Global Member Newsletter

IACLE Global Member Newsletter August 2018



NEW Distance Learning Program nears completion

IACLE’s Distance Learning Program (DLP) has been fully revised in line with the New IACLE Contact Lens Course and will be released in September. Director of Educational Programs Nilesh Thite (pictured) commented: ‘The New DLP, a collaborative effort of the Education Team and Fellows of IACLE, aligns well with the New ICLC. It completes the circle of learning and will help our members prepare for the Fellowship examination.’

Click here for more information on the New DLP


Indian journal features IACLE and its activities  

A recent edition of The Indian Optician has highlighted IACLE’s achievements. The May/June issue reported on our Activity Summary 2017 and described IACLE as a ‘one-stop hub for contact lens professionals from across the globe’.  Vision Plus magazine also featured IACLE’s approach to contact lens education, in a blog this month.

Read the article here and here and find more coverage under IACLE Press


Membership renewal notices for 2018 have been sent out to all members. Access to our full range of membership benefits including the New IACLE Contact Lens Course and our latest resource Research Update – is only available to IACLE Members. Membership must be renewed annually and expires when payment is not received. Please renew your status here to continue as an IACLE member in 2018 and make your contribution to Our Mission for worldwide contact lens education.



Fadi Harb is an optometrist at the Beirut Eye & ENT Specialist Hospital in Lebanon, where his professional interest is vision rehabilitation. Fadi was one of four educators from Lebanon who attended the 2017 IACLE Congress on Contact Lens Education in Hyderabad, India. ‘IACLE has provided me with great help and experience considering my job in vision rehab. It has been so helpful to gain new information about optometry in general, and specifically contact lenses,’ he says. Outside work Fadi’s interests include driving and exploring new places.

We’re looking for more members to take part in our monthly feature introducing an IACLE member from around the world. Contact your regional / country coordinator here for details.


Multiple bubbles under a scleral lens

FIACLE Prasad Sawant from the Sawant Optometry Clinic in Dombivli-Mumbai, India, captured this image using a Samsung S9 and slit-lamp biomicroscope. The image shows the formation of multiple air bubbles under a scleral contact lens. Air bubbles are a common challenge in scleral lens fitting and are usually due to improper application (see below) and/or the edge of the lens being loose in one particular meridian, when a spherical haptic scleral lens is fitted on a toric sclera.

Click here for more information on Image of the Month. Download a submission form to send an image



NEW Help with handling and caring for scleral contact lenses

The GP Lens Institute (GPLI) has added a laminated card on scleral lens application and removal, plus tips on caring for sclerals, to its printed materials. GPLI resources can either be ordered online or downloaded free of charge. A patient video on How to Use Scleral Lenses is also available on the Scleral Education Society’s website, Thanks to FIACLE Dr Eef van der Worp for highlighting these resources in his I-Site newsletter. 

Find the GPLI printed materials here and access the video here


NEW CORE introduces new guide to clinical contact lens management

The Centre for Ocular Research & Education at the University of Waterloo, Canada has released an enhanced version of the Guide to Clinical Contact Lens Management. The guide is a free, fully-searchable database which includes descriptions, images and videos to help identify and manage contact lens-related issues. New features include updated content, search functionality and practical demonstrations of slit-lamp techniques. This fully independent resource is hosted by CORE and supported by an independent medical education grant from Alcon.

Click here to access the enhanced CORE guide and here to learn more

NEW 2018 Contact Lenses & Solutions Summary

The annual CLASS guide listing contact lenses and care products available in the USA was released with the July issue of Contact Lens Spectrum. Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision and compiled by Dr Paul White from the New England College of Optometry, CLASS is designed to be a concise, easy-to-use, chairside reference source. The July edition of Contact Lens Spectrum is also the annual Dry Eye Issue, and includes a report on trends in diagnosis and treatment.

Click here for 2018 CLASS and here to view digital editions of Contact Lens Spectrum from 2018. And add your email address here to receive monthly Readers’ Choice alerts from the journal




AAO to salute research achievements at Academy 2018  

IACLE member Professor Helen Swarbrick (pictured) from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia is among those to be honoured in this year’s American Academy of Optometry Awards. Helen will receive the Max Schapero Memorial Lecture Award from the Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies at the Academy 2018 meeting in San Antonio, Texas, USA (7-10 November). Her UNSW colleague Professor Fiona Stapleton will receive the Glenn A Fry Award.  

Find the full list of 2018 AAO Award recipients here


Gina and Jan join speaker line-up at Colombian congress

IACLE will be playing a key role in the FEDOPTO Congress in Colombia this month and will be offering a Contact Lens Specialist Section as part of the general program of the 29th National Congress of Optometry in Barranquilla (9-11 August). Dr Gina Sorbara (Canada) and Dr Jan Jurkus (USA), representing the IACLE Executive Board, and FIACLEs Nelson Merchan (Colombia), Martin Giraldo (Colombia) and Guillermo Carrillo (Perú) are among those taking part.

Find out more about LA events here and read a full report on FEDOPTO next month


Asia Pacific  

IACLE India to hold regional meetings this autumn

More than 70 IACLE members from across India are expected to attend regional IACLE Educator Meetings at three venues this autumn. The dates and venues are: 3-4 October, New Delhi (North and East regions); 20-21 October, Mumbai (West region); and 27-28 October, Chennai (South). Topics on the agenda will cover important aspects of education and research. These meetings will be interactive and many Fellows and members will be given the opportunity to present their work and thoughts.

Look out for full details and registration next month

IACLE AP introduces innovation across the region

The Asia Pacific region has had a busy few weeks of activities, with events in Korea (pictured left), Taiwan and Indonesia. Korea National Coordinator Professor Kyounghee Park reports progress with the translation of the New IACLE Contact Lens Course. And AP Regional Coordinator Dr Cheni Lee has introduced a new teaching methodology using the WebEx platform.

Read Cheni’s report on AP activities here

BCLA releases final program for Singapore meeting

‘Surviving practice change’ will be the theme for the second BCLA Asia meeting, to be held at the Singapore Polytechnic Convention Centre next month (18-19 September). A maximum of 14 CET points can be achieved by attending the lecture track. The event is a partnership between the British Contact Lens Association and Singapore Optometric Association.  

Register for BCLA Asia here and download the final program here


Europe / Africa – Middle East 

Students in Morocco take the STE challenge

Fes in Morocco hosted its first Student Trial Exam (STE) last month (14 July).  Member Hamid Nafis (pictured second left, standing), at the Nafis Vision Centre, conducted the exam for a small group of eight students. A total of 72 students also took part in the STE at three institutions in France: Institut Superieur d’Optique (ISO) Nantes, Institut des Sciences de la Vision (ISV) Saint Etienne and Pôle de Formation Pasteur, Betheny. A further nine sat the exam at the Institut d’Optique Raymond Tibaut in Bruxelles, Belgium.

For more information on the Student Trial Exam and to register, click here

IACLE seeks speakers for 2019 French congress  

Following a successful IACLE meeting in Paris in May (pictured), we are planning to support a Contact Lens Session at the next Congrès d’Optométrie and Contactologie. The presenters will all be members of IACLE. The congress will take place on 20 and 21 January 2019 in Montrouge, Ile-de-France. Lectures and/or practical sessions can be presented in English as well as French, so we are seeking members and FIACLEs who would be prepared to join our French members on the speaker program. A number of topics have been suggested so if you are interested in being part of this event please contact to receive more details.

FIACLE status helps build professional relationships in France

Optometrist Arnaud Massenet, of Aix-Marseille Université in France, achieved FIACLE status following a successful outcome in the 2017 Fellowship Exam. ‘I’m very proud to be part of the FIACLE community and I feel more valued and invested in the world of contactology,’ says Arnaud. ‘Fellowship allows us to demonstrate our knowledge in this field – especially to ophthalmologists – but also our desire to participate in the mission of IACLE in an active way, trying to standardize the teaching of contact lenses in France and more broadly in the world. Becoming a FIACLE should make things easier, by reassuring ophthalmologists that they can delegate more easily.’

Find out more about becoming a FIACLE here and access the latest FIACLE Directory here


  • 22-25 August – Nordic Congress of Ophthalmology (NOK 2018), Oslo, Norway. Details here.
  • 29-30 August – 20th International Congress on Vision Science and Eye 2018, Zurich, Switzerland. Details here.
  • 2 September – Contact Lenses Contact C.Ls.C.  Details here.
  • 2-3 September – BCLA Asia Conference, Singapore. Details here.
  • 21-22 September – 2nd EMCO International Congress of Optometry, Marrakech, Morocco. Details here.
  • 22-26 September – 36th Congress of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS), Vienna, Austria. Details here.
  • 27-30 September – Deutsche Ophthalmologische Gesellschaft (DOG) 2018, Bonn, Germany. Details here.

A full schedule of IACLE and other events in 2018 is available at Meetings & Conferences. 

Please email dates of 2018 events to

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