TLC Initiative

TLC Initiative Monthly Issue #3

Teach. Learn. Connect. in August

The TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative is IACLE’s new 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.


Save the date for a half-day virtual conference

On Saturday 26 September, IACLE is hosting a virtual conference to ‘Bring the focus back to contact lenses’. A range of topics will be discussed including next steps for contact lens education, practice and for the industry. We will hear from educators themselves and also from the perspective of Industry through a panel discussion. Look out for the agenda details.


IACLE has officially launched its Online Student Trial Exam (STE) which is now live on IACLETOP. The STE is designed to support educators whose students are unable to attend their institutions in a face-to-face setting or who wish to assess their students’ knowledge online. The STE will initially be conducted in English, with translations into Spanish, Korean, Chinese (Simplified) and Bahasa to be completed by September.

IACLE is pleased to announce that the first of its series of Flashcards will be available on IACLETOP from this month. The Flashcards are A4 sheets plus PowerPoint and Nearpod presentations summarising key aspects of a particular skill – such as soft lens application and removal – that can be used as a reference source, a reminder of the steps of a specific skill as well as the basis for a practical class on the topic.


Latin America weekly webinar series in Spanish continues

Weekly webinars to be conducted in August across Latin America live on IACLE’s Facebook Page. Contact IACLE Americas Regional Coordinator Guillermo Carrillo for more information.

5 August at 11.00 am Mexico (GMT-5)
Topic: Premium contact lens practice
Presenters: Jeannine Hernandez and Guillermo Carrillo

5 August at 5.00 pm Colombia (GMT-5)
Topic: Tear film and its interaction with contact lenses
Presenters: Iris Hernandez, Leticia Orozco, Patricia Flores, Nelson Merchan, Ricardo Pintor and Edward Carmona

12 August at 11.00 am Mexico (GMT-5)
Topic: Success factors in fitting multifocal contact lenses
Presenters: Ricardo Pintor and Giovanni Cruz

19 August at 11.00 am Ecuador (GMT-5)
Topic: Simulation on clinical practice: the big challenge
Presenters: Yasmin Alvarez and Patricia Duran

25 August at 11.00 am Colombia (GMT-5)
Topic: Findings registering good clinical practice
Presenter: Myriam Mayorga

26 August at 1.00 pm Argentina (GMT-3)
Topic: Continuing education: what can we do for students and young practitioners?
Presenters: Sabrina Lara and Eduardo Salischiker


India webinar series on IACLE STE

IACLE Executive Manager of Global Education Lakshmi Shinde and Executive Manager of Educational Programs Nilesh Thite are hosting two panel discussions to explore and discuss the Online Student Trial Exam on 7 August and 21 August at 3.00 pm India (GMT + 5.5).

IACLE webinar in Bahasa

On Sunday 16 August at 11:00 am Jakarta (GMT+7), Abdul Halim is hosting a webinar on the topic of ‘Students’ assessment system – pre and post COVID-19’.

Members and students can take part live via Zoom. A recorded version will be available on IACLETOP. Bahasa-speaking members will be contacted with login details.

IACLE webinar in Korean

FIACLE Jeongmee Kim from Far East University is hosting a webinar on ‘Myopia management with orthokeratology lenses’ on Wednesday 26 August at 11 am Korea (GMT +8). For more information contact IACLE Korea National Coordinator Kyounghee Park


IACLE’s Facebook page extended its Post reach by almost 400% in the four weeks following the launch of the TLC Initiative in mid-June. Page followers increased 247% over the period 23 June – 20 July and Likes rose 295%. Read the full analysis.

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