IACLE Contact Lens Course

The IACLE Contact Lens Course latest version is ICLC2020

Thanks to the support of our editors and IACLE’s Education Team, from 2020 our contact lens course will be reviewed every 2 years. Initially available in full in English, ICLC2020 will be translated into additional languages. 

How to access the ICLC  

ICLC2020, previous versions and translations are all accessed via IACLETOP.

About ICLC

The IACLE Contact Lens Course (ICLC) is the longest established, most valued and most important of IACLE’s teaching resources, and is used by IACLE members in educational institutions worldwide.

The ICLC covers all aspects of contact lens education – from the anatomy of the cornea to the business of contact lens practice. It provides educators with the materials needed to teach a high-quality contact lens course, and is also suitable for students and practitioners.

The original ICLC (print and DVD rom versions) was converted to PowerPoint in 2013 and remains available as a student aid/textbook in the Free Resources section of the website. 

In 2015, the 10-module ICLC underwent a comprehensive reorganization and update by the world’s leading experts to keep pace with developments in the contact lens field. ICLC2015 (formerly known as the New ICLC), with six modules and 33 lectures in PowerPoint format, is available in Chinese (Simplified), Korean and Spanish. Some lectures have also been translated into non-core languages: French and Italian.

ICLC2020, and also translations of the 2015 version (ICLC2015), are available exclusively to members via IACLETOP. If you would like access to these courses and qualify to join IACLE, please apply for membership.

What our members say about the ICLC

‘Trying to keep abreast of new developments in such a rapidly changing field as contact lenses is very tough. Many textbooks are out of date almost as soon as they are published, and trying to find one resource that covers all the essentials is almost impossible. The IACLE Contact Lens Course is a ‘one-stop shop’ that covers every relevant aspect of modern contact lens practice in a thorough, easily readable manner. I highly recommend ICLC2020 to students and experienced practitioners looking for an up-to-date and comprehensive resource on contact lenses’.

Professor Lyndon Jones, University of Waterloo, Canada

A sample lecture from the ICLC2020, E2 Fitting Scleral Lenses is free to download

Course Content

Lectures:  A series of text, diagrammatic, picture, and/or video slides arranged logically to lead the ‘student’ (student, educator, or practitioner) to a greater understanding of the lecture topic by presenting the underlying principles sequentially. Most slides are accompanied by explanations and relevant references in PowerPoint’s Notes panel. In some lectures, Appendices that detail related but not necessarily mainstream information, are hot-linked within a slide. A related hot-link in the Appendix returns the user to the originating slide.


  • The PowerPoint format enables the educator to create a lecture, a whole subject, or a whole curriculum, easily and flexibly
  • Most educators will find that the New ICLC covers all aspects of the contact lens curriculum and more
  • Many presentations will be selected modules and lectures from the New ICLC as few contact lens courses can accommodate all the material it offers
  • Educators can select the topics required for course, institution, or country requirements. Enables the delivery of a contact lens course at a level appropriate to local needs
  • The use of an electronic format and a single source (IACLE) means that files can be updated or corrected relatively easily and frequently, all at no cost and minimal inconvenience to end users

ICLC modules and lectures

Module A. The Basics of Contact Lenses

A1. Anatomy and Physiology of the Anterior Eye
A2. History of Contact Lenses
A3. Optics of Contact Lenses
A4. Contact Lens Designs
A5. Contact Lens Fabrication
A6. Corneal Oxygenation in Contact Lens Wear

Module B. Contact Lens Fitting

B1. Examining the Prospective Contact Lens Patient
B2. Selecting Lens Type, Wear Mode and Replacement Rate
B3. Fitting Spherical GP Contact Lenses
B4. Fitting Spherical Soft Contact Lenses
B5. Correcting Astigmatism with Contact Lenses
B6. Fitting Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lenses
B7. The Dispensing Visit and After Care
B8. Contact Lenses for Sports
B9. Presbyopic Contact Lens Options

Module C. Contact Lens Care

C1. Contact Lens Contamination & Lens Deposits
C2. Contact Lens Care and Contact Lens Care Products
C3. Rigid Contact Lens Care
C4. Silicone Hydrogel and Hydrogel Contact Lens Care

Module D. Complications

D1. Defending the Ocular Surface in Contact Lens Wear
D2. Rigid Contact Lens Complications
D3. Soft Contact Lens Complications
D4. Dry Eye and Contact Lenses

Module E. Advanced Contact Lens Practice

E1. Children and Contact Lenses
E2. Fitting Scleral and Miniscleral Contact Lenses
E3. Myopia Control and Orthokeratology
E4. Contact Lenses for Keratoconus
E5. Special Applications of Contact Lenses
E6. Advanced Techniques and Instrumentation
E7. Business Aspects of Contact Lens Practice

Module F. Myopia and its Management

F1. Emmetropization in the Context of Myopia
F2. Methods of Controlling Myopia
F3. Contact Lenses for Myopia Control

Go to IACLETOP to view online or download the ICLC

Example Slides

Translations of ICLC

Translations of the ICLC2015 are available in core languages Spanish, Chinese (simplified) and Korean, and non-core languages French and Italian.

Previous ICLC formats

The 2013 version of the ICLC (ICLC2013) is a 10-module, 57-part course in PowerPoint format. This course is available under Free Resources to all educators for use as a student aid.  

The Original IACLE Contact Lens Course was available on DVD-ROM in English, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Spanish and Bahasa.

IACLE has phased out the DVD and it is no longer for sale.

Translated versions of the original course modules and / or selections of PowerPoint slides are also available via IACLETOP in Korean (module 3 print format, plus selected PPT slides), German (selected PPT slides), Russian (selected PPT slides) and Portuguese (selected PPT slides).