The British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) held its annual UK conference across two sites this month, allowing more people to take part.

For the first time, BCLA leaders organised a split-site conference across separate days in London and Birmingham, which included a series of workshops and discussions for attendees. Professor James Wolffsohn led a talk on the diagnosis and management of dry eye conditions and Dr Shehzad Naroo gave a lecture on delivering the concept of ocular surface happy to improve retention rates among contact lens patients. Dr Claire Hallas, a practitioner health psychologist, also appeared to look at whether parents say yes or no to their children wearing contact lenses.

Other lecture and workshop topics included myopia control, irregular corneas, fitting lenses in children, ortho-k, presbyopia and meibography.

BCLA chief executive Cheryl Donnelly said: ‘We are always looking to evolve and, after listening to members we thought we’d try a split-site UK conference this year, giving more people than ever before the chance to attend. We’re delighted with the feedback we have received and all those attending have gone home with new techniques, new contacts and the knowledge they need to elevate the patient experience through enhanced clinical skills.’

Five new BCLA fellowships were handed out at the conference as well, with recipients Byki Huntjens, Neil Chatterjee, Pauline Bradford, Sarah Smith and Paul McDonald receiving certificates.