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Industry pledges support

Industry pledges support for global contact lens education in 2018

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) has secured ongoing funding for its activities in 2018, thanks to the generous support of industry partners.

Established 40 years ago next year, IACLE is dedicated to raising the standard of contact lens education and promoting the safe use of contact lenses worldwide. In 1989, IACLE received its first industry funding to help develop and deliver the highest quality educational and information resources for contact lens teaching. 

For 2018, Alcon has once again committed to supporting IACLE at the Platinum level. Alcon is joined by Gold Sponsor CooperVision, Silver Sponsor Johnson & Johnson Vision, Bronze Sponsor Bausch + Lomb and Donor Sponsor Euclid in continuing to support IACLE’s mission. In-kind sponsors are the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) and Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators (AOCLE).

IACLE’s major sponsors work together to develop its strategic goals. In addition to their annual contributions to global contact lens education, they have provided incremental support for IACLE’s resources, programs and events.

Alcon first supported IACLE in 1994 and has been a sponsor at the highest level – Platinum – since 2012. CIBA Vision provided support from 2000, prior to Alcon merging with Novartis in 2011. Today, Alcon is actively involved in IACLE at country, regional and international levels.

‘IACLE uniquely provides state-of-the-art education and resources for contact lens educators. Unquestionably, growth we are seeing on the global contact lens market is in part due to better student and practitioner education delivered by IACLE members,’ said Dwight H Akerman OD MBA FAAO, Global Head of Professional Affairs for Alcon.

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo welcomed the longstanding commitment of its industry partners to global contact lens education:  ‘Our thanks to all our sponsors for their generous support, without which IACLE’s work would simply not be possible. We’re very fortunate that industry can unite behind this great cause. We have had a close and longstanding relationship with Alcon and we would not be in the position we are now without their support and advice.’   

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For media enquiries please contact:

Alison Ewbank 

Public Relations | International Association of Contact Lens Educators
International Association of Contact Lens Educators
London | United Kingdom
Email: a.ewbank@iacle.org

Work: + 44 208 390 9378 | Mobile: + 44 7732 121 959
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NOTES FOR EDITORS

1. Click here for full details of all IACLE sponsors and the benefits of sponsorship.

2. Click here for more information on IACLE’s educational programs.

3. Dr Shehzad Naroo is Reader at Aston University, Birmingham, UK.

4. Information on all IACLE activities and membership is available at www.iacle.org.

ABOUT IACLE

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators was established in 1979 and is a non-profit, non-political association. IACLE has 826 active members in 70 countries and welcomes contact lens educators from all eye care professions and related disciplines. IACLE is dedicated to raising the standard of contact lens education and promoting the safe use of contact lenses worldwide. It is the leading provider of educational resources essential to contact lens educators. IACLE is supported by leading global contact lens manufacturers: Platinum Sponsor Alcon, Gold Sponsor CooperVision, Silver Sponsor Johnson & Johnson Vision, Bronze Sponsor Bausch + Lomb and Donor Sponsor Euclid. Find out more at www.iacle.org.