A worldwide focus on myopia control is starting to take effect, with audiences at the BCLA Clinical Conference more engaged with the concept than ever before.
Speaking to a packed crowd at the event in Manchester, keynote speaker Jeffrey J Walline from Ohio State University said: “When I first started talking about myopia control there would be 10 people in the audience. Five would be my family and the other five would be in the wrong room. Things have changed now.”
A dedicated track on the second day of the three day conference focused solely on the issue of myopia control, with Dr Walline chairing a session which explored the myths and misconceptions in myopia management.
As part of the discussion, Dr Walline concluded that spending time outdoors at an early age can delay the onset of myopia but it doesn’t necessarily slow its progression.
The conference saw hundreds of eye care professionals from across the world descend on the Manchester Central Convention Centre to enjoy a packed programme of lectures, workshops and peer discussions.
Day One saw keynote speaker Professor Eric Papas address the issue of contact lens comfort and chair a session looking at the types of lenses being prescribed and maintaining ocular health.
Professor Lyndon Jones from the Centre for Ocular Research and Education (CORE) at the University of Waterloo in Canada was awarded the coveted BCLA Medal and used his address to focus on 30 years of research in contact lens deposition, corneal staining and ocular drug delivery.
The prestigious Irving Fatt Memorial Lecture was delivered by Dr Nicole Carnt, who focused on the topic of Acanthamoeba Keratitis (AK), while Dr Eef van der Worp chaired a mini Global Speciality Lens Symposium and Professor Philip Morgan studied the relationship between the tear film and contact lenses.
A highlight of the programme saw Professor James Wolffsohn, Associate Professor Jennifer Craig and Dr Sruthi Srinivasan stage a live on-stage Dry Eye Tech session hosted by Professor Lyndon Jones, showcasing the state-of-the-art equipment available to delegates interested in setting up a specialist practice treating dry eye disease.
Outgoing BCLA President Sunil Shah, who officially handed over the chains to Alcon’s Jonathon Bench at the event’s gala dinner, said: “This conference was a truly global gathering featuring the very best speakers on the subjects that matter most to 21st century eye care professionals. To see so many countries from around the world represented in both delegates and speakers proved the enduring international appeal of the BCLA.”