microorganisms to the eye and cause ocular complications. Dr Memoona Arshad and her co-authors determined that water exposure is prevalent among lens wearers and is independently associated with higher case contamination. In this webinar, she will discuss the findings of their study.

Find out what time the webinar begins in your time zone

Catch up on last month’s global webinar with Dr Andrew Pucker


NEWS IN APRIL

Image of the Month

IACLE Board Member Fakhruddin Barodawala from SEGi University in Malaysia captured the above image of a patient who bought cosmetic lenses online without a prior fitting assessment. The patient reported no complaints, with the lenses for just two hours prior to evaluation. On examination, fitting assessment revealed that the lens had minimal post blink movement and on all gazes, with an acceptable lower lid push-up test in both eyes. On ocular health examination, 360° conjunctival indentation staining was seen in both eyes. The patient was asked to cease contact lens wear. Preservative-free artificial tears were prescribed, as well as scheduling a follow-up visit a week later to monitor the staining and fit the patient with a different lens design in a daily disposable modality.

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

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World Optometry Day in India

Executive Manager of Global Education Lakshmi Shinde celebrated World Optometry Day with students at Sushant School of Health Sciences in Haryana, India (22 March). Lakshmi gave a lecture about the future of optometry in India and its aspects toward career growth in both the hospital and corporate sectors. She also gave a detailed discussion on IACLETOP and how students can utilize Student Areas.

IACLE is saddened by the passing of Dr William J Benjamin

We regret to announce the passing of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry Professor Emeritus Dr William J Benjamin. Dr Benjamin was a respected and valued colleague to many at the UAB School of Optometry and will be greatly missed.

More information on Dr Benjamin’s life

IACLE Director awarded Distinguished Optometry Fellowship

The National Academies of Practice (NAP) recently announced the election of IACLE Director Dr Renée Reeder as a Distinguished Optometry Fellow. Class of 2022 Fellows were welcomed into the National Academies of Practice during the awards and induction ceremony in San Diego, California on 5 March. Congratulations Renée!


RESOURCES

Life as an optometry academic on latest podcast

Dr Langis Michaud, Dean of the School of Optometry at the University of Montreal hosts the latest GlobalEyes Podcast, sponsored by CooperVision. Dr Michaud speaks about life as an optometry academic, scleral lenses, and myopia management. 

Listen to the episode

 Managing keratoconus with rigid lenses

A recent paper outlines the strategies for keratoconus management with rigid contact lenses employed in Japan. The report describes how corneas can be classified into one of four types based on topographic characteristics and how overall, rigid lenses are able to offer a safe, comfortable, and effective form of management for keratoconus patients.

Read the paper


COVID-19 RESOURCES

This recent study examined whether face masks were equally protective against the transmission of microbes. The authors concluded that face masks effectively reduce the transmission of microbes in laboratory tests. However, they become rapidly contaminated during wear. Hence, if masks are re-used, they should be regularly replaced or appropriately washed.

Read the abstract


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR REGIONS?

AMERICAS

Catch up on the latest Latin American webinars

During the last month, we heard from four different speakers in the Latin America region. Efrain Castellanos spoke on ‘Collaborative optometry education in Latin America’, Martha Marquez discussed ‘Semiology aimed especially at the papillary reaction’, Ana Agudelo’s webinar was on ‘New options for clinical measurement with slit lamps’, and Jesus Espinoza spoke on ‘Ethical aspects of contact lens practice’. Finally, IACLE Americas Regional Coordinator Guillermo Carrillo hosted the March Spanish-speaking Journal Club, where he discussed the paper titled ‘Systematic review of the quality of life in contact lens wearers’.

Read the full Americas meeting report for more details

ASIA PACIFIC

Industry session takes place at Indian optometry school

Rupam Sinha Professional Affairs Manager at Alcon hosted a webinar on ‘Recent advancements in the contact lens industry’ at Ahalia School of Optometry & Research Centre in Palakkad, India (18 March). The session’s objectives were around recent advancements and innovations that have recently occurred in commercially available contact lens products. An evidence-based discussion in connection with corneal and tear film physiology was delivered during the session. A total of 45 students and faculty members attended.

Read the full Asia Pacific meeting report for more details

EUROPE / AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST

Update from Jordanian member

FIACLE Dr Eman Alzghoul is currently a PhD student at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, researching the impact of using multifocal contact lenses in basic visual functions among myopic patients. ‘I consider joining IACLE in 2014 a turning point in my academic career. IACLE has enriched my career 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 the huge array of online resources that I use in both my academic teaching and practical career’, says Eman, who recently met with Executive Manager of Global Operations Siobhan Allen to receive her FIACLE certificate and badge (pictured above). 

Do you have any updates you would like to share with the IACLE membership?

Please complete this form

Registration opens for the Summit of Specialty Contacts 

Early bird registration is now open for the Summit of Specialty Contacts, taking place on 14-16 October in Sorrento, Italy. The agenda includes discussions on specialty contact lens topics, a day devoted to myopia and ortho-k, and one day designed for pre-track, society-based lectures, and sponsor presentations. 

To register and for more information


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

IACLE TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect) WEBINARS

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

GLOBAL MEETINGS IN COMING MONTHS

European Federation of the Contact Lens and IOL Industries Congress and Exhibition (EFCLIN), Barcelona, Spain, 28-30 April. Details

OPTI, Munich, Germany, 13-15 May. Details

Cornea & Contact Lens Society Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 1-2 July. Details

6th International Congress of Scleral Contacts (ICSC), Florida, USA, 29-30 July. Details

The Summit of Specialty Contacts, Sorrento, Italy, 14-16 October. Details

American Academy of Optometry, San Diego, USA, 26-29 October. Details

3rd Asia Optometric Congress and 8th ASEAN Optometric Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 15-16 November. Details


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IACLE member’s exclusive BCLA discount

IACLE members receive an exclusive discount for BCLA Focus

The British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) is pleased to invite IACLE colleagues from across the world to participate in their hybrid conference, BCLA Focus, at a 50% discounted rate. The conference takes place from 11-12 June 2022 and will be live streamed from the UK to online delegates. In addition, sessions will be recorded and available to all delegates after the event. 

 IACLE members can receive this exclusive 50% discount on the non-member live stream package, taking the price from £106 to £53. If you would like to discuss a group discount for your students, please contact the BCLA directly at membership@bcla.org.uk

Enter ‘BCLA_IACLE_2022’ during registration to receive the discount. The code is valid until 30 April.

Your package includes: 

  • Online access to the live stream of the main lecture track at BCLA Focus
  • Access to recorded sessions for a limited time after the event
  • Access to the virtual exhibition 

Please refer to the registration terms and conditions for the full details of the event. 

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Global Member Newsletter March 2022

MEMBERSHIP PERKS IN MARCH

Save the date for our Virtual Conference

Please save the date for our Virtual Conference taking place on Saturday 14 May from 12 noon – 3 pm UK (BST). The theme for the conference is ‘Make students practice ready’, featuring a range of speakers and topics, including assessing students’ skills, communicating with patients, and a panel discussion discussing how to establish contact lens clinics at teaching institutions. 

Look out for more details and the registration link to follow soon


GLOBAL WEBINARS IN MARCH

Join Dr Andrew Pucker on Friday 18 March at 12 noon UK (GMT) for a global webinar on ‘A review of contact lens dropouts’. Dr Pucker is Assistant Professor and the Director of Clinical Research and Myopia Control at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA. IACLE Platinum Sponsor Alcon is introducing the webinar and Professor Philip Morgan is chairing the session. 

Please find Zoom login details here


NEWS IN MARCH

Image of the Month

Suraj Kumar Chaurasiya from the CL Gupta Eye Institute in Moradabad, India, captured the above image of a soft lens edge fluting at 3 o’clock using a Redmi Note 7 Ai camera phone. ‘The fluting in the soft contact lens suggests that it has a flat fit. To improve the fit, the lens needs to be steepened by increasing the total diameter or decreasing the base curve value,’ says Suraj. 

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

Submit your image here

2022 IACLE Awards update

We thank all who applied for the 2022 IACLE Awards. The applications are currently in the review process, and we will be in touch with the successful applicants to let them know of the results within the next month. 

Webinar series success

Since launching the Teach. Learn. Connect. Initiative (TLC) in June 2020, IACLE has delivered almost 200 webinars with over 18,000 attendees. IACLE offers webinars on national, regional, and global levels to support our members across the globe. We thank all our webinar speakers for delivering these presentations and our members and their students for their participation in our webinars. 

View the 2021 and 2022 webinar series via IACLETOP here

Renew your IACLE membership

Thank you to all our members who have renewed their membership for 2022. Access to full membership benefits ended on 31 January if payment had not been received. If you haven’t yet renewed and would like to, please get in touch with your IACLE Representative to request an invoice. 

Membership terms and conditions


RESOURCES

Latest Contact Lens Update features non-compliance

Honorary Member and Founding Director of the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) Professor Desmond Fonn authors the latest Contact Lens Update titled ‘Non-compliance with contact lens replacement schedules: does it really matter?’. The update covers frequent replaceable lenses and complications with this lens type, adherence to soft lens replacement schedules, and frequent replacement of rigid gas permeable lenses. 

Read Contact Lens Update

New podcast episode on scleral lenses

The latest episode of GlobalEyes features Lifetime FIACLE Dr Eef van der Worp who talks about the past decade of scleral lenses, discusses the 10th anniversary of the ‘Guide to Scleral Lens Fitting’, myopia control, and the ocular surface. Dr Melissa Barnett and Dr Tom Arnold host the podcast that is supported by CooperVision

Listen to the episode


COVID-19 RESOURCES

Safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 Urgent Eyecare Service

In this recent study, 1,074 patients who had accessed the COVID-19 Urgent Eyecare Service (CUES) system in North London were interviewed. Patients who were seen in person were almost five times more likely to be correctly managed than those seen solely virtually. Therefore, optometrists are advised to follow evidence-based guidance on whether to manage patients virtually or in person.

Read the full text


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR REGIONS?

AMERICAS

Latest Latin-American webinars

During February, the Latin American office hosted four webinars and heard from different speakers on their areas of expertise. Jeannine Hernandez spoke on ‘Dry eye in contact lens wearers’, Arturo Aguirre delivered a talk on ‘High Dk/t soft contact lenses in high myopia’, Aldo Ortiz discussed ‘Proactivity from contact lens practitioners in contact lens fittings and visual health’, and finally, María Victoria Báez ran the February Spanish-speaking Journal Club.

Catch up on all Spanish-speaking webinarsRead the full Americas meeting report

ASIA PACIFIC

Korea host lecture at ACUVUE Education Centre

Korea National Coordinator Professor Kyounghee Park hosted a lecture on ‘Soft contact lens materials and soft toric contact lens designs’ to four IACLE members and 10 students from Konyang University in Nonsan, South Korea (20 January). The event was conducted at the ACUVUE Education Centre. After completing a two-week intensive program at the centre, the students are able to practice at optical outlets and clinics. 

Read the full Asia Pacific meeting report

EUROPE / AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST

Registration for BLCA Focus is now open

The British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) is holding a new hybrid conference, allowing eye care professionals to hear from world-leading experts. ‘BLCA Focus’ takes place on 11-12 June both virtually and in person at The Vox Conference Centre in Birmingham, UK, and is open to members and non-members. 

To register and find out more details

Love Your Lenses Week – register now

Registration for Love Your Lenses Week, in association with the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA), is now open. Some of the aims of the campaign include raising awareness of safe contact lens wear, inspiring eye care professionals to encourage patients to consider trying contact lenses and promoting the importance of contact lens check-ups among wearers. Love Your Lenses Week takes place from 13-19 June.

Register hereFor more information 


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

IACLE TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect) WEBINARS

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

GLOBAL MEETINGS IN COMING MONTHS

European Federation of the Contact Lens and IOL Industries Congress and Exhibition (EFCLIN), Barcelona, Spain, 28-30 April. Details

OPTI, Munich, Germany, 13-15 May. Details

Cornea & Contact Lens Society Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 1-2 July. Details

6th International Congress of Scleral Contacts (ICSC), Florida, USA, 29-30 July. Details

American Academy of Optometry, San Diego, USA, 26-29 October. Details

3rd Asia Optometric Congress and 8th ASEAN Optometric Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 15-16 November. Details


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2022 IACLE Virtual Conference

Save the date for our Virtual Conference – 14 May

Please save the date for our Virtual Conference taking place on Saturday 14 May from 12 noon – 3 pm UK (BST). The theme for the conference is ‘Make students practice ready’, featuring a range of speakers and topics, including assessing students’ skills, communicating with patients, and a panel discussion on establishing contact lens clinics at teaching institutions. 

Look out for more details and the registration link to follow soon.

Find out what time the conference begins in your time zone

Global Member Newsletter February 2022

MEMBERSHIP PERKS IN FEBRUARY

Catch up on the Presidential Address

Last week, IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan delivered his Presidential Address outlining current challenges for contact lens practice. He discussed the opportunities and challenges likely to face contact lens educators and practitioners in the coming years.  Related to vision, he noted that perhaps only 2-5% of presbyopes use multifocal contact lenses – a proportion much lower than for younger people – highlighting the significant opportunity (and responsibility) here of both educators and practitioners.  Professor Morgan also spoke about augmented reality systems in contact lenses, contact lens comfort (and discomfort), and future developments to improve comfort and minimize adverse physiological events. 

Catch up here


NEWS IN FEBRUARY

Image of the Month

Dr Atanu Samanta from the Nagar School of Optometry in Ahmedabad, India, captured the above image of a 60-year-old male patient with monocular aphakia in the left eye due to penetrating limbal trauma. The right eye was emmetropic with no ocular pathology. Pre-contact lens fitting, the patient complained of diplopia with spectacle correction. On slit lamp examination, the patient was found to have a horizontal heart shaped iris. The patient was successfully fitted with custom made hydrogel toric contact lenses with corrected visual acuity of 6/9 in the left eye, with no further complaints of diplopia. 

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

Submit your image here

Suraj receives IOTY Award

Congratulations to Indian member Suraj Chaurasiya, winner of the 2021 IACLE Image of the Year. Suraj receives one year of complimentary IACLE membership, a US$100 Amazon voucher and a certificate. We introduced the Image of the Month initiative in 2018 to give members a chance to share their clinical photographic skills with other IACLE colleagues. Submit your best clinical images, gain recognition for your skills and be in the running for the Image of the Year Award.

For more information

Congratulations to all who passed the Fellowship Exam

In November 2021, over 160 members took the IACLE Fellowship Exam, with 39% of candidates successfully passing the exam. Members who achieved the highest marks were Sylvianti Simanjuntak and Dian Leila Sari from the Academy of Optometry Leprindo in Indonesia and Marina Barthe from ISO Bordeaux in France. In addition, eight existing FIACLEs resat the exam, including Rolando Rojas Bernuy from the Universidad Peruana Los Andes in Peru, who has successfully passed the Fellowship Exam nine times! Congratulations to all those who passed the exam.

More information on the Fellowship Exam

Apply now for FIACLE status

A successful outcome of the Fellowship Exam qualifies members to apply to become a Fellow of IACLE (FIACLE), providing they have held IACLE membership for at least one year and meet the FIACLE terms and conditions and member guidelines. If you would like to apply for FIACLE status, please fill out the application form by Friday 25 February. The IACLE Board of Directors will review the applications, and approval of FIACLE status will be issued next month. Thank you to those who have submitted their applications – they are currently being processed. 

Apply now for FIACLE status

Save the date for our Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that an Annual General Meeting of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) will take place virtually on Tuesday 21 June at 12 noon (BST) via Zoom. A formal invitation will be distributed in the coming months. 

More details to follow soon

Final call for the 2022 IACLE Awards

Four contact lens educators from around the world will be attending major international meetings this year as winners of the 2022 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year and Travel Awards. IACLE is offering educators worldwide the opportunity to travel to a national, regional, or international meeting as winners of the IACLE Awards. Applications close on Monday 28 February at midnight (EST)

Read a Special Notice for more details

Apply for the IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards – Apply for the IACLE Travel Award

Renew your IACLE membership

Thank you to all our members who have renewed their membership for 2022. We are looking forward to delivering more programs, resources, and events in the coming year. This is a kind reminder that access to our full range of membership benefits – including the resources and programs within IACLETOP and all resources and events under the Teach. Learn. Connect. Initiative – is exclusively available for IACLE members. IACLE membership runs on an annual cycle and expires when payment is not received. Access to full membership benefits ended on 31 January if payment had not been received, and a late fee will be payable for members failing to pay by the end of February

Please note membership renewal is not required for Honorary Members


MEET A MEMBER

More information on how to renew your membership

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

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


RESOURCES

CORE educational materials

Our in-kind sponsor, the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE), has made available various educational assets, including an online clinical contact lens management guide which presents information on cornea, limbus, conjunctiva, and lid conditions along with signs and symptoms, and biomicroscopy techniques. In addition, the guide features key management principles, images, and short video clips.

Access the guide

CORE also manages a Contact Lens Compendium featuring 387 lens brands in Canada and 607 in the United States, in addition to a range of solutions. Although the compendium provides information about lenses in Canada and the United States, many of the products are available internationally so this resource will be helpful to IACLE members across the world.

Canadian compendium – United States compendium


COVID-19 RESOURCES

Patient satisfaction in the COVID-19 era

A retrospective study, including 514 patients, explored patient satisfaction with ophthalmology care delivered either face-to-face or virtually during the pandemic. The authors found patient satisfaction to be comparable between virtual and in-person visits, validating the continued usage of telemedicine for eye care visits.

Read the full text


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR REGIONS?

AMERICAS

Colombian university takes lead in research project

IACLE members from Mexico and Colombia are currently involved with a research project taking place at the Universidad Antonio Nariño (UAN) in Colombia and the Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes in Mexico. Previous IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Johanna Garzon is leading the project titled ‘Effect of two tear substitutes and blood derivatives on the ocular surface and dry eye’ and is very excited to involve other IACLE members.

Read the full Americas report

ASIA PACIFIC

Korea National Coordinator Professor Kyounghee Park hosted a lecture for students at Konyang University in Nonsan, South Korea, on ‘Soft contact lens materials and design’ (20 January). She explained the characteristics of soft contact lens materials and answered questions from the students. Konyang University’s optometry students will practice at an optician’s office after completing an intensive two-week contact lens class at the Acuvue Education Center.

EUROPE / AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST

EAME Leadership Team discuss regional plans

In January, IACLE EAME Regional Director Dr Fabrizio Zeri organized a meeting with IACLE colleagues and member representatives from Europe, Africa, and the Middle East to discuss development opportunities in the region. Some of the ideas discussed were collaborating with other countries and organizations, disseminating IACLE information in different countries, and arranging national meetings for educators. 

IACLE at OPTI Educator Roundtable in May

During the International Trade Show for Optics and Design – the OPTI Fair – IACLE is hosting a session with Platinum Sponsor Alcon titled ‘IACLE: four decades of global contact lens education. What’s next?’. The fair will now take place from 13-15 May.

Look out for more details soon


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

IACLE TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect) WEBINARS

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

GLOBAL MEETINGS IN COMING MONTHS

European Federation of the Contact Lens and IOL Industries Congress and Exhibition (EFCLIN), Barcelona, Spain, 28-30 April. Details

OPTI, Munich, Germany, 13-15 May. Details

Cornea & Contact Lens Society Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 1-2 July. Details

6th International Congress of Scleral Contacts (ICSC), Florida, USA, 29-30 July. Details

American Academy of Optometry, San Diego, USA, 26-29 October. Details

3rd Asia Optometric Congress and 8th ASEAN Optometric Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 15-16 November. Details


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Special Notice – apply now for FIACLE status

Congratulations to all who successfully passed the Fellowship Exam!

A successful outcome of the Fellowship Exam qualifies members to apply to become a Fellow of IACLE (FIACLE), providing they have held IACLE membership for at least one year and meet the FIACLE terms and conditions and member guidelines. If you would like to apply for FIACLE status, please fill out the application form by Friday 25 February. The IACLE Board of Directors will review the applications, and approval of FIACLE status will be issued in March

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

  • Have successfully completed the Fellowship Exam
  • Hold IACLE membership for at least one year
  • Continue to qualify as an IACLE member
  • Be a financial member (fees are paid up to date)
  • Promote IACLE educational goals and objectives
  • Continue to contribute to contact lens education
  • Participate in programs that advance contact lens education

Renew their FIACLE status every three years by completing a ‘Declaration of Participation’ form

Apply for FIACLE status here

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Renew your IACLE membership

Thank you to all our members who have renewed their membership for 2022. We are looking forward to delivering more programs, resources, and events this year. 

A kind reminder that access to our full range of membership benefits – including the resources and programs within IACLETOP and all resources and events under the Teach. Learn. Connect. Initiative – is exclusively available for IACLE members. IACLE membership runs on an annual cycle and expires when payment is not received. Access to full membership benefits will end on 31 January if payment is not received and a late fee will be payable for members failing to pay by the end of February. Please note, membership renewal is not required for Honorary Members.

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

More information on renewing your membership

Your active IACLE participation is important to us

Thank you for your continued support

2022 IACLE Awards

Apply now for the 2022 IACLE Awards

Four contact lens educators from around the world will be attending major international meetings this year as winners of the 2022 IACLE Awards.

IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) is offering educators worldwide the chance to become IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year and travel to an 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:

  • 2022 IACLE Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year
  • 2022 IACLE Asia Pacific Contact Lens Educator of the Year
  • 2022 IACLE Europe / Africa – Middle East Contact Lens Educator of the Year

Due to travel restrictions implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 award recipients have not yet received their awards. The 2021 winners (pictured above left to right: Dr Johanna GarzónWei Xu, and Dr Byki Huntjens) and the 2020 winners (pictured below left to right: Professor Renée ReederProfessor Bariah Mohd Ali, and Jo Underwood) will receive their awards at meetings this year when restrictions allow. 

These awards recognize and award 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 this year and permission to use the title 2022 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year for their region.

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

‘Translating the latest science and championing evidence-based contact lens practice to inspire future practitioners is at the heart of the IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Award,’ said Karen Walsh, Director, Global Professional Affairs – 1 Day & FRP Brands. ‘This commitment to the profession’s exciting future is shared by all recipients, as well as CooperVision. As a long-time IACLE sponsor, we congratulate the 2022 honourees.’


IACLE Travel Award

The IACLE Travel Awards are bursaries of up to US$3,000, allowing IACLE Educator Members to attend a meeting on a national, regional, or international basis. The IACLE Travel Awards are sponsored by IACLE through the generous support of all IACLE sponsors (Alcon, CooperVision, Johnson & Johnson, Bausch + Lomb, Ophtecs and Euclid).

This year, there will be one IACLE Travel Award. The recipient will attend a national, regional, or international meeting in 2022 when restrictions allow.  

2020 Travel Award recipients Dr Elizabeth Chetty (South Africa) and Associate Professor Nirav Mehta (India) will receive their awards at a national, regional, or international meeting in 2022, providing COVID-19 restrictions allow. Professor Martín Guzmán (Venezuela) received his 2020 Travel Award at the International Congress of Scleral Contacts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in July 2021. 

Professor Guzmán commented on his experience receiving the 2020 Travel Award: ‘The International Congress of Scleral Contacts was truly inspirational for me. The meeting brought delegates from 42 countries together, both virtually and in-person, and provided the most up to date knowledge and information regarding the use of scleral lenses in clinical practice. Thanks to IACLE for its support and for making it possible for me to attend this wonderful conference.’

IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan said: ‘We are delighted to start the search for four new IACLE Award winners for 2022: our three ‘Educator of the Year’ accolades and our Travel Award. We invite our members to consider applying for the 2022 Awards or to nominate a colleague. We are grateful to CooperVision for their continued sponsorship of our Educator of the Year Awards, and to all our sponsors (Alcon, CooperVision, Johnson & Johnson Vision, Bausch + Lomb, Ophtecs and Euclid) for their support of the Travel Award and of our work supporting contact lens educators around the world more generally.’

The deadline for entries for the 2022 awards is midnight (EST) on Monday 28 February 2022. Entries must be submitted using the application form below.

If you have any questions or would like any additional information, please contact IACLE Chief Executive Officer Bonnie Boshart.


Apply for the IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Award

Apply for the IACLE Travel Award


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