The British Contact Lens Association offers a formal qualification in the disease with its Dry Eye Management Certificate, which is available to member optometrists and contact lens opticians upon completion of the associated course. The structure of the course is designed to provide expert knowledge in three main areas: dry eye, ocular surface health (OSH), and contact lens retention. Five online modules, including a compulsory MCQ element, and attendance to a relevant dry eye or OSH workshop/peer review must be passed in order to progress to the final examination stage. It is expected that the course is completed within 12 months from the date of enrolment. A BCLA certificate will be issued on successful completion of the course.
The Dry Eye Management Certificate is available on BCLA’s Learning Platform and is free for full members to complete, including access to all course materials and additional resources.
BCLA chief executive Luke Steven-Burt said: ‘The Dry Eye Management Certificate is helping our members improve their clinical expertise, which in turn enhances the patient experience. Ocular surface health is fundamental to the success of the contact lens wearer; managing this for the patient can help with the retention of contact lens patients in practice and minimise drop-outs due to discomfort. The BCLA journal, Contact Lens & Anterior Eye (CLAE), features many articles about dry eye research and management. CLAE is free to BCLA members, while many articles are also available as open access.’
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