We are very pleased to advise that BCLA's first Webinar will take place on Wednesday 12 March 2019 from 18:30 - 19:30 and you can participate from the comfort of your own home.
This is an exclusive BCLA Member only online event, therefore you must have a valid Full BCLA Membership to participate in this Webinar.
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Step 2: Once you are logged, go to the Events drop down menu located at the top of the BCLA homepage and click BCLA Webinar Registration. The registration page will only be displayed and visible to logged in BCLA members.
Step 3: Click the blue 'Register Here' button. Clicking on the link will redirect you to a 3rd party website - Perceptive Medical Education - who will manage your registration for this webinar session. You will be required to opt in your consent in order to complete your registration and to receive relevant information about the webinar only, including the access link for the online session.
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.
This webinar explores our current understanding of knowledge in this area and provides evidence-based steps which should be adopted by contact lens wearers to minimise their risk of contact lens associated inflammatory events and infections. In turn, as eye care practitioners, we have a clear professional responsibility to be well informed in this area and continue to advise our patients accordingly. The manner in which we can do this best will also be presented.
Philip Morgan is Professor of Optometry, Head of Optometry, Deputy Head of the Division of Pharmacy and Optometry, and Director of Eurolens Research at The University of Manchester. Philip is President of the International Society for Contact Lens Research and Vice President of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators. He is an honorary member of the Association of Contact Lens Manufacturers, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and of the British Contact Lens Association, and a member of the UK College of Optometrists. Philip was the BCLA Medallist in 2014 and BCLA Pioneer’s Lecturer in 2015.
Sarah Morgan is an optometrist, and has worked in clinical research at the University of Manchester where she gained her MPhil – she continues to lecture and lead clinical sessions and holds the post of Vision Sciences Fellow. Her business consultancy, eyecommunicate, includes a wide portfolio of projects including staff development and training, advising professional organisations, and healthcare communication initiatives for manufacturers in the UK, Europe and globally. Sarah is an entertaining Keynote speaker and has lectured extensively across Europe, North America, South Africa, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and the British Contact Lens Association.