In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) will be hosting the first ever BCLA Awards at its annual Clinical Conference and Exhibition.

Categories will include Dry Eye Practitioner of the Year, Young Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year and the BCLA President’s Award for those who have made a significant contribution to the contact lens profession.

BCLA president Brian Tompkins said: ‘The industry is full of incredible talent and these awards will help to recognise that, giving people the perfect platform to showcase their talents and get the accolades they so thoroughly deserve.’

Held at the ACC in Liverpool on June 9-11, the clinical conference includes workshops, a 40th anniversary dinner and talks from eye care professionals about the future of contact lenses.

Professor Lyndon Jones from the University of Waterloo will examine why embedding drugs into contact lenses is a more effective way of treating eye disease than drops and ointments, while Professor James Wolffsohn from Aston University will focus on pioneering head-up display technologies which could be incorporated into contact lenses.

Delegates will also hear from contact lens companies about new products set to come to market in the months and years ahead.

Applications for the awards will close on April 7.