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IACLE Global Member Newsletter February 2018


February 2018




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Members should soon be receiving our survey to determine use of and attitudes to IACLE resources, programs and events, and to test out potential future member benefits. The aim is to listen to members, respond to your needs and bring the benefits of membership to even more contact lens educators worldwide. The survey is in two parts: Section A and Section B. Please complete both sections online by 31 March 2018 and supply your name in Section B of the survey in order to enter a competition to win US$100 in Amazon vouchers.


NEW IACLE welcomes increased support from CooperVision

CooperVision has renewed its support for IACLE and stepped up its sponsorship to Gold level. IACLE’s current sponsors are Platinum Sponsor Alcon, Gold Sponsor CooperVision, Silver Sponsor Johnson & Johnson Vision, Bronze Sponsor Bausch + Lomb and Donor Sponsor Euclid Systems – who together help support the association’s high-quality contact lens programs worldwide.

Read more about IACLE’s sponsors and the benefits of sponsorship here


Applications close for 2018 IACLE Awards

Judging is now underway to find the winners of the 2018 IACLE Awards. The IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards, sponsored by CooperVision, recognise and reward achievements in contact lens education. A winner from each of our three global regions will attend the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry, Academy 2018 (7-10 November). This year there will be three IACLE Travel Awards, enabling Educator Members to attend either Academy 2018 (one award) or the Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators’ AOCLE Annual Workshop (two awards) (31 May – 3 June). Both events take place in San Antonio, Texas.  

Click here to read more about the IACLE Educator Awards and here for the IACLE Travel Awards


NEW IACLE to welcome new Fellows   

More than 70 members will soon be adding letters after their names having successfully completed the Fellowship Exam in November 2017. Those successful who have been members for a year or more can now apply for FIACLE status. A total of 154 candidates sat the latest exam and 84 were successful, a pass rate of 55%. Twelve existing FIACLEs resat the exam. The Asia Pacific region fielded the most candidates (71), closely followed by the Americas (63), with 20 from Europe / Africa – Middle East. The next administration of the exam will be in November 2019.

Find more details of the results here and learn more about Fellowship here



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.

NOTE: New access codes for 2018 are provided when your membership fee is paid



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.
This month we visit the Philippines, where Dr Leanne Jeanne Encarnacion is clinical instructor at the Davao Doctors College in Davao City. ‘I’ve only been in practice for 3 years but I’m very passionate about changing the perceptions of Filipinos regarding contact lenses,’ says Leanne, who is currently studying for a Masters in Business Administration, majoring in medical entrepreneurship. So how has IACLE helped Leanne in her career? ‘I’m able to assess and manage my patients better with IACLE serving as my guide and reference, especially when handling special cases. I’m also able to assist my students in proper lens care and management, and give them a deeper understanding of contact lenses in general.’ And Leanne’s advice to colleagues? ‘Never stop exploring the world of contact lenses. Continue learning about them, reading journals and new research,’ she says.




A heartless conjunctival mass

Dr Liana Al-Labadi from An-Najah National University in Palestine submitted this image, taken on an iPhone 6. A 27-year-old Palestinian female presented to the clinic for evaluation complaining of reduced vision. She had a positive ocular history of multiple chalazion surgeries. Anterior segment examination revealed an elevated heart-shaped upper palpebral conjunctival mass with surrounding pseudomembrane. Ligneous conjunctivitis was suspected and a lid biopsy was ordered to confirm diagnosis.     

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





NEW Myopia and its Management module added to New ICLC  

Three leading authorities on myopia control have prepared a new module for the New IACLE Contact Lens Course (New ICLC). Editors Dr Nicola Logan (UK), Professor Padmaja Sankaridurg (Australia) and Kate Gifford (Australia) have contributed the latest lectures. One remaining lecture – coming soon on Dry Eye and Contact Lenses – will complete the course. Translations of the New ICLC into Spanish and other key languages are now underway.

Access Member Login here to download the lectures and find all module editors for the New ICLC here


Second Love Your Lenses Week set for March

Following the success of last year’s Love Your Lenses Week the UK regulatory body, the General Optical Council (GOC), will be running the campaign for a second year, from 24-30 March. The key message for the campaign is ‘Wash hands and dry before touching your eye’. The GOC is providing a toolkit that includes advice for contact lens users, graphics to share on social media, ideas for activities in practices and posters to help everyone get involved in the week.

Find out more about Love Your Lenses resources here or follow the campaign on Facebook or Twitter





IACLE radio program discusses clinical and business topics

IACLE in the World is continuing to reach out across the region and beyond, with two more broadcasts in January. Americas Regional Coordinator Guillermo Carrillo hosts the program, which goes out every Wednesday from 9.30 to 10.30 am (UTC-5). Guests from Mexico, Colombia and Argentina discussed a wide range of topics last month, from clinical aspects of daily disposables to how to ‘sell’ the benefits of contact lenses by comparing them with other technologies. 

Click here for more news from the LA region and here to access the recorded programs


Asia Pacific


Des to join AP conference in Korea

Former IACLE Vice President Professor Desmond Fonn will be among the speakers for the 11th Asia Cornea & Contact Lens Conference taking place in Gyeongju, Korea from 9-10 April. Organized by the Korean Optometric Association, Korean universities and industry representatives, the event’s supporters include IACLE sponsors Johnson & Johnson Vision (Acuvue), Alcon and CooperVision. IACLE members and Fellows from the AP region will be attending. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 9 March.

Find more information on ACCLC 2018 here


Europe / Africa – Middle East


IACLE members to discuss compliance issues at NCC

‘Compliance and Education’ will be the theme for an IACLE Educators’ Meeting at the Dutch Contact Lens Congress, (Nederlands Contactlens Congres) next month. NCC2018 takes place at the NH Conference Center Koningshof Veldhoven, from 11-12 March. FIACLEs Henri Eek and Wim Borst have organized the IACLE meeting for 12.30 -13.30 on Sunday 11 March (Baroniezaal). IACLE members are invited to join the discussion on the importance of education in compliance for students and their future patients, and ways to improve awareness of compliance issues.

Click here for the full NCC 2018 program, here for details of the IACLE meeting and register your attendance here


Tributes paid to Manchester contact lens educator

Don Loran, described as one of the most outstanding educators in the field of contact lenses, has died at the age of 81. As lecturer and clinical director at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) from the early 1970s, Don instituted the first open clinics for final-year students. He modernized the syllabus and teaching of contact lenses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level at what was to become the University of Manchester. In 1979, Don was one of two UK educators who attended a meeting at the Bausch + Lomb European Contact Lens Symposium in Monte Carlo where it was agreed to establish an international version of the Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators (AOCLE), to be known as IACLE. He subsequently served as a committee member to the new organisation.

Read a tribute by Don’s former colleague, Professor Neil Charman, here


IACLE France plans meeting in Paris for April  

Congratulations to new FIACLE Marina Barthe (pictured), contact lens educator at the Institut Supérieur Optique in Bordeaux, France, who achieved one of the highest marks in the recent Fellowship Exam. Marina is organizing an IACLE meeting in Paris, at ISO Paris on Saturday 21 April from 10.00-15.00. IACLE Regional President for the Europe / Africa – Middle East region, Judith Morris, will be attending. 

Contact Marina at for more information


 IACLE Members’ Meetings are also planned for the EAME region during Optom’18 in Madrid, Spain on Saturday 14 April, at (FIACLE Sara Bueno Fernández is assisting with arrangements), at Optometria 2018 in Ożarów Mazowiecki, Poland 20-22 April (organized by FIACLE Halina Mańczak), and at the Pula 2018 conference in Pula, Croatia (11-13 May) where FIACLE Sebastian Marx will be helping to co-ordinate the Contact Lens Special Interest Group. Look out for full details in future newsletters and on our website.



  • 22-25 February – 76th Annual Conference of All India Ophthalmological Society, Coimbatore, India. Details here.
  • 28 February – 4 March – SECO2018 (South Eastern Congress of Optometry International), Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Details here.
  • 11-12 March – NCC 2018 (Nederlands Contact Lens Congress). Koningshof, Veldhoven, The Netherlands. Details here. Register your attendance here.
  • 18-19 March – Optometry Tomorrow, Birmingham UK. 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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