Global Member Newsletter

Global Member Newsletter December 2021


Happy Holidays from the IACLE Team! 

Thank you to all our members and industry sponsors for your continued support throughout 2021. We look forward to your participation in 2022 and seeing what the year brings for contact lens education. IACLE offices are closed from 24 December until 4 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 all a Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year from the IACLE Team! 


Over 160 members worldwide sat the IACLE Fellowship Exam on Friday 12 November. The exam was delivered online through IACLETOP for the first time, and members will receive their results by mid-January. 

Look out for more details in the January newsletter


On Wednesday 8 December, IACLE President and Head of Optometry at the University of Manchester Professor Philip Morgan hosted a webinar on ‘Educating students about optimizing contact lens comfort’. Professor Morgan shared his thoughts on how educators should address the issues of contact lens discomfort and dropouts with their students. He outlined that for established soft lens users, end of day discomfort was the main reason for dropping out of contact lens wear. Furthermore, lens features such as the nature of the edge and surface wetting, appear to be key factors for wearer comfort. 

Catch up on the webinar here


Image of the Month

Lifetime FIACLE Ajay Shinde captured the above image of a 48-year-old female patient who had been wearing multifocal contact lenses for 20 years. She complained of blurred vision for two days but had no complaints of watering, irritation, redness or itching. On slit lamp examination, jelly bumps on the right lens were observed, with no visible deposits on the left lens. The ocular structures appeared normal and contact lens discolouration was noticed on removal. The lens was cleaned and rinsed with a multi-purpose solution. The patient was advised to discard the existing lenses and wear new lenses. 

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

Submit your image here

Applications for IACLE awards opening soon

We are opening the applications for the 2022 IACLE Educator Awards in January. Keep an eye out for an announcement in the new year. 

More info on IACLE Awards

Members elected for the WCO Board of Directors

The World Council of Optometry (WCO) has recently announced their new leadership group and Board of Directors for 2021-2023. IACLE members Dr Efrain Castellanos from Universidad Xochicalco in Ensenada, Mexico, and FIACLE Dr Yazan Gammoh from Al-Ahliyya Amman University in Amman, Jordan, have been elected for the Executive Committee. In addition, Ahmed Idris Tairi, Professional Educational and Development Associate at Johnson & Johnson, was elected as Regional Representative.

For more information on the new positions

Active FIACLEs present at WCO education day

Last month, the World Council of Optometry presented ‘Eyes Around the World: A Global Day of Learning’, a 24-hour live stream for practising clinicians and optometry educators. IACLE invited four active FIACLEs to present on the day. Dr Lindsay SicksProfessor Monica ChaudhryDr Raquel Gil Cazorla and Professor James Wolffsohn delivered lectures supporting the continuing education day. 

For more information on the day

BUCCLE launches soft contact lens survey

The British & Irish University and College Contact Lens Educators (BUCCLE) recently launched a survey to explore what happens during a ‘teaching’ appointment where wearers learn how to apply and remove soft contact lenses. BUCCLE welcomes responses from all contact lens practitioners involved in soft contact lens teaching.

Complete the survey here

Renew your IACLE membership to receive all benefits

Thank you to all our members who have renewed their membership for 2022. We are looking forward to delivering more programs, resources, and events in the coming year. A kind reminder that access to our full range of membership benefits – including the resources and programs within IACLETOP and all resources and events under the Teach. Learn. Connect. Initiative – is exclusively available for IACLE members. Please note, IACLE membership runs on an annual cycle and expires when payment is not received. Therefore, please renew your membership by 31 December 2021. If you have any questions about renewing your membership, please get in touch with your IACLE Representative.

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


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

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


Latest update features pandemic-associated eye problems

Lifetime FIACLE and Director of the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) at the University of Waterloo Professor Lyndon Jones authors an editorial in the latest Contact Lens Update. ‘Pandemic-associated eye problems: a review of five issues for the ECP’ reviews various ocular complications due to the pandemic.

Read the editorialSign up to receive Contact Lens Update

New podcast episode on specialty lenses

Dr Melissa Barnett and Dr Tom Arnold host a monthly podcast, supported by CooperVision, starring eye care specialists from around the globe. The latest episode features Dr Sheila Morrison, Optometrist at Mission Eye Care in Calgary, Canada, who speaks about her specialty contact lens practice and how it has helped connect optometrists from around the globe. 

Listen to the episode


Computer Vision Syndrome and the COVID-19 lockdown

The 6-to-8-week lockdown due to COVID-19 in Spain resulted in a significant increase in electronic device use, as 730 survey respondents reported. Computer Vision Syndrome-related symptoms were reported more often in participants who used electronic devices for more time and spent less time outdoors. 

Read the paper



Latin America discusses optometry curriculum

On 25 November, the Latin American Association of Optometry and Optics (ALDOO) invited IACLE Regional Coordinator Guillermo Carrillo to the 7th Meeting of Deans and Directors of the School of Optometry, where 35 participants attended virtually to discuss the optometry curriculum in Latin America. ALDOO is committed to establishing a strong relationship with IACLE, and IACLE’s contact lens curriculum is included in its proposal for optometric education. 

Read the full Americas report


CooperVision host lecture for South Korean students

On 8 NovemberCooperVision Education Director Minji Kang delivered a lecture on how to fit toric contact lenses for students at Kookje University in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. Among a range of techniques, Minji demonstrated how to use a slit lamp for toric lens axis evaluation. 

Read the full Asia Pacific meeting report


IACLE Team meet with Educators in Poland

During November, Alcon Senior Professional Affairs Manager Tomasz Suliński joined EAME Regional Director Dr Fabrizio Zeri, the IACLE Education Team and educators in Poland to discuss IACLE membership, programs and resources. 

OPTI postponed to May 2022

Due to the rapidly increasing infection rates of COVID-19, the International Trade Show for Optics & Design (OPTI) in Munich, Germany, will now take place from 13-15 May 2022

More info


IACLE TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect) WEBINARS

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

Key dates for early 2022:

19-22 January 2022 – Global Specialty Lens Symposium, Las Vegas. Details.

13-14 March 2022 – Netherlands Contact Lens Congress (NCC), Veldhoven, the Netherlands. Details

13-15 2022 – International Trade Show for Optics & Design (OPTI), Munich, Germany. Details.