4th IACLE World Congress – Registration is closing soon

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Dear IACLE Members, 

We have had a great response from our members for our upcoming 4th IACLE World Congress and look forward to sharing more exciting details over the coming weeks. The WC4 Team will be in touch with registered members over the next few weeks regarding travel stipend applications. 

The 4th IACLE World Congress will take place at Conference Aston in Birmingham, UK, from 5-8 June 2023 and is timed to precede the British Contact Lens Association’s (BCLA) 2023 Clinical Conference & Exhibition in Manchester (9-11 June 2023).

Congress fees for IACLE members are free of charge (worth over $1,400 per person) thanks to the generous support of our industry sponsors. This includes:

  • Participation on all four days, including the workshops, plenary sessions, and keynote presentations (normally $525)
  • Four nights’ hotel accommodation, including buffet breakfast (normally $165 per night per room, based upon two people sharing a room). Attendees who would prefer a single occupancy room will pay a supplement of $70 per night. 
  • Lunch on all four days (normally $35 per day)
  • Gala dinner ticket (normally $75)
  • Luxury coach travel from Birmingham to Manchester in time for the BCLA (normally $35)

IACLE members will also receive an exclusive registration rate for the BCLA’s Clinical Conference & Exhibition (full registration rate is £750 and IACLE members pay £500). Look out for a discount code in the coming weeks. 

Registration

There is still time to register for WC4. However, applications for travel stipends have now closed:
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Workshops

The workshops will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday of the Congress. There will be eight 90-minute workshops on both days with approximately 15 delegates rotating through each workshop. 

Schedule

  • Monday 5 June – welcome lunch, plenary session, keynote speaker, drinks reception, tour of Aston University’s School of Optometry 
  • Tuesday 6 June – hands-on workshops
  • Wednesday 7 June – hands-on workshops, Gala Dinner
  • Thursday 8 June – plenary session, keynote speaker, transport to Manchester for BCLA attendees

A fully detailed program will be shared with attendees in the coming weeks.  

Abstracts

We have also had a great response to our call for abstracts. Thank you to all our members who have submitted an abstract. The WC4 Team will be in touch over the coming weeks to let you know if your abstract has been successful. Abstract submissions are now closed.


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2023 IACLE Educator of the Year Awards

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Applications are now open for the 2023 IACLE Educator of the Year Awards

Three contact lens educators from around the world will travel to the 4th IACLE World Congress and the British Contact Lens Association’s Clinical Conference & Exhibition this year as winners of the 2023 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards

IACLE is offering educators the chance to become IACLE Contact Lens Educators of the Year and travel to the BCLA’s biennial conference in Manchester, UK. The 2023 awards ceremony will take place during the Gala Dinner at our 4th World Congress in Birmingham, UK, which immediately precedes the BCLA, so we hope all winners can attend. Fees to attend WC4 are waived for all IACLE members. For more information about WC4, please visit our website.

The title of the 2023 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year will be awarded to three individuals, one from each of IACLE’s three global regions:

  • Asia Pacific
  • Europe, Africa and Middle East 
  • Americas

These awards recognize achievements in contact lens education and are sponsored by Gold Sponsor CooperVision. The winners will each receive a bursary of up to US$3,000 towards the cost of attending the BCLA this year (including free registration for the conference) and the right to use the title 2023 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. 

Director, Global Professional Affairs at CooperVision Karen Walsh said: ‘The IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards provides a great opportunity for those involved in teaching the next generation of eye care professionals to be recognized for their work on the international stage. CooperVision, as long-term supporters of these awards, look forward to celebrating with the successful nominees later in the year.’

IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan commented, ‘On behalf of IACLE, I am pleased to announce that nominations for our Educator of the Year Awards are open. One Award is made for each IACLE region – Asia Pacific, Americas and Europe, Africa, Middle East – with the awardees scheduled to receive their awards at our 4th World Congress. I encourage our members to consider nominating themselves or a colleague to be recognized in this way. Thanks to CooperVision for once again sponsoring the IACLE Educator of the Year Awards.’

The deadline for entries for the 2023 awards is midnight (EST) on Friday 17 February. Entries must be submitted using the application form. If you would like to nominate a friend or colleague, please fill out their details in this form and we will contact them directly to inform them about their nomination.  

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

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Nominate a friend or colleague


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Global Member Newsletter January 2023

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MEMBERSHIP PERKS IN JANUARY

Contact Lens Educator Award applications open next week

We are pleased to inform our members that we are opening applications for our 2023 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards next week. The title will be awarded to three members from each region – Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa and Middle East and the Americas. The winners will each receive a bursary of up to US$3,000 towards the cost of attending the British Contact Lens Association’s Clinical Conference & Exhibition this year and the right to use the title 2023 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year for their region. 

Look out for a Special Notice with more details next week

Fellowship Exam registration opens next month

We are pleased to inform our members that we are running the Fellowship Exam online via IACLETOP in November 2023. Exclusively available to IACLE members, the exam is the only internationally recognized means of measuring an eye care professional’s contact lens knowledge. A successful outcome of the exam qualifies members to apply to become a Fellow of IACLE (FIACLE). Look out for more details and registration opening next month.

For more information on the Fellowship Exam


THIS MONTH’S PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS

Next Wednesday 25 January at 12 noon (GMT), IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan is delivering a live Presidential Address to discuss the current state of contact lens prescribing around the world and how changes in prescribing trends can and should influence our teaching. The talk will include information and opinions on rigid corneal and scleral lenses, daily disposables, soft torics, extended wear and myopia management. As usual, there will be the opportunity to ask questions of the speaker on the day.

Members can watch live online via Zoom, and the event will be live streamed to our Facebook page for students and eye care practitioners to tune into. Find the Zoom login details here.

Find out what time the Presidential Address begins in your time zone


NEWS IN JANUARY

Image of the Year Award 2022

Congratulations to Mexican member Dr Fausto Rangel, winner of the 2022 Image of the Year! Dr Rangel receives one year of complimentary IACLE membership, a US$100 Amazon voucher, and a certificate. Fausto, from the Optometría y Contactología Especializada in Chalco, Mexico, captured the above image showing a scleral lens with clearance of approximately 150 microns in a keratoconus patient with Intacs, viewed through a slip lamp optic section with white light. Dr Rangel used a smartphone attached to a slit lamp to take the photo. 

Share your photographs with us for the 2023 IACLE Image Library and enter our Image of the Year competition for the chance to win a year of free IACLE membership and a US$100 Amazon voucher. 

Submit your image

Professor Nathan Efron presents global webinar next month

Save the date for next month’s global webinar on 15 February at 12 noon (GMT) titled ‘Good news! Contact lens wear is inflammatory’. Eyecare practitioners typically associate the notion of ocular inflammation during contact lens wear with serious complications such as microbial keratitis. However, more subtle mechanisms may be at play. In this presentation, Professor Efron will try and answer a question that has haunted him throughout his career – Is contact lens wear intrinsically inflammatory?

Watch live online via Zoom and tell your students and colleagues to tune in via our Facebook page.

Find out what time the webinar begins in your time zone

WC4 travel stipend applications close soon

We are delighted with the number of applications we have received for the 4th IACLE World Congress. A reminder that travel stipends are reviewed on a first come first served basis, so we encourage those wishing to apply for a stipend to send in their applications as soon as possible. The stipend will depend on distance and flight costs. For example, if you are travelling from Asia, your stipend may be higher than if you are travelling from Europe. Applications for travel stipends close on 31 January 2023.

Register for WC4More information on WC4

WCO collaborates with Alcon for webinar series

The World Council of Optometry and IACLE Platinum Sponsor Alcon have teamed up for a global webinar series on ‘Dry Eye Disease: Measurement’ to explore the signs and symptoms of dry eye and how to diagnose it. The webinar, taking place on 31 January, features world-renowned educators Professors James WolffsohnJennifer Craig, and Lyndon Jones and will be independently presented in three global time zones.

For more information and to register

Renew your IACLE membership by 31 January

Thank you to all our members who have already renewed their membership for 2023. We look 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 the resources under the Teach. Learn. Connect. Initiative – is exclusively available for IACLE members. 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

More information on IACLE membership


RESOURCES

Contact lenses in 2022

In this review of the contact lens market in 2022, IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan and a group of colleagues based around the world present their report on 2022 contact lens prescribing. In a wide-ranging article, the group report on the increase in soft toric lens prescribing since the turn of the century and the great variation in daily disposable prescribing worldwide.

Access the article


COVID-19 RESOURCE

A cross-sectional, survey-based study, including 452 responses from international students in Chinese universities, found an extremely high prevalence of digital eye strain and dry eye disease symptoms compared to the previous studies with a similar population group; the apparent rise in these disorders appears to coincide with the COVID-19 pandemic. The authors suggest that the prevalence of dry eye disease may be underestimated in the young population.

Read the full study


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR REGIONS?

AMERICAS

Tune into GSLS: Virtual now

The annual Global Specialty Lens Symposium taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada, is offering a virtual component to this year’s live meeting, focusing on the successful management of ocular conditions using today’s specialty contact lenses. ‘GSLS: Virtual’ gives the opportunity to stay up to date on best practices and new techniques through interactive, educational sessions. The four-day conference began on 18 January and continues until 21 January.

For more information and to register

ASIA PACIFIC

Nilesh presents at hybrid workshop in Pakistan

In December, Executive Manager of Educational Programs Nilesh Thite presented at the ‘Advanced contact lens clinical practice’ themed hybrid workshop at the Green International University in Pakistan, organized by IACLE member Dr Memoona Arshad (15 December). Nilesh presented virtually, discussing the opportunities to improve contact lens practice and gave an insight into what IACLE provides for its members. Over 100 delegates, including practitioners, educators, and students, attended the workshop.

Read the full Asia Pacific report

South Korean students receive STE certificates

In November, IACLE Korea National Coordinator Professor Kyounghee Park visited two universities in South Korea – Choonhae College of Health Sciences in Ulsan (pictured left) and Kookje University in Pyeongtaek (pictured right) – to award students with their Student Trial Exam certificates. Professor Park commented, ‘Being successful in the STE is hard but a valuable process for the optometry students. The IACLETOP materials are very useful for preparing the students for the exam and are easy to use’. 

More information on the Student Trial Exam

EUROPE / AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST

Upcoming BCLA webinar on specialist lenses

The British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) are hosting a webinar on ‘Latest research on specialist lenses and how to apply in practice’ with Josie Barlow and Katie Harrop. Join the BCLA on Wednesday 25 January at 6:30 pm (GMT). The webinar is open to all; you don’t need to be a BCLA member.

For more information and to register

BCLA Fellowship applications close next month

The BCLA’s Fellowship scheme aims to recognise a member’s esteem in contact lenses and the anterior eye. It allows them to use the post-nominal letters FBCLA and demonstrates their commitment, abilities, and contribution they have made to the field. Applications are open until 28 February.

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 THE COMING MONTHS 

Global Specialty Lens Symposium, Las Vegas, USA, 18-21 January 2023. Details.

14th Annual Congress on Controversies in Ophthalmology, Lisbon, Portugal, 24-25 March 2023. Details.

IACLE 4th World Congress, Birmingham, UK, 5-8 June 2023. Details.  

BCLA Clinical Conference & Exhibition, Manchester, UK, 9-11 June 2023. Details.

4th World Congress of Optometry (WCO4) and O=MEGA23, Melbourne, Australia, 8-10 September. Details.  

American Academy of Optometry, New Orleans, USA. 11-14 October 2023. Details TBC.


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4th IACLE World Congress – Registration

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Apply for your place at IACLE’s 4th World Congress

Dear IACLE Members,

We are delighted with the number of applications we have received for our 4th IACLE World Congress.

A reminder that travel stipend applications are reviewed on a first come, first served basis, and close on 31 January. The stipend will depend on distance and flight costs. For example, if you are travelling from Asia, your stipend may be higher than if you are travelling from Europe.

Register for WC4

The registration cost, including participation in the plenary and workshop sessions, hotel accommodation, lunch on all four days, gala dinner ticket and luxury coach travel to the BCLA in Manchester, will be covered for all registered IACLE members

IACLE members will also receive an exclusive registration rate for the BCLA’s 2023 Clinical Conference & Exhibition (full registration rate is £750, and IACLE members pay £500). Registration for the BCLA opens soon. 

Hosted at Conference Aston in Birmingham, UK, the World Congress will take place from 5-8 June 2023 and is timed to precede the British Contact Lens Association’s 2023 Clinical Conference & Exhibition in Manchester (9-11 June 2023). IACLE members’ participation will be facilitated by the generous support of industry partners sponsoring the workshop sessions: Platinum Sponsor Alcon, Gold Sponsor CooperVision, Silver Sponsor Johnson & Johnson and Bronze Sponsors Bausch + LombOphtecs and Menicon

The theme of the congress is Contact Lens Education for the Practitioner of the Future. The four-day meeting will combine hands-on workshops with plenary sessions, networking opportunities, and social events. Delegates will gain direct exposure to the latest technologies to take back to their institutions and incorporate into their teaching. 

All questions regarding registering for WC4 should be directed to IACLE Chief Executive Officer Bonnie Boshart at b.boshart@iacle.org

Visit our website for more information.

Call for Abstracts

The WC4 Program Committee invites IACLE members to participate in a series of 10-minute presentations during the plenary sessions based on selected themes:

  • Innovation in teaching
  • Motivating students
  • Novel assessments

If you would like to take part and present any of the above topics during WC4, please register your intent to submit an abstract via the form here.

Once accepted, a full abstract will be required.  Individuals whose abstracts are accepted will be eligible to receive a travel stipend following registration for the congress.  

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact the Program Chair Professor Craig Woods at c.woods@iacle.org


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Free Student Area Registration

Register now for a Student Area free of charge

In 2021, we introduced the Student Area, a space on IACLETOP with the tools to allow educators to produce individual teaching content and assessments while streamlining and integrating IACLE resources, acting as your own online Learning Management System.

To give you a chance to try the area and to see if this resource enhances your teaching, we are offering complimentary access for one year to our members who haven’t yet registered for a Student Area. 

Key benefits of the Student Area: 

  • Deliver the Student Trial Exam (STE) as 50 or 100 multiple-choice questions from a pool of randomized exam questions. 
  • Utilize the Basic Student Trial Exam (B-STE), comprised of assessments set at entry level, designed to assess students at the beginning of their contact lens journey to highlight knowledge and understanding of the required basics.
  • Integrate the Case Report Series and Flashcards into your teaching either as self-directed learning or as a flipped class environment.
  • Student access to the IACLE Contact Lens Course (ICLC) and IACLE Global Webinar recordings, available in English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Bahasa. 

Watch a video on how to navigate the Student Area

For more information and benefits on the Student Area, read the fact sheets in:

Bahasa – Chinese – English – Korean – Spanish

For those with existing Student Areas, from 2023 the fees will be as follows:

  • PPP1 – $4 per student
  • PPP2 – $8 per student
  • PPP3 – $12 per student

We calculate our fees based on Purchasing Power Parity (PPP), a pricing structure based on country economic demographics. 

Please see our fee structure here for more information.

FIACLE Ankit Varshney commented on his experience using a Student Area, ‘We have found the Student Area to be a very effective and easy to use tool, for both educating students and conducting the Student Trial Exam. From the students’ perspective, sitting the STE was a great experience for them to explore various features. The Student Area provided access to the Case Reports, Flashcards, videos, presentations and much more. Finally, we would like to thank IACLE for creating IACLETOP and for making life easy for contact lens educators.’


If you are interested in registering for a Student Area, please complete the registration form


If you have any questions, please get in touch with Kavitha Jayanna at k.jayanna@iacle.org.


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Global Member Newsletter December 2022

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MEMBERSHIP PERKS IN DECEMBER

Apply now for your place at WC4

We encourage and invite our members from all regions to register for our 4th IACLE World Congress on Contact Lens Education for the Practitioner of the Future, taking place at Conference Aston in Birmingham, UK, from 5-8 June 2023. This is a fantastic opportunity for members to connect and network with other contact lens educators, professionals, and industry representatives, from all parts of the world and meet with key opinion leaders. 

The registration cost, including participation in the plenary and workshop sessions, hotel accommodation, lunch on all four days, gala dinner ticket and luxury coach travel to the BCLA in Manchester, will be covered for all registered IACLE members

To help cover the cost of travel, IACLE members are eligible to apply for a travel stipend that will be considered on an individual basis and will depend on distance and flight costs. For example, if you are travelling from Asia, your stipend may be higher than if you are travelling from Europe. 

The WC4 Program Committee invites IACLE members to participate in a series of 10-minute presentations during the plenary sessions based on selected themes:

  • Innovation in teaching
  • Motivating students
  • Novel assessments

If you would like to take part and present any of the above topics during WC4, please register your intent to submit an abstract via the form. Once accepted, a full abstract will be required.

Complete the application form to register for WC4 and for more information

Virtual Conference now available via IACLETOP

We thank all members who attended our fifth Virtual Conference on ‘Seize the opportunity’. Over 100 participants tuned in live over Zoom and Facebook live on Saturday 26 November. The contact lens industry has been a great supporter of IACLE, and this conference witnessed its active involvement. All IACLE Sponsors were represented in the meeting, and we thank them for their continued support. 

Access the conference via IACLETOP. Read the meeting report

President to address members on CL prescribing trends

On 25 January 2023, IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan is hosting a Presidential Address on ‘Contact lens prescribing trends and their impact on our teaching’. Professor Morgan will review current and recent contact lens prescribing, how we can use this to predict future trends and how this can inform our teaching. 

Look out for more information

Members receive exclusive discount for BCLA Conference

The British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) is offering IACLE members an exclusive discounted rate for their Clinical Conference & Exhibition, taking place from 9-11 June 2023 in Manchester, UK, immediately succeeding the 4th IACLE World Congress. The full registration rate is £750 and IACLE members pay £500.

Look out for registration opening next month


IACLETOP UPDATE

Flashcard area complete in all languages

Visit IACLETOP to access all available Flashcards in English, Chinese, Bahasa, Korean and Spanish. The Flashcards are designed to support the delivery of practical skills with crucial aspects of a particular skill summarized on one A4 page. Each Flashcard is available in two formats: as a PowerPoint file and an interactive flipped class using the Nearpod software.

Visit the Flashcards here


NEWS IN DECEMBER

Image of the Month

Lifetime FIACLE Nilesh Chavan from the Janta Eye Clinic in Mumbai, India, captured the above images of a 38-year-old patient who had been wearing contact lenses for 20 years and monthly silicone hydrogel lenses for the past 10 years. The patient admitted to occasionally taking naps while wearing contact lenses and informed the clinic of pain and red eyes. Upon examination, a corneal ulcer was found with fluorescein staining, indicating full thickness epithelial defect. 

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

Registration for the Fellowship Exam opens soon

The IACLE Fellowship Exam is the only internationally recognized means of measuring an educator or eye care professional’s contact lens knowledge. A successful outcome of the exam enables a member to apply to become a Fellow of IACLE and obtain the title FIACLE. The 2023 Fellowship Exam will be conducted worldwide via IACLETOP in November 2023. Look out for registration opening in February.

For more information on the Fellowship Exam

Renew your IACLE membership to receive all benefits

Thank you to all our members who have already renewed their membership for 2023. We look forward to delivering more programs, resources, and events in the coming year and bringing back more face-to-face meetings. A kind reminder that access to our full membership benefits – including the resources and programs within IACLETOP and all resources and events – is exclusively available for IACLE members. Please note IACLE membership runs on an annual cycle and expires when payment is not received. Therefore, please renew your membership by 31 December 2022. If you have any questions regarding membership renewal, please contact your IACLE Representative. 

Thank you to Honorary Member Wim Borst from the Netherlands for his kind donation of $100 to IACLE.

More information on renewing your membership

Happy Holidays from IACLE!

From everyone at IACLE, we thank all our members and industry sponsors for your continued support throughout 2022. We look forward to your participation in 2023 and seeing what the year brings for contact lens education. IACLE offices are closed from 24 December until 2 January. Membership renewal payments can still be made during this period, and renewal paperwork will be available when the offices open in the new year. 

We wish you a Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year from the IACLE Team!


RESOURCES

Latest Update features artificial tears

Senior Director of Clinical Development at Lexitas Pharma Services Dr Andrew Pucker authors the latest editorial on ‘Prescribing lubricating eye drops for common ocular conditions’. Dr Pucker reflects on the development of a range of eye drops and how they can be used in cases of Dry Eye Disease, contact lens discomfort and digital eye strain.  

Read the editorial


COVID-19 RESOURCE

A recent study assessed the efficacy of five commonly used contact lens disinfecting solutions against severe acute respiratory syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The findings suggest that these solutions disinfect contact lenses from SARS-CoV-2 if the manufacturer’s instructions are followed. Moreover, the rub-and-rinse regimen plays a key part in lens disinfection.

Read the study


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR REGIONS?

AMERICAS

Soft toric contact lens workshop in Latin American universities

In November, IACLE Americas Regional Coordinator Guillermo Carrillo delivered a workshop on soft toric contact lenses to final-year students at Universidad Tecnica de Manabi and Colegio de Optometristas de Pichincha in Ecuador. The discussions included demonstrating how to fit soft toric lenses on students and tips for assessing soft toric contact lenses. 

Read the full Americas report

ASIA PACIFIC

Members Meet in Mumbai

In November, the IACLE India Team organized a member meeting at the Lotus College of Optometry in Mumbai, India (24-25 November). Over the two days, attending members heard from FIACLEs, IACLE colleagues, and industry representatives, who shared their first-hand teaching experiences, demonstrated live role plays and how they incorporate IACLE resources into their teaching. 

Read the full meeting report

South Korean students receive STE certificates

In November, IACLE Korea National Coordinator Professor Kyounghee Park visited two universities in South Korea – Choonhae College of Health Sciences in Ulsan (pictured left) and Kookje University in Pyeongtaek (pictured right) – to award students with their Student Trial Exam certificates. Professor Park commented, ‘Being successful in the STE is hard but a valuable process for the optometry students. The IACLETOP materials are very useful for preparing the students for the exam and are easy to use’. 

More information on the Student Trial Exam

FIACLE awarded Outstanding Optometrist Award

Last month, the Asia Optometric Congress (AOC) held its 3rd congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where FIACLE Minh Anh Tran was awarded the Outstanding Optometric Award. Minh was one of the first Bachelors of Optometry in Vietnam and developed, in conjunction with others, the first optometry courses in Vietnam. ‘I hope this beautiful profession continues to grow in Vietnam and around the world to fill the gap in the eye care system. I thank all individuals, institutes, funders, colleagues, and my dear students for their support,’ says Minh. Congratulations!

EUROPE / AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST

Industry donates lenses to Lebanon

Earlier this month, three representatives from Johnson & Johnson – local Manager Lolitta Salameh and two colleagues Mario Ibrahim and Hani Attieh – met with FIACLE Mohamad Hamade and his students at the Lebanese University in Beirut, Lebanon. The purpose of the meeting was philanthropic, bringing supplies of donated trial soft contact lenses and multi-purpose disinfecting solutions. ‘Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have,’ said Lolitta Salameh. Mohamad followed, ‘She is absolutely right, especially in the difficult situation that Lebanon is currently experiencing.’ 

The Lebanese University’s lab requires consumables such as fluorescein strips, trial scleral lenses and corneal RGP sets. It is the only public university in the country. If you are able to assist with donations, please contact us at iacle@iacle.org so we can put you in contact with Mohamad Hamade.

The BCLA calls for papers

The British Contact Lens Association’s (BCLA) Clinical Conference & Exhibition is designed to showcase world-class clinical research while nurturing new researchers, clinicians, and young academics to present at this level. If you would like to be a part of the 2023 conference, paper and poster submissions can be made using the online form. The final submission deadline is 9 am (GMT) on 6 February 2023

For more information on the criteria and deadlines


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 THE COMING MONTHS 

Global Specialty Lens Symposium, Las Vegas, USA, 18-21 January 2023. Details.

14th Annual Congress on Controversies in Ophthalmology, Lisbon, Portugal, 24-25 March 2023. Details.

IACLE 4th World Congress, Birmingham, UK, 5-8 June 2023. Details.  

BCLA Clinical Conference & Exhibition, Manchester, UK, 9-11 June 2023. Details.

4th World Congress of Optometry (WCO4) and O=MEGA23, Melbourne, Australia, 8-10 September. Details.  

American Academy of Optometry, New Orleans, USA. 11-14 October 2023. Details TBC.


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4th IACLE World Congress – Apply Now

Applications are now open for 4th IACLE World Congress on Contact Lens Education

IACLE members from around the world will gather in the UK in June 2023 for the Fourth IACLE World Congress on Contact Lens Education. We encourage and invite our members from all regions to attend the congress. 

Hosted at Conference Aston in Birmingham, UK, the congress will take place from 5-8 June 2023 and is timed to precede the British Contact Lens Association’s 2023 Clinical Conference & Exhibition in Manchester (9-11 June 2023). IACLE members’ participation will be facilitated by the generous support of industry partners sponsoring the workshop sessions: Platinum Sponsor Alcon, Gold Sponsor CooperVision, Silver Sponsor Johnson & Johnson and Bronze Sponsors Bausch + LombOphtecs and Menicon

The theme of the congress is Contact Lens Education for the Practitioner of the Future. The four-day meeting will combine hands-on workshops with plenary sessions, networking opportunities, and social events. Delegates will gain direct exposure to the latest computer-based and handheld device teaching technology to take back to their institutions and incorporate into their teaching. 

The registration cost, including participation in the plenary and workshop sessions, hotel accommodation, lunch on all four days, gala dinner ticket and luxury coach travel to the BCLA in Manchester, will be covered for all registered IACLE members

IACLE members will also receive an exclusive registration rate for the BCLA’s 2023 Clinical Conference & Exhibition (full registration rate is £750, and IACLE members pay £500). Registration for the BCLA opens in early 2023. 

Complete the application form to register for WC4

To help cover the cost of travel, IACLE members are eligible to apply for a travel stipend that will be considered on an individual basis and will depend on distance and flight costs. For example, if you are travelling from Asia, your stipend may be higher than if you are travelling from Europe. 

Travel stipends will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, and you will be notified within one month of submitting your application if it has been accepted. 

Registration opens on 30 November and applications for travel stipends close on 31 January 2023

All questions regarding registering for WC4 should be directed to IACLE Chief Executive Officer Bonnie Boshart at b.boshart@iacle.org

Visit our website for more information.

Call for abstracts

The WC4 Program Committee invites IACLE members to participate in a series of 10-minute presentations during the plenary sessions based on selected themes:

  • Innovation in teaching
  • Motivating students
  • Novel assessments

If you would like to take part and present any of the above topics during WC4, please register your intent to submit an abstract via the form here. Once accepted, a full abstract will be required. 

Individuals whose abstracts are accepted will be eligible to receive a travel stipend following registration for the congress. 

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact the Program Chair Professor Craig Woods at c.woods@iacle.org


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Global Member Newsletter November 2022

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MEMBERSHIP PERKS IN NOVEMBER

Register now for our Virtual Conference

There’s just over one week until our Virtual Conference takes place live online. We will hear from speakers from our Asia Pacific region, plus IACLE colleagues who will discuss their areas of expertise. IACLE industry partners will also share their perspectives on seizing the opportunity

Register now – read the brochure – view the agenda

Applications opening soon for our 4th World Congress

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

We are pleased to inform our members that we are opening applications in the next few weeks. Applications will be based on a first-come, first-served basis.

Keep a look out for applications opening


NEWS IN NOVEMBER

Image of the Month

IACLE Korea National Coordinator and lecturer at Kookje University in Pyeongtaek, South Korea Professor Kyounghee Park captured the above images using a Topcon SL7 with a DC4 camera. A persistent pupillary membrane was found under slit lamp examination with 6x magnification in the eyes of a healthy 20-year-old college student. It is a frequently encountered congenital anomaly. It represents remnants of anterior tunica vasculosa lentis and appears as strands of connective tissue bridging the pupillary area. They are usually asymptomatic and of no functional significance.  

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

Updates from the AAO

During the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) meeting in San Diego, USA, the IACLE Board of Directors and senior staff members gathered for a strategic planning meeting to discuss some exciting initiatives that we look forward to sharing with you all.

 Executive Manager of Global Education Lakshmi Shinde showcased an IACLETOP-themed poster during the poster session (pictured above).

Five Contact Lens Educators of the Year from 2020, 2021 and 2022 received their awards during CooperVison’s International Reception. Professor Renée Reeder (2020), Dr Johanna Garzón (2021), Dr Byki Huntjens (2021), Dr Lindsay Sicks (2022) and Dr Carole Maldonado-Codina (2022) were among the recipients who received their awards at this year’s celebration. Congratulations to all! 

Finally, thank you to all our members who came along to shoot some video interviews. We appreciate your help!

Menicon joins IACLE as a new sponsor

We are delighted to announce that IACLE has a new Bronze Sponsor ­– Menicon Co., Ltd. – a Japanese contact lens manufacturer that developed Japan’s first practical corneal contact lens. Menicon offers a full range of products and services as a comprehensive vision care enterprise. Within the RGP and MTO lens portfolio, Menicon has a diverse range of products to satisfy various needs. In terms of disposable contact lenses, to provide better vision and experience to customers, Menicon developed SmartTouch technology which has been applied to all Miru 1day disposable contact lenses.

Read the press release

IACLE presence increases at CLAE

IACLE EAME Regional Director Dr Fabrizio Zeri has recently been appointed as an Editorial Member of Contact Lens and Anterior Eye (CLAE), making him the first CLAE Editorial Member from Italy. The Italian audience is growing with an increasing number of CLAE authors, making Dr Zeri a valuable addition to CLAE. 

Read the latest CLAE issue


RESOURCES

Evaluating tolerability of commercial eyelid cleansers

This prospective randomised crossover study evaluates the short-term tolerability of five commercially available anti-demodectic eyelid cleansers on 30 healthy non-contact lens wearers. The study outcomes demonstrate varying tolerability profiles with different anti-demodectic lid cleanser preparations and the potential to induce tear film instability, conjunctival hyperaemia, and ocular surface staining on application.

Read the study

Patient and parent perceptions of myopia modalities

This study compares the quality of life of myopic adults and children who were established spectacle, soft contact lens, or orthokeratology wearers and parent/child responses using the Pediatric Refractive Error Profile 2. The authors conclude that actively driven children and adults perceive significant benefits from orthokeratology over spectacles, and parents’ perceptions did not align with their children’s perceptions of their correction.

Read the full text


COVID-19 RESOURCE

A recent questionnaire-based study of 132 participants assessed the effectiveness of an online educational video in improving contact lens care knowledge and behaviour and found that online video-based learning is an effective educational tool. The authors note that patient education via online videos may become an innovative and successful technique to increase patient knowledge and long-term health behaviours.

Read the full text


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR REGIONS?

AMERICAS

IACLE Latin America speak at ALDOO conference

On 21-22 October, Asociación Latinoamericana de Optometría y Óptica (ALDOO) held its 25th conference. IACLE Americas Regional Coordinator Guillermo Carrillo, Lifetime FIACLE Rolando Rojas and IACLE member Ana Paola Mercado delivered a contact lens and ocular surface session. The event was successful, with an attendance of around 1,000 participants. 

Read the full Americas report

Professor Wolffsohn receives major AAO Award

Each year, the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) recognize and award individuals who have made significant contributions and excelled in the optometry profession. At AAO San Diego, Lifetime FIACLE Professor James Wolffsohn was awarded the Glenn A Fry Lecture Award. Congratulations James!

ASIA PACIFIC

China hosts educator meeting

IACLE China held a virtual educator meeting on 22 October. Industry representatives from AlconCooperVisionJohnson & Johnson, and Bausch + Lomb were a part of the agenda. The topics discussed included toric lenses, orthokeratology, bifocal lens fitting, lens care, and contact lens innovation. A total of 60 members attended the meeting. 

Read the full Asia Pacific report

Update from member in Pakistan

In October, Consultant Optometrist from Pakistan FIACLE Dr Mutahir Shah delivered a workshop for students and faculty members at Munawar Memorial Hospital in Chakwal, Pakistan. Dr Shah used IACLE materials, including the ICLCIACLE Library and training templates, to guide the session. The group received hands-on training from a patient with advanced keratoconus. The hospital’s CEO and Dean of the Optometry School appreciated the international resources provided by IACLE and were keen to organize the Student Trial Exam for their students.

Not a member of IACLE? Visit our website to find out how to join

Regional Director presented with President Award

IACLE Asia Pacific Regional Director Dr Kah Ooi Tan recently spoke at the 3rd Asia Optometric Congress (AOC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on the topic ‘Practitioners’ perception on myopia management in Asia – a project by AOC’ (15-16 November). Dr Tan was also presented with the Asia Optometric Congress President Award for the region and the Asia Outstanding Optometrist Award during the congress. Congratulations Kah Ooi!

More information on the AOC

EUROPE / AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST

Upcoming BCLA webinar on keratoconus

The British Contact Lens Association are hosting a ‘Management of Keratoconus: What have we learned and how our practice has changed?’ themed webinar with FIACLE Daddi Fadel and Barry Eiden. Join the BCLA on Wednesday 30 November at 6:30 pm (GMT). The webinar is open to all; you don’t need to be a BCLA member.

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 THE COMING MONTHS 

Global Specialty Lens Symposium, Las Vegas, USA, 18-21 January 2023. Details.

14th Annual Congress on Controversies in Ophthalmology, Lisbon, Portugal, 24-25 March 2023. Details.

IACLE 4th World Congress, Birmingham, UK, 5-8 June 2023. Details.  

BCLA Clinical Conference & Exhibition, Manchester, UK, 9-11 June 2023. Details.

4th World Congress of Optometry (WCO4) and O=MEGA23, Melbourne, Australia, 8-10 September. Details.  

American Academy of Optometry, New Orleans, USA. 11-14 October 2023. Details TBC.


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Register now for our Virtual Conference

We are pleased to announce that registration for our Virtual Conference is now open. Join us online on Saturday 26 November from 8:30 – 11:30 am (GMT) for a ‘Seize the opportunity’ themed conference. Find out what time the conference begins in your time zone

Register now

Contact lens practice around the world is at a critical juncture with exciting opportunities with new products but also the looming threat of wearers dropping out due to discomfort or dryness. 

During our fifth Virtual Conference, expert speakers from our Asia Pacific region plus IACLE colleagues will discuss their areas of expertise and we will also hear from IACLE industry partners who will share their perspectives on seizing the opportunity.   

To hear about the current hot topics in contact lens practice, we encourage IACLE members to register for our fifth Virtual Conference.

View the agenda – Read the brochure


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IACLE’s 2022 Awards Ceremony at the AAO

Join us at the IACLE Awards Ceremony this Friday

For our members who are attending the American Academy of Optometry in San Diego, we invite you to come along to the IACLE Awards Ceremony on Friday 28 October from 6 pm in the Hilton Hotel Aqua Ballroom.  

Video shooting at AAO

We will also be shooting some video content on Friday 28 October in Exhibit Hall H in the convention centre between 10 am – 3 pm. If you would like to get involved and have some availability on Friday, please email Amelia Morgan at a.morgan@iacle.org. Thanks to our members who have already got in touch! 

CORE Knowledge at AAO

The Centre for Ocular Research and Education (CORE) has teamed up with the Academy to unveil and play the newest edition of CORE Knowledge – a multiple choice eye science trivia game – on 26-28 October at booth 537. IACLE has contributed a series of eye-related questions that will be included during live play at the CORE booth. See you there! 


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