Global Member Newsletter August 2021
MEMBERSHIP PERKS IN AUGUST
Join the President on Facebook live for a special announcement
On Thursday 2 September, IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan and newly elected Board Member Dr Byki Huntjens are hosting a Facebook live to announce the details of an exciting IACLE event coming up in the near future.
Introducing Regional Hubs
We are pleased to announce a new feature within IACLETOP – the Regional Hubs – a language-specific community space to interact and engage with other IACLE colleagues. The Hubs enable members to see who is online, meet with others through the coffee room feature, instant message, share documents and exchange teaching materials.
Student Area now available in French
The Student Area, designed for educators to offer their students a unique teaching space for learning and assessment opportunities, is now available in French. The area provides access to the Student Trial Exam, online classrooms, and a space to develop your own teaching material.
July global webinar series available now
In July, the theme for our global webinar series was ‘Grow your contact lens practice’. We heard from four international experts, Brian Tompkins, Rakesh Kapoor, Nick Howard, and Caroline Christie, who gave great insights into the topic. The complete series is available to view on IACLETOP through the Webinars tab.
Catch up on the webinars:
Prepare for the Fellowship Exam
Each month, we conduct virtual workshops for members who have registered for the Fellowship Exam, with the topic changing each month. The next session is on Tuesday 7 September at 11 am UK time (BST) where members can receive advice from a current FIACLE and chat with IACLE’s Vice President Dr Shehzad Naroo. We encourage all members sitting the exam to accept their invite to access the Fellowship Exam Area within IACLETOP to help you prepare as thoroughly as possible.
THIS MONTH’S THEMED WEBINARS
Advanced instruments in contact lens practice
IACLE is hosting a global webinar series themed ‘Advanced instruments in contact lens practice’ throughout August and September. Dr Keyur Patel began the series with a talk on ‘Assessment of tear film and ocular surface’ (11 August). Tune into the next webinar of the series on 25 August at 12 noon UK (BST) hosted by Dr Stefan Bandlitz on ‘Measuring the anterior ocular surface’.
NEWS IN AUGUST
Image of the Month
Dr Atanu Samanta from Nagar School of Optometry in Ahmedabad, India, captured the above images using a OnePlus 6 mobile phone using a 9mp camera sensor under slit lamp diffuse illumination. The 28-year-old RGP lens wearer complained of ocular irritation whilst wearing the nine-month-old lenses. On slit lamp examination, the lens was found to be chipped on the edge with protein and lipid deposits on the front surface. In addition, corneal abrasions were observed on surface examination with fluorescein.
EAME Regional President steps down
A member since 1992 and a Fellow of IACLE since 1996, Judith Morris steps down as Europe / Africa / Middle East Regional President. Throughout her 21 years working with IACLE, Judith enjoyed giving input into the growing number of available resources. When Judith was relatively new to teaching, she found the curriculum and slides, especially the images, invaluable, and wishes they had been around when she was starting her career. Judith reflects on her IACLE journey and says, ‘My most fond memories are the people and colleagues I have worked with or known through my involvement with IACLE over the many years. I’ve got to spend time with many colleagues in my region who I hold in high regard. But more importantly, I have enjoyed the many dinners around the world where the subject is not necessarily contact lenses but life in general; those evenings are my fondest memories’.
IACLE reports great year in 2020 Activity Summary
At the close of 2020, IACLE’s membership consisted of 731 members from 74 countries, and more than two fifths of members (41%) were Fellows of IACLE. In June 2020, we introduced the TLC Initiative to supplement IACLE’s existing educational activities during the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic where the total attendance at our virtual webinars was 10,200.
2021 Annual General Meeting
In May 2021, IACLE held its first-ever virtual Annual General Meeting. The IACLE Board and the membership approved several motions including the 2019 meeting minutes, IACLE’s new By-Laws and the financial statements.
MEET A MEMBER
Introducing Professor Ankit Varshney Assistant Professor at Shree Bharatimaiya College of Optometry in Surat, India, specializing in contact lenses and dispensing optics. Ankit says that IACLE’s resources have been beneficial in his contact lens teaching, particularly the new ICLC modules, as they are concise, and students find them easy to understand. ‘Try to give your students all of your knowledge so that they can grow and expand to an extent where novelties can bloom and be implemented to bridge the loopholes that exist in today’s society’, is a top tip from Ankit. In his spare time, Ankit enjoys travelling, reading, and playing cricket. ‘Learn, earn, and return’ is Ankit’s mantra.
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 email@example.com.
Contact lens journals see rise in impact factor
Two major journals specializing in publishing contact lens-related research have seen an increase in a key metric that estimates their reach and importance in the field. New data from the science analytics company Clarivate reports that the ‘impact factor’ for the journal Contact Lens and Anterior Eye increased from 2.578 in 2019 to 3.077 in 2020. Over this same period, the impact factor for Eye and Contact Lens rose from 1.521 to 2.018. These scores rank the journals in 25th and 42nd position, respectively, from 62 journals within the ophthalmology category.
Effectiveness of 0.01% atropine for myopia control during lockdown
Erdinest et al retrospectively analysed data of 14 children who had been under effective myopia control before the pandemic and who then were socially restricted from March 2020 to March 2021. The increase in axial length during the lockdown phase was much greater than that seen during the pre-pandemic period and suggests a possible significant impact of the environment on myopia increase even in individuals under effective atropine treatment.
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR REGIONS?
Colombian universities join IACLETOP
Two institutions in Colombia have recently joined IACLETOP. The Americas Regional Office held a meeting with Sandra Guerrero Dean of the Optometry School at Universidad Santo Tomas in Bogotá, Colombia, and postgraduate contact lens educators. It was proposed that the university would encourage new contact lens educators to become members of IACLE to gain access to the Student Area within IACLETOP and for their students to sit the Student Trial Exam.
Showcasing IACLE resources at Chinese university
IACLE China National Coordinator Professor Wang Haiying visited the Medical College at Panzhihua University in China and met with the Dean of the Eye Hospital Professor Zhou, the Director of the Department Lu Zhi Xia and faculty member Yi Zhuo Zheng. Haiying introduced IACLE to the Head of the Department and encouraged the faculty to become members of IACLE. The session focused on IACLE resources, educational projects and new developments, mainly IACLETOP, as well as the Student Trial Exam.
EUROPE / AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST
Update from a member in Iran
Ali Reza Jafari from the Basir Eye Center in Tehran, Iran, has been involved in contact lens training for over 20 years. Ali conducts regular training sessions, both theoretical and practical, at Basir Eye Center and the Iranian Society of Optometry and since being a member of IACLE uses the IACLE Contact Lens Course. Ali recently provided training to optometrists interested in contact lenses in the Golestan Province.
BCLA announces Presidential Address
The British Contact Lens Association has announced that Neil Retallic Global Professional Services Manager for Menicon, will take over as President from Indie Grewal after the BCLA’s AGM on 7 September. He will deliver his Presidential Address ‘The person behind the contact lens – through a pandemic and beyond’ as his first duty as President.
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
- 4 September – 49th European Contact Lens and Ocular Surface Congress (ECLSO), online symposium. Details.
- 8-10 October – SICHT.KONTAKTE Online. Details.
- 29-30 October – New Zealand Association of Optometrists 90th Annual Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand. Details.
- 3-6 November – American Academy of Optometry, Boston, USA. Details.