IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards

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IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards

The IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards were introduced in 2014 to recognise and reward achievements in contact lens education worldwide.

Sponsored by CooperVision and supported by the British Contact Lens Association, three prestigious awards are presented each year:

IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year is awarded to three individuals, one from each of IACLE’s three regions:

  • Asia Pacific
  • Europe, Middle-East and Africa
  • Latin America

The 2015 awards will be presented at the British Contact Lens Association Clinical Conference & Exhibition, taking place in Liverpool, UK from 29th to 31st May 2015. The BCLA conference follows on from the Third IACLE World Congress on Contact Lens Education to be held from 24th to 28th May in Manchester, UK.   

All three regional winners must be available to attend these events and will each receive:

•    A generous award towards the cost of travel and accommodation, thanks to sponsorship from CooperVision. 

•    A full delegate package to attend the British Contact Lens Association Clinical Conference & Exhibition, thanks to the generous support of the BCLA.
•    A certificate to mark the regional awards, to be presented at the events.

About The Awards

The winners of these awards will demonstrate a high level of commitment to IACLE and to helping fulfill its mission to raise the standard of contact lens education worldwide.

This honour is aimed at individuals who are involved in teaching in the field of contact lenses and have demonstrated an innovative educational approach in their institution, country or region. Innovations in educational research related to contact lenses or provision of invaluable resources to students will also be considered.

The IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards are open to all IACLE members from any country, with preference given to members who are active FIACLEs (Fellows of IACLE) and / or have attempted the IACLE Fellowship Exam.

It is intended that the awards will recognise work by those who are established contact lens teachers. Equally, the award may be given in recognition of a useful educational contribution by an IACLE Associate Member fulfilling the criteria for this category of membership. Click here for membership criteria for each category.

How To Enter

To enter the IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards, educators needto complete the application form that can be downloaded below explaining:     

  • How they are actively involved in IACLE
  • The impact IACLE has had on their teaching / their institution
  • Details of innovations in teaching practice or novel methods they use in education or research
  • Why they should receive the IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Award
  • How they will take the information gained at BCLA and apply that to their teaching / institution



Note: Please note that the application PDF is fillable using Adobe Acrobat Pro or Adobe Reader (version 11 only). If you have an older version, you can update this by downloading the newest version free of charge from the Adobe website at (http://get.adobe.com/reader/). If you are unable to do this and are using an older version, print the form after it is complete and fax or scan and email to your IACLE representative.


Please note that individuals can self-nominate or be nominated by another IACLE member / Fellow but must be available to travel to the UK to receive the award.  BCLA registration includes a full delegate package but excludes the Gala Dinner. More details of the BCLA Clinical Conference & Exhibition can be found here.

The deadline for entries for the 2014 awards is midnight on Friday 27th February. Entries should be submitted by email to IACLE Director of Operations Bonnie Boshart at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Only entries submitted via the application form will be accepted. Entries will be reviewed by the Executive Board and their decision will be final. The winner will be announced by Friday 27th March at the latest.

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo encouraged members to take advantage of the award and submit their entries: ‘This is a great accolade, recognising ordinary IACLE members and Fellows. It acknowledges best practice in contact lens education and assessment which is at the core of IACLE’s mission.’ 

2015 will mark the first-ever IACLE Award for Lifetime Achievement in Contact Lens Education to an individual who has made a substantial contribution to IACLE over the course of their career and has furthered the cause of contact lens education worldwide. This award will be decided by the IACLE Executive Board and announced at the Third IACLE Congress Dinner at Manchester Museum on 27th May.


Dr Rajeswari Mahadevan of Sankara Nethralaya Medical Research Foundation in Chennai, India became the first IACLE Asia Pacific Contact Lens Educator of the Year, in 2014. ‘Following the award my network of educators and industry increased exponentially, and people look up to me as a renowned practitioner, educator and researcher wherever I go. The IACLE award is a great motivator for all contact lens educators to help achieve consistent standards of practice through the spreading of knowledge.’

Read Dr Mahadevan’s experiences of winning the Award here.

Click here for details of the IACLE Travel Award for an educator starting out on his / her career.



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