The International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) celebrated its 40th anniversary at the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) Clinical Conference in Manchester, UK.
Attended by over 100 delegates, the day brought together IACLE members past and present and allowed visitors to contribute to ideas for the future of contact lens education.
Outgoing industry supporters Dr Dwight Ackerman and Ian Davies were acknowledged with IACLE Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Contact Lens Educatio
IACLE’s Founding President Dr Hilmar Bussacker, first BUCCLE Chair Richard Pearson, and former IACLE Vice President Professor Des Fonn, described their experiences of the early days of IACLE and were awarded certificates to mark the anniversary.
Outgoing industry supporters Dr Dwight Ackerman and Ian Davies were acknowledged with IACLE Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Contact Lens Education. Professor Lyndon Jones received the Lester Janoff Memorial Award 2019 from the Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators.
Celebrations continued with a presentation by Dr Shehzad Naroo, IACLE President, followed by a reception and cake-cutting, before The IACLE Awards Presentation.
The following people were recognised as the 2019 IACLE Contact Lens Educators of The Year:
IACLE Asia Pacific Contact Lens Educator of the Year:
Professor Craig Woods, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia,
IACLE Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year:
Dr Rubén Velázquez, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, and
IACLE Europe/Africa – Middle East Contact Lens Educator of the Year:
Dr Fabrizio Zeri, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy.
The Awards ceremony concluded a successful week for IACLE. It’s members and Fellows were heavily involved throughout the program at BCLA 2019, chairing sessions, joining panel discussions, and delivering lectures and workshops.