BCLA confirms event expansion

The contact lens association will build on its global events programme in 2018

13 Dec 2017 by Emily McCormick

The British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) has announced that it will be expanding its event programme in 2018 in order to “provide eye care professionals with the latest insight into best practice and state-of-the-art technology.”

When the association’s BCLA UK conference returns next year it will be held in two cities for the first time. Releasing provisional dates of 4 June and 10 June, it will take place in both London and Birmingham.

Speaking about the expansion, BCLA chief executive, Cheryl Donnelly, said: “We are excited to see the return of BCLA UK – an event for all levels of practitioners with relevant lectures and hands-on workshops to improve confidence in contact lenses and anterior eye management.”

She explained: “We are refreshing the format for 2018 by having two separate one-day events in two locations chosen by our members. We want to reach as much of our membership as possible and are keen to stage events around the country wherever possible.”

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Having hosted the inaugural BCLA Asia conference in Hong Kong in 2016, the organisation has confirmed that it will hold the event again next year, this time in Singapore on 2–3 September.

Optometrist and BCLA president, Keith Tempany, described the international conference as “an opportunity to continue the growth of the eye health industry in the region.”

“Growth in the contact lens market is particularly strong in Singapore and across Asia as a whole. The event will aim to continue to build the confidence of eye care practitioners to prescribe contact lenses with a focus on prescribing to the presbyope, fitting children, speciality lenses and managing dry eye disease,” he added.