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Are you ready for National Eye Health Week?

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There are less than three weeks until the start of National Eye Health Week (NEHW) 2015 on 21 September 2015, supported by the BCLA! If you haven’t already, why not get involved.  It’s a great opportunity to raise awareness of good eye health and vision.  There are a range of free resources available on the Vision Matters website to help you get started. Alternatively, take a look at the following suggestions: 1)      Help get eye health trending on Twitter by joining the NEHW thunderclap. Sign up with your Twitter and Facebook accounts at http://thndr.it/1IQl45i 2)      Show your support b...

BCLA and NCC Issue Call for Papers for NCC 2016

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PRESS RELEASE   1 September 2015 - Today the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) and The Netherlands Contact Lens Congress (NCC) issued a call for papers for the BCLA’s research symposium which is being run as part of NCC 2016 in Veldhoven, the Netherlands on 13-14 March 2016.  The symposium is designed to showcase world class clinically relevant research, nurturing new researchers and young academics to present at this level. All abstracts will be published in Contact Lens and Anterior Eye (CLAE). Submissions for the symposium should be in the form of abstracts and can be a paper or po...

BCLA Presidential Address 2015

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We’re looking forward to Brian Tompkin’s Presidential Address on Monday 7 September.  Titled “The Recipe for Contact Lens Success”, Brian will look at the different ingredients that combine to make a thriving contact lens business from the different roles practice staff can play to how working with different suppliers can ensure a happy customer. With just over a week to go, we still have a few remaining places. The event is free to attend although you you will need to register, BCLA members can also bring along one guest - details can be found under the events section. Taking place at the Ro...

BCLA & ABDO highlights

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This week’s ABDO highlight looks at the keynote lecture “Myopia Control management update: the role of the DO and CLO” by Dr Nicola Logan.  This is part of the BCLA’s contact lens and anterior eye symposium, which takes place in Manchester on 20 September 2015. In her lecture, Dr Logan, senior lecturer in optometry at Aston University, a convenor of the Myopia Consortium UK and a global authority on myopia management, will look at how myopia control might impact the future of modern practice from both the DO and CLO perspective, and provide some food for thought as to how to determine your ap...

CLAE Editor honoured at 1st World Congress of Optomtery

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PRESS RELEASE The BCLA is delighted to announce that Dr Shehzad Naroo, Senior Lecturer at Aston University and Editor of Contact Lens and Anterior Eye has been named International Optometrist by the World Council of Optometry at the first World Congress of Optometry in Medellin, Colombia last week.  This award is made to a person who, in the view of the Governing Board, is making an outstanding contribution to the development of the profession of optometry worldwide, and to the community at large. When announcing the award, the Governing Board highlighted how they were particularly impressed...

It’s Contact Lens Health Week in the US

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This week is Contact Lens Health Week in the US with the tag line “Healthy Habits = Healthy Eyes”.  Initiated by the Center of Disease Control, the focus is on enjoying the comfort and benefits of contact lenses while lowering your chance of complications.  The CDC has released data on eye infections linked to contact lenses (covered by the Daily Mail) but also a simple one page series of tips around contact lenses. http://www.cdc.gov/contactlenses/protect-your-eyes.html The week has generated a lot of interest, with some interesting conversations on Twitter.  The CDC tweeted: “T3: Contact le...

BCLA & ABDO programme highlights

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In the next instalment of the ABDO highlights, we take a closer look at “The Mighty Mites” by Sarah Farrant, one of the talks for the BCLA’s contact lens and anterior eye symposium, which takes place in Manchester on 20 September 2015. In her talk, Sarah, the director of an independent practice in Taunton, Somerset, who works within a GP surgery managing eye conditions, will outline the management of Demodex mites in high street practice.  These mites are becoming a recognised and accepted cause of blepharitis. Given how common the condition is, it is important that eye care practitioners can...

BCLA & ABDO programme highlights

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With just over a month to go to the ABDO meeting in Manchester, we take a closer look at one of the talks for the BCLA’s contact lens and anterior eye symposium, which takes place on 20 September 2015. Contact lens comfort: are we there yet? by Dr Christine Purslow, honorary visiting professor at Plymouth University, will kick off the BCLA stream.  Comfort continues to be a hot topic in the contact lens industry and a focus for research, especially as it is invariably cited as the reason for patients dropping out of contact lens wear. Dr Purslow, who has researched and published many papers ...

Dropout Dilemmas… Three easy actions to help minimise contact lens dropouts

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By Sarah Morgan If your contact lens patient base is in the embryonic stages of growth or is established, yet static, now is a good time to get your staff on board with both stimulating and safe-guarding this element of your practice — after all, it’s the front of house staff who are the first point of contact when someone makes the decision to start or even stop wearing contact lenses. These three examples can greatly help to both gain and retain contact lens wearers: Contact lens opportunities for staff It’ s great for staff to at least touch a soft contact lens for themselves, even if ...

GOC Launches Consultation on Voluntary code of practice for online contact lens suppliers

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The BCLA has welcomed the news that the GOC has launched a consultation on a voluntary code of practice for online contact lens suppliers with the aim of making it safer for people to buy contact lenses online. This draft code of practice is designed to improve the practice of online contact lens suppliers and encourage people who buy online to have regular aftercare appointments and eye examinations.  “As members of both the steering and working group, the BCLA is delighted to see we are a step closer to having code of practice for online suppliers of contact lenses,” said Cheryl Donnelly, C...

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...