Fellow of IACLE

What is a Fellow of IACLE (FIACLE)?

FIACLEs are IACLE’s most active, visible and involved members.  They are recognized for their accomplishments within the global field of contact lens education.

FIACLEs are seen as leaders within their field, frequently invited to speak at educational meetings, providing practitioner and student education within their professional communities.

Purpose of being a FIACLE

With IACLE acting as the coordinating body, FIACLE status is designed to enable members within the order of contact lens education to:

  • Create opportunities for FIACLEs to become known in their local/regional academic circles
  • Develop a team of FIACLEs who can provide quality practitioner and student education
  • Provides the CL education sector with an educational team who can respond to requests/needs on a local/regional level
  • Provides industry sponsors with a team of educators who they can use to assist in professional education
  • Improves contact lens education by creating the opportunity for collaboration with local/regional sources of knowledge
  • Helps create a stronger working relationships between local FIACLEs, professionals and industry

Who can become a FIACLE & how

FIACLEs are active IACLE members who have successfully completed the IACLE Fellowship Exam.

The Fellowship Exam is open to all IACLE members and is held every two years.  All members who receive a successful outcome may apply to become a FIACLE.

FIACLE status is approved by IACLE when the member meets the criteria.

FIACLE status can not be awarded to a member until they have held active IACLE membership for at least one year. Full terms and conditions apply.

Entry level FIACLE criteria

IACLE’s Board of Directors approves an IACLE member to become a Fellow of IACLE (FIACLE) when they meet the following criteria:

  • Successfully completed the IACLE Fellowship Exam, and
  • Has held membership for at least one year or more, and
  • Continues to qualify as a member, and
  • Is a financial member (fees are paid up to date), and
  • Promotes IACLE educational goals and objectives, and
  • Continues to make a contribution to contact lens education, and
  • Participates in programs that advance contact lens education

Maintaining FIACLE status

As a Fellow you will follow the Member guidelines, plus each year IACLE expects that you are engaged in at least three of the activities below:

  1. Developed and presented at least one lecture or workshop session to practitioners, and/or educators
  2. Submitted and/or published a journal article or book chapter in an international journal or textbook
  3. Participated and/or attended relevant conferences for your personal continued professional development
  4. Presented at an IACLE Meeting or an IACLE Webinar
  5. Developed and donated an educational resource to IACLE
  6. Actively involved in research activity related to contact lenses

FIACLE terms and conditions

IACLE members who have been approved for FIACLE status are required to follow all terms and conditions of the FIACLE program to keep their FIACLE status active. Members are urged to familiarize themselves with the programs criteria, policies, terms and conditions.

Acknowledgement of Fellowship Excellence Certificate

Fellows who have successfully completed the Fellowship Exam more than three times are eligible for the Acknowledgement of Fellowship Excellence Certificate.

Members who have received this certificate are the following FIACLEs:

  • Daniela Garese (Uruguay)
  • Orlando Neira (Colombia) 
  • Ricardo Pintor (Mexico)
  • Robin Rodriguez (Peru)
  • Rolando Rojas (Peru)
  • Ruben Velazquez (Mexico)
  • Ajay Shinde (India)
‘It was a good learning experience for me. IACLE has always supported me in my teaching initiatives and does inspire me to think out of the box,’ Ajay Shinde


If you require further information please contact your respective IACLE Office or the IACLE secretariat on: iacle@iacle.org.