Management of Dry Eye & Content Lens Retention Certificate
"Dry eye screening should form part of routine examination in clinical practice, with specialist practitioners with a BCLA qualification well placed to offer the specialist service needed to diagnose and manage the disease."
Prof. James Wolffsohn
Eye care practitioners will now be given the chance to work towards a certificate in Dry Eye as part of a new education programme launched by the British Contact Lens Association.
The new CET-accredited programme will focus on clinical skills for Ocular Surface Health (OSH) and Dry Eye, allowing BCLA members to gain CET points while working towards a Dry Eye certificate or a higher level to lead to a BCLA Fellowship.
The issue of Dry Eye formed a cornerstone of the education segment of the 2017 BCLA Conference held in Liverpool, where a ‘Dry Eye Symposium’ allowed clinicians to gain credits towards the certificate, as well as numerous workshops to mark the start of this programme.
A BCLA Dry Eye Certificate will be issued on successful completion of the course. The certificate can be achieved by any optometrist or CLO who attains six credits and a final OSCE style examination.
The six credits are available from five online modules and one relevant Dry Eye or OSH workshop or peer review (GOC approved validated with CE number). This certificate will need to be renewed every three years. BCLA membership must be maintained throughout this period.
Who can complete the course ?
The certificate can be achieved by any Optometrist or Contact lens Optician who attains six credits and a final OSCE style examination. The six credits are available from five online modules and one relevant Dry Eye or OSH workshop, peer review or lecture (GOC approved validated with CE number).
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 six months from the date of enrollment, 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 3 attempts at the OSCE examinations.
If you are a member and would like to complete the course, email email@example.com to obtain your login details.
If you are an Online Affiliate member and would like to complete the course you will need to upgrade your membership. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a non-member and would like to complete the course, you can join here. Once you become a member, email email@example.com to obtain your login details to access the online learning platform to complete the course.
Are you based Overseas?
We welcome our overseas members to take part; however the independent element (one relevant Dry Eye or OSH workshop, peer review or lecture ) will need to be a generic education session which is accredited by the national optical body (equivalent to the General Optical Council in the UK). The certificate is initially aimed at UK members as we are familiar with the independent GOC based CE system and we know this does not always translate overseas and we also appreciate that CET is not compulsory in other countries.
However, we may suggest the scientific committee could review any sessions that you will have attended, along with the abstract and the presenters biog to see if these would be appropriate to count.
When will the OSCE's take place?
The OSCE's will take place in the UK, we will notify all members enrolled on a course of the next available date as soon as it becomes available. If you have completed your online modules and attended the relevant workshop and would like to take the OSCE examination, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.