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Applications Open for 2024 IACLE Awards

Applications are now being accepted for the 2024 International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) awards.

The four winning contact lens educators from around the world will travel to Academy 2024 Indianapolis in the United States as part of their prize.

IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards

The IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year title will be awarded to three individuals, one from each of IACLE’s three global regions:

  • Americas,
  • Asia Pacific, and
  • Europe, Africa, Middle East.

Recognising achievements in contact lens education, and sponsored by CooperVision, the three winners of this award will travel to the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry in Indianapolis on 6-9 November 2024.

The winners will each receive a bursary of up to US$3,000 towards the cost of attending Academy 2024 Indianapolis and permission to use the title ‘2024 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year’ for their region.

The IACLE Contact Lens Educator Awards are open to all contact lens educators who have been IACLE members for at least three years. Applicants can either nominate themselves or be nominated by another member or IACLE staff. Educators must demonstrate how they impact their institutions and inspire their students to become future contact lens practitioners.

Highlighting the importance of these awards, Karen Walsh, Senior Director of Global Professional Affairs, at CooperVision, said, “Advancing contact lens-related care requires excellence and inventiveness across all aspects of the profession. Recognising top educators who are preparing the next generation of clinicians, researchers, and more is central to that mission and why CooperVision has been a proud supporter of the IACLE awards for years.”

IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan… encouraged all members to consider nominating themselves or a colleague for this highly prestigious recognition

IACLE Travel Awards

The IACLE Travel Awards are bursaries of up to US$3,000, allowing IACLE members to attend a meeting on a national, regional, or international basis. The IACLE Travel Awards are sponsored by IACLE through the generous support of all IACLE’s sponsors (Alcon, CooperVision, Johnson and Johnson Vision, Bausch and Lomb, Ophtecs, Menicon and Euclid).

IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan announced the opening of nominations for all four 2024 Awards and thanked the sponsors. He encouraged all members to “consider nominating themselves or a colleague for this highly prestigious recognition”.

The deadline for entries for the 2024 awards is midnight (EST) on Friday 24 May. Entries for the IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Award must be submitted using the application form here. To nominate a fellow educator for this award, entries must be submitted using the form here. Entries for the IACLE Travel Award must be submitted here.