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Opchat Magazine Contact Lens PagesContact Lens News, October to December 2018

IACLE members set the agenda for the future of contact lens education.
Pioneers lecture to explore drivers of MGD development
Prosthetic lenses take centre stage at hospital conference
Read the archived news on Contact Lenses in 3rd Quarter 2018

IACLE members set the agenda for the future of contact lens education.

October 2018

More than nine in 10 members (92%) of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) are extremely or very likely to recommend other contact lens educators to join, and providing the resources needed to teach contact lenses is seen as the number one benefit of membership.

That’s according to the findings of the 2018 IACLE Membership Survey, released this month.
Tools for assessing students’ practical skills, raising awareness of contact lenses and how to use technology in teaching are top of educators’ wish list for IACLE to provide in future.

The results will be discussed by IACLE’s Executive Board during a special Strategic Planning Meeting at the Academy 2018 meeting in San Antonio, Texas, USA on 6 November.

A total of 300 contact lens educators in 48 countries took part in the survey in March 2018, representing a response rate of 36%. The highest number of responses was from the Asia Pacific region (62%), followed by Europe/Africa – Middle East (22%) and Americas (16%).

Among the key findings are:

• The New IACLE Contact Lens Course is the most used of IACLE Resources, rated highest for satisfaction and most important.

• Standard student assessment forms for practical examinations / clinics are the most popular future IACLE Resources.

• Fellowship scheme (FIACLE), Distance Learning Program and Student Trial Exam are the most important IACLE Programs.

• Among potential future IACLE Programs, a contact lens awareness campaign / event is the most popular option.

• Educator Meetings are the IACLE Events most likely to have been attended and World Congresses are considered most important.

• How to use technology in teaching is the most popular topic for future IACLE events and members want more Educator Meetings.

• Collaboration with contact lens educators in other institutions / countries is the type of IACLE Support members would most like to see in future.

Commenting on the survey results, IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo said: ‘This is our largest and most comprehensive membership survey in recent times. The findings confirm the impact IACLE has on its members and the value they place on the support we provide. The survey also reveals the direction we should be heading to equip the contact lens educators – and practitioners – of the future.’

Further analysis will determine differences in use of and attitudes to IACLE activities in different regions and countries, in order to respond to specific needs around the world.

You can read the full report here

Pioneers lecture to explore drivers of MGD development

October 2018

It’s reportedly the leading cause of dry eye, but the factors driving the development of Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) remain something of a mystery.

The annual BCLA Pioneers Lecture, to be delivered this year by Associate Professor Jennifer Craig from the New Zealand National Eye Centre at the University of Auckland, will begin to solve that mystery – exploring new studies and emerging data to shed new light on the condition.

The Pioneers Lecture is the highlight of the BCLA Visionaries meeting, being held for the first time in conjunction with the Medical Ocular Surface and Contact Lens Association (MCLOSA).

Entitled ‘In the blink of an eye: exploring drivers of MGD development’ the lecture will examine a series of age and environmentally-controlled cross-sectional studies that compare the ocular surface and tear film between the South east Asian eye (where MGD is more common) and the Caucasian eye.

Differences noted in childhood, young adulthood and older age are consolidated and hypotheses regarding possible key driving factors that might be contributing to the development of MGD will be discussed.

Delegates will also be able to discuss preventative strategies that clinicians might recommend to patients, in the context of the existing evidence.

Registration is now open for the Annual BCLA Pioneers and Visionaries meeting, which will also feature the MCLOSA Kersley Lecture, to be presented by Professor Christopher Liu OBE.

Other highlights will include a session entitled ‘Contact Lenses – the side that ophthalmologists don’t see’ to be delivered by Professor Phil Morgan and Dr Nicola Logan and chaired by Professor Sunil Shah.

The event will be held on Friday, 30th November from 8:30am to 5pm at The Royal College of Physicians in Regent’s Park, London. The event is free for all BCLA members but online pre-registration is required via the BCLA site.

Prosthetic lenses take centre stage at hospital conference.

October 2018

Prosthetic lenses – and their role in transforming lives – will be a major focus at the Hospital Optometrists’ Conference in Stratford upon Avon, 20-21 October.

Handpainting CLs
No7’s conference workshop will provide the chance to get “hands on” in painting prosthetic lenses, and explore the benefits that they bring to patients with traumatic, congenital, or disease-affected eye disfigurement.

“We are keen to show the enormous skill of our technicians and to reinforce the fact that we are a one stop shop for prosthetics – with or without corrective powers,” said Ian Sexton, No7 Professional Services Manager.

The workshop will highlight the importance of accurate eye colour replication, in three stages –

1. Have a go at handpainting (with a single hair brush)
2. How to take the best matching pictures on your smartphone
3. Matching the other eye with Reflex Colours layering

“The realistic way with which our Reflex Colours allow the natural tones of the eye to be built up, with underprint, iris and limbal ring, offers an infinite choice of realistic colour options. No other company makes lenses in this way, and by involving the patient in the creation of the lens we can ensure the most successful outcome,” added Ian.

The single vision, toric, multifocal and toric multifocal options are manufactured at No7’s Hastings laboratory.

To reserve a place on the No7 event, which takes place on Saturday 20th October at 2.30pm, please book via the AOP website.

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