TLC Initiative

TLC Initiative Monthly Issue #21

Teach. Learn. Connect. in February

The TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative is IACLE’s online education and communications program that will supplement our existing educational activities. Our aim is to support our members, students and industry as recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic continues.


Join our Presidential Address

On Wednesday 16 February at 12 noon UK, IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan is delivering a live Presidential Address to discuss the current challenges facing contact lens practice, including maximizing comfort, vision, and ocular health with our contact lens patients to optimize the wearer experience and minimize dropouts. 

Members can watch live online via Zoom, and the event will be live streamed to our Facebook page for students to get involved. Please see Zoom details below.

16 February at 12 noon UK
PresenterPhilip Morgan
Topic: Presidential Address – current challenges for contact lens practice
Meeting ID: 864 3177 8142
Password: 162937
Zoom link

Find out what time the Presidential Address starts in your time zone


Congratulations to all who successfully passed the Fellowship Exam!

In November 2021, over 160 members, including Educator Members, Associate Members, and Industry Members, took the IACLE Fellowship Exam, with 39% of candidates successfully passing the exam. The exam was administered in a total of five languages: English, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Bahasa, and Korean. 

To support and prepare members sitting the exam, IACLE developed a designated area within IACLETOP where members could take part in monthly tutorials, discussion groups and mock exams. IACLE conducts the Fellowship Exam every two years, and members can sit the exam as many times as they wish. The next exam will take place in 2023. 

Apply for FIACLE status

A successful outcome of the Fellowship Exam qualifies members to apply to become a Fellow of IACLE (FIACLE), providing they have held IACLE membership for at least one year and meet the FIACLE terms and conditions and member guidelines. If you would like to apply for FIACLE status, please fill out the application form by Friday 25 February. The IACLE Board of Directors will review the applications, and approval of FIACLE status will be issued in March. 

Apply for FIACLE status here


Spanish-speaking Journal Club

Join FIACLE María Victoria Báez from Bausch + Lomb on 23 February at 11 am Colombia (GMT-5) to discuss the paper ‘Small fiber neuropathy in the cornea of Covid-19 patients associated with the generation of ocular surface disease’. 

If you would like to present in an upcoming Spanish Journal Club, please contact Willy Carrillo.

English-speaking Journal Club

In February, Kunal Sharma and Sai Charan Labishetty are hosting an English-speaking Journal Club to discuss the most relevant papers and topics related to contact lens education. Join the team on 25 February at 3 pm India (GMT+5.5).

We encourage all members and Fellows to take part in Journal Club. If you would like to present, please contact Nilesh Thite


Weekly webinars conducted in Spanish across the Latin America region. Please contact Americas Regional Coordinator Willy Carrillo for more information. 

2 February at 10 am Mexico (GMT-6)
Topic: Dry eye in contact lens wearers
Presenter: Jeannine Hernandez

9 February at 10 am Mexico (GMT-6)
Topic: High Dk/t soft contact lenses in high myopia
Presenter: Arturo Aguirre

16 February at 10 am Guatemala (GMT-6)
Topic: Proactivity from contact lens practitioners in contact lens fitting and visual health
Presenter: Aldo Ortiz


22 February at 8 pm China (GMT+8)
Topic: Contact lens care
Presenters: China National Coordinators Qu Xiaomei and Wang Haiying

If you have any queries, please contact Qu Xiaomei.


25 February at 11 am South Korea (GMT+9)
Topic: Essential condition for presbyopia correction
Presenters: Mi Sun Hwang and Korea National Coordinator Professor Kyounghee Park

If you have any queries, please contact Kyounghee Park.


27 February at 11 am Jakarta
Topic: Contact lens practice in the new normal
Presenter: Dian Leila Sari

If you have any queries, please contact Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator Cheni Lee


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