BCLA: registrations open

January 30, 2014 Posted by S. Sage

The countdown has begun
The countdown has begun

What will you take away from the 38th British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) Clinical Conference and Exhibition, to be held from 6-9 June at the ICC Birmingham, UK? With online registration now open, 100 sponsored two-day packages on offer and a new mobile app launching soon, the countdown to the BCLA’s ‘take-away’ themed 2014 conference has begun.

“With so much to take away this year, we will be providing all the resources delegates need to continue enhancing their clinical skills and business strategies long after the conference doors close,” said BCLA President, Andy Yorke. “BCLA 2014 heralds a new direction for our flagship international conference. With new digital platforms to inform and engage, it will be a truly interactive event for – and in support of – the global contact lens community.”

All delegates will be able to build their own schedule prior to the four-day event, which for the first time will run from Friday to Monday. The initial programme, which will be regularly updated, can now be viewed at www.bcla.org.uk. A mobile conference app will be available to download from the BCLA website or iTunes from February, enabling delegates to make appointments directly with exhibitors.

With the High Street contact lens practitioner in mind, this year there will be more hands-on workshops and a renewed focus on everyday contact lens practice issues such as comfort, keratoconus and myopia control. A business session will include topics such as systems pricing, optometrist/contact lens optician interaction, KPIs, and the implications of online contact lens supply. Contact lens marketing and communication will be covered in the programme too.

CET workshops will run for the full four days of the conference, with some workshops being repeated depending on demand. Peer review discussion groups will also take place each day of the conference and will include therapeutics and contact lens case records. To book workshops, Clinical Spotlights, and peer discussion, visit www.bcla.org.uk

The free BCLA exhibition will open early this year, on the Friday evening from 6-7.30pm, coinciding with the BCLA welcome drinks reception. The exhibition will then open on Saturday 8 June from 9am to 5pm, Sunday 9 June from 10am to 6pm, and Monday 9 June from 9am to 5pm. The Exhibitors’ Pavilion will operate during coffee breaks and lunchtimes only – except on Sunday afternoon when the poster and photo competition winners will be announced. A full list of exhibitors can be found at www.bcla.org.uk

The Gala and Awards Dinner – themed ‘Strictly Contact Lenses’ – will take place on Saturday 7 June at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Coaches will take delegates to the venue for drinks at 7.30pm followed by dinner at 8pm and entertainment. The annual Fellowship Awards and inaugural BCLA Industry Award presentations will take place during the evening. For the first time, there will be a BCLA ‘Unceremonious Event’ on the Sunday evening from 7-8.30pm. This free event will be open to all registered delegates with drinks and a ‘Best of British’ buffet.

BCLA members with a minimum of two consecutive years of membership qualify for a loyalty discount and can save up to 45 per cent on the full delegate rate, if booking by the early bird deadline of 28 March. Those who join the Association prior to booking on 28 March will still save almost 25 per cent on this rate. Rates plus terms and conditions can be found in the online brochure at www.bcla.org.uk

For the first time, there will be a special two-day package for delegates wanting to attend on just the Sunday and Monday. “This new package is particularly geared towards those independent practitioners who find it difficult to take time out of practice on Friday or Saturday,” explained Nick Rumney, BCLA Conference Programme Coordinator. For BCLA members, the cost is at the reduced price of £280 if booked before the early bird deadline of 28 March, after which the rate will be £320. For non-members, the rates are £400 and £460 respectively.

Once again, in association with its exhibitors, the BCLA is offering 100 delegates the chance to attend two days of the conference for free. The sponsored delegate package includes a Sunday and Monday delegate pass, entry to the ‘Unceremonious Event’ on the Sunday night and Sunday night accommodation at a designated hotel. For full terms and conditions, visit www.bcla.org.uk

Keynote speakers

  • BCLA Medalist, Professor Philip Morgan (UK): ‘Changing the world with contact lenses’
  • Irving Fatt Memorial Lecturer, Dr Heiko Pult (Germany): ‘Clinical evaluation of dry eye: a year of research’
  • Professor Lyndon Jones (Canada): ‘Tune in or drop out’
  • Dr Motozumi Itoi (Japan): ‘Management of keratoconus with hard contact lenses’
  • Professor Bruce Evans (UK): ‘Kids 4 contacts: building a paediatric contact lens practice’


  • Partners: Alcon, CooperVision and Johnson & Johnson Vision Care
  • Platinum Sponsor: Sauflon
  • Gold Sponsors: David Thomas Contact Lenses/Menicon and Topcon

For further information, contact Nicky Collinson,
BCLA Communications Consultant & Web Editor, on 0781 389 6241 or email bcla.comms@btinternet.com


Source: British Contact Lens Association

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