UK professor scoops international award

Professor James Wolffsohn named Contact Lens Educator of the Year 2016 for Europe, Africa and the Middle East

James Wolfsohn and Gary Orsborn

Aston University's Professor James Wolffsohn has been named Contact Lens Educator of the Year 2016 for Europe, Africa and the Middle East by the International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE).

The IACLE awards recognise worldwide achievements in contact lens education, with each winner receiving a bursary of up to $3000 USD towards the cost of attending a major international conference. Three Contact Lens Educator of the Year awards are presented, one for each of IACLE’s three global regions.

The other winners this year were Dr Jorge Giovanni Vargas of Colombia, for IACLE Americas, and Dr Prema Chande of India, for IACLE Asia Pacific.

The IACLE Travel Award 2016 was presented to Eman Alzghoul of the Jordan University of Science and Technology. The bursary is for an IACLE educator member starting out on their career who would not otherwise be able to attend a major international conference.

For the first time this year, the award winners were offered a choice of international meetings to attend as their prize, and all of this year’s recipients chose to travel to the AAO meeting (9–12 November).

IACLE president, Dr Shehzad Naroo, congratulated all of the winners and added: “This was the first time the awards were presented at the American Academy and being able to give them out at the international reception was very special.”

CooperVision’s vice president of global professional and clinical affairs, Gary Orsborn (pictured right), said: “Exceptional eye care professionals are largely the result of exceptional teachers.”

He highlighted: “Contact lens educators all over the world play a significant role in developing the future of the profession.

“At CooperVision, we are committed to supporting programmes that recognise the hard work and dedication put forth by these individuals to continuously advance the quality of contact lens education and patient care.”

Nominations and applications for the 2017 IACLE awards will open in December. For more information, visit the IACLE website.