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ABDO & BCLA Collaboration - Press Release

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The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) and the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) has announced that the BCLA will be collaborating with ABDO to feature a special contact lens and anterior eye symposium at this year’s ABDO conference in Manchester. The symposium will take place on Sunday 20 September and offer 11 CET points.  The symposium will cover topics including new advances in contact lens comfort; the management of Demodex mites in high street practice; a spectacle lens update for CLOs; the delivery of specialist contact lens services focusing on patients with earl...

Professor Brien A. Holden - 6 January 1942 – 27 July 2015

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The BCLA is very saddened to hear of the death of Professor Brien Holden.  Brien was a huge supporter of the BCLA over the years.  He was regular and very popular speaker at the BCLA’s conference including this year’s meeting in Liverpool where he was a chair and speaker at the Myopia Management Day. Brian Tompkins, President of the BCLA said, “Brien will be sorely missed by many people and especially by the BCLA and our thoughts are with his family.  On a personal level, he was a friend, a mentor and a valued colleague.  We shared many things over the years – beer, food and stages, but impor...

August edition of CLAE now available

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August Edition of CLAE now available The latest edition of CLAE (the Journal of the BCLA and free to BCLA members) is now available online and in printed format. In this issue’s editorial, Editor Shehzad Naroo takes a look back at the BCLA conference, provides an update on the success of CLAE and explains the decision to move CLAE into an online format.The topics this month are diverse ranging from diagnosis and treatment of keratoconus, post-LASIK care, contact lens fitting and after care to anterior eye health evaluation and recording.  They include: Research on the use of retinoscopy in...

July Issue of Contact Now Available

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Visit the Professional Resources page to download the July 2015 issue of Contact to read all the news from our recent conference in Liverpool.  This issue also includes a message from our new President, Brian Tompkins and news on how you can benefit from the latest collaborations between the BCLA & NCC and the BCLA & ABDO.  You can also discover the latest news from our partners and supporters in industry and information around the exciting new events planned for the coming months. ...

BCLA and ABDO Team Up

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The BCLA is collaborating with the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) to feature a special contact lens symposium at this year’s ABDO conference in Manchester.  The symposium will take place on Sunday 20 September and offer 11 CET points.   The programme will cover topics including new advances in contact lens comfort; the management of Demodex mites in high street practice; a content lens update; the delivery of specialist contact lens services focusing on patients with early keratoconus; and risk factors for contact lens complications.  Dr Nicola Logan, senior lecturer in op...

Dallos Award Winner Awarded Research Grant

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We are delighted to hear that recent joint Dallos Award winner, Dr Nicole Carnt has been awarded a $3,500 grant from the Corneal and Contact Lens Association of Australia. The award will fund research into limbal stem cell dysfunction in contact lens wearers, which can result in poor vision pain and discomfort. It is known that where there is a deficiency of limbal stem cells, the corneal surface is prone to epithelial defects, inflammation, vascularisation and eventual conjunctivalisation. External factors are commonly related to limbal stem cell deficiency. Contact lenses are one of these r...

Promising Contact Lens Coating for Keratitis Prevention

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New research published in BioMacromolecules reports on a promising new contact lens coating for preventing contact lens related keratitis infections.  These infections, commonly caused by microbial colonisation and biofilm formation, need a prolonged and often challenging course of treatment. So, prevention remains preferable with the cleanliness of contact lenses central to success. The study by Wei Cheng et al, looked at a series of polymers that were modified to introduce functionality designed to facilitate coating adhesion, antimicrobial and antifouling properties. The best performing po...

Inventor of Hydrogel & Si-Hy Awarded OBE

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This weekend saw the scientist behind the development of hydrogel polymers awarded an OBE.  Professor Brian Tighe from Aston University has been awarded an OBE in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to higher education and for pioneering research in the field of biomedical polymers. His ground breaking work centres on hydrogel polymers including the development of hydrogel and silicon hydrogel contact lens materials as well as hydrogel materials used in replacement hip and knee joints, lung surfactants and special wound dressings. Professor Tighe, director of the Aston Bio...

BCLA and NCC Announce Collaboration for NCC 2016

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The Netherlands Contact Lens Congress (NCC) and the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) today announced that the BCLA will be working with NCC to run a research symposium as part of NCC 2016 in Veldhoven, the Netherlands on 13-14 March 2016.  This biennial conference will be themed GET IN CHARGE. The BCLA’s academic team, led by Professor James Wolffsohn, of Aston University and BCLA Academic Chair, will develop and oversee the abstract submissions criteria and review in collaboration with Dr. Carolina Kunnen and Dr. Eef van der Worp from the NCC.  The symposium is designed to maintain th...

ACLM Releases New Statistics on UK Contact Lens Sales

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The ACLM has published its 2014 market report of contact lens sales in the UK and Ireland.  Based on data provided by contributing Association of Contact Lens Manufacturers (ACLM) members, showed the value of the contact lens market in 2014 as £226 million.  (N.B. this does not include all contact lens manufacturing companies). Of the 600+ million lenses sold, 59% were daily disposables, 36% soft frequent replacement lenses, 1% traditional soft lenses and 4% rigid lenses. The number of contact lens wearers has more than double since 1992 (1.6 million in 1992 to approximately 3.5 million in 2...

2015 ACLM Contact Lens Year Book Now Available

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The 2015 edition of the ACLM’s product manual has been published. It lists technical details for all the contact lenses, solutions and materials produced by ACLM member companies, including information on 100+ new products.  This year’s edition includes products from new ACLM member’s No7 Contact Lenses and Sauflon (now CooperVision). The ACLM product manual is free to UK BCLA members and should be arriving by post to all our members soon.

Former BCLA President and Council Member Honoured in the Australian Queen's Birthday List

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The BCLA is delighted to share that former BCLA President (1996-97) and Council Member (1992-99) Professor Nathan Efron has been made a Companion of the Order of Australia in the Australian Queen’s Birthday Honours' list. This is the highest national honour awarded to Australian citizens, and only eight such awards were made in the current round. Professor Nathan Efron been honoured “for eminent service to medicine in the field of clinical optometry, particularly to vision correction and corneal physiology, as an academic, researcher and author, to the treatment of juvenile diabetes, and thro...

Global contact lens community 'Comes Together'

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“An exceptional conference” with a “fantastic buzz” are just some of the words being used to describe the 39th BCLA Clinical Conference & Exhibition, which saw the global contact lens community ‘Come Together’ in Liverpool for three days of clinical and scientific education, networking and business brainstorming.  Held at the ACC Liverpool from Friday 29 to Sunday 31 May, #BCLAComeTogether delivered a record 69 CET points, plus seven COPE-accredited sessions for North American delegates. Attendance figures exceeded all expectations with a record number of delegates arriving on the Friday ...

BCLA welcomes new President and Council members

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The BCLA has welcomed Brian Tompkins as its new President, and Keith Tempany as President Elect. Outgoing President, Susan Bowers, presented Brian with the BCLA Presidential Chain of Office at the Association’s Awards Dinner, held on the evening of Saturday 30 May at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. On taking office, Brian said: “The chance to lead the best contact lens organisation in the world is something I cannot wait to begin. I hope to bring enthusiasm, passion and fun into every aspect of the contact lens world.” The BCLA membership has elected two new Optometric Representatives to ...

Tony Martin receives 2015 BCLA Industry Award

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Tony Martin – known as ‘The father of Acuvue’ – has been named as the 2015 recipient of the BCLA Industry Award. Launched in 2013 to honour and recognise the entrepreneurial work being carried out by individuals working in contact lens science, research and technology, the 2015 BCLA Industry Award was bestowed on Mr Martin by outgoing BCLA President, Susan Bowers, during the BCLA’s Awards Dinner held at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on Saturday 30 May.  A contact lens innovator who has been at the forefront of Acuvue innovation for more than 30 years, Mr Martin was nominated by BCLA Partn...

Awards and prizes as new BCLA President takes office

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Long-standing BCLA Council member, leading independent optometrist and self-confessed all-round ‘edutainer’, Brian Tompkins, has officially taken over as President of the BCLA. Brian accepted the presidential medal of office from Susan Bowers at last night’s BCLA Awards Dinner. Brian will be busy this morning chairing our Presbyopia Symposia in Hall 1A from 10am onwards, so please do join him for what will no doubt be a lively session. Yesterday morning at #BCLAComeTogether saw an early-morning ortho-k fitting follow-up with Shelly Bansal, with a final analysis of the patient taking place to...

Myopia Day kicks off #BCLAComeTogether

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The 39th BCLA Clinical Conference and Exhibition at the ACC Liverpool got off to a cracking start yesterday, as we saw delegates from across the globe #BCLAComeTogether for three days of top-class contact lens and anterior eye education, offering more than 65 CET points. Opening the conference, BCLA President Susan Bowers gave a warm welcome and introduced keynote speakers: Professor James Wolffsohn (UK) and Dr Loretta Szczotka-Flynn (USA), and 2015 award winners, Professor Fiona Stapleton (BCLA Medallist, Australia), Dr Michael Read (Irving Fatt Memorial Lecturer, UK) and Dr Nicole Carnt (Da...

Welcome to #BCLAComeTogether

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A very warm welcome to all those joining us today for the 39th BCLA Clinical Conference and Exhibition – #BCLAComeTogether – at the ACC Liverpool. Highlights of Day 1: Opening ceremony with BCLA President, Susan Bowers, 09.30am Hall 1A Myopia Management Symposium 9.35am to 6pm Hall 1A Live ortho-k fitting 2.30pm Hall 1A Specialist Symposia on RGPs, keratoconus, hybrids and sclerals Hall 3 Exhibition opens 1pm BCLA welcome drinks reception 6-8pm  The BCLA app is all you need to be in with the chance of sampling a free Beatles-themed cocktail at our welcome drinks reception tonight (...

Alcon highlights activities at #BCLAComeTogether

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Alcon has announced its clinical presentations and Partner Sponsor symposia to take place at the BCLA Clinical Conference and Exhibition in Liverpool on 29-31 May. Scientific highlights include two sponsor presentations and 13 scientific presentations/posters. At the Alcon stand (Stand 45) delegates will have the opportunity to obtain information on the latest Alcon products and promotional campaigns in contact lens and lens care. “Comfort through technology will dominate Alcon’s programme and stand this year. We have thirteen Alcon supported scientific posters and presentations providing del...

ACLM Contact Lens Year Book 2015 published

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A free copy of the Association of Contact lens Manufacturers (ACLM) 2015 Contact Lens Year Book is on its way to all full BCLA members as part of their membership package. The 2015 edition of the product manual lists technical details for all the contact lenses, solutions and materials produced by ACLM member companies, and covers the overwhelming bulk of products available in the UK. It has become an essential product guide and handy reference for contact lens practitioners. As is the case every year, there are plenty of new products (more than 100) and changes to parameters, and many older...