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BCLA@Yours - podcast series

BCLA@Yours - podcast series

By BCLA

If you have an interest in contact lenses, ocular surface and/or the anterior eye, then this podcast is for you. Explore a range of issues and topics within the optometric ecosystem. The British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) presents this series.
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Eye care in the tech and digital evolution
Eye care in the tech and digital evolution
The technological and digital evolution continue to influence and shape many aspects of human lives. Healthcare is no different and in this episode Luke Stevens-Burt, CEO of the BCLA, meets with Ben David to discuss the various ways in which this has become increasingly normalised but equally what to expect from the future. This is a reflective and thought-provoking discussion highlighting the various implications for eye care practice and the patient experience. ECPs will be faced with new ways in which to care for patients – meeting their needs and expectations as part of the service – to ensure patients eye health remains high for the rest of their lives. Ben David is General Manager of AOS, a digital eyecare platform for ECPs which incorporates digital imaging and objective grading tools, alongside a range of telehealth features. Ben has been involved in tech businesses in a variety of sectors for the last 10 years and has co-founded two tech start-ups. He's worked with AOS for nearly 4 years and been part of the team that has taken the product from prototype to full commercial roll out. Thanks to AOS for sponsoring this episode. 
29:51
October 10, 2022
Love Your Career in Contact Lenses
Love Your Career in Contact Lenses
This episode - published in Love Your Lenses Week 2022 - is a professional interest piece featuring three practitioners that have harnessed contact lenses in their practice and grown to love them. Hear their individual stories about the importance of contact lenses to them and how it has become a regular and valuable part of their practice.  The episode is led by Corrina McElduff, a member of the BCLA Council. Corrina talks to Leslie Deeming a CLO working in a multiple background, Shreeti Lakhani an Optometrist working in Hospital practice and Sophie Taylor-West, an optometrist working in private practice. Don't forget to support Love Your Lenses week and talk to patients and colleagues about the importance of contact lenses as an option to manage eye conditions and the importance of safe contact lens wear. Register your practice each year. For more information visit the BCLA website.
27:20
June 15, 2022
BCLA CLEAR Episode 10 - Anatomy and Physiology of the Anterior Eye
BCLA CLEAR Episode 10 - Anatomy and Physiology of the Anterior Eye
In the tenth and final instalment in the BCLA CLEAR podcast series Dr Melissa Barnett – a Fellow of the BCLA and Global Ambassador for the BCLA – interviews Dr Laura Downie about the BCLA CLEAR paper on anatomy and physiology of the anterior eye. A key element of contact lens practice involves clinical evaluation of anterior eye health, including the cornea and limbus, conjunctiva and sclera, eyelids and eyelashes, lacrimal system and tear film. Of course there is a lot to discuss in a short space of time but these highlights will give you an insight into some of the findings in the paper. Please take the time to read the full paper. Details can be found on the BCLA website. This report reviews the fundamental anatomy and physiology of these structures, including the vascular supply, venous drainage, lymphatic drainage, sensory innervation, physiology and function. This is the foundation for considering the potential interactions with, and effects of, contact lens wear on the anterior eye. This information is not consistently published as academic research and this report provides a synthesis from all available sources. With respect to terminology, the report aims to promote the consistent use of nomenclature in the field, and generally adopts anatomical terms recommended by the Federative Committee for Anatomical Terminology. Techniques for the examination of the ocular surface are also discussed. Dr Downie is an Associate Professor in the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences at the University of Melbourne, where she heads the ‘Anterior Eye, Clinical Trials and Research Translation Unit’ comprising 13 members. Laura’s research combines laboratory, clinical and implementation science as a foundation for improving patient outcomes, with a focus on the anterior eye. BCLA CLEAR is an initiative that has drawn together thousands of research papers on many different aspects of contact lenses into one place. The findings were published in, Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, the BCLA's scientific journal, in April 2021 under ten reports. BCLA CLEAR was facilitated by the BCLA, with financial support by way of Educational Grants for collaboration, publication and dissemination provided by Alcon and CooperVision.
21:14
May 13, 2022
BCLA CLEAR Episode 9 - Orthokeratology
BCLA CLEAR Episode 9 - Orthokeratology
In the ninth instalment in the BCLA CLEAR podcast series Dr Melissa Barnett – a Fellow of the BCLA and Global Ambassador for the BCLA – interviews Dr Daddi Fadel about the BCLA CLEAR paper on orthokeratology. Orthokeratology (ortho-k) is the process of deliberately reshaping the anterior cornea by utilising specialty contact lenses to temporarily and reversibly reduce refractive error after lens removal. Modern ortho-k utilises reverse geometry lens designs, made with highly oxygen permeable rigid materials, worn overnight to reshape the anterior cornea and provide temporary correction of refractive error. More recently, ortho-k has been extensively used to slow the progression of myopia in children. Melissa and Daddi discuss just some of this in the episode. The full report reviews the practice of ortho-k, including its history, mechanisms of refractive and ocular changes, current use in the correction of myopia, astigmatism, hyperopia, and presbyopia, and standard of care. Suitable candidates for ortho-k are described, along with the fitting process, factors impacting success, and the potential options for using newer lens designs. Ocular changes associated with ortho-k, such as alterations in corneal thickness, development of microcysts, pigmented arcs, and fibrillary lines are reviewed. The safety of ortho-k is extensively reviewed, along with an overview of non-compliant behaviours and appropriate disinfection regimens. Finally, the role of ortho-k in myopia management for children is discussed in terms of efficacy, safety, and potential mechanisms of myopia control, including the impact of factors such as initial fitting age, baseline refractive error, the role of peripheral defocus, higher order aberrations, pupil size, and treatment zone size. Daddi Fadel DOptom, FSLS, FBCLA, FAAO, is a contact lens designer, a Pioneer of modern lens designs, and a specialist in contact lenses for irregular cornea, scleral lenses, myopia control, and orthokeratology. She has 20 years’ experience in optometry and specialty contact lenses. Daddi runs an optometric practice specializing in contact lenses in Italy where she personally designs and fits special customized contact lenses. She is internationally recognized as a key opinion leader, who has several peer-reviewed publications in the area of specialty contact lenses and is a speaker in national and international symposia, and also holds fellowships with numerous institutions. BCLA CLEAR is an initiative that has drawn together thousands of research papers on many different aspects of contact lenses into one place. The findings were published in, Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, the BCLA's scientific journal, in April 2021 under ten reports. BCLA CLEAR was facilitated by the BCLA, with financial support by way of Educational Grants for collaboration, publication and dissemination provided by Alcon and CooperVision.
15:55
April 14, 2022
BCLA CLEAR Episode 8 - Contact lens wettability, cleaning, disinfection and interactions with tears
BCLA CLEAR Episode 8 - Contact lens wettability, cleaning, disinfection and interactions with tears
In the eighth instalment in the BCLA CLEAR podcast series Dr Melissa Barnett – a Fellow of the BCLA and Global Ambassador for the BCLA – interviews Dr Fabrizio Zeri about the BCLA CLEAR paper on contact lens materials. Dr Zeri is a Professor at the University of Milano-Bicocca and Visiting Research Fellow at Aston University in Birmingham. Contact lens materials have undergone significant changes over the past 20 years, particularly with respect to the introduction of silicone hydrogel materials. Whilst this development addressed hypoxic issues, other important areas relating to contact lens success, notably comfort, require further research. Contact lens wettability remains a crucially important part of biocompatibility. Dr Barnet and Dr Zeri cover some of this and more in this episode. Don’t forget that you can access the full report – which contains more in depth coverage of this research – from the BCLA website. Contact lenses can be made more wettable by incorporation of surfactants into blister packs, internal wetting agents, surface treatments or care solutions. However, there remains no clear association between contact lens wettability and comfort, making it challenging to determine the potential for these approaches to be of significant clinical benefit. Most contact lenses are used on a daily wear, reusable basis, which requires them to be disinfected when not worn. The ideal disinfecting solution would also improve comfort during wear. However, balancing these requirements with other factors, including biocompatibility, remains a challenge. Soft lens materials invariably take up and subsequently release certain components of disinfecting solutions onto the ocular surface. This may affect tear film stability and the normal ocular microbiome, and further research is needed in this area to determine whether this has any affect on comfort. Finally, contact lens materials sorb components of the tear film, and these interactions are complex and may change the biochemistry of the tear film, which in turn may affect their comfort. BCLA CLEAR is an initiative that has drawn together thousands of research papers on many different aspects of contact lenses into one place. The findings were published in, Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, the BCLA's scientific journal, in April 2021 under ten reports. BCLA CLEAR was facilitated by the BCLA, with financial support by way of Educational Grants for collaboration, publication and dissemination provided by Alcon and CooperVision.
16:41
March 25, 2022
BCLA CLEAR Episode 7 - Contact lens technologies of the future
BCLA CLEAR Episode 7 - Contact lens technologies of the future
In the seventh instalment in the BCLA CLEAR podcast series Dr Melissa Barnett – a Fellow of the BCLA and Global Ambassador for the BCLA – interviews Professor Lyndon Jones - Director of CORE and also a Fellow of the BCLA - about just some of the future applications of contact lenses and what the profession and society can look forward to. Contact lenses in the future will likely have functions other than correction of refractive error. Lenses designed to control the development of myopia are already commercially available. Contact lenses as drug delivery devices and powered through advancements in nanotechnology will open up further opportunities for unique uses of contact lenses. This review examines the use, or potential use, of contact lenses aside from their role to correct refractive error. Contact lenses can be used to detect systemic and ocular surface diseases, treat and manage various ocular conditions and as devices that can correct presbyopia, control the development of myopia or be used for augmented vision. There is also discussion of new developments in contact lens packaging and storage cases. Dr Barnet and Prof Jones cover some of this and more in this episode. Don’t forget that you can access the full report – which contains more in depth coverage of this research – from the BCLA website. BCLA CLEAR is an initiative that has drawn together thousands of research papers on many different aspects of contact lenses into one place. The findings were published in, Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, the BCLA's scientific journal, in April 2021 under ten reports. BCLA CLEAR was facilitated by the BCLA, with financial support by way of Educational Grants for collaboration, publication and dissemination provided by Alcon and CooperVision.
21:51
February 16, 2022
BCLA CLEAR Episode 6 - medical use of contact lenses
BCLA CLEAR Episode 6 - medical use of contact lenses
In this episode Dr Melissa Barnett – a Fellow of the BCLA and Global Ambassador for the BCLA – interviews Dr Deborah Jacobs about medical use of contact lenses which is a solution for many complex ocular conditions, including high refractive error, irregular astigmatism, primary and secondary corneal ectasia, disfiguring disease, and ocular surface disease. The development of highly oxygen permeable soft and rigid materials has extended the suitability of contact lenses for such applications. There is consistent evidence that bandage soft contact lenses, particularly silicone hydrogel lenses, improve epithelial healing and reduce pain in persistent epithelial defects, after trauma or surgery, and in corneal dystrophies. Drug delivery applications of contact lens hold promise for improving topical therapy. Modern scleral lens practice has achieved great success for both visual rehabilitation and therapeutic applications, including those requiring retention of a tear reservoir or protection from an adverse environment. This report offers a practical and relevant summary of the current evidence for the medical use of contact lenses for all eye care professionals including optometrists, ophthalmologists, opticians, and orthoptists. Topics covered include indications for use in both acute and chronic conditions, lens selection, patient selection, wear and care regimens, and recommended aftercare schedules. Prevention, presentation, and management of complications of medical use are reviewed. Dr Barnet and Jacobs cover some of these aspects in this episode, but don’t forget that you can access the full report – which contains more in depth coverage of this research – from the BCLA website. BCLA CLEAR is an initiative that has drawn together thousands of research papers on many different aspects of contact lenses into one place. The findings were published in, Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, the BCLA's scientific journal, in April 2021 under ten reports. BCLA CLEAR was facilitated by the BCLA, with financial support by way of Educational Grants for collaboration, publication and dissemination provided by Alcon and CooperVision.
19:45
February 03, 2022
BCLA CLEAR Episode 5 - Scleral Lenses
BCLA CLEAR Episode 5 - Scleral Lenses
This is the fifth episode in the BCLA CLEAR series. Scleral lenses were the first type of contact lens to restore vision and protect the ocular surface. With the advent of rigid corneal lenses in the middle of the twentieth century and soft lenses in the 1970’s, the use of scleral lenses diminished; in recent times there has been a resurgence in their use driven by advances in manufacturing and ocular imaging technology. Scleral lenses are often the only viable form of contact lens wear across a range of clinical indications and can potentially delay the need for corneal surgery. This report provides a brief historical review of scleral lenses and a detailed account of contemporary scleral lens practice including common indications and recommended terminology. Recent research on ocular surface shape is presented, in addition to a comprehensive account of modern scleral lens fitting and on-eye evaluation. A range of optical and physiological challenges associated with scleral lenses are presented, including options for the clinical management of a range of ocular conditions. Future applications which take advantage of the stability of scleral lenses are also discussed. In summary, this report presents evidence-based recommendations to optimise patient outcomes in modern scleral lens practice. Dr Eef van der Worp discusses some of the key findings of this paper with Dr Melissa Barnett. Eef van der Worp is an educator and researcher. He now runs his own research & education consultancy 'Eye-Contact-Lens' based in Amsterdam (NL). He is on the education committee for a number of international conferences, including the Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS) in the US and the Dutch Contact Lens Conference (NCC) and Dutch Optometric Society meeting (OVN). He is a board member of the BCLA journal Contact Lens & Anterior Eye. Eef is adjunct assistant Professor at Pacific University College of Optometry (Oregon, USA), and adjunct Professor at the University of Montreal University College of Optometry (CA) and he is lecturing extensively worldwide and is a guest lecturer at a number of Universities in the US and Europe. Dr. Barnett is a principal optometrist at the University of California, Davis Eye Center in Sacramento and Davis, California. She is an internationally recognized key opinion leader, specializing in dry eye disease and specialty contact lenses. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Fellow of the British Contact Lens Association and serves on multiple Boards. Dr. Barnett is Past President of The Scleral Lens Education Society. BCLA CLEAR is an initiative that has drawn together thousands of research papers on many different aspects of contact lenses into one place. The findings were published in, Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, the BCLA's scientific journal, in April 2021 under ten reports. BCLA CLEAR was facilitated by the BCLA, with financial support by way of Educational Grants for collaboration, publication and dissemination provided by Alcon and CooperVision.
24:28
December 16, 2021
BCLA CLEAR Episode 4 - Effect of contact lens materials and designs on the anatomy and physiology of the eye
BCLA CLEAR Episode 4 - Effect of contact lens materials and designs on the anatomy and physiology of the eye
This is the fourth episode in the BCLA CLEAR series. By reviewing the physiological and anatomical changes which may occur while wearing contact lenses this paper provides eye care practitioners with a better understanding of the key clinical learnings for modern contact lens practice. This report consolidates clinical research information about the various physiological and anatomical changes which may result from using contact lenses. It takes an anatomy-centric approach covering changes to the lids and adnexa, the conjunctival regions and the various layers of the cornea and presents changes which are sub-clinical rather than those which are symptomatic or generally considered as 'adverse events'. Professor Phil Morgan discusses some of the key findings of this paper with Dr Melissa Barnett. Professor Morgan is Professor of Optometry, Head of Optometry, Deputy Head of the Division of Pharmacy and Optometry, and Director of Eurolens Research at The University of Manchester.  His main research interests relate to the clinical performance of contact lenses and he teaches on the same subject area at undergraduate and postgraduate level.  He has managed an international survey of contact lens prescribing trends since 1996. He is also President of the International Society for Contact Lens Research and President of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators. He is an honorary member of the UK Association of Contact Lens Manufacturers, a Fellow of the British Contact Lens Association and the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Barnett is a principal optometrist at the University of California, Davis Eye Center in Sacramento and Davis, California. She is an internationally recognized key opinion leader, specializing in dry eye disease and specialty contact lenses. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Fellow of the British Contact Lens Association and serves on multiple Boards. Dr. Barnett is Past President of The Scleral Lens Education Society. BCLA CLEAR is an initiative that has drawn together thousands of research papers on many different aspects of contact lenses into one place. The findings were published in, Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, the BCLA's scientific journal, in April 2021 under ten reports. BCLA CLEAR was facilitated by the BCLA, with financial support by way of Educational Grants for collaboration, publication and dissemination provided by Alcon and CooperVision.
19:56
December 01, 2021
BCLA CLEAR Episode 3 - Optics of Contact Lenses
BCLA CLEAR Episode 3 - Optics of Contact Lenses
This is the third episode within the BCLA CLEAR podcast series. The most fundamental aspect of a contact lens is its optics; the manner in which the refraction of light is managed to optimise vision to the clinical benefit of the lens wearer. This report presents contemporary information on the optical structure of the eye and the optical models employed to understand the correction of refractive error. The design, measurement and clinical assessment of spherical, aspheric, toric, multifocal and myopia control contact lenses are described. The complexity and variety of multifocal lenses is recognised and detailed information is provided for alternating, simultaneous, diffractive, annular, aspheric and extended depth of field lens designs. In terms of clinical assessment, a contemporary review is provided for the measurement of: visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, through focus curves, reading performance, peripheral refraction, toric displacement realignment and patient reported outcomes. Overall, the paper aims to serve as a resource for the prescribing clinician, who can optimise contact lens corrections for patients by building on the optical rationale of these devices; and also highlights future opportunities for research innovation. Dr Kathryn Richdale is interviewed by Dr Melissa Barnett, who leads the BCLA CLEAR podcast series. Dr. Richdale is currently an attending in the Cornea and Contact Lens Service and co-director of the Myopia Management Service, and teaches in both the optometric and graduate programs at UHCO. She conducts research in the areas of cornea, contact lenses and refractive error. Dr. Barnett is a principal optometrist at the University of California, Davis Eye Center in Sacramento and Davis, California. She is an internationally recognized key opinion leader, specializing in dry eye disease and specialty contact lenses. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Fellow of the British Contact Lens Association and serves on multiple Boards. Dr. Barnett is Past President of The Scleral Lens Education Society. BCLA CLEAR is an initiative that has drawn together thousands of research papers on many different aspects of contact lenses into one place. The findings were published in, Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, the BCLA's scientific journal, in April 2021 under ten reports. BCLA CLEAR was facilitated by the BCLA, with financial support by way of Educational Grants for collaboration, publication and dissemination provided by Alcon and CooperVision.
17:49
November 19, 2021
Contact lens practice emerging from the pandemic - making technology work for you
Contact lens practice emerging from the pandemic - making technology work for you
Listen to Corrina McElduff and Rebecca Donnelly discuss contact lens care as across the globe we continue emerge from the pandemic. This has required new ways of working and Rebecca will be highlighting how they have used some of this change to continue delivering care to her patients. The podcast serves as an introduction to the topic which will be covered in more detail at the BCLA Vision conference. Remote care is a central feature of their discussions. As this is an evolving type of eye health service in different parts of the world you should always refer to the most up to date guidance that applies to your region.  Corrina is a qualified optometrist with several years’ experience in both multiple and independent sectors. She currently works as a Professional Services Consultant for CooperVision where she works closely with practices and eye care practitioners to deliver professionally led education and insight into contact lens expertise and management. She is also currently a member of the BCLA Council. Rebecca is a therapeutic optometrist and currently works as the clinical lead for a group of independents in the Bristol area. She has experience across independent, multiple and hospital services in both Ireland and the UK. She received her undergraduate honours degree from Technological University, Dublin and has a special interest in contact lenses, dry eye management and glaucoma.
14:32
October 27, 2021
BCLA CLEAR Podcast 2 - Contact Lens Complications
BCLA CLEAR Podcast 2 - Contact Lens Complications
This is the second episode in the BCLA CLEAR podcast series. While severe complications with contact lenses are rare, the majority can be systematically identified, managed and prevented in practice. The paper on contact lens complications is part of the BCLA Contact Lens Evidence-based Academic Reports (CLEAR) – a global consensus report put together by the BCLA. This report summarises the best available evidence for the classification, epidemiology, pathophysiology and management of contact lens complications. Complications are considered from an aetiological perspective to help practitioners to determine the most appropriate management strategy and key signs and symptoms underlying major groups of complications are described to support the decision- making process. Professor Stapleton is interviewed by Dr Melissa Barnett, who leads the BCLA CLEAR podcast series. Dr. Barnett is a principal optometrist at the University of California, Davis Eye Center in Sacramento and Davis, California. She is an internationally recognized key opinion leader, specializing in dry eye disease and specialty contact lenses. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Fellow of the British Contact Lens Association and serves on multiple Boards. Dr. Barnett is Past President of The Scleral Lens Education Society. BCLA CLEAR is an initiative that has drawn together thousands of research papers on many different aspects of contact lenses into one place. The findings were published in, Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, the BCLA's scientific journal, in April 2021 under ten reports. BCLA CLEAR was facilitated by the BCLA, with financial support by way of Educational Grants for collaboration, publication and dissemination provided by Alcon and CooperVision.
28:02
October 18, 2021
BCLA CLEAR Podcast 1 - Evidence based practice
BCLA CLEAR Podcast 1 - Evidence based practice
BCLA CLEAR is an initiative that has drawn together thousands of research papers on many different aspects of contact lenses into one place. The findings were published in, Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, the BCLA's scientific journal, in April 2021 under ten reports. BCLA CLEAR was facilitated by the BCLA, with financial support by way of Educational Grants for collaboration, publication and dissemination provided by Alcon and CooperVision . In this podcast series we will focus on separate reports, highlighting key findings and other areas of interest. This episode features, Professor James Wolffsohn, who will discuss the work in the report on evidence based contact lens practice. This report reviews and summarises the published research evidence that is available to inform soft and rigid contact lens history and symptoms taking, anterior eye health examination (including the optimised use of ophthalmic dyes, grading scales, imaging techniques and lid eversion), considerations for contact lens selection (including the ocular surface measurements required to select the most appropriate lens parameter, lens modality and material selection), evaluation of lens fit, prescribing (teaching self-application and removal, adaptation, care regimen and cleaning instructions, as well as minimising risks of lens wear through encouraging compliance) and an aftercare routine.  Professor Wolffsohn is interviewed by Dr Melissa Barnett, who leads the BCLA CLEAR podcast series. Dr. Barnett is a principal optometrist at the University of California, Davis Eye Center in Sacramento and Davis, California. She is an internationally recognized key opinion leader, specializing in dry eye disease and specialty contact lenses. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Fellow of the British Contact Lens Association and serves on multiple Boards. Dr. Barnett is Past President of The Scleral Lens Education Society.
19:46
September 13, 2021
Keratoconus - teaser podcast
Keratoconus - teaser podcast
Josie Barlow, Professional Services Manager at Menicon, is joined by Jonathan Jackson, Head of Optometry at the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, to discuss keratoconus and some of the aspects of managing this eye condition. Josie and Jonathan touch on the treatments available, the importance of teamwork, and a few tips on how to manage keratoconus effectively. The podcast serves as a taster for the webinar where Jonathan and his team will discuss further details about how they manage treatment at his busy hospital. Thanks to Menicon for sponsoring the associated webinar which is available to BCLA members.
10:60
May 10, 2021
Raising public awareness of #nowater and AK
Raising public awareness of #nowater and AK
Ahead of their upcoming webinar, 'The “case” for water avoidance in contact lens wear', Dr Nicole Carnt and Irenie Ekkeshis discuss their work that led to a greater public awareness of water-related infection associated with contact lens wear - specifically acanthamoeba keratitis. Nicole and Irenie were both pivotal in making clearer patient information available as well as campaigning for no water stickers on contact lens cases.  Dr Carnt is currently a Scientia Fellow at UNSW, Sydney, and Chair of the Australian Standards Contact Lens Committee and Expert to International Standards Organization. Irenie is an acanthamoeba keratitis patient leader and her efforts to raise awareness of this infection and the 'no water' campaign have been recognised through the award of campaign of the year at the RNIB vision pioneer awards in 2016.
22:32
March 10, 2021
Prioritise Your Eyes - public perspective on eye tests
Prioritise Your Eyes - public perspective on eye tests
In 2020 Johnson and Johnson Vision launched their Prioritise Your Eyes campaign. This initiative was aimed at raising awareness of the importance of having regular eye tests. They carried out research that canvassed opinions from the public in many different countries to understand their perceptions of eye health. In this episode Rachel Hiscox, Professional Education and Development Manager at Johnson and Johnson Vision, provides insights into some of the key findings of the research. We are also joined by Gary, a patient and advocate for eye tests. Gary shares his own tale about having an eye examination that revealed a deeper underlying issue. 
24:23
February 18, 2021
Brave New World
Brave New World
This podcast explores how clinical care services have had to adapt during the Covid-19 pandemic in optometric and hospital practice. It serves as a prelude to our forthcoming webinar, 'A Brave New World of Eye Care – Delivering a service during a Pandemic'. Our presenters discuss the adjustments that have been made to ensure that practitioners continue to deliver a credible service. Ankur Barua is a consultant ophthalmologist specialising in complex corneal, refractive and cataract surgery based in Birmingham Midland Eye Centre (BMEC). Rakesh Kapoor is a qualified Optometrist with just under 30 years' experience within the Optical Industry. Shortly after qualifying he opened Specsavers Opticians Wembley in 1994. Subsequently he now runs 3 stores in North West London. Both Ankur and Rakesh are both BCLA Council members. 
16:48
January 25, 2021
Wellbeing for ECPs: you and your patients
Wellbeing for ECPs: you and your patients
Each year brings challenges in a number of forms. When providing care for a patient they can present challenges too: complications and conditions that require extra attention. But what about patients' wellbeing? They may present specific afflictions to their eye health, but care can sometimes go beyond that. Eye care professionals are an important part of patients' holistic wellbeing and it may be important to ask them how they are. This episode features Neil Retallic and Sheena Shah, a second one focussing on wellbeing.  Sheena is an optometrist working in Vision Express. She released her first book in 2020 on wellbeing and runs two businesses that are not eye related. A key professional interest of hers is wellbeing in the eyecare profession and she leads the discussion in this episode. Neil is a BCLA Council member and an Optometrist and European Professional Services Director for Menicon. Neil has a keen interest in contact lenses, education and professional development.
12:54
December 03, 2020
Dry Eye Basics
Dry Eye Basics
Effectively diagnosing and managing dry eye disease has become an increasingly important distinct part of eye care services, but not enough ECPs know about it or are confident enough to manage it effectively. There are growing numbers of patients who are experiencing the discomfort that this brings and need our help. This episode introduces dry eye disease and aims to improve your basic understanding and how to build on this. It references findings from the TFOS DEWS II report and conference, as well as information about the BCLA's dry eye course. Dr Byki Huntjens is a senior lecturer at City, University of London. She is a qualified optometrist with a Masters and Doctorate at the University of Manchester. Her current research interests include contact lenses and dry eye. Byki is a BCLA council member, holds fellowships from the BCLA, IACLE and the Higher Education Academy, and is vice-chair of BUCCLE. Sarah Farrant is an independent prescribing optometrist and practice owner based in Earlam and Christopher Optometrists, an independent practice in Taunton providing eye care, eye wear and specialist clinics. She has strong interests in the ocular surface and dry eye disease - seen as an expert by many and regularly contributes on the topic.
19:21
November 18, 2020
Wellbeing for ECPs: you and your loved ones
Wellbeing for ECPs: you and your loved ones
Wellbeing is an important part of our lives. Whether it is generally trying to get work/life balance right, or dealing with day-to-day stresses, ensuring we are mentally, emotionally and physically healthy should be a central consideration. It is far too easy to get carried away with a multitude of conflicting priorities and this episode provides some insights into keeping ourselves and our loved ones on the right track through mutual support and communication.  Sheena Shah is an optometrist working in Vision Express. An interesting fact is that she has recently released her first ever book and runs two businesses that are not eye related. A key professional interest of hers is wellbeing in the eyecare profession and she leads the discussion in this episode. Sheena is joined by Neil Retallic, a BCLA Council member and an Optometrist and European Professional Services Director for Menicon. Neil has a keen interest in contact lenses, education and professional development.
21:46
October 09, 2020
CLAE Focus - Can we use an evidence based approach to adapt contact lens work during COVID-19?
CLAE Focus - Can we use an evidence based approach to adapt contact lens work during COVID-19?
This episode refers to recent articles published in the BCLA's journal, Contact Lens and Anterior Eye. In response to a need for an evidence based approach to contact lenses and COVID-19, CLAE published a series dedicated to the topic, authored by world renowned experts in the field. This podcast is led by Neil Retallic and Dr Byki Huntjens who summarise some of the author’s conclusions and how this science can help shape best practice approaches taken by Eye Care Practitioners. Neil is an Optometrist and European Professional Services Director for Menicon. He is also a College of Optometrist Assessor and Examiner and BCLA Executive Board Member. Neil has a keen interest in contact lenses, education and professional development. Byki is a senior lecturer at City, University of London, Division of Optometry and Visual Sciences. She is a qualified optometrist with a Masters and Doctorate at the University of Manchester. Her current research interests include contact lenses and dry eye. Byki is a BCLA council member, holds a fellowship from the BCLA, IACLE and the Higher Education Academy, and is vice-chair of BUCCLE.
12:46
September 15, 2020
Reflecting back and looking forward - a presidential perspective
Reflecting back and looking forward - a presidential perspective
In this podcast current BCLA President, Jonathon Bench, and President Elect, Indie Grewal, discuss their thoughts on their own Presidential address topics and what life has been like in and for the BCLA over the last 12 months or so.  A period of great change for the profession, the contact lens sector and for the BCLA too. An optometrist by trade, Jonathon has worked as resident and mobile optometrist in both multiple and independent practices, and been a joint venture partner, before moving into contact lens category management. He now works as Head of Professional Affairs for Alcon where he looks after Alcon Academy and in-field professional development teams; delivering training, support and education to eye care practitioners throughout the UK and Ireland. Indie is a qualified Dispensing Optician and Optometrist with 25 years experience within the Optical Industry. He opened his own Leightons Franchise in St Albans in 2001. As well as participating in contact lens clinical trials he has a special interest in Myopia Management and Multi-focal contact lens fitting. Indie’s passion for contact lenses has seen him work with major contact lens manufacturers and as a key opinion leader he has presented both in the UK and internationally
16:40
September 02, 2020
PPE in Practice - an optom perspective
PPE in Practice - an optom perspective
PPE has always been part of health care, but during the coronavirus pandemic there has been an increased expectation to increase this use. For many this includes using new PPE items and adapting to it whilst carrying out procedures. Join Luke Allen and Nick Howard as they discuss their experience of wearing PPE and carrying out eye care services using PPE.  Nick Howard qualified as a Contact Lens Optician in 1984, working primarily with challenging ocular conditions and complex contact lenses. He is a part time lecturer, trainer and presenter and facilitator at conferences, hospitals and universities at local, national and international events, also author of a number of articles published in the professional optical journals. Winner of prestigious Contact Lens Optician of the Year award in 2012, awarded Fellowship of the BCLA and currently a BCLA Faculty speaker. He works in two Lancashire hospitals fitting specialty contact lenses, also independent practice, developing innovative techniques for management of myopia and dry eye. Luke Allen graduated from Cardiff University with first class honours in 2014 and qualified as an Optometrist in 2015. At university he had a special interest in contact lenses and wrote his dissertation on multifocals. Carrying this forward to work in private practice he launched the offering of Ortho-keratology and semi-scleral contact lenses in a previous practice. Keen on myopia management, he was also one of the first practitioners in the UK to start fitting MiSight© 1 day contact lenses and NaturalVue contact lenses. Currently working in private independent practice managing and treating more severe dry eye cases, as well as fitting specialist contact lenses.
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August 10, 2020
The Community Speaks - attitudes and adaptations under covid-19
The Community Speaks - attitudes and adaptations under covid-19
It has been a tumultuous time for the world and medical professions have been particularly impacted. As restrictions are eased across a number of countries and the return to full services imminent the BCLA held a survey to understand the emotions and considerations for those practising within these specialised areas of eye care. The results revealed a number of trends within the wider community, particularly thoughts on the future and the role that technology has played and will continue to play in the future. Join CEO, Luke Stevens-Burt, and optometrist, Sarah Farrant, as they explore the findings of the survey.  Sarah is an independent prescribing optometrist and practice owner based in Earlam and Christopher Optometrists, an independent practice in Taunton providing eye care, eye wear and specialist clinics. She has strong interests in the ocular surface and dry eye disease - seen as an expert by many and regularly contributes on the topic. 
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July 22, 2020
Introducing BCLA@yours podcast series
Introducing BCLA@yours podcast series
A welcome note about the British Contact Lens Association's podcast series.
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July 22, 2020