IACLE Case Report Series

The IACLE Case Reports Series is a growing collection of interactive, illustrated case reports intended for use as a contact lens teaching resource for our members and their students.

The IACLE Case Reports are available on IACLETOP, functioning in an innovative way, combining learning with confirmatory assessment. It helps reinforce logical evidence-based processes for IACLE members, a step-by-step pathway towards a diagnosis and, subsequently, management of each condition.

Case Report content includes:

  • Introducing lectures on related topics, assessing knowledge imparted by a lecture, the basis of a tutorial, a self-paced student learning aid, and continuing professional education.
  • Colour illustrations, videos, and useful references to the IACLE Contact Lens Course and other resources.
  • Interactive multiple-choice questions that guide the user towards the correct answer with explanations at every step. Progression through the report is not possible until a correct answer is achieved.

Case Report format

IACLE Case Reports follow a sequential SOAPE format – Subjective information, Objective information, Assessment, treatment Plan, and patient Education.

SOAPE explained:

• The signs and symptoms the patient present with….. the primary problem
• Current or persistent symptoms plus inactive recent problems
• Relevant past medical history
• Thoughts on presumptive diagnosis, tests, and treatments

• Examinations performed and the results
• Patient specific data
• Assessment
• New problems / diagnosis identified
• Ongoing problems / issues / diagnosis

• What treatments
• Any further tests
• Follow up visit schedule

• Advise the patient;
– Regarding treatment
– Information about the condition/disease
– Anticipated future care, potential issues and how to respond

Case Report categories

  • Assessment of lens fit
  • Complications from lens wear
  • Lids and Lashes
  • Ocular pathology
  • Use of clinical techniques
  • Each case series consists of a variety of these topics

Self-directed format

The Case Report Series are presented as self-directed cases where you review the case, make an assessed decision, and then review the options offered (generally, one correct and three distractors). Recommended management and treatment options are then provided.  On conclusion of each Case Series you will be presented with a certificate confirming successful completion, there will be 10 Case Series to complete.

Flipped class format (coming soon)

The same Case Report Series will soon be available in a flipped class format for you to use in tutorials with your students. This format is where the case is presented and as a group you can discuss with your students the options and make decisions using a poll format. The correct answer (and three distractors) is then provided to further the group discussion followed by the recommended management and treatment options. This flipped class format is ideal for you to engage your students in the IACLE Case Report Series and when released will be found in your own dedicated Student Area. To access your own Student Area you will need to register with us, please send an email to iacletop@iacle.org, or click Help from the menu within the IACLETOP system.

Contact your National/Regional IACLE Coordinator with any questions or requests for additional information.

Language Format

The original Case Reports Series has been provided in English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese (simplified) and Portuguese. The current series available in IACLETOP is offered in English. Our quest is to provide this series in core languages English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese (simplified) as soon as possible.

Student Testimonies

‘I found CRs a fun way of learning and understanding various conditions of the eye with CLs’

Tanvi Aravind, Sankara College of Optometry, Bangalore

‘I wish our question papers were in the CR format’

Keerthana, Naseema Institute of Optometry and Research, Bangalore

‘Through CRs I understood that every topic in CL education is important and cannot neglect any!’

Prabina Shrestha, Sankara College of Optometry, Bangalore

‘I will not forget SOAPE and will use this for every case that I see in future’

Monica, Naseema Institute of Optometry and Research, Bangalore

‘These real-life examples left all of us in an applying mode rather than hearing mode helping with a long-term memory of the theory’

Manish Kumar, Ansal University, India