BCLA takes fresh approach to 2010 Clinical Conference

December 17, 2009 Posted by BCLA


The British Contact Lens Association is building on the record success of recent years with a 2010 Clinical Conference and Exhibition designed to appeal to an even wider range of professionals, from expert contact lens specialists to those just starting out in contact lenses.
The new Conference team has taken a fresh look at the programme and introduced a host of innovative features on the theme of ‘Tomorrow’s contact lens practice today’, including:
NEW UK and international speakers alongside more familiar presenters
NEW sessions for those new to or returning to contact lenses
NEW ‘Hot topics’ discussing the most topical issues in contact lenses
NEW format and topics for clinical workshops and presentations
NEW Sunday Debate on a contentious issue in practice today
NEW virtual tours of our poster sessions and journal highlights
NEW Rapid Fire Session on the latest specialist lenses
NEW faces on the programme alongside more
Among the special sessions and symposia will be:
BCLA Therapeutics Academy, providing teaching in therapeutic optometry
A management and compliance session on communicating with patients, and training and motivating staff
Sessions on contact lens safety and controlling infection
Modern metrics: reviewing the latest clinical techniques
A symposium on the management of keratoconus
Training Day for Medics ‒ contact lens fitting for ophthalmologists
Keynote speakers are Professor Suzanne Fleiszig (USA), Professor Cristina Kenney (USA) and Mr David Anderson (UK). Dr Don Korb (USA) is the 2010 BCLA Medallist and Dr Panagiotis Kallinikos (Greece) will deliver the Irving Fatt Memorial Lecture. Other speakers on the programme are, from Australia, Professors Nathan Efron, Brien Holden, Charles McMonnies and Mark Willcox. US speakers already confirmed include Dr Jason Nichols and Professor Earl Smith III.
There will also be all the usual features that make BCLA Conferences so successful, including a full manufacturers’ exhibition with the very latest products and technology, photographic and poster competitions, plus an enjoyable social programme and accompanying persons’ events.
Commenting on the appeal of the Conference, which is the world’s largest annual international event dedicated to contact lenses, BCLA President William Thomas said: ‘What makes the BCLA Conference different is the chance to network with other professionals from the UK and around the world in a vibrant and varied social setting. It’s the one event every year you can’t afford to miss.’
The BCLA is grateful for the generous support of its 2010 sponsors. Patron Sponsor – New Delegates is Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, who will be supporting first-time newly qualified delegates based in the UK and Ireland, by paying half their full conference delegate fee. Patron Sponsor is CIBA Vision, who will host the official Friday evening party. Platinum Sponsors are Alcon and CooperVision, and Gold Sponsors AMO, Bausch & Lomb, Optometry Today and Topcon.
BCLA 2010 runs at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, close to Birmingham International Airport, from May 27-30 2010. Registration and hotel bookings open online in January at www.bcla.org.uk, where a conference brochure and full programme will also be available. The BCLA has applied for COPE accreditation for US delegates.

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