The 53rd ICLEP was organized at LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), Hyderabad from 24th to 26th February 2017 and supported by Bausch + Lomb
Over 90 delegates across India and also from overseas attended the program and got their knowledge and skills on contact lenses updated.
The program was wide spread across 3 days and had 5 guest speakers – Dr Chirag Patel from BostonSight, USA, FIACLE Nilesh Thite, IACLE’s Director of Educational Programs; FIACLE Rajeswari Mahadevan IACLE’s Asia Pacific Regional President, FIACLE Isha Dave and FIACLE Prasad Sawant.
Among the other speakers were –FIACLE Srikanth D, FIACLE Khemraj Nackwal, FIACLE Harish K and FIACLE Jayashree Sekar.
The first day covered topics like basics of contact lenses, fitting of soft contact lenses, disposable lenses, silicone hydrogel lenses lens care, toric contact lenses and presbyopia management with contact lenses etc. The day also included complications of CL wear. There was a wet lab session for interested delegates who could practice slit lamp techniques, lens insertion removal and soft contact lenses fits etc. Simultaneously there was an instruction course on toric soft contact lenses led by Nilesh and Isha. Course started with opportunity in this segment and eventually simplified toric lens fitting. Live demonstrations made the delegates understand the effect of toric lenses on visual acuity and correct ways of assessing fitting of torics.
The second day had a number of lectures on RGP lens fitting, complications of RGP, fitting keratoconus and a video demonstration on RGP fitting. Nilesh and Harish conducted an instruction course on multifocal contact lenses. This course covered the fitting and fine tuning of multifocal CL. The delegates were energised after seeing how multifocal lenses provide good distance and near vision along with stereopsis. There was a session dedicated to Ortho-keratology. The delegates took keen interest in the science of ortho-k and were freely interacting with the speakers.
Dr Chirag, Isha and Rajeswari conducted another instruction course on fitting keratoconus patients. Delegates appreciated the case discussions, video demonstrations and the practical tips to troubleshoot problems.
The final day included fitting of scleral lenses. The last session was dedicated to practice management. Overall the 53rd ICLEP was a successful program and delegates were extremely happy and satisfied with the level of knowledge they acquired.