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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...

Big competition reveal at #BCLAComeTogether

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Find out the winner of CooperVision's Life Enhancing Contact Lens stories competition at #BCLAComeTogether in Liverpool next week! Over the last six weeks, CooperVision has asked eyecare practitioners to submit their patients’ most inspiring Life Enhancing Contact Lens stories for the chance to have their patient’s story brought to life in the form of a video case study, plus the opportunity to experience a full delegate package at the 39th BCLA Clinical Conference and Exhibition in Liverpool from 29-31 May.   The competition has now closed and the contact lens manufacturer is looking forward...

Working together to raise awareness of Acanthamoeba keratitis

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Moorfields Eye Hospital has seen a rising number of cases of Acanthamoeba keratitis since 2012, a case of which was recently reported in mainstream news this week. The majority of cases occur in contact lens wearers due to the inappropriate mixing of contact lenses and domestic tap water. The BCLA has worked with patient groups and researchers at Moorfields and the University of Leicester to raise awareness of this disease through the distribution of a 'No water' contact lens packaging sticker and opportunities to engage with contact lens practitioners through the BCLA Clinical Conference &a...

'Grow together' at #BCLAComeTogether 2015

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‘Let’s Grow Together’ is contact lens manufacturer and #BCLAComeTogether 2015 Partner Sponsor, CooperVision’s, overarching theme for our 39th Clinical Conference & Exhibition in Liverpool (29-31 May). Focusing on partnership and vision, CooperVision is looking forward to sharing with delegates its unique perspective on helping practitioners grow their practice. The event will be underpinned by two key presentations; the Partner Presentation and Partner Showcase. The Partner Presentation, taking place on Friday 29 May at 5.30pm, will be led by European Professional Services Director, Sue ...

New one-day multifocal to launch at #BCLAComeTogether

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A long-standing partner of the BCLA Clinical Conference & Exhibition, and a supporter of the event for more than 25 years, 2015 Partner Johnson & Johnson Vision Care will launch the new 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST MULTIFOCAL Contact Lenses at #BCLAComeTogether in Liverpool from 29-31 May. 1-DAY ACUVUE MOIST MULTIFOCAL has been developed based on insights into the changes in the presbyopic eye (EYE-INSPIRED™ Design). Delegates will have the opportunity to experience the new lens first-hand when they visit Johnson & Johnson Vision Care at Stand 44. In addition to trialling the new lens, Jo...

BCLA publishes 2014-15 Annual Report

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The Association has published its 2014-15 Annual Report in which BCLA CEO, Cheryl Donnelly, pays tribute to all those who have supported and helped evolve the BCLA over the past 12 months. In her Introduction, Cheryl writes: “It’s been an exciting and challenging year: we have implemented new, and sometimes controversial, strategies to take the Association forwards – and we hope that we have explained the reasoning behind them to our members’ satisfaction. “There is still much work to be done, but we are confident that the building blocks are in place to shape a better BCLA that meets the ne...

International contact lens educators honoured

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The International Association of Contact Lens Educators has announced the winners of the 2015 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards to recognise and reward achievement in contact lens education worldwide.  Supported by the BCLA and sponsored by CooperVision, three awards will be presented, one from each of IACLE’s three global regions: IACLE Asia Pacific Contact Lens Educator of the Year: Professor Monica Chaudhry Monica has almost 25 years of academic and clinical experience. Prior to joining the Amity University Gurgaon, India, where she is Head of Optometry and Vision Science, s...

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...