Global Member Newsletter

Global Member Newsletter June 2019


IACLE makes its mark at BCLA 2019

IACLE celebrated 40 years of ‘Exceptional Education. Exponential Impact’ with special events at the British Contact Lens Association Clinical Conference in Manchester, UK (30 May-1 June). More than 100 delegates accepted the invitation to ‘Make Your Mark’ at the IACLE booth on a time wall of milestones in our history. President Dr Shehzad Naroo (left) and Vice President Professor Philip Morgan hosted an anniversary celebration marking 40 years of IACLE.

Read a full report on IACLE’s presence at BCLA

IACLE Award winners step up to the stage

The 2019 IACLE Contact Lens Educators of the Year received their certificates at a ceremony at the BCLA Conference (1 June). Pictured (left to right) are IACLE President Dr Shehzad NarooDr Fabrizio Zeri (EAME), Professor Craig Woods (AP), IACLE Travel Award winner Joseph Afonne and Dr Rubén Velázquez (Americas), with BCLA President Professor Sunil Shah and Dr Gary Orsborn from CooperVision, sponsor of the Educator Awards.

Find out more about our Awards winners

Education Day scores success in Manchester

A strong speaker program and relaxed atmosphere helped make IACLE/BUCCLE Education Day (29 May) in Manchester a major success. Held to coincide with the BCLA conference, the day was jointly organized with the British & Irish University & College Contact Lens Educators. Eighty members and guests heard the panel speak on how to review and present research in papers, posters and presentations.

Look out for a full report on Education Day next month

Travel Award winner hails inspiring trip

‘It was an amazing trip with lots of learning and inspiration,’ said FIACLE Maheswari Srinivasan fromDr Agarwals Eye Hospitals in Chennai, India who attended the Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators (AOCLE) Annual Workshop at Pacific University, Oregon (30 May-June 2) courtesy of an IACLE Travel Award. Maheswari is pictured with AOCLE Chair Katie Clore and IACLE Secretary Jan Jurkus.

Find out about the 2019 Travel Award recipients

ICLC 2020 marks move to regular course updates

IACLE will introduce rolling updates to its flagship educational resource, the New IACLE Contact Lens Course (New ICLC) from 2020. The course will in future be revised and updated at regular two-yearly intervals, starting with ICLC 2020. In April, the New ICLC reached a major milestone with the completion of the final lecture, Dry Eye & Contact Lenses. Work is now under way to translate the current course into key languages.

Access the New ICLC via Member Login 


IACLE pays tribute to its Founding Members  

Three of IACLE’s Founding Members who attended our first-ever meeting – in Monaco in November 1979 – were saluted at the IACLE/BUCCLE Education Day. First President Dr Hilmar Bussacker (center), first BUCCLE Chair Richard Pearson (left)and former IACLE Vice President Professor Desmond Fonn (right) described their experiences of the early days of IACLE and were awarded certificates to mark the 40th Anniversary. First IACLE Secretary Dr John de Brabander sent a video message to delegates.

APOC highlights to include 40th celebrations  

The IACLE time wall is now on its way to the Asia Pacific Optometric Congress taking place in Manila, the Philippines (17-20 June), where delegates can add their names and comments. A 40th Anniversary Celebration will be held at the Gala Dinner (18 June), and three of the 2019 IACLE Travel Awards will be presented.The congress program – on the theme of Optometry Refocused – will see lectures and workshops from IACLE staff, board and FIACLEs. A Members Meeting will be held on Wednesday 19 June at 5pm.

Find the full APOC schedule


‘I would love to teach in the USA, especially in New York,’ says Laura Borgazzi. Laura is a teacher and trainer at Greta Jura in Morez, Eastern France, a town more famous as a center for spectacle frame manufacture than for contact lenses! ‘IACLE allows me to have pedagogical support in my classes, to continue to perform well in my work and to be aware of news in contactology,’ she says. Laura’s top teaching tip is to try contact lens adaptation herself and then share her experiences with her students. Outside work, Laura enjoys running, fitness, piano, guitar and travel.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO IACLE MEMBERS WORLDWIDE?We’re looking for more members to take part in Meet a Member. Contact your regional / country coordinator here for details.


Central vault under a scleral lens

This image was captured by Indian FIACLE Gauri Kunjeer Patel from Nagar School of Optometry in Gujarat. Captured using a 1 plus 5T phone and slit lamp biomicroscope, the image shows a central vault under a scleral lens using white light. Here the vault is close to ideal, almost equal to the lens thickness which is 250 microns. The illumination technique used is optic section.


Submit your Image of the Month


NEW IACLE adds video resource on ‘Smart Phoneography’

FIACLE Prasad Sawant from Mumbai, India has contributed a new video on how to take high-quality clinical photographs with a smartphone without using any adaptor. Smartphone photography provides an efficient delivery in patient care and has obvious benefits. Learn how to use the lighting and magnification system of both smartphone and slit lamp to get the best quality pictures during clinical examinations.

Watch Prasad’s new video 

NEW BHVI refreshes Global Myopia Centre

The new Global Myopia Centre at the Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI) aims to bring together available expertise and resources in myopia management. Online tools include the BHVI Myopia Guidelines and Myopia Calculator, as well as ‘member-only’ educational resources and infographics. Also included are feature editorials and academic blogs, authored by leading experts in myopia management and emerging BHVI researchers.

Access the Global Myopia Centre



AOCLE presents Lyndon with Janoff Award 

FIACLE Professor Lyndon Jones has received the 2019 Lester Janoff Memorial Award from the Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators (AOCLE). This annual award is presented for excellence in contact lens-related publications, education and research, and active participation in AOCLE events. Lyndon received the award from his colleague at the University of Waterloo, Canada, Dr Luigina Sorbara at the IACLE/BUCCLE Education Day in Manchester (29 May). 

IACLE takes the lead at events in Argentina and Mexico  

More than 2,000 delegates heard IACLE speakers at Acuvue Eye Health Advisor (AEHA) Symposia in Argentina (pictured) and Mexico last month, including over 1,000 who took part via live streaming. In Buenos Aires (6 May), Americas Regional Coordinator Guillermo Carrillo described IACLE’s achievements over 40 years. And Vice President Professor Philip Morgan joined the Mexican event (20 May).

Read a report on the month’s activities

Asia Pacific

IACLE India hosts STE at Maharashtra college…

Laxmi College of Optometry in Panvel, India is the latest institution in the region to hold the IACLE Student Trial Exam (29 May). A total of 23 students sat the exam, conducted by FIACLE Shraddha Kadam. The STE consists of 100 multiple-choice questions – including 30 requiring the student to identify a lens fit or eye condition from a colour photograph – and is available in five languages.

Find out more about the Student Trial Exam

…and Industry Seminars in three institutions

Three institutions in south India – Sankara College of OptometryVasan Institute of Ophthalmology & Research and Manipal Academy of Higher Education – recently hosted Industry Seminars organized by Bausch + Lomb. B+L’s Jayashree Sekar welcomed a total of 150 students and staff in Bangalore, Chennai and Manipal. Our thanks to FIACLEs Anitha ArvindPreetha Ramprasat and Premjit Bhakat for help with hosting these events.

Haiying gets down to business in Guangzhou

IACLE China National Coordinator Professor Wang Haiying, visited Guangzhou Business School last month (7 May) and met with staff and students from the Department of Optometry. Haiying introduced educational projects and new developments at IACLE and emphasized the advantages of using our resources. She is pictured (center) demonstrating how to use IACLE’s online resources.

Europe / Africa – Middle East

IACLE recognizes Luigi’s role at Rome meeting

Professor Luigi Lupelli, lecturer in contact lenses at Università Roma Tre and the first Italian FIACLE, received an Award of Recognition for his commitment to the development of contact lens practice in Italy at the recent IACLE Educator Meeting in Rome (17 May). The meeting attracted 35 delegates and coincided with the European Academy of Optometry and Optics Annual Conference. 

Read a full report on the meeting


  • 17-20 June – 22nd Asia Pacific Optometry Congress, Manila, Philippines. Details here.
  • 19-23 June – Optometry’s Meeting 2019, St Louis, Missouri, USA. Details here.
  • 19-21 July – Optometry Australia Conference OMEGA 2019, Melbourne, Australia. Details here.
  • 25-26 July – ICSC 2019, International Congress of Scleral Contacts, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Details here.
  • 8-10 August – 17th FEDOPTO International Optometry Congress, Bogotá, Colombia. Details here.

A full schedule of IACLE and other events in 2019 is now available at Meetings & Conferences. 

Please email dates of 2019 events to