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BRITISH CONTACT LENS ASSOCIATION MEETING: BIRMINGHAM

John Schubach was recently hosted by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care at the 32nd annual BCLA conference.

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A total of 1,027 delegates registered over the four days of the conference, held in Birmingham from May 29 – June 1.

Fifty companies had stands in the manufacturers’ exhibition show casing the latest diagnostic equipment and contact lens designs.

This year, just over half of those registered (55%) were from overseas. Delegates came from 48 different countries, compared with 38 countries in 2007, and the largest overseas delegations were from Denmark (85) and the US (81), followed by Sweden (37) and France (35). 8 delegates attended from South Africa.

The Clinical Conference is increasingly an important date on the international contact lens calendar and speakers from around the world were a prominent feature on this year’s lecture programme. Principal Keynote Speaker Professor Deborah Sweeney, C.E.O of the Vision CRC in Sydney, Australia, told delegates: ‘Many of us consider the BCLA Clinical Conference to be the premier contact lens event worldwide.’

Many new technologies were released and are currently being researched.

They include:

• New Keratakonus lens designs and materials are available and were launched.

• 1 day disposable silicon hydrogel lens was launched.

• New design for astigmatic contact lens wearers was launched.

• “Wearing less is best” suggesting we should all be moving towards a 1 day wearing modality was a key theme.

• Futuristic designs discussed with potential for bio (silver) and nano technology lenses, controlling bacteria on contact lenses and thereby decreasing the risks to infection on the cards.

Please do feel free to call Vision Optometrists or click here to book an appointment for one of our practitioners to discuss these exciting developments and how they might benefit you.

 

 

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