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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...

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...