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Double issue of Contact out now

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With so much going on – not just within the Association but elsewhere in the profession and industry – we have a double issue of Contact out this month. Log in to download your copy straight to read at your leisure. Get the low-down on the exciting events happening at next month's Clinical Conference in Liverpool, find out who's standing for election to the BCLA Council, discover some of the latest news from our partners and supporters in industry, and what events you need to mark in your diary looking ahead. Top stories BCLA Myopia Management Day Record nominees in BCLA Council election...

BCLA Council elections open with record number of nominees

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We are pleased to now be inviting all members to participate in an electronic ballot to vote four new members into office by noon on Wednesday 6 May. Last month, we issued a call for nominations for two Contact Lens Optician (CLO) Representatives, two Optometric Representatives, one Medical Representative and one Technical Representative. This led to a record number of nominations being received. Professor Sunil Shah will join the BCLA Council next month, and Maxine Green will remain on Council as Technical Representative. Both vacancies were uncontested.  The Contact Lens Optician candidat...

Global leaders convene to debate myopia management

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We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting a unique Myopia Management Day – dedicated to current research, understanding and strategies in the management and control of myopia – at the ACC Liverpool, UK, on Friday 29 May. “With commercial products now in development to specifically address the ‘global epidemic’ of myopia, the BCLA is providing eyecare practitioners with a definitive guide to myopia management in everyday practice,” said BCLA President, Susan Bowers. “The prevalence of myopia today is such that it is imperative we understand current management strategies, and judge how best to ...

BCLA welcomes launch of Eye Drops Database

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The BCLA has welcomed the launch of a unique, free-to-use professional resource – the Eye Drop Database – by the ADP Consultancy. A web based directory of some 200+ ocular health products, the site provides detailed data and support on products for eye and healthcare professionals.  “The ethos of my company is to help and support practitioners, to provide better care for their patients, which directly helps build their practices,” said Andrew D. Price FBDO(Hons)CL, COA(USA), Managing Director at the ADP Consultancy. “The Eye Drops Database fits in completely with that ethos.” Merton Beck Opt...

2015 BCLA Industry Award nominees announced

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We're delighted to announce the nominees for the 2015 BCLA Industry Award. The winner will be decided by the BCLA membership, who have now been invited to cast their votes by the deadline of Thursday 30 April. Launched in 2013, the BCLA Industry Award honours and recognises the entrepreneurial work being carried out by individuals working in contact lens science, research and technology. The inaugural recipient of the 2014 BCLA Industry Award was Dr Paul Rose – inventor of the Rose K lens for keratoconus. There are five nominees for this year’s award, put forward by 2014/15 BCLA Clinical Con...

Exciting BCLA Exhibition draws near (with a little help from our friends)

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With a little help from our friends – this year's BCLA Exhibition in Liverpool will be a contact lens and technology showcase to remember. Taking place at the stylish, accessible and WiFi ready ACC Liverpool, UK, the eagerly-awaited 2015 BCLA Exhibition will get underway at 1pm on Friday 29 May – with all visitors invited to stay on for the BCLA Welcome Drinks from 6-8pm in the exhibition hall. As always there is no charge to enter the BCLA Exhibition* and visit the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers showcasing everything from the latest contact lens technologies and ocular health n...

Visit us and our Partners @ Optrafair this month

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Heading to Optrafair this month? Then come along to D40 where we'll be sharing a stand with our 2015 Clinical Conference and Exhibition Partners and challenging perceptions about contact lenses in practice at Optrafair this month. “As an Association Partner of Optrafair 2015, we are delighted to be sharing a stand with our Clinical Conference Partners – Alcon, CooperVision and Johnson & Johnson Vision Care,” said BCLA CEO, Cheryl Donnelly. “We’re inviting all Optrafair visitors – particularly those who may be somewhat ambivalent towards contact lens practice – to come along to our stand,...

In the news: telescopic contact lenses, solar eclipse warning and more

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After getting in touch with the BCLA, CNN spoke with Professor James Wolffsohn for a report on the development telescopic contact lenses.  BBC News is just one of the many outlets citing College of Optometrists eyecare advice ahead of the partial solar eclipse tomorrow (20 March). International research performed by the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas has discovered that when each eye separately has a different level of blur, our brain uses as sharp reference the image projected through the less aberrated eye. Read more. A smart phone app designed to guide blind and partiall...

Nominations open for new BCLA Council Reps

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Full BCLA members are invited to nominate six new representatives to sit on the BCLA Council by the closing date of Friday 3 April. Vacancies exit for two contact lens optician representatives, two optometrist representatives, one medical representative and one technical representative. The successful candidates will officially join the BCLA Council at the Association’s 2015 AGM, to be held at 8am at the ACC Liverpool on Saturday 30 May during its 39th BCLA Clinical Conference and Exhibition. Council members offer guidance on education and professional and industry developments, for the long...

Free places @ #BCLAComeTogether for trainee contact lens opticians

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STOP PRESS: We're giving away 50 free places for this year's BCLA Clinical Conference and Exhibition, being held at the ACC Liverpool from 29-31 May, to first and second year trainee contact lens opticians... How to apply and #BCLAComeTogether with the global contact lens community.... Q. Are you a BCLA member? Y/N Q. Are you a trainee contact lens optician in your first or second year of studies? Y/N Q. Do you love contact lenses? Y/N Q. Do you enjoy celeb spotting? Y/N Q. Do you want to stand out from your peers? Y/N Q. Do you like freebies? Y/N If you answer YES to the first two que...

In the news: new contact lens campaign, ortho-k study and more

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The Irish College of Ophthalmologists has published new guidelines on refractive surgery, reports the Irish Independent. InternetOptics, the company behind Lensza, an Indonesia-based online contact lens retailer, has closed a round of seed funding from investors based in Indonesia, Singapore and the Netherlands, reported Tech in Asia.  Optician covered Alcon’s recent public campaign to promote coloured contact lenses via a pop-up stand in Birmingham’s Bullring shopping centre. Regeneron Pharmaeuticals announced that Eylea (aflibercept) Injection has been approved by the European Commission ...

Attention all 'hot shots': our 2015 Photo Competition is now open

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We're inviting all ‘happy snappers’ to now submit their entries online for this year’s BCLA Photographic Competition, by the closing date of Friday 24 April. The prestigious BCLA photographic competition culminates during the Association’s Clinical Conference and Exhibition and attracts entries from contact lens practitioners across the globe. As well as receiving the accolade of best photograph of the year and a great prize, all winning entries are subsequently published in the BCLA peer-reviewed journal, Contact Lens & Anterior Eye. Last year’s winner was Antonio Calossi from Italy wi...

Have you applied for your BCLA Fellowship?

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BCLA members have until 31 March to submit their applications for this year’s prestigious BCLA Fellowship Awards. Since the scheme was launched in 2006, 200 members of the global contact lens community have become BCLA Fellows following viva voce assessment at the BCLA Clinical Conference and Exhibition – this year being held from 29-31 May at the ACC Liverpool (official hashtag #BCLAComeTogether). The Fellowship scheme is open to full BCLA members of all disciplines – including those working within industry – and allows successful candidates to use the affix FBCLA. For the first time earlie...

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...