40th Anniversary Events

The theme for our celebrations is ‘Exceptional Education. Exponential Impact’.

Special 40th celebrations have been held at the British Contact Lens Association Clinical Conference & Exhibition (Manchester, UK), the Asia Pacific Optometric Congress (Manila, Philippines), Colegio Federación Colombiana de Optómetras (FEDOPTO) Congress (Bogotá, Colombia), and are due to take place at the Academy 2019 and 3rd World Congress of Optometry in Orlando, Florida (23-27 October).


More national and local meetings around the world will mark the occasion. 40th Anniversary video and PowerPoint resources are available for members to use in their presentations and lectures during the year.

BCLA Clinical Conference & Exhibition (31 May – 1 June 2019)

  • IACLE / BUCCLE Education Day at Chancellors Conference Centre, Manchester
  • Interactive BCLA exhibition booth where members ‘made their mark’ on a time wall of milestones in the history of IACLE
  • 40th anniversary celebration at our exhibition booth
  • International Perspectives session with 40th Anniversary presentation by IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo
  • IACLE Awards Ceremony

    Read the meeting report

Asia Pacific Optometric Congress (17 – 20 June 2019)

  • 40th anniversary celebration and IACLE Awards Ceremony during Gala Dinner
  • Interactive exhibition booth where members ‘made their mark’ on a time wall of milestones in the history of IACLE 
  • Lectures from Dr Lewis Williams and Dr Luigina Sorbara, and workshops from Dr Cheni Lee, Lakshmi Shinde and Nilesh Thite
  • Invited lecture from Dr Luigina Sorbara
  • Workshops from Dr Luigina Sorbara and Dr Lewis Williams

    Read the meeting report

Colegio Federación Colombiana de Optómetras (FEDOPTO) Congress (8 – 10 August 2019)

  • LA members and industry shared a cake and together sang Happy Birthday to IACLE
  • Former Vice President Professor Desmond Fonn, Dr Juan Carlos Aragón and Americas Regional Coordinator Guillermo Carrillo gave a speech to celebrate the first 40 years of IACLE.
  • The IACLE Americas office had support from FEDOPTO to use the main stage in the exhibition hall and Bausch +Lomb’s Andina region contributed the cake

Academy 2019 Orlando and Word Congress of Optometry (23-27 October 2019)

  • Interactive BCLA exhibition booth where members ‘make their mark’ on a time wall of milestones in the history of IACLE
  • 40th anniversary celebration at our exhibition booth
  • President Dr Shehzad Naroo will join the panels for three special symposia
  • Vice President Professor Philip Morgan will present the prestigious Max Shapero Memorial Lecture
  • Dr Luigina Sorbara, Dr Etty Bitton, Dr Janice Jurkus and Lakshmi Shinde will deliver lectures, workshops and posters
  • Poster describing IACLE’s Four Decades of Exceptional Education

    More details

Other events

IACLE conducted an Educator Meeting to coincide with the European Academy of Optometry and Optics (EAOO) Annual Conference in Rome, Italy. Read the meeting report.

Anniversary resources to use in your presentations and lectures

Find out more about IACLE’s early history