CooperVision has announced that Juliette Papin (pictured below), a third-year student at the Institut Supérieur d’Optique in Nantes, France is its 2019 Future Ocular Research Creativity Event (FORCE) Student of the Year.
A shortlist of students from 11 different countries came together at the FORCE final, which took place at CooperVision’s Centre of Innovation in Budapest, Hungary on 10–11 May.
Ms Papin’s project evaluated how phoria measurements were affected in patients wearing CooperVision’s Biofinity Energys compared to Biofinity multifocal contact lenses.
Speaking about winning the award, Ms Papin said: “I am so proud to be here and to be the winner. It’s a great opportunity for optometry in France and I hope it will create more opportunities for me in my future career.”
Ms Papin wins a full delegate package, including travel and accommodation, to attend an international contact lens meeting and the opportunity to have her project presented or published.
Second place was awarded to Marianne Lindenberg and Cor Oosting-Klock from Hogeschool van Utrecht in the Netherlands for their research into the content and frequency of contact lens hygiene instruction given by eye care professionals.
Aniket Saha from Bharati Vidyapeeth School of Optometry in Pune, India was awarded third place. His project considered whether current contact lenses meet the corneal physiological needs of both men and women equally.
FORCE is an annual competition that aims to encourage students to develop their professional knowledge of contact lenses by competing against students from Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Entrants are invited to present a project on a contact lens related subject and are judged on the evidence for and importance of the project. Winners from each country then go on to the FORCE final.