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Great minds, big ideas, new insights: conference programme launched

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We are pleased to announce a bold new style programme for our 39th Clinical Conference and Exhibition – and call on all eyecare practitioners (ECPs) to ‘Come Together’ for three extraordinary days of research, hands-on sessions, posters, education and products and technology dedicated to contact lenses and the anterior eye.  Following a review of past events, the programme for this year’s conference – at the ACC Liverpool from 29-31 May – will offer a highly accessible menu of bite-sized sessions enabling delegates to achieve a full complement of CET points ahead of the 31 December deadline f...

Insights into corneal stem cell therapy

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Corneal stem cell therapy and tissue engineering will be the ‘hot topics’ of our next scientific evening meeting on Monday 30 March at the Royal College of Physicians, London. Sharing her expert knowledge and current research findings in the exciting field of corneal stromal stem cell transplantation will be Julie Daniels, Professor of Regenerative Medicine and Cellular Therapy at the Institute of Ophthalmology UCL Centre for Stem Cells and Degenerative Medicine. Her presentation is entitled, ‘Stem cell therapy and tissue engineering in the cornea: the aims, challenges and the options’, and i...

In the news: latest on telescopic contact lenses, myopia research and more

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Telescopic contact lenses that let the wearer switch between normal and magnified vision are coming into focus, reports New Scientist. New computer-simulated prescribing strategies for glasses may improve the vision of individuals with Down’s syndrome, thanks to a team of University of Houston researchers who received a US$1.67m grant from the National Eye Institute. According to a report in the Clarion Ledger, 1-800 Contacts wants the US state of Mississippi to adopt a law to prevent suppliers and manufacturers from setting a minimum price for contact lenses. Researchers in the Cedars-Sina...

10 reasons to love your contact lenses this Valentine's Day

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1. Contact lenses offer natural all-round vision and are a great alternative if and when you don’t want to wear glasses  2. Contact lenses are simple and convenient to use and expand your lifestyle choices 3. Contact lenses are ideal for sports and leisure activities 4. Contact lenses can be worn every day, part-time or just for going out and special occasions 5. Vision with contact lenses can be as good, or better than, with glasses 6. Contact lenses offer a safe, effective, stable and reversible alternative to laser eye surgery 7. Contact lenses can correct almost all eyesight problems...

New BCLA Fellows in India welcomed

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The BCLA has welcomed 20 new BCLA Fellows after holding its first-ever Fellowship examinations in India. In a new initiative designed to strengthen and expand BCLA Fellowship internationally, BCLA members residing in India were able to apply for Fellowship and sit their viva voce examinations during the Masterclass Optometry Knowledge Fest held in Pune from 2-4 February. Masterclass Optometry is a unique educational initiative, which works to upgrade the optometry profession in India. As well as hosting the BCLA Fellowship examinations, the Knowledge Fest included a BCLA session including ...

Obituary: Michael Jaggs (1938-2015)

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By Tim Bowden It is with sadness that we report the death of one of the founding fathers of the BCLA and Past President, Michael Jaggs, on 30 January at the age of 77. Michael Jaggs was born in November 1938. Although Michael felt he had a calling to the church, his father, himself a priest, recommended that he should not go into the church straight away but to make his way in the world first, which would make him a better priest later on. When Michael left school at 16, he already had a place at medical school lined up but they didn’t want him before 18 years of age. The medical school sug...

Download the January issue of Contact

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Log in to download the January 2015 issue of Contact  Top stories: #BCLA2015 highlights Optical Assistants course is back - early bird deadline 31 January Evening meeting at Keele University Monday 2 February NEW Industry news round-up 2015 Industry Award opens for nominations BCLA Student Reps sought New partnership with Optrafair Email your news stories for Contact to bcla.comms@btinternet.com...

In the news: Contamac deal with BHVI to customise myopia control lenses and other stories

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Using simulation to walk in the shoes of a person who is blind, such as wearing a blindfold while performing everyday tasks, has negative effects on people’s perceptions of the visually impaired, according to a University of Colorado Boulder study. Contamac and the Brien Holden Vision Institute have entered into a multi-year license, which enables Contamac to commercialise and distribute customised silicone hydrogel and GP contact lens products based on utilising Background Intellectual Property on myopia control from the Institute (photo source: Contamac). CooperVision was among four indust...

BCLA supports IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards

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Once again, the BCLA is pleased to support the International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) Contact Lens Educator of the Year awards, recognising and reward achievements in contact lens education worldwide. The awards are sponsored by CooperVision and supported by the BCLA. IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Yearwill be awarded to three individuals, one from each of IACLE’s three regions: Asia Pacific; Europe, Middle-East and Africa; and the Americas. The awards will be presented at the the 39th BCLA Clinical Conference and Exhibition (#BCLA2015) to be held from 29-31 May at th...

Search for 2015 BCLA Industry Award winner commences

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Our global search is now on for the recipient of the 2015 BCLA Industry Award – and for the first time we will be inviting members to cast a vote from the list of nominees. Launched in 2013 to honour and recognise the entrepreneurial work being carried out by individuals working in contact lens science, research and technology, the inaugural recipient of the BCLA Industry Award was Dr Paul Rose – inventor of the Rose K lens for keratoconus. Dr Rose, renowned throughout the world for his outstanding contribution to the field of contact lens research and development, was announced as the winne...

BCLA Optical Assistants course is back

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Recognising the important role that frontline staff play in successful contact lens practice, we're delighted to be once again teaming up with optometrist and staff development consultant, Sarah Morgan, to launch a new series of one-day courses for optical assistants – with an early bird booking deadline of Friday 20 February. Kicking off on Thursday 19 March at the Ambassadors Bloomsbury Hotel in London, ‘Contact lenses – the ins and outs’, is ideal for staff wanting to increase their confidence with contact lenses. Key approaches and tips for teaching the new wearer, and promoting patient r...

New BCLA Student Reps sought

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After a successful year in post for our first-ever Student Rep, Shivani Madhavji, we are now looking to recruit a Student Representative from each of the UK and Ireland optometric training institutions to act as an advocate for the Association amongst their peers. Optometry students in the second year of a three-year course, or the third year of a four-year course, or those currently enrolled on a contact lens optician course, are invited to apply by the closing date of Monday 2 March. “This is a very exciting opportunity for our future contact lens experts,” said Andrew Elder Smith, BCLA Co...

In the news: extended wear study, latest prescribing report, Google Glass sales halted and more

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Vision Direct has launched a £2m ad campaign for its contact lens delivery service, via a ‘Plastic Monsters’ film short, reports The Drum.  Google is ending sales of its Google Glass eyewear (pictured) – insisting that it is still committed to launching the smart glasses as a consumer product, but will stop producing Glass in its present form, reported BBC News. Daily cleaning of contact lenses with a multipurpose disinfection solution did not significantly reduce ocular adverse events with extended wear, according to a study published in Optometry & Vision Science. Researchers who eval...

Association Partnership with Optrafair announced

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We are pleased to confirm that the BCLA is an Association Partner of Optrafair, the annual trade fair of the Federation of Manufacturing Opticians (FMO) which next takes place at the NEC Birmingham from 18-20 April 2015. BCLA CEO, Cheryl Donnelly, said: “We are delighted to be an Association Partner of Optrafair 2015, and are looking forward to having a strong presence at the event. “As well as catching up with our existing members who will be attending the show, we are keen to meet with those eyecare practitioners who don’t fit contact lenses to discuss how, alongside spectacle wear, offeri...

FDA Microbiology and Contact Lenses Workshop report by Dr Joseph Barr

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Dr Joseph Barr OD, MS, FAAO, FBCLA, reports on the outcomes and actions the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be focusing on regarding the impact to contact lens care products for the industry and the ECP, following its recent Microbiology and Contact Lenses Workshop. On 12 September 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), the American Academy of Optometry, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Optometric Association, and the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists (CLAO) co-sponsored a one-day workshop entitl...

#BCLA2015 to mark new chapter: registration now open

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The 39th British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) Clinical Conference and Exhibition, to be held at the ACC Liverpool, UK, from 29-31 May, is expected to signify a new chapter for the Association and its members. With booking channels now open via our newly refreshed website, BCLA members are being invited to make the most of the Association’s Member Loyalty Scheme to obtain the best discounts on delegate packages by the early bird deadline of 31 March.  BCLA President, Susan Bowers, commented: “Kicking off with a dedicated myopia management day on Friday 29 May, #BCLA2015 in the heart of cos...

Spotlight on myopia control at BCLA evening meeting

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Learn how to integrate myopia control strategies into everyday contact lens practice at our February evening meeting to be held at Keele University, Staffordshire, on 2 February. Following her highly successful lecture at the inaugural BCLA Pioneers & Visionaries Conference in London last November, Dr Nicola Logan will re-deliver her presentation, ‘Myopia control: where are we?’, for the benefit of BCLA members within reach of the Staffordshire-based venue. The presentation is approved for one CET point for both optometrists and contact lens opticians (Contact Lenses and Communication). ...

In the news: lipid supplement study, 'circle lenses' warning, Vision Direct merger and more

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The Daily Mail writes that ‘circle lenses’ are set to be one of the New Year’s biggest beauty trends in 2015, “However, doctors have warned that the cosmetic lenses, which cover up the whites of the eyes in order to make the irises appear larger, can cause serious infection and even blindness.” A University of Michigan study reports that patients with Graves’ disease had a significantly reduced risk of developing thyroid eye disease after taking statins or undergoing surgical removal of the thyroid.  Lipid supplements may improve comfort levels when wearing contact lenses, according to a stu...

Teifi on Tour: Tuesday 6 January 2015

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Hull-ward bound BCLA Council member (medical representative) and BCLA Faculty Speaker, Teifi James, will be presenting a lecture on 'Sight-threatening uveitis' at the East Yorkshire, North and North East Lincs Local Optical Committee Study Day taking place at the Village Hotel in Hull, East Yorkshire, on Tuesday 6 January 2015 (8.30am-5.15pm).  This clinically-based conference is aimed at optometrists and dispensing opticians and will cover topics relevant to everyday practice, such as myopia control, low vision in practice, and modern treatments for glaucoma, through lectures and hands-on w...

In the news: surgeons seek CDC retraction, 3D printed CLs, AK patient group report and more

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The Refractive Surgery Alliance has formally demanded that the Centers for Disease Control retract a November 2014 report that linked nearly one million practice visits each year to poor contact lens care, reported Business Wire. As part of a project demonstrating new 3D printing techniques, Princeton University researchers have embedded tiny light-emitting diodes into a standard contact lens, allowing the device to project beams of coloured light (photo by Frank Wojciechowski shows light-emitting diode printed on curved glass). A recent focus group for patients with Acanthamoeba keratitis a...