BLOG: Webinar to give BCLA members exclusive insight into ensuring patients learn to love their lenses

An exclusive webinar will give BCLA members across the world the opportunity to find out more about contact lens compliance, from the comfort of their own sofa. 
For the first time, the BCLA’s traditional ‘Evening Scientific Meeting’ will be presented as an online webinar, meaning members can tune in for free wherever they are in the world.
The session, titled ‘It’s in their hands! How to optimise contact lens compliance and ensure our patients love their lenses’ will be hosted by Professor Philip Morgan and Sarah Morgan from 6:30pm to 7:30pm on Tuesday, March 12.
Professor Sunil Shah, president of the BCLA, said: “Using webinars rather than ‘physical’ events is the perfect way for us to maximise our global reach. The BCLA has members across the world and by connecting our membership through online sessions we can deliver accessible education to all.  
“We understand that not everyone can make it down to London for a midweek evening meeting. We want our events to be available to as many of our members wherever they are, in the UK or anywhere else in the world. We tried live-streaming last year, which was extremely successful, and a webinar is a logical next step. 
“We are thrilled to be opening up our content to BCLA members around the world.”
The webinar will explore current thinking around contact lens compliance and will provide evidence-based steps which should be adopted by contact lens wearers to minimise their risk of contact lens associated inflammatory events and infections.  

Professor Philip Morgan, head of optometry at the University of Manchester, said: “Contact lens wear is typically very successful; however, as eye care practitioners, we are occasionally faced with clinically-significant incidents of inflammation or infection with some wearers.  

“These adverse events are generally responses to the presence of bacteria at the ocular surface which can be introduced during lens application.  Given that lens contamination is probably related to the adequacy of hand washing hygiene and lens care of our patients, it is fair to state that the chances of an inflammatory event or infection during lens wear depend on the compliance our patients have with the best lens wear practices.  

“It is, literally, in their hands.”

Members can register here by logging into their BCLA accounts. If you are currently not a member and would like to take advantage of this benefit and more, find out more and become a member here.