New IACLE Contact Lens Course

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

As of 2015 the course has been fully revised and updated by the world’s leading authorities in contact lenses, to keep pace with developments in the contact lens field.

The New ICLC covers all aspects of contact lens education – from the anatomy of the cornea to the business of contact lens practice – in just six modules and 33 lectures in PowerPoint format. It provides educators with the materials needed to teach a high-quality contact lens course, and is also suitable for students and practitioners.

This course is available exclusively to members and is free of charge. If you would like access to the course and qualify to join IACLE, please apply for membership.

What our members say about the New 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 Many textbooks are out of date almost as soon as they are published, and trying to find one resource that covers all the essentials is almost impossible.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 New 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 it to students and experienced practitioners looking for an up-to-date and comprehensive resource on contact lenses.”

Professor Lyndon Jones, University of Waterloo, Canada

Free sample lecture from the New ICLC:

Course Content and Modules

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

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

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

D. Complications

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

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

F. Myopia and its Management

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

Access the member login to download the New ICLC

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

Example Slides

Previous Formats

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. However, copies may be archived in IACLE Resource Centres which are run by our members at various institutes worldwide.

A print version (PDF) of the original course is offered to members via the Member Login of our website.

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