BCLA Fellowship makes passage to India

November 12, 2014 Posted by BCLA


British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) members residing in India will be able to sit their BCLA Fellowship examinations in their home country next year, thanks to a new initiative to expand contact lens skills, knowledge and esteem in the region.

Full BCLA members who apply for BCLA Fellowship before 21 December 2014, and who satisfy the criteria, will be able to sit their viva voce examinations during the Masterclass Optometry Knowledge Fest to be held at Le Meridien Hotel in Pune, India, from 2-4 February 2015.

Masterclass Optometry is a unique educational initiative, which works to upgrade the optometry profession in India. As well as hosting the BCLA Fellowship examinations on 3 February, the Knowledge Fest will include a BCLA Faculty Lecture presented by Professor James Wolffsohn, BCLA Academic Committee Chairman, and a ‘BCLA to Go’ contact lens fitting workshop the following day on 4 February.

Professor Wolffsohn said: “We are delighted at the interest shown by eyecare practitioners to develop their contact lens and anterior eye practice, and to demonstrate their esteem in the field by applying for a Fellowship of the BCLA.”

Nilesh Thite, Masterclass Optometry organiser and Director of Educational Programmes for the International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE), said: “This is a really exciting initiative and represents a great milestone for the Indian contact lens fraternity and for the BCLA.”

The BCLA will hold its 2015 UK-based viva voce BCLA Fellowship examinations during its 39th Clinical Conference and Exhibition, to be held from 29-31 May at the ICC Liverpool. All BCLA members who satisfy the entry criteria are invited to apply on, or before, 31 March 2015 to be eligible for viva voce assessment at the 2015 BCLA Clinical Conference.

For further information of how to apply, visit the BCLA Fellowship page in the About Us section of the BCLA website, www.bcla.org.uk. Those eligible to sit the examinations in India will be notified by 15 January 2015.

* IACLE will host its Third IACLE World Congress on Contact Lens Education in Manchester, UK, from 24 to 28 May 2015.

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