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Exhibitors announce plans for BCLA 2019

The clinical conference and exhibition will feature activity from CooperVision, Safilens and Positive Impact

BCLA Conference

Exhibitors have revealed their plans ahead of the British Contact Lens Association's (BCLA) 2019 clinical conference and exhibition in Manchester (30 May–1 June).


CooperVision will be celebrating the difference that practitioners can make every day with its Celebrating incredible contact lens heroes theme.

Attendees will be able to share how everyday contact lens practice can make a life-changing difference to their patients.

The company will focus on topics such as myopia, hypoxia and overcoming contact lens wearer drop out.

CooperVision will also be revealing results of its five-year study of its myopia management contact lens, MiSight 1 Day.

Positive Impact

Positive Impact will launch its lanolin-free HydraMed Night gel that has been designed for sensitive eyes as well as a new eyelid cleanser called DemEx, which has been developed by optometrist Craig Wilcox.

DemEx is a foaming cleanser that has been designed to control demodex blepharitis, ocular rosacea and seborrheic blepharitis, as well as meibomian gland conditions.

The company will be welcoming attendees to its Dry Eye Zone on-stand, which will feature its dry eye portfolio.

HydraMed Night
Positive Impact’s HydraMed Night gel

Sales and marketing director of Positive Impact, Nick Atkins, said: “Dry eye is a disease that is on the increase and most patients aren’t being managed effectively with just drops. It affects contact lens wearers and non-contact lens wearers alike and in recent years technology for both diagnosis and management have made significant advances.”

“Practitioners need to get up to speed and start introducing these advances into their practice for the benefit of both their patients and their business,” he added.

Mr Atkins will also present One dry eye drop to replace them all at the Exhibition Pavilion on the Friday of the event at 3.30pm.


SynergEyes UK will highlight its Duette contact lenses, which now includes a progressive option for centre distance and centre-near distance.

The company highlighted that it has the performance of a gas permeable contact lens combined the comfort of a soft lens making it ideal for astigmatic presbyopic patients.

SynergEyes UK’s Duette Progressive contact lens

Head of professional services at SynergEyes UK, Phil Thompson, will also be presenting at the Exhibitor Pavilion on the Friday of the event at 3.45pm.

His presentation, Fitting astigmatic presbyopes: Now you really can have your cake and eat it!, will focus on the fitting success of the Duette Progressive lens.

Mr Thompson said: “We are aiming to continue to spread the word regarding the opportunity presented by Duette hybrid lenses for normal and regular astigmatic patients who don’t get a stable fit or vision with soft torics or are presbyopic.”


Safilens will debut Fusion 1 Day Vista and its weekly contact lens in the UK for the first time.

Fusion 1 Day Vista has a D-Stress design, which provides greater depth of field and is custom-designed to reduce eye strain from the prolonged use of digital devices.

The company will also host live fittings at its stand and on the Friday of the event, Professor Giancarlo Montani from the University of Salento will present Effects of different contact lens designs on reading behaviour of pre-presbyopic subjects, which will highlight the Safilens’ D-Stress geometry.

The Fusion 1Day Vista contact lens from Safilens