Global Member Newsletter September 2022

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IACLETOP UPDATE

Visit IACLETOP to check out the latest Flashcards

The IACLE Education Team has been working on two brand new Flashcards: ‘Soft toric contact lens fitting’ and ‘Measuring vision with contact lenses’. The Flashcards are designed to support the delivery of practical skills with key aspects of a particular skill summarized on one A4 page. The new Flashcards are currently available in English, with translations into other languages in development. 

Visit the Flashcards via IACLETOP


NEWS IN SEPTEMBER

Image of the Month

Laura Gutiérrez from Optometría y Contactología Especializada in Mexico captured the above images. Viewed through an optic section with a slit lamp, the left image shows thinning due to peripheral corneal ulcers. The image on the right shows an ulcer highlighted with fluorescein staining with a blue cobalt light. 

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

Submit your image here

Etty receives Montreal School of Optometry Founder’s Award

IACLE Treasurer / Secretary Professor Etty Bitton has been honored with the Montreal School of Optometry Founder’s Award at its recent graduation ceremony on 21 August. The award is given to individuals who have had a substantial contribution and influence in one of four categories: academics, entrepreneurship, advocacy for the profession, or social/political involvement for the profession. Congratulations Etty!

Upcoming Academy meeting in San Diego

Are you attending the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) Meeting in San Diego? We’d love to know if you are so we can meet up and catch up. We are shooting some video content from our members and FIACLEs, so please let us know if you will be there by emailing us at iacle@iacle.org. Thanks to our members who have already got in touch. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Contribute to the newest edition of CORE Knowledge

We have a fun opportunity to take part in the American Academy of Optometry’s Centennial Celebration in San Diego this fall. The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) has teamed up with Academy to unveil and play the newest edition of CORE Knowledge – a multiple choice eye science trivia game – at the October meeting. IACLE has been invited to contribute a series of eye-related questions that will be included during live play in the CORE booth. Questions may include optometry research, history, anatomy, etc.

For more information. Please submit questions to Bonnie Boshart at b.boshart@iacle.org no later than 30 September. If you’d like to include an image, please attach it as a jpeg or png.

Dr Gina Sorbara Cornea and Contact Lens Residency is awarded

The School of Optometry & Vision Science at the University of Waterloo has recently announced the first recipient of the Dr Gina Sorbara Cornea and Contact Lens Residency – Dr Sharon Qui, the valedictorian of the Class of 2022 at New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts. This residency ensures the advancement of corneal and contact lens research, education, and clinical training for doctors while honoring Dr Sorbara’s contributions to the field.

More information on the Dr Gina Sorbara Cornea and Contact Lens Residency

World Council of Optometry Grant Program

For the past two decades, the World Council of Optometry’s Fellowship Program has funded numerous innovative projects resulting in long-term sustainable results that have improved eye care delivery and assisted in the development of optometry worldwide. Moving forward, this program will now be known as the WCO Grant Program and intends to support the vision and mission of WCO by funding projects that lead towards the advancement of the role of optometry and its participation in eye and vision care within health care systems.

About the WCO Grant Program


RESOURCES

CL Update 67 features myopia management

The latest Contact Lens Update editorial features myopia management and focuses on three different perspectives from global contact lens experts Professor Mark BullimorePaul Chamberlain, and Dr Noel Brennan. Professor Bullimore’s take is ‘Practitioners must embrace myopia management’, Mr Chamberlain’s view is ‘With unprecedented knowledge and tools, there’s no time to lose’, and Dr Brennan believes we should ‘Act now!’

Read the latest editorial

Study investigates attitudes and perceptions in CL practice

A study investigates eye care practitioners’ attitudes and perceptions toward potential interventions that can enhance contact lens practice worldwide and how this influenced their practice setting. IACLE colleagues Nilesh ThiteLakshmi ShindeProfessor Shehzad NarooGuillermo CarrilloHaiying WangDr Fabrizio ZeriFakhruddin BarodawalaDr Cheni Lee, and Professor Kyounghee Park are among the authors. 

Read the study


COVID-19 RESOURCES

Microvascular and neurodegenerative complications of mild COVID

A recent study examined non-invasive methods of examining retinal and corneal neurodegenerative and retinal microvascular changes in patients with mild COVID-19 disease. The examination suggested that confocal microscopy may be an important tool in monitoring peripheral neuropathy after COVID-19 infection. 

Read the study


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR REGIONS?

AMERICAS

IACLE at FEDOPTO

After two years, FEDOPTO’s annual conference took place on 26-27 August in Cali, Colombia. Around 1,400 delegates attended the meeting, and IACLE colleagues and members played a part in several sessions. The conference gave members in the Latin America region the opportunity to meet and discuss some exciting research projects including one project idea about the collection of epidemiological data through educators and students from optometric institutions across Colombia.

Read the full Americas report

ASIA PACIFIC

Preparing South Korean students for the STE

In August, IACLE Korea National Coordinator Professor Kyounghee Park visited Dongnam Health University in Suwon, South Korea, to prepare the students for the upcoming Student Trial Exam. Professor Park demonstrated the IACLE Case Reports and the IACLE Contact Lens Course. A total of 50 students and two IACLE members were present. 

EUROPE / AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST

Are you attending the Assottica Conference?

Join EAME Regional Director Dr Fabrizio Zeri at the Assottica Conference in Milan, Italy, on 3 October from 2:30 pm, who is chairing a session on ‘Empowering contact lens education to empower contact lens practice’. The meeting will begin with an IACLE update from President Professor Philip Morgan.

View the flyer

Join IACLE at AECSO in October

Dr Raquel Gil-Cazorla has collaborated with the IACLE EAME team to arrange two IACLE meetings during the Congress of the Spanish Association of Contactology and Ocular Surface in Alicante, Spain. Join Dr Gil-Cazorla in the IACLE dry eye workshop on 7 October at 5:45 pm. An IACLE meeting for members and aspiring members will also take place on 8 October at 10:30 am

If you have any queries or would like more information, please get in touch with Dr Gil-Cazorla at r.gil-cazorla@d-duttaaston-ac-uk

Connect with IACLE members at the Summit of Specialty Contacts

EAME Regional Director Dr Fabrizio Zeri has teamed up with FIACLEs Dr Luca Benzoni and Dr Marta Farioli to run an IACLE meeting at the Summit of Specialty Contacts in Sorrento, Italy. The session will take place on 14 October at 12:30 noon themed ‘Challenges in specialty contact lens teaching’ and will be chaired by FIACLEs Dr Luca Benzoni and Dr Eef van der Worp. The meeting will begin with an IACLE update from President Professor Philip Morgan. We invite all IACLE members to attend the meeting. 

If you have any queries or would like more information, please get in touch with Dr Fabrizio Zeri at fabrizio.zeri@gmail.com

BUCCLE celebrates 100th meeting

The British and Irish University and College Contact Lens Educators (BUCCLE) held its 100th meeting at the University of the West of England in Bristol, UK, earlier this month (7 September). Members celebrated the centennial meeting by looking back at their achievements over the years. Following the event, IACLE Director and Chair of BUCCLE, FIACLE Byki Huntjens and Vice Chair Dean Dunning said, ‘We are so pleased to be part of this wonderful, collaborative group of UK and Irish educators who have an immense passion for the topic we teach’. 

More information on BUCCLE


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

Assottica Conference, Milan, Italy, 2-3 October. Details.

Congress of the Spanish Association of Contactology and Ocular Surface, Alicante, Spain, 7-9 October. 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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Special Notice – CORE Knowledge at the AAO

Opportunity for IACLE members to contribute to the newest edition of CORE Knowledge at the AAO

Dear IACLE Members,

We have a fun opportunity to take part in the American Academy of Optometry’s Centennial Celebration in San Diego this fall. The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) has teamed up with Academy to unveil and play the newest edition of CORE Knowledge – a multiple choice eye science trivia game – at the October meeting.

IACLE has been invited to contribute a series of eye-related questions that will be included during live play in the CORE booth. Questions may include optometry research, history, anatomy, etc. Played around the world since it debuted at ARVO in 2018, you can check out the current CORE Knowledge version here.

If you would like to submit a question (or more than one – there’s no limit), please use the Excel document to provide both the question and potential answers. A new optional feature allows a single image to accompany a question.

Sample questions include:

A patient has keratometry of 7.80 al 180 x 8.00 al 90@ spectacle prescription of -4.25DS. Which soft lens is the most appropriate?

A) Spherical lens
B) Back surface toric
C) Any kind of toric lens
D) Front surface toric

How much is the rate of tear evaporation estimated to increase if there is a non-confluent lipid layer in the tear film?

A) 2x
B) 3x
C) 4x
D) 5x

Please send submissions to Bonnie Boshart at b.boshart@iacle.org no later than 30 September. If you’d like to include an image, please attach it as a jpeg or png.

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Global Member Newsletter August 2022

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IACLETOP UPDATE

French Student Area is now complete

We are pleased to inform you that the French Student Area is now complete and ready to use. All IACLE members have access to a dedicated Student Area within IACLETOP. The area is designed for educators to offer their students a unique teaching space for learning and assessment opportunities. Members can deliver the Student Trial Exam (STE) and the new Basic STE (a version of the STE with assessments set at entry level to assess students at the beginning of their contact lens journey) via the Student Area. 

Register here to access a Student Area


GLOBAL WEBINAR IN AUGUST

Reviewing 20 years of soft contact lens wearer ocular physiology data

Join Dr Nina Tahhan on Wednesday 17 August at 10 am UK (BST) for a global webinar on ‘A review of 20 years of soft contact lens wearer ocular physiology data’. Dr Tahhan is currently a Senior Research Scientist at the Brien Holden Vision Institute and a Senior Conjoint Lecturer at the School of Optometry at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and has over 20 years of experience in the eye health sector.

Members can watch live online via Zoom, and the event will be live streamed to our Facebook page for students to get involved.

Find out what time the webinar begins in your time zone


NEWS IN AUGUST

Image of the Month

Suraj Kumar Chaurasiya from the CL Gupta Eye Institute in Moradabad, India, captured the above image using a Redmi note 7 AI camera phone. A 22-year-old patient wearing soft toric monthly disposables complained of foreign body sensation and discomfort. Upon examination, a vertical linear lens with edge tear superiorly was found. The tearing of the contact lens can be caused by holding the lens with nails. Therefore, when removing lenses, it is recommended to use a thumb and forefinger to slide the lens to break the suction and remove it.

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

Submit your image here

Congratulations to Shehzad on his professorship!

IACLE Vice President Shehzad Naroo has recently been promoted to the position of Professor – the highest academic ranking in the UK system – from Aston University in Birmingham, UK. He now holds the title of Professor of Optometry. Congratulations Professor Naroo

Upcoming Academy meeting in San Diego

Are you attending the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) Meeting in San Diego? We’d love to know if you are so we can meet up and catch up. We are planning to shoot some video content from our members and FIACLEs, so please let us know if you will be there by emailing us at iacle@iacle.org. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Catch up on the Annual General Meeting

If you missed our Annual General Meeting that took place in June, it is now available to watch online. 

Watch the AGM here

We are now accepting PayPal payments

We are pleased to inform our members that we have added PayPal as a means to pay for your annual membership fee. 

Register now for the Global Myopia Symposium

The Global Myopia Symposium is running a complimentary virtual conference, taking place on 8-10 September, led by experts in myopia management. Attendees can earn up to 15 hours of CE credits by attending sessions, discussion panels and workshops on topics such as pathologic myopia, ortho-k lenses and the latest research in myopia control. 

Register hereFor more information on the conference


RESOURCES

Study compares short-term tolerability of eyelid cleaners

A randomized crossover study compared short-term tolerability of five commercial anti-demodectic lid cleansers with 30 healthy non-contact lens wearers. Visual acuity, non-invasive tear film stability, conjunctival hyperaemia, and ocular surface staining were assessed at baseline and 10 minutes. The authors reported varying tolerability profiles to different anti-demodectic lid cleanser preparations and the potential of these products to induce tear film instability, conjunctival hyperaemia, and ocular surface staining on application.

Access the study

Opportunities and threats to contact lens practice in Spain

An international survey evaluated the opportunities and threats related to contact lens practice reported by eye care professionals worldwide. This study compares how results in Spain compare with those from other regions of the world. 

Read the study


COVID-19 RESOURCES

A cross-sectional study in China, including 4,825 high school students, investigated the prevalence of dry eye disease (DED) during the COVID-19 outbreak. The study concluded that most Chinese high school students were in high-risk environments and were more likely to suffer from DED (prevalence of 70.5%).

Read the paper


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR REGIONS?

AMERICAS

Latin America collaborates with CooperVision LATAM

During July, CooperVision in the Latin America region held the 2022 International Contact Lens Summit, focusing on topics such as myopia management, sustainability in contact lenses, toric lens designs, multifocal lenses, and specialty lenses (1-2 July). Americas Regional Coordinator Guillermo Carrillo, Lifetime FIACLEs Professor Ruben Velazquez and Ricardo Pintor, and Dr Andrea Puentes held discussions during the event.

Read the full Americas report

ASIA PACIFIC

Visit to Korean university to prepare students for the STE

Korea National Coordinator Professor Kyounghee Park delivered a lecture on Case Reports and contact lens fitting using the IACLE Contact Lens Course for students at Jeju Tourism University in South Korea. In addition, Professor Park explained how to prepare for the Student Trial Exam (STE) and demonstrated how to use a slit lamp. Jeju Tourism University students have taken the STE every year since 2019, with their latest administration in July. 

Read the full Asia Pacific report

Masterclass Knowledge Fest – ‘an experience like no other’

Lifetime FIACLEs Nilesh Thite and Yeshwant Saoji successfully organized a three-day optometry conference, with a significant focus on contact lens-related topics, in Pune, India (1-3 August). The meeting saw an attendance of over 270 delegates, including practitioners, educators, and students, and a large group of IACLE colleagues and FIACLEs spoke at the event.

Among the speakers and session chairs were Lifetime FIACLEs Lakshmi Shinde and Ajay Shinde, FIACLEs Dr Pancham KulkarniUsman MemonPrasad SawantIsha DaveKhemraj NackwalPushpendra SinghMamta JoshiSaranya Balasubramaniam and Amod Gogate

EUROPE / AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST

Join IACLE at the AECSO meeting in October

FIACLE Professor Raquel Gil Cazorla is running an exciting IACLE event at the upcoming Congress of the Spanish Association of Contactology and Ocular Surface, taking place from 7-9 October in Alicante, Spain. The IACLE event will feature a workshop on dry eye examinations and a discussion session for IACLE members. This is an excellent opportunity for our members in Spain and others attending the Congress to meet and network.

Please confirm your interest with Siobhan Allen at s.allen@iacle.org

Myopia management guidance features in next webinar

The latest British Contact Lens Association’s (BCLA) webinar will put myopia management under the microscope, with an expert panel discussing recent guidance issued by the College of Optometrists. The session will be held on 6 September at 7 pm UK time (BST). 

To register for the session 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

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

Assottica Conference, Milan, Italy, 2-3 October. Details.

Congress of the Spanish Association of Contactology and Ocular Surface, Alicante, Spain, 7-9 October. 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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EBT Report

Call to IACLE members to register their interest in authoring an EBT report

Would you like to contribute to and author an evidence-based teaching (EBT) report? We are looking for IACLE members to get involved with a new and exciting project! 

IACLE colleagues agree that there is a gap in the contact lens literature related to evidence-based teaching. We believe that as a team, we can utilize our expertise to write a report specific to contact lens education. As contact lens educators, we should look at not only the extent of the content taught within contact lenses, but the best-validated tools and techniques to transfer the knowledge and practical skills to train future contact lens practitioners.

Chaired by IACLE Vice President Professor Shehzad Naroo and EAME Regional Director Dr Fabrizio Zeri, we invite IACLE members to get involved with this project. Once members have registered their interest, the group will assign a topic from a selection of suggested areas to each author. Please see list of suggested areas here.

We envisage the report to be ~6,000-8,000 words, with each author contributing around 1,000 words. Everyone involved in writing the report can include their name on the output paper that IACLE will submit to a peer-reviewed journal. The key part of the report is to have numerous references to support the writing and provide the evidence base. The deadline for completing a section is the end of November 2023

We hope to present the findings at our 4th World Congress in June 2023. 

If you are interested in taking part, please contact Professor Shehzad Naroo at s.a.naroo@aston.ac.uk by the end of August.

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Global Member Newsletter July 2022

IACLETOP UPDATE

French area launches on IACLETOP

The IACLE Education Team has developed a French Area within IACLETOP for our French-speaking members. The area includes how-to guides, access to IACLE resources and information on the new French Student Area. Upon registration, members are granted access to a Student Area where educators can use the Student Trial Exam (STE) to assess their students’ contact lens knowledge. We offer a new entry-level STE, as well as the original exam for third and fourth-year students.

Register here to access a Student Area


GLOBAL WEBINAR IN JULY

Contact lens contamination and antimicrobial strategies to avoid adverse events

Join Dr Debarun Dutta, lecturer at Aston University in Birmingham, UK, on Wednesday 20 July at 12 noon UK (BST) for a global webinar on ‘Contact lens contamination and antimicrobial strategies to avoid adverse events’. This webinar will be chaired by IACLE Director Fakhruddin Barodawala and introduced by IACLE Bronze Sponsor Ophtecs.

Find out what time the webinar begins in your time zone


NEWS IN JULY

Image of the Month

Gauri Kunjeer from Nagar Chasmaghar in Ahmedabad, India, captured this image using a slit lamp biomicroscope with a camera and diffused illumination. The patient complained of decreased wearing time, diminished vision, and redness with their current scleral lenses fitted elsewhere. Investigations revealed neovascularization and conjunctival oedema due to scleral lens abuse – overwearing, occasional sleeping in lenses, and improper solution use.

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

Submit your image here


RESOURCES

Rub-and-rinse step for human coronaviruses

A new paper from Lifetime FIACLE Professor Lyndon Jones and colleagues reports that human coronaviruses are easily removed from contact lens surfaces via a rub-and-rinse step. The viruses evaluated (HCoV-229E and HCoV-OC43) were assessed across a range of contact lens materials and solutions. The authors recommend that a full rub-and-rinse step is required to efficiently remove these viruses when non-oxidative care systems are used.

Read the article

Dr Bitton authors article on soft contact lenses in dry eye

IACLE Treasurer / Secretary Dr Etty Bitton from the University of Montreal in Canada presents a review article on the use of soft contact lenses in patients with dry eye in the Summer 2022 Edition of the online quarterly newsletter ‘Soft Special’. Dr Bitton argues that lenses can be both a ‘friend’ (offering a bandage effect in some cases) and a ‘foe’ (potentially increasing symptoms of discomfort) in relation to the tear film and dry eyes.  The article concludes by suggesting that ongoing innovation is likely to provide solutions to current contact lens challenges.  

Read the article


COVID-19 RESOURCES

A recent study, including responses from 728 soft contact lens wearers, revealed a favorable outcome for contact lens educators and other stakeholders as most contact lens wearers reported maintaining or increasing their lens use during the pandemic. Most respondents also expressed a desire to return to pre-pandemic wear times once the pandemic is over. 

Read the full text


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR REGIONS?

AMERICAS

A round-up of the latest Spanish-speaking webinars

The IACLE Americas Office reached 185 IACLE members, students, and eye care practitioners within the last month. Juan Pablo Luna spoke on ‘In office tools for correcting astigmatism’, Jeannine Hernandez discussed ‘Mask-associated dry eye’, Ruben Velazquez delivered a talk on the importance of contact lens practice for visual disabilities, and Juan Camilo Cuesta’s webinar topic was ‘Measurement scales: tools to advise, describe, and evolve clinical findings’.

Read the full Americas meeting report

ASIA PACIFIC

Contact lens care session in China

On 14 June, China National Coordinators Professor Qu Xiaomei and Professor Wang Haiying delivered a webinar on ‘Lens care options and safe care of contact lenses’. During the session, Dr Tian Xin from Johnson & Johnson gave a short review on lens care. A total of 70 IACLE members and eye care practitioners attended the interactive session.

Read the full Asia Pacific meeting report

EUROPE / AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST

IACLE meets at the NCC

The 2022 meeting of the Netherlands Contactlens Congress (NCC) took place on 26-27 June in Veldhoven, the Netherlands. During the congress, FIACLEs Henri Eek and Wim Borst organized a session on ‘The future of contact lens fitting’, opened by IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan, who provided an update on IACLE activity and future plans. He also gave a special thanks to IACLE sponsors for their continued support.

Read the full EAME report


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

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.

Assottica Conference, Milan, Italy, 2-3 October. Details.

Congress of the Spanish Association of Contactology and Ocular Surface, Alicante, Spain, 7-9 October. 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 Activity Survey Results

IACLE announces the results of its Activity Survey

IACLE last conducted a comprehensive membership survey in 2018. Since then, there have been significant changes to modes of delivery of education as teaching moved online, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic that took effect from the start of 2020. 

A total of 151 members in 25 countries took part in IACLE’s Activity Survey, representing a response rate of 19%. The highest number of responses was from the Asia Pacific region (76%), followed by Americas (18%) and Europe/Africa – Middle East (6%). 

Key findings from the survey include:

  • The IACLE Contact Lens Course is the most used IACLE Resource, rated highest for satisfaction and most important. 
  • Data showed that 1,385 students from 31 institutions participated in the Student Trial Exam since its launch in July 2020.
  • The national, regional, and global webinar count reached 13,000 views within one year. 
  • IACLE’s Virtual Conferences had the highest satisfaction rating among members for online events, particularly the Virtual Conference in April 2021.
  • 60% of members use IACLETOP Resources for their lectures, workshops, and tutorials.

IACLE gives thanks to all members who participated in the survey. 

Read the full Activity Survey report

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2021 IACLE Activity Report

IACLE reports successful year as membership grows

More contact lens educators are enjoying the valuable benefits of belonging to the International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE). Membership grew by 19% in 2021 as IACLE gained 134 members. 

At the end of the year, the association had a total of 871 active members from 80 countries, with the largest representation in China (268), India (135), the United Kingdom (41), Mexico (39), and South Korea (32). Over a third of members (35%) were Fellows of IACLE (FIACLEs). 

Key achievements for IACLE in 2021 included:

  • Annual increase in membership of 19% as of 31 December
  • Following the Fellowship Exam, 58 members became eligible to apply for FIACLE status
  • Several member resources were introduced, including the Student Area, Regional Hubs and the IACLE Library
  • 1,134 students at 27 institutions registered for the Student Area
  • 1,001 students across five countries completed the Student Trial Exam
  • The Teach. Learn. Connect. Initiative was redefined and implemented indefinitely
  • Total attendance of 6,852 at IACLE’s webinars
  • The membership voted for six candidates to fill Director positions
  • Three new Regional Directors were appointed
  • Welcomed Ophtecs as a new sponsor 

Read the 2021 Activity Summary

IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan commented: ‘I am pleased to report that 2021 was a great year for IACLE. With the hard work of our staff and support from our sponsors, we have continued to expand our online resources and we have once again reached thousands of members via our webinars, all while welcoming a new team of Directors. The next 12 months will see a return to face-to-face meetings and the Fourth IACLE World Congress of Contact Lens Education, so exciting and busy times ahead!’

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Global Member Newsletter June 2022

MEMBERSHIP PERKS IN JUNE

Virtual Conference recordings now available

Last month, we hosted a ‘Make students practice ready’ themed Virtual Conference (14 May). The three-hour meeting, chaired by Dr Etty Bitton featured seven presentations and a panel discussion. Professor Craig Woods reflected on his long experience in optometric education to report on problem-based learning, and Dr Cheni Lee discussed how to use IACLE’s case reports in teaching. Dr Vinod Maseedupally shared his experience of running contact lens clinical teaching at UNSW Sydney, and Dr Neema Ghorbani Mojarrad provided a UK perspective, reporting on how he assesses his contact lens students. Sarah MorganNirav Mehta and Dr Bitton shared their expertise in patient communication, using IACLETOP and internships and externships, respectively. The panel discussion allowed colleagues Ithar BeshtawiUma MageswariHaiying Wang and Martin Giraldo to share their experiences from their own institutions, led by IACLE Director Dr Byki Huntjens.

More details to come in the TLC in July. Access the recordings here


THIS MONTH’S GLOBAL WEBINAR

Ocular health of children wearing daily disposable contact lenses

Join Head of Clinical Research at the Centre for Ocular Research & Education Jill Woods on Wednesday 22 June at 1 pm UK (BST) for a global webinar on ‘Ocular health of children wearing daily disposable contact lenses’. IACLE Vice President Dr Shehzad Naroo will chair the webinar. The webinar will be live streamed to IACLE’s Facebook page and we encourage educators to inform their students of the session.

Find out what time the webinar begins in your time zone


NEWS IN JUNE

Image of the Month

Vandana Kamath from Sankara College of Optometry in Bangalore, India, captured this image using a Samsung F41 mobile phone with a microscope. The tear fern test is a qualitative test that indicates tear film stability. An abnormal tear fern pattern is observed among eye cosmetic users. Tear fern tests are graded as follows: Grade I: the ferns are very closely packed without gaps between the branches. Grade II: the ferns are small and have gaps between the branches. Grade III: the ferns are very small with a many gaps and less / rare branching. Grade IV: ferning is incomplete. 

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

Submit your image here

Congratulations to the 2022 Award winners!

Contact lens educators from three countries – the United States of America, India, and the United Kingdom – receive prestigious awards from IACLE for their efforts in contact lens education. Dr Lindsay Sicks (pictured left), Lavanya Kalikivayi (pictured middle left), and Dr Carole Maldonado-Codina (pictured middle right) receive the 2022 Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards for IACLE’s three regions. In addition, the 2022 IACLE Travel Award winner is Asif Iqbal (pictured right) from India. Congratulations all! 

Read a Special Notice on the 2022 award winners

Dr Etty Bitton receives Lifetime Achievement Award

At this year’s Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators (AOCLE) meeting, IACLE Treasurer / Secretary Dr Etty Bitton was awarded the AOCLE Lifetime Achievement Award. The AOCLE presents this award to an optometric educator who has demonstrated exemplary commitment and dedication to the organization over numerous years. Congratulations Etty!

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Register your attendance for this year’s AGM

A polite reminder that an Annual General Meeting (AGM) of IACLE will take place virtually next Tuesday 21 June at 12 noon (BST) via Zoom. Attending members will receive a Zoom link via email within 48 hours of the meeting.

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RESOURCES

Latest update features specialty rigid contact lenses

Dr Maria Walker authors the latest Contact Lens Update editorial titled ‘Managing dry eye with rigid contact lenses’, that particularly focuses on two types of specialty contact lenses with dry eye patients – scleral lenses and orthokeratology lenses. 

Read the editorial

Wireless ‘theranostic’ contact lenses

A recent report in Nature Communications describes a wireless ‘theranostic’ (diagnostic and therapeutic) contact lens which is able to both measure intra-ocular pressure and deliver anti-glaucoma drugs as necessary.

Read the paper


COVID-19 RESOURCES

A recently published Indian survey-based study of over 600 responders (optometrists) assessed the impact of lockdown on Indian optometry practice. About half of the optometrists switched to teleconsultation to aid patients during the pandemic. As face-to-face consultations continue, the authors appeal to the regulatory bodies to issue appropriate guidelines regarding safe optometry practice. 

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR REGIONS?

AMERICAS

Latest webinars in Latin America

In the past month, FIACLE Orlando Neira had the opportunity to share one of the papers from the latest Research Update. Karla Herrera spoke on ‘Contact lenses and assessment options for athletes’. FIACLE Edison Gamarra discussed the criteria for GP fittings. FIACLE Rolando Rojas reviewed a paper related to mask usage and dry eye. This month, we reached 50 IACLE members and almost 200 contact lens practitioners and students. 

Read the full Americas meeting report

ASIA PACIFIC

B+L collaborate with CL Gupta Eye Institute

In association with Bausch + LombCL Gupta Eye Institute hosted a dedicated contact lens conference at the CL Gupta Moradabad campus (21-22 May). The two-day event focused on soft contact lenses and specialty contact lenses. Executive Manager of Global Education Lakshmi Shinde, Executive Manager of Educational Programs Nilesh Thite, FIACLEs and IACLE members gave insights on the contact lens industry through interactive lectures and panel discussions.

Read the full Asia Pacific meeting report

EUROPE / AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST

Members and staff host EAME leadership meeting

Three members from the EAME region – Professor Raquel Gil Cazorla (Europe), Dr Elizabeth Chetty (Africa) and Dr May Bakkar (Middle East) – met virtually with IACLE Board members, past Regional President Judith Morris, and staff to discuss IACLE’s mission within the region (19 May). The discussion included updates and outcomes regarding previous meetings with current, former, and potential members within the individual’s sub-regions. The group also discussed the need for donations of trial lenses and solution. As a result of the meeting, the IACLE Education Team have contacted IACLE industry partners to assist with this. 

Read the full EAME report

Member meeting at this year’s NCC

EAME FIACLEs Wim Borst and Henri Eek invite educators and IACLE members to join them for a meeting and discussion on ‘The future of contact lens fitting’, at this year’s Netherlands Contactlens Congress (NCC) in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, at the end of the month. Join the pair and IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan on Sunday 26 June from 12:30-13:30 in the Baroniezaal room. Lunch will be served during the ‘meet and greet’ part of the session to allow IACLE members to meet face-to-face.

View the full NCC program

IACLE at the BCLA

IACLE had a prominent presence at this year’s British Contact Lens Association’s (BCLA) Focus Conference & Exhibition, with our officers and staff members acting as chairs and speakers. IACLE Director Fakhruddin Barodawala received his BCLA Fellowship at the two-day event.

More details on upcoming BCLA events


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

Netherlands Contactlens Congress (NCC), Veldhoven, the Netherlands. 26-27 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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2022 IACLE AGM

IACLE’s upcoming Annual General Meeting

A polite reminder that an Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) will take place virtually on Tuesday 21 June at 12 noon (BST) via Zoom. Attending members will receive a Zoom link through email within 48 hours of the meeting.

Please register your attendance or apologies

The meeting is taking place for the following purposes:The Directors of the Association will present the financial position for 2021An update on IACLE activitiesTransact such other business as may be properly brought before the meeting Find out what time the meeting begins in your time zoneAny questions regarding the AGM can be directed to Chief Executive Officer Bonnie Boshart. If you cannot attend, you are able to assign a proxy. 

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2022 Award Winners

IACLE celebrates our 2022 award winners

Contact lens educators from three countries – India, the United States of America, and the United Kingdom – receive prestigious awards from IACLE for their efforts in contact lens education. 

IACLE is delighted to announce the winners of the 2022 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards to recognize and reward achievement in contact lens education, and the 2022 IACLE Travel Awards for members to attend major international meetings.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship from CooperVision, three IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards will be presented, one for each of its three regions. To receive their awards, winners will travel to the American Academy of Optometry in San Diego, USA (26-29 October) or the British Contact Lens Association’s (BCLA) Clinical Conference & Exhibition in Manchester, UK (9-11 June 2023). 

The 2022 IACLE Contact Lens Educators of the Year are:

IACLE Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year: Dr Lindsay Sicks, Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, USA

‘I am honoured to be chosen as IACLE’s 2022 Contact Lens Educator of the Year for the Americas. I am especially excited that the IACLE Board has chosen the American Academy of Optometry Meeting for us to gather and celebrate the educators who have won this award for the past several years but have yet to be formally recognized because of the pandemic. During this challenging time, IACLE has served as a sounding board and a resource for fresh ideas and perspectives on how we can deliver contact lens education to our students, no matter where in the world we teach.’

IACLE Asia Pacific Contact Lens Educator of the Year: Lavanya Kalikivayi, Ahalia School of Optometry, Kerala, India

‘I am truly overwhelmed to receive this honourable award, and I am humbly thankful to the team who selected me as a recipient. Thank you for motivating me to have the highest level of dedication as an educator. This accomplishment is a significant milestone in my life. The biggest honours go to Lakshmi Shinde and Nilesh Thite at IACLE, and also the Head of the Department at Ahalia School of Optometry & Research Centre FIACLE Dr Kalikivayi Venkataramana for being a constant motivation who has enabled me to get this far.’

IACLE Europe, Africa and Middle East Contact Lens Educator of the Year: Carole Maldonado-Codina, University of Manchester, UK

‘It is an honour to join the list of previous IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year awardees, many of whom I have admired and been inspired by. Thank you to IACLE and to its Sponsors! It has also been a privilege to be part of the global IACLE community for almost 25 years. We are very fortunate to have such a supportive organisation that ‘educates the educators’ and helps us be the best teachers we can be. I look forward to 2022 being the year we can meet up in person, so we can once again connect with and learn from each other at educational events and conferences.’

‘We are proud of our continuing partnership with IACLE to support these awards. Eye care professionals around the world are indebted to the talent, enthusiasm and experience of hundreds of contact lens educators. We congratulate the recipients of this year’s awards and thank them for their tireless efforts to inspire the next generation of professionals,’ said Karen Walsh, Director, Global Professional Affairs – 1 Day & FRP Brands for CooperVision. 

This year, one IACLE Travel Award – funded by all IACLE industry sponsors – will be presented. 

The 2022 IACLE Travel Award winner is Asif Iqbal from Sankara Nethralaya in Chennai, India, who says he is ‘extremely honoured’.

IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan commented: ‘We are excited to announce this year’s Educator of the Year and Travel Awards. Receiving these accolades represents a great achievement for our winners. We are grateful to CooperVision and all IACLE sponsors for sponsoring these important awards once again.’

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