BCLA announces plan for global consensus report on contact lenses

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December 09, 2019

A new BCLA global consensus report will deliver evidence-based guidance on contact lenses and the anterior eye to ensure the best possible care for patients around the world.
The Contact Lens Evidence-based Academic Reports (CLEAR) will be published in the March 2021 edition of the BCLA journal ‘Contact Lens and Anterior Eye’ (CLAE) and will feature work from a panel of globally-respected experts.
The reports will set the standard that all researchers and ECPs will refer to as best practice to ensure the profession delivers the best evidence-based patient care.
Executive Chair of CLEAR, Professor James Wolffsohn, said: “I am delighted the BCLA, as the most well-established contact lens and anterior eye organisation in the world, has supported this initiative to review the academic literature on contact lenses.
“This involves the top experts and will allow us to draw conclusions and to form global consensus to support clinicians with what information is supported by evidence, researchers as to the gaps in current knowledge and to guide industry in what still needs to be achieved.”
The CLEAR reports will follow in the footsteps of two similar projects in the spheres of dry eye and myopia, the TFOS DEWS II report and the IMI white papers.
A series of nine global consensus reports will be compiled during 2020, with planned publication within the BCLA journal Contact Lens and Anterior Eye in March 2021.
Papers will be chaired by internationally renowned experts and will focus on the following subjects:
- Anatomy and Physiology of the Anterior Eye - Dr Laura Downie
- Biochemistry of lens materials, coating, comfort drops and solutions - Professor Mark Willcox
- Effect of lens materials/design on the anatomy and physiology of the eye - Professor Philip Morgan
- Speciality lenses - Professor Pauline Cho and Dr Melissa Barnett
- Contact lens complications - Professor Fiona Stapleton
- Medical use of contact lenses - Associate Professor Debbie Jacobs
- Contact lens optics - Dr Kathryn Richdale
- Future applications of contact lenses - Professor Lyndon Jones
- Evidence based contact lens practice - Professor James Wolffsohn 

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