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New DLP released

IACLE releases New Distance Learning Program for contact lens educators  

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) has fully revised and updated its Distance Learning Program (DLP) in line with the New IACLE Contact Lens Course (New ICLC). The program is now available to IACLE members via its website,

The New DLP is designed as a self-study aid for the New ICLC to assist educators with their teaching. The program guides members through the course module-by-module with an assignment of multiple-choice questions after each section submitted to IACLE for marking and feedback. 

The DLP is also an ideal way to prepare for the IACLE Fellowship Exam which next takes place in November 2019. On successful completion of the Fellowship Exam, members are eligible to apply for Fellow of IACLE (FIACLE) status.

The New DLP consists of 12 assignments in four phases based on the New ICLC modules, each requiring the completion of 2-4 assignments:

Phase 1: 2 assignments: Module A – Basics of Contact Lenses

Phase 2: 4 assignments: Module B – Contact Lens Fitting

Phase 3: 3 assignments: Module C – Contact Lens Care & Module D – Contact Lens Complications

Phase 4: 3 assignments: Module E – Advanced Contact Lens Practice

Director of Educational Programs Nilesh Thite welcomed the launch: ‘IACLE’s flagship program, the New ICLC, was the first step in revamping and updating IACLE resources and programs to meet the needs of today’s educators. The New DLP, a coordinated effort of our Education Team and Fellows of IACLE, aligns well with the New ICLC. Completing this program will help members stay abreast of current knowledge and prepare well for the forthcoming Fellowship Exam.’ 

The following FIACLEs in India contributed significant new material: Ajay Shinde, Sankara College of Optometry; Rajeswari Mahadevan, Sankara Nethralaya Medical Research Foundation; Prema Chande, Lotus College of Optometry; Gauri Kunjeer Patel, Nagar School of Optometry; Anitha Arvind, Sankara College of Optometry; and Pancham Kulkarni, Lotus College of Optometry.



IACLE Director of Educational Programs Nilesh Thite 

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Alison Ewbank 

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  1. More information about IACLE’s New Distance Learning Program is available here and find full details of the New IACLE Contact Lens Course here.
  2. The IACLE Education Team is Director of Educational Programs Nilesh Thite, Director of Educational Development Dr Lewis Williams and Global Education Manager Lakshmi Shinde.
  3. Information on all IACLE activities and membership benefits is available at
  4. IACLE members reached nearly 20,000 students in 560 academic institutions worldwide in 2017.


The International Association of Contact Lens Educators was established in 1979 and is a non-profit, non-political association. IACLE currently has 839 (as of June 2018) active members in 76 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 and information 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.

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