BCLA roadshow to focus on myopia in children

The British Contact Lens Association events will offer insight into paediatric myopia

01 Aug 2017 by Andrew McClean

Optometrist and former president of Optometry Australia, Kate Gifford, will visit Manchester, Birmingham and London to offer insight into how to make sure contact lenses work effectively for children as part of a series of roadshows organised by the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA).

The evening events, entitled Fitting kids – the facts and figures of myopia control, will give eye care practitioners the opportunity to gain knowledge of how to run a successful children’s contact lens clinic.

Ms Gifford will discuss a range of topics on contact lens myopia control, including lens designs, outcomes, the myopia control imperative, unanswered questions, clinical cases and a future picture of myopia control. 

President of the BCLA, Keith Tempany, told OT: “Myopia in children is more prevalent than ever before and as a profession we have to be aware of what we can do to treat it effectively, while incorporating it into our everyday working practices.”

“There is nobody better placed than Kate to share her knowledge and pass on valuable advice to help all of us bring our practices up to speed and by holding these meetings across the country we can ensure everybody has access to this vital information,” he added.

Paul Gifford, who works in contact lens research and development, will also give a presentation that will cover the available methods for controlling progression of myopia, the evidence supporting their use in practice, and understanding the clinical imperative to do so.

The events take place from 6–9pm from 26–28 September and are free to BCLA members, or £25 for non-members. For further information, visit the BCLA website.


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