Global Member Newsletter

Global Member Newsletter January 2021


Translation – Chinese

NEW ICLC exclusively available on IACLETOP

From this month, the IACLE Contact Lens Course has been made exclusively available via IACLETOP and is no longer available through our website to ensure members receive full benefits of IACLE membership. Our contact lens curriculum is available in English, Chinese (simplified), Spanish, Korean, French and Italian with some content in German, Portuguese and Russian. 

Access the ICLC via IACLETOP

NEW Worldwide Wednesday Webinars

This month, we launched a new series of global webinars themed ‘Goodbye 2020, hello 2021’. Executive Manager of Global Education Lakshmi Shinde and Executive Manager of Educational Programs Nilesh Thite started the series and discussed programs and resources introduced in 2020, in addition to IACLE’s plans for 2021. Look out for webinars in Chinese, Bahasa and Spanish in the coming weeks. 

Catchup on IACLETOP

NEW Case Reports added on IACLETOP today

The Case Report Series has been restructured into a new flipped classroom format to provide learning opportunities for students, either as flipped classes or for self-directed learning. This format utilizes the Nearpod software and allows educators and their students to review each case using discussion boards and instant polling in an engaging online environment to stimulate conversation. Released today, the number of Case Reports has increased from four to 10. 

For more information and to access the Case Reports

NEW Save the date for our second Virtual Conference

Following our first-ever Virtual Conference’s success in September 2020, the IACLE Education Team is hosting a global conference on Saturday 24 April themed ‘Integrating research into education’. International experts will share their knowledge and experiences on how to combine research and education to become a successful academic. 

Look out for more details

NEW Meet and Chat for EAME members

Attending conferences around the world allows members to meet others in their region, talk about how they use IACLE resources and to share teaching ideas they have put into practice. Due to congresses being unable to go ahead at this current time, EAME Regional President Judith Morris is introducing a ‘Meet and Chat’ initiative to connect members, to learn from one another and to discuss educational needs. The sessions will be conducted via Zoom and will take place four times a year for each part of the region – Europe, Middle East and Africa. The first Meet and Chat for our European members is on Monday 25 January at 3.00 pm (GMT).

EAME members – please see your email inbox for the details

Apply now for the 2021 Educator of the Year Awards

Applications are still open for the IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards. The Educator Awards are sponsored by CooperVision and winners will each receive US$3,000 towards the cost of attending a major international meeting and permission to use the title 2021 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year for their region. Pictured (center right) is 2018 winner Runa Mazumder at the 2018 meeting of the American Academy of Optometry, with colleagues from the AP region. Applications close on Sunday 31 January at midnight (EST).

Apply now

Renew your membership to receive full benefits this year

In November, we announced some changes to our terms and conditions of membership renewal. Please renew your membership now to ensure open access to all our member-only benefits continues. Access to full membership benefits will end on 31 January if payment is not received. 

More information on membership renewal changes


Introducing Jenny Sandh, Professional Learning and Development Manager, Northern European Academy at Specsavers. Jenny is based in Stockholm and is a third-generation optometrist. Growing up in an optometry family created her curiosity for the profession. Jenny uses IACLE resources daily for finding information and to use as a reference when conducting training sessions. Outside of work, Jenny enjoys skiing, sailing and tracking. Creating ceramic objects and making silver rings out of antique silver spoons is another of her hobbies. 



Norma takes the winning image

Congratulations to Colombian member Norma Cárdenas, winner of the 2020 IACLE Image of the Year. Norma receives one year of free IACLE membership, a US$100 Amazon voucher and certificate. Norma captured these images of a female patient with a history of incisional keratotomy approximately 30 years ago. Five years ago, her visual acuity decreased progressively, and her best correction with glasses was 20/200 binocularly. Slit lamp examination showed marked radial incisions with corneal scarring, a flat cornea in the center and a steep periphery. Oblate scleral contact lenses were fitted, obtaining a VA of 20/40. 


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2020 roundup of the contact lens industry

Karen Walsh, Professional Education Team Leader and Clinical Scientist at the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE), Canada, authors an editorial in the latest Contact Lens Update titled ‘A year in review: a global perspective on the most extraordinary of years in clinical practice. This report reflects on events throughout the year through the eyes of clinicians, researchers and educators. 

Read the editorial. Sign up to receive Contact Lens Update

Prescribing contact lenses in 2020

An article written by Vice President Professor Philip Morgan, Executive Manager of Educational Development Professor Craig Woods and FIACLE Professor Lyndon Jones (pictured above), and other colleagues including Lifetime FIACLEs Eef van der Worp and José Manuel González-Méijome and FIACLEs Dr John Hsiao and Dr Ioannis Tranoudis summarizes information for clinical practitioners, industry and academia about contact lens prescribing behaviours during 2020. 

Access the article

Predicting the future for contact lenses

FIACLE Professor Lyndon Jones, Director at the Centre for Ocular Research & Education and Karen Walsh, Professional Education Team Leader and Clinical Scientist, assess the accuracy of predictions 20 years after they were made for the new millennium, and explore where the contact lens industry will be in another 20 years’ time. 

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Contact lens wear in Spain during the COVID-19 pandemic

A new study published by Marta Vianya-Estopa et al in Contact Lens & Anterior Eye emphasizes the importance of educating contact lens wearers to ensure safe wear.

Read the full text

Ensuring safe clinical teaching at university optometry schools

A new report outlines the challenges currently faced by optometry schools and describes strategies to minimize the risk of virus transmission to ensure safe clinical optometric teaching.

Access the article



Latin America reports on the past year

In 2020, more than 50 IACLE members from the Latin America region took part in the radio program ‘IACLE in the world’, to discuss various contact lens topics. In total, the LA Team recorded more than 60 hours of content and over 6,000 ECPs tuned into the shows across Zoom, Facebook live and YouTube.

Read the Americas report


Australian member awarded Lifetime FIACLE

An IACLE member for 24 years, Professor Helen Swarbrick (pictured right with past IACLE President Professor Deborah Sweeney) has been awarded Emeritus Membership on her retirement from the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of New South Wales, and Lifetime FIACLE status. As well as introducing undergraduate students to contact lenses, she also developed and ran two very successful postgraduate courses – Advanced Contact Lens Studies and Specialty Contact Lenses Studies, taken by many international students through the Master of Optometry course. Helen acted as Assistant Secretary for IACLE for many years and has always enthusiastically encouraged her students at all levels to utilize the resources of IACLE in their learning, and subsequent contact lens clinical practice and research.

More information on the Fellowship Program

Korean university runs Student Trial Exam

Students from Kukje University in Seoul, South Korea recently took the Student Trial Exam (5 December). Korea National Coordinator Professor Park Kyung-hee said ‘Students acquiring the IACLE STE certificate is a big part of their future employment. In the future, we will continue to do our best to ensure that more students acquire licenses and find employment smoothly.’

Read the news article

Students successfully pass the STE in Indonesia

IACLE member Sylvianti Simanjuntak from the Academy of Optometry Leprindo in Jakarta conducted the Student Trial Exam on 28 October. Certificates were presented to all who successfully passed the exam (pictured above). Dian Leila Sari, Director of the Optometry School commented: ‘Thank you Sylvianti and Dr Cheni Lee for conducting and facilitating this STE exam. It’s a privilege that we are given this opportunity to gauge our students’ contact lens knowledge.’  

Read the full Asia Pacific report


BCLA appoints new President

The British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) has appointed their new President-Elect, FIACLE Neil Retallic. Neil hopes to push for advances in eco-friendly products and finding treatments for patients with ocular pathology. He will take over from current President, Indie Grewal, following the BCLA annual general meeting. 

Read a press release

EAOO Helsinki2021 takes place in April

The European Academy of Optometry and Optics’ conference will now take place in the Finnish capital Helsinki from 23-25 April 2021. The congress will include keynotes, poster presentations, workshops, discussion groups and professional exhibitions, and will be streamed online for those who cannot attend.

For more information


Key dates for 2021:
21-23 January – The Global Specialty Lens Symposium (virtual meeting). Details

23-25 April – European Academy of Optometry and Optics Annual (EAOO) Conference, Helsinki, Finland. Details

1-7 May – Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Annual Meeting (virtual meeting). Details.

20-23 May – Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators (AOCLE) Annual Workshop, Fort Lauderdale FL, USA. Details.

11-13 June – BCLA Clinical Conference and Exhibition, Manchester, UK. Details.

1-4 July – 5th Asia Pacific Ophthalmic Trauma Society Meeting, Bali, Indonesia. Details.

3-4 September – 49th European Contact Lens and Ocular Surface Congress (ECLSO), Paris, France. 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.

23-24 November – 3rd Asia Optometric Congress and 8th ASEAN Optometric Conference, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia. Details