BCLA calls for nominations for research accolades

Nominations are now open for the coveted British Contact Lens Association Research Awards.

The BCLA provides supports for work and research through its Dallos Award and recognises nominated individuals in the field of contact lenses and/or the anterior eye with a number of prestigious accolades.

The Da Vinci Award will recognise a practical contribution to the profession and the BCLA Medal will be awarded for outstanding achievement in the field of contact lenses and/or anterior eye.

BCLA president Keith Tempany said: “The eye care profession is home to a huge number of supremely talented individuals, teams and organisations. We are seeing truly groundbreaking work in the fields of myopia management, dry eye disease and the continued evolution of contact lens design, fitting and management.

“These awards are a chance for us to praise the pioneers and trumpet the trailblazers who are helping to make our industry fit for the 21st century. It is a chance for the innovators to take centre stage, showcase their work and get the accolades they so thoroughly deserve.”

The Irving Fatt Memorial Lecture will recognise postgraduates who have continued with their research within private practice, hospital practice or academia.

The call for nominations and applications is now open, with the nominees needing to be, or become, a member of the BCLA. The closing date for nominations and applications is Thursday, November 1 2018.

Hundreds of eye care professionals are expected to attend the conference, which will include world-renowned guest speakers, hands-on workshops and the awards dinner.

The conference is one of the biggest of its kind within the contact lens industry and offers delegates the chance to keep up to date with the latest research, trends and best practice.

For more information on the awards, visit www.bcla.org.uk