Our Events

IACLE regularly holds international, regional, national and local events to maintain the standard of contact lens knowledge and develop the presentation skills of educators worldwide. We also provide virtual meetings, especially in Latin America, India and China.

World Congresses

IACLE has conducted three prestigious World Congresses on Contact Lens Education, bringing members together to discuss the latest developments in teaching worldwide.

The 1994 and 2000 Congresses were held at the University of Waterloo, Canada. The Third IACLE World Congress, ‘Shaping the Future of Contact Lens Education’, was hosted by The University of Manchester in 2015.

Find out more about the Third IACLE World Congress here




Other major congresses take place around the world between World Congresses. The 2017 IACLE Congress on Contact Lens Education, on the theme ‘Translating Contact Lens Knowledge into Increasing Contact Lens Penetration’, was held in Hyderabad, India. 

Find out more about the IACLE Congress here


Train-the-Trainer Programs

IACLE Train-the-Trainer Programs are conducted annually in Global Priority Countries. These events combine lectures and workshops and are tailored to the specific requirements of educators in these countries.

Find out more about these meetings here

Web Lectures & Discussion Forums

Broadcast live online via WebEx, these virtual meetings are conducted across Latin America and India, and in China via the WeChat platform.

Find out more about our virtual meetings here

Educator Meetings & Industry Seminars

IACLE also holds regular meetings for educators in collaboration with other organizations and with industry.

Read reports from these and other meetings here

Member Meetings

These meetings are arranged by our members for our members. We assist with setting the agenda and coordinating the list of attendees.  Member Meetings can be conducted anywhere there is a group of members.  Members provide a meeting report which is distributed to our membership via our member newsletter / social media.

If you would like to arrange a member meeting please contact your local IACLE office. 


40th Anniversary Events

IACLE will mark its 40th year with anniversary events in the UK, the Philippines, Colombia and United States during 2019.   

Celebrations will be held at the British Contact Lens Association Clinical Conference & Exhibition in Manchester (30 May - 1 June), the Asia Pacific Optometric Congress in Manila (17-20 June), the FEDOPTO Congress in Bogotá (8-10 August), and at the joint Academy 2019 and 3rd World Congress of Optometry in Orlando, Florida (23-27 October).

Find out more about these 40th Anniversary events here