ACLM Contact Lens Year Book to move online only

The association has confirmed that it will no longer produce a printed version of its Contact Lens Year Book

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The Association of Contact Lens Manufacturers has confirmed that it will cease to produce a printed version of its annual Contact Lens Year Book going forward.

The association will continue to produce a paper-free version of the yearbook online.

Describing the Year Book as “an essential product guide and handy reference for contact lens practitioners,” the ACLM confirmed that while the print version has been supported by an equivalent online version – the Year Book Online (YBOL) – for a number of years “it was inevitable that, sooner or later, the printed version of the Year Book would cease to be produced,” as businesses and individuals all strive to reduce their carbon footprint.

Produced annually, the ACLM Contact Lens Year Book contains a listing of the technical details for all the contact lenses, solutions and materials produced by ACLM member companies.

The association confirmed that there will not be a yearbook published in 2023, explaining that its website is currently undergoing development to enable all practitioners and students to access the full YBOL free of charge.

It added that once the website’s re-designed access portal is live, all existing users will be required to re-register in order to get free and time-unlimited access.

Those who currently pay for access to the Year Book by Direct Debit can cancel, while the ACLM confirmed it will “automatically delete all bank details, in line with GDPR principles.”