Hundreds of practitioners gathered in Liverpool last week for the British Contact Lens Association’s (BCLA) Clinical Conference and Exhibition.
Marking the association’s 40th anniversary, key topics covered during the three-day event included myopia, dry eye and Ortho-K. Combining a packed education programme with an exhibition, practitioners had the opportunity to learn about some of the latest innovations being driven forward in contact lenses.
Highlights included the first ever ‘live’ dry eye assessment and the reporting of the findings of a three-year study into the effectiveness of a dual-focus Day 1 soft contact lens for myopia control.
Reflecting on the success of the conference, chief executive of the BCLA, Cheryl Donnelly, said: “Our 40th anniversary conference not only allowed us to facilitate a comprehensive exchange of knowledge, the conference also provided an opportunity to celebrate our proud 40-year anniversary. We have been at the heart of many advances in our industry over the last four decades and we will continue to push this over the next four decades as contact lenses continue to advance.”
During the event, which was hosted at Liverpool’s ACC from 9–11 June, long-standing BCLA member, Keith Tempany, was appointed as president, taking over from optometrist Brian Tompkins, who was in the role for two years.
Mr Tempany said: “The sterling leadership of Brian Tompkins has seen the BCLA go from strength to strength, now it is my role to continue to strive for excellence.”
He added: “I share a passion for contact lenses with Brian and will take this forward with the aim of inspiring others to fit contact lenses for as many people as possible. I am also proud to lead a unique multi-disciplinary, multi-national and multi-cultural organisation.”