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Management of Dry Eye & Content Lens Retention Certificate  

The Dry Eye Management and Contact Lens Retention certificate from the BCLA will focus on clinical skills for Ocular Surface Health (OSH) and Dry Eye, allowing BCLA members to gain CPD points while working towards a certificate, and towards a higher level leading to a BCLA Fellowship.

The structure of the certificate is designed to provide you with expert knowledge in three main areas: dry eye, ocular surface health, and contact lens retention. The Dry Eye Management and Contact Lens Retention certificate can be achieved by any optometrist or CLO who attains six credits and a final written examination. It is a requirement of the certificate that each of the 5 online modules and 1 relevant dry eye or OSH workshop/ peer review is passed in order to progress and there are no optional modules within this certificate. A BCLA Dry Eye Certificate will be issued on successful completion of the course. This certificate will need to be renewed every three years. BCLA membership must be maintained throughout this period.

The course is available to full members of the BCLA and is free to complete including access to all course materials and additional resources. The course needs to be completed within twelve months from the date of enrolment, if you do not manage to complete the course within this time frame, all attempts will be removed and you will need to re-enrol. Students working towards their Certificate will have up to 3 attempts to complete the online modules and 1 attempt at the final written examination.

Those who successfully obtained the Dry Eye Management and Contact Lens Retention certificate are asked to re-accredit on a 3-year basis.

For more information, please download a copy of the Dry Eye Course Criteria and Guidelines


How can I get started on the course? 

To enrol onto a course you will need to login to your BCLA profile and follow the instructions below:

  • click the 'Enrol here' button above;
  • add the 'BCLA Management of Dry Eye & Contact Lens Retention Certificate' to your shopping cart;
  • navigate to your shopping cart in the top right hand corner to submit order and complete the purchase (zero cost);
  • once your order is confirmed, navigate to your profile by clicking on your name in the top right hand corner;
  • click onto the 'Learning' tab, then 'Access my learning area' as shown in screen shot below.

  • This will take you to the BCLA Learning Platform landing page.  Navigate to 'Go to My Learning Centre' and click on 'Certifications', here you will see the course you have enrolled onto.

BCLA on-demand webinars are also available to view on the BCLA Learning Platform, please click here to view webinars available, add to your shopping cart and purchase (zero cost) as above.  If you have any difficulties with enrolments, please email [email protected].

If you are an online affiliate member or newly qualified member you will need to upgrade your membership subscription. For more details email [email protected]. If you are currently not a member of the BCLA, and would like to complete this course, you can join the BCLA online.  

Part A Online Lectures
Five online recorded lectures with a short 12-question MCQ quiz each.

Part B Dry Eye Interactive Session
The next virtual interactive session will take place in November 2022 - dates tbc.

Part C Written Examination
The next written examinations will be taking place on Sunday 18 September 2022 at 12 midday (UK time) then Sunday 5 February 2023 at 12 midday (UK time).

Part D Re-accreditation
This certificate will need to be renewed every three years during the month of January, and BCLA membership must be maintained throughout this period.