As this issue reaches you, the 2019 BCLA conference will be well under way in Manchester. As I have alluded to before, this home-grown event is internationally respected and something UK practitioners should be rightfully proud of and one we should all support.

Of the many highlights on offer, my eye was drawn to the several sessions concerning myopia control, with some major big-hitters chairing sessions; Jeffrey Walline, Pauline Cho and Nicola Logan to name but three. There is also the Irving Fatt Memorial Lecture, this year given by antipodean Dr Nicole Carnt. She will be discussing Acanthamoeba keratitis, an area she researched when based at Moorfields in recent years.

I was lucky enough to ask Nicole about Acanthamoeba recently, as part of a soon to be broadcast interview on behalf of DOCET. I was surprised to hear that there has been a spike in the incidence of amoeboid keratitis in the South East of England over the past few years. It seems that, in areas where the water is particularly calcific, deposits within pipes promote a bacterial flora to which Acanthamoeba has a particular affinity. As a result, recent studies have found Acanthamoeba to be present in around one third of domestic sinks in hard water areas, and hence a greater risk for infection. Non-compliant lens-wearing Londoners beware!
But who needs contact lenses anyway? Thanks to the reader who pointed me towards the website

Apparently, there is a new spec lens that ‘positively affects both vision and brain function.’ The specs ‘uniquely optimise levels of serotonin dopamine, melatonin and cortisol, bringing them into a natural balance, crucial for a healthy mental and physical functioning of the organism,’ and even ‘convert dangerous UV and blue light spectre radiation into desirable light waves that maintain and stimulate natural regeneration/synthesis of collagen and elastin.’ Truly incredible.