TLC Initiative

TLC Initiative Monthly Issue #22

Teach. Learn. Connect. in March

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.


‘A review of contact lens dropouts’ with Andrew Pucker

Join Dr Andrew Pucker Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Research and Myopia Control at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA, on Friday 18 March at 12 noon UK (GMT), for a global webinar on ‘A review of contact lens dropouts’. Dr Pucker has been the Principal Investigator of a National Eye Institute funded project related to myopia development, and he currently manages other funded projects related to refractive error, dry eye, and contact lenses.

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.

18 March at 12 noon UK
Presenter: Andrew Pucker
Topic: A review of contact lens dropouts
Meeting ID: 851 5631 1907
Password: 603723
Zoom link

Find out what time the webinar begins in your time zone


Refresh your contact lens knowledge with the Case Report Series

Our interactive Case Report Series consists of 10 case series with 31 case reports designed to confirm your contact lens knowledge and understanding. Certificates are given upon completion, along with instant feedback. In addition, members who have a Student Area can selectively release any case reports to students to support their learning experience.

Access the Case Report Series via IACLETOP


English-speaking Journal Club

In March, FIACLEs Biman Das from Chandigarh University and Gaurav Bhardwaj from Amity University are hosting an English-speaking Journal Club to discuss the most relevant papers and topics related to contact lens education. Join the team on Friday 25 March 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

Spanish-speaking Journal Club

Join Lifetime FIACLE Rolando Rojas on Wednesday 30 March at 11 am Peru (GMT-5) for the monthly Spanish-speaking Journal Club. 

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


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

2 March at 10 am Mexico (GMT-6)
Topic: Collaborative optometry education in Latin America
Presenter: Efrain Castellanos

9 March at 11 am Colombia (GMT-5)
: Semiology aimed especially at the papillary reaction
Presenter: Martha Marquez

16 March at 11 am Colombia (GMT-5)
: New options for clinical measurement with slit lamps
Presenter: Ana Agudelo

23 March at 10 am Mexico (GMT-6)
: Ethical aspects of contact lens practice
Presenter: Jesus Espinoza


6 March at 11 am Jakarta (GMT+7)
: Contact lens practices in the new normal
Presenter: Dian Leila Sari

27 March at 11 am Jakarta (GMT+7)
: Dry eye and what to prescribe
Presenters: Mohammad Husein and Sylvianti Simanjuntak

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


8 March at 8 pm China (GMT+8)
: Clinical applications of scleral lenses
Presenters: Qu Xiaomei and Wang Haiying

If you have any queries, please contact China National Coordinator Qu Xiaomei.


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