“CLEAR will make a tangible, long-lasting difference to eye health”
OT spoke with BCLA president, Indie Grewal, ahead of the publication of the Contact Lens Evidence-based Academic Reports in March
The Contact Lens Evidence-based Academic Reports (CLEAR) is expected to “set the standard” to which researchers and eye care professionals will refer for the latest information in the field, the BCLA suggested.
CLEAR will feature 10 overview papers, each compiled by a panel chaired by internationally renowned experts. The reports will cover topics including the anatomy and physiology of the eye, the effect of lens materials and designs, orthokeratology, contact lens complications and future applications of contact lenses.
The world of contact lenses is moving fast, never more so than today
Executive chair of CLEAR, Professor James Wolffsohn, said the collaboration between experts to bring the reports together had been “inspiring and productive, despite the enforced virtual nature of the interactions.”
“Putting together these reports has been an amazing journey of discovery, bringing together gems of evidence to inform clinical practice, identifying areas where further research is needed and determining where there are opportunities for new innovations from industry,” Professor Wolffsohn continued.
Available for both BCLA members and non-members, the CLEAR report will be published in March as part of the BCLA journal Contact Lens and Anterior Eye.
Ahead of publication, OT spoke with Indie Grewal, president of the BCLA, to find out more about CLEAR
How did the idea for the guide come about? Was it driven by practitioners seeking evidence-based guidance or a sense from educators that there was a knowledge gap that needed to be addressed?Indie Grewal (IG): The idea was borne from both practitioners and academics. The world of contact lenses is moving fast, never more so than today, and it was felt that pulling together decades worth of research to understand how they inform clinical practice would help benefit eye care professionals (ECPs) who wanted to provide the best possible service to their patients. It’s an exciting, agenda-setting piece of work and will no doubt form a central point of reference for the BCLA Clinical Conference later this year.
IG: The idea for the CLEAR report started to come together in mid-2019. It will be available in March – April 2021 so it’s almost two years of work. It’s a highly anticipated document that will influence the way we work for years to come. The reports are to be published exclusively in CLAE and will be freely available online for one year. A printed copy will also be sent to BCLA members.
How long has CLEAR taken to put together?
How do you hope this report will support optometrists and contact lens practitioners in practice?IG: This will be the 'go-to' guide for eye care professionals fitting contact lenses, a little like the TFOS DEWS2 is a reference for dry eye and the International Myopia Institute white papers have become a standard for anyone involved in myopia management. The hope is that ECPs will regularly use the CLEAR report to improve their clinical knowledge and use best practice when seeing patients in the consulting room. It will make a tangible, long-lasting difference to eye health.
It’s a highly anticipated document that will influence the way we work for years to come