The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) has announced its participation in the 2021 British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) Virtual Clinical Conference. The 30-hour global live-streamed event, set to run from 13-14 June, will cover topics critical to the future of optometry and ophthalmology.
Among the event highlights, Professor Eric Papas, from the UNSW School of Optometry and Vision Science, will chair an Alcon-sponsored session on contact lens comfort. Professors Lyndon Jones, Jennifer Craig and Greg Sawyer will review the complex interactions that occur between contact lens materials, ocular surface cells and the tear film, and how these interactions impact comfort and ultimately wearer retention.
The opportunities for manufacturers, eye care professionals and of course the millions who will benefit from these innovations cannot be overstated
Prof Lyndon Jones, CORE Director, will present on future applications for contact lenses from BCLA’s new Contact Lens Evidence-based Academic Reports (CLEAR) series. Drawing from his paper, Contact Lens Technologies of the Future, Prof Jones will offer a comprehensive review of advancements including novel biomaterials, nanotechnology progress, unique optical designs, biosensing discoveries, antibacterial agents, plus battery miniaturisation and power transfer.
“Since its initial publication only two months ago, the future technologies paper has captured the attention of our peers and from emerging entrants to the category,” said Prof Jones.
“It has also drawn interest from mainstream news media in multiple countries, sparking dozens of stories and stimulating consumer interest in contact lenses. The opportunities for manufacturers, eye care professionals and of course the millions who will benefit from these innovations cannot be overstated.”
As well as this, CORE researchers Jill Woods, Doerte Luensmann, Marc Schulze and Sarah Guthrie will each present narrated posters regarding a multifocal contact lens clinical study, available as part of the conference’s scientific program.
For registration details visit: https://bcla.org.uk/Public/Events/2021-Conference-Pages/BCLA_Conference_2021_Packages_and_Rates.aspx