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BCLA UK Highlights: Can diabetics be successful with contact lenses and should I prescribe?

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Eye care professionals attending BCLA UK will be able to learn more about contact lens innovations to help with the management of ocular and systemic disease.The session, led by Dr Clare O’Donnell, will help delegates get a better understanding of the secondary anterior ocular manifestations of common ocular and systemic diseases and answer key questions such as:• Can diabetics be successful with contact lens and should I prescribe?• Ocular hypertension; is this a barrier to contact lens wear? The lecture will raise awareness of the possible adverse effects of contemporary treatment regimes on...

BCLA Highlights: Education Series at Optrafair 2016

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A series of educational sessions being held by the BCLA at Optrafair will give practitioners the opportunity to learn from the very best in the business. Optrafair takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from April 9-11 and we will be staging a series of seven lectures over the weekend. As Eyecare Practitioners we have all be taught to be able to complete a contact aftercare, and follow a routine for this.  In his session at 1:30pm on Sunday, sponsored by Alcon, Jonathan Bench will ponder the question of how often is a contact lens aftercare just routine? In this session we will explore the re...

BCLA's education series at Optrafair

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BCLA's education sessions at Optrafair  – Sunday, April 10 Practitioners will be given the opportunity to add another string to their bow thanks to a series of lectures being held by the BCLA at Optrafair. Optrafair takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from April 9-11 and we will be staging a series of seven lectures over the weekend. The first session on Sunday will see Professor Sunil Shah discussing the technology and potential benefits and results of femtosecond laser cataract surgery. The lecture will equip all those attending with the knowledge and understanding they need to discuss t...

3 days of exciting education at Optrafair

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The BCLA is delighted to be presenting an education series at this year’s Optrafair, giving practitioners the chance to pick up valuable hints and tips and learn from some of the very best in the business. Optrafair takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from April 9-11 and we will be staging a series of seven educational sessions over the weekend. At 12.30pm on Saturday, April 9. Pauline Bradford will be discussing the ‘Why, How and Wow of RGP lenses, encouraging practitioners to think beyond the scope of soft lenses, sponsored by Bausch + Lomb. The lecture will look at lens types, fitting a...

Neil Retallic talks about the exciting programme for BCLA UK

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The eyes of the world regularly focus on The Belfry when golfing superstars do battle for the Ryder Cup but for one weekend in June this year it will be eyes themselves that find themselves at the centre of attention. BCLA UK is set to be one of the biggest weekends in the calendar, with hundreds of the country’s inspiring eye care practitioners coming together to find out how to gain confidence with contact lenses to Maximise their Potential. The action-packed weekend will feature master-classes from some of the world’s leading contact lens and anterior eye experts, helping new practitioner...

GOC issues contact lens care reminder

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General Optical Council press release, 29 February 2016For immediate release GOC issues contact lens care reminder The General Optical Council (GOC) has today published research highlighting the importance of ensuring patients understand that contact lenses are a healthcare product and that they receive clear aftercare advice. The independent survey to better understand the views and habits of over 2,000 contact lens wearers highlighted that only 43 per cent of contact lens wearers saw them as a healthcare product, with just as many viewing them as a lifestyle product and 12 per cent seeing th...

Optometry Tomorrow Highlight – Managing Dry Eye In Contact Lens Patients

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In our final conference highlight, we feature a workshop by Sarah Farrant MCOptom, Optometrist, titled “How do you manage dry eye in contact lens patients?”  Sarah will review factors influencing the successful management of contact lens patients suffering with dry eye including those people who may not be able to wear them. She will look at patient’s expectations and how understanding and successfully managing them can influence their experience with contact lenses.  She will also look at the management strategies including finding the right contact lens for patients with dry eye from initi...

Optrafair Highlight - Expand your contact lens patient base

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In the BCLA lecture at Optrafair in April, Indie Grewal, qualified Dispensing Optician and Optometrist with 25 year’s experience within the Optical Industry, will look at how you can expand your contact lens patient base and convert your current patient base into lenses. In his lecture he will discuss how eye care practitioners have a duty to offer and discuss all vision correction options during the eye examination, including contact lenses.  In addition, Indie will explore the relationship between practitioners and patients and the perceived dynamics within this. He will explain how unders...

Are you ready for BCLA's Big Weekend?

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BCLA UK is an exciting new event in the eyecare calendar. Taking place at The Belfry on 12 - 13 June 2016, the event will give you the chance to brush up on the basics of contact lens fitting, banishing any concerns you may have and giving you and your practice the opportunity to Maximise Your Potential.   We want to give practitioners more confidence when it comes to contact lenses, giving our industry's brightest stars the chance to add another string to their bow. Fitting contact lenses is something to be enjoyed, not endured.  BCLA Education Advisor, Mr Neil Retallic, tells you why you s...

Optometry Tomorrow Highlight – Keratoconus in a nutshell

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In our next conference highlight, we feature a presentation by Matthew Carter, Optometrist at Linklater Warren Ltd & Moorfields Eye Hospital titled “Keratoconus in a nutshell”.  In his presentation, Matthew will look into the potential for the role of Optometrists in the management of keratoconus to expand.  He will explain that while traditionally optometrists have been responsible for the non-surgical visual rehabilitation of patients with keratoconus, with additional training, they can gain the skills needed to diagnose the condition and monitor patients for progression.  He will cover...

New CLAE articles online

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New CLAE Articles published online - infrared ocular thermography, impact of osmolarity change in MPS considerations for PROSE lens use in patients with ocular surface disease Repeatability of infrared ocular thermography in assessing healthy and dry eyes  This study investigated the inter-image, inter-occasion and inter-examiner repeatability of NEC infrared thermo-tracer TH 9260 in assessing healthy and dry eyes and found most of the metrics adopted can be considered to the highly repeatable. Effect of the osmolarity change in multipurpose solutions induced by an improper contact lens case...

Obituary – Steve Williams

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We were saddened to hear of the death of Steve Williams, Bausch + Lomb Technical Support Manager, who passed away on Saturday 30 January after a courageous battle with cancer. He will be known to many of our members as a leading expert in rigid gas permeable lens, having freely shared his expertise and in depth knowledge with generations of eye care practitioners over the years. Since 1977, he worked in contact lens manufacturing with Madden & Layman and post their acquisition with Bausch + Lomb. “I was lucky enough to work with Steve during my time at Bausch + Lomb,” said Cheryl Donnel...

BCLA Supports Contact Lens Workshop Programme at Optrafair 2016

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As part of our mission to educate, interact and promote growth within the field of contact lenses and related areas, we can announce that we will be facilitating a series of hands on workshops at Optrafair 2016 (9-11 April, Birmingham NEC). The programme will run over the three days of the meeting and include: Emerging treatment options for lid disease - Mr Teifi James Cross-linking for keratoconus. When to refer and a review of the benefits - Prof Sunil Shah Upgrading Soft Lens Fitting - Eef van der Worp Dry Eye, its diagnosis & management with punctual occlusion - Nick Atkins RGP...

Optometry Tomorrow Highlight – Little eyes, big vision problems. Let's talk contact lenses'

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In our next conference highlight, we feature a presentation by Stephanie Campbell MCOptom, Optometrist and PhD student at Cardiff University. In her presentation “Little eyes, big vision problems. Let's talk contact lenses”, Stephanie will look at how contact lenses have the the potential to positively change the life of a child. When to prescribed contact lenses in children is often a hotly debated topic.  In her lecture, Stephanie will explore the risks associated with their use in children and how they can be managed along the way.  She will emphasise the importance of building trust with...

Are you ready for the BCLA's Big Weekend?

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BCLA UK is a bright new event in the optics calendar, giving you the chance to brush up on the basics of contact lens fitting, banishing any concerns you may have and giving you and your practice the opportunity to Maximise Your Potential.   We want to give young UK practitioners more confidence when it comes to contact lenses and give you the chance to add another string to your bow. Fitting contact lenses is something to be enjoyed, not endured. So come along and reap the rewards of learning a new skill which will last a lifetime.  BCLA UK is being held at The Belfry on 12 - 13 June and ea...

Read all about it -latest issue of Contact now available

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In this quarter’s issue, we’re excited to tell you more about our brand new event - BCLA UK: Maximising Your Potential. Taking place on 12-13 June at the Belfry Hotel in the Midlands, this meeting will bring together UK eye care practitioners for a programme aimed at giving them the confidence and practical skills to discuss and fit contact lenses to all patients who visit their practice. We also report on: The imminent arrival of a new look BCLA website How we are building on existing partnerships to help to achieve our mission to educate, interact and promote growth within the field of ...

Optometry Tomorrow Highlight – Is flexibility the key to clinical decision making?

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In the second conference highlight, we feature a presentation by Judith Morris, FCOptom, senior optometrist at the Institute of Optometry. For the majority of contact lens patients, fitting lenses is straight forward and their experience (with support and advice) is usually positive.  Those that don’t fit into this category present more of a challenge and, if alternative solutions are not explored, they can dropout of lens wear. Judith will present a number of case studies seen at the Institute of Optometry in her lecture “Flexibility – is this the key to clinical decision making?”.  She wil...

BCLA UK - The most anticipated event of 2016!

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With less than a month until bookings for BCLA UK (12 - 13 June) open on 1 March 2016, it’s time to look at some of the questions that we aim to answer at this brand new meeting: Is there a perfect patient journey to include contact lenses and dry eye? Does your practice team know how to work together to best execute this journey for every patient who enters the practice? How can you maximize contact lens wearer retention and reduce dropout rates by ensuring they always have the contact lenses that match their evolving lifestyle needs? How can you identify new contact lens wearers, ensur...

Education Key To Prevent CL Linked Infections

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The first BCLA evening meeting of 2016 took place on 28 January at the Royal College of Nursing with Professor John Dart, Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital, examining “When and why does the cornea become infected in CL users?”.  Around 100 professionals heard Professor Dart explore the causes of infection. Contact lens associated keratitis has been responsible for up to 60 per cent of cases of MK in healthy eyes in developed countries since the 1990s.  Can this be avoided? He emphasised that it is up to eye care professionals to ensure patients are educated on the risks a...

Seeking Our 2016 Student Ambassadors

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Last year the BCLA launched our Student Ambassador Programme which saw representatives from universities help develop and deliver successful initiatives aimed at raising awareness of the BCLA among students.  As the new year gets well underway, we’re beginning our search for this year’s Ambassadors from each of the UK and Ireland’s optometric training institutions to act as advocates for the BCLA amongst their peers, who will help us to continue their great work and enhance the programme further. We’re looking for optometry students in the second year of a three-year course, or the third yea...