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Case report competition for students

Organisation introduces new prize for undergraduate students

Contact lens

The British and Irish University and College Contact Lens Educators (BUCCLE) has launched a new prize for undergraduate optometry and contact lens optician students seeking the “best case report” of a patient.

Introduced for the first time this academic year, cases can be entered into two categories. The first covers a patient who presented a challenge to successfully fit with contact lenses, and the other covers a patient with an anterior eye disorder requiring management.

Participating institutions will enter their best case reports in each category and two overall winners will then be selected.

The winners will each receive £250, as well as travel and accommodation to attend the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) Clinical Conference and Exhibition in the year subsequent to their win. They will present their case report at the conference.

In a statement, BUCCLE explained that they have introduced the prize “to encourage students to embrace some of the more challenging patients that they may encounter and in some cases, even to source, some of these types of patients.”

“Allowing winners to attend and present at the prestigious BCLA conference should encourage them to continue their interest in contact lenses even after graduation,” the organisation added. 

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