BCLA Welcomes its New President

by Tim Fletcher 14. July 2014 13:07

BCLA Welcomes its New PresidentDuring the recent British Contact Lens Association’s gala dinner, the organisation welcomed its new president, Susan Bowers. Ms Bowers received the BCLA presidential chain of office from Andy Yorke, the Association’s outgoing president, who stated that he was happy Susan Bowers was taking over, as she is extremely committed to the organisation and carries out an enormous amount of work ‘behind the scenes’.

The new president thanked for the honour and assured her aims will include helping practitioners to encourage more patients to try contact lenses and popularising them among children and teenagers, stressing the benefits they provide. Ms Bowers also asserted that the BCLA will continue to educate its members and the general public about issues related to eye care using all kinds of means of communication, including the social media.

The BCLA also announced its new president elect, Brian Tompkins. During the gala dinner, Mr Tompkins said he was pleased to have been given the opportunity to lead the Association into its 40th year in 2016.

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Contact Lenses as Filters

Contact Lenses as Filters

by Tim Fletcher 7. May 2013 10:49

Contact Lenses as Filters

Because of their nature, contact lenses cover the pupil of the eye, so that all of the light that reaches the retina must go through the central part of the lens. This, an eye care expert has observed, makes them a perfect basis for various types of filters, blocking not only UV light.

According to Dr Eric Papas, appropriately modified contact lenses can protect the eye from damage caused by radiation. However, in order for them to be effective, they need to absorb the harmful wavelengths and let the normal light through, allowing the wearers of the lenses to see well.

As the expert states in his latest article, this can be achieved with the use of gold nanoparticles, which could be adjusted to be permeable to various wavelengths, depending on the purpose of the lenses. The nanoparticles, their inventors claim, are photo-stable and non-toxic, posing no risk to the eye.

Contact lenses with a layer of these nanoparticles could be used, for instance, by individuals working with infra-red laser light, who, at the moment, have to wear uncomfortable protective goggles. Unfortunately, it is not known when such lenses will become available for purchase.

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