Speaker and Abstracts

Lecture Abstracts

Opening Session, Friday, 27th April 2018

Development of Optic and Contact Lenses in Croatia – Kristina Mihic

Keynote 1; Direction of travel in contact lens and Intraocular lens research – Prof Dr James S.W. Wolffsohn – Over 500 paper of contact lenses and 700 papers on intraocular lenses have been published in the last couple of years. This presentation will review the main themes of this research and reflect on some of the findings and the impact this may have on the market.

Keynote 2; Automatic Calculation and Manufacturing of Individual Contact Lenses – Andreas Beeck – In a government-funded project with several companies involved we developed a completely novel way for the fitting and manufacturing process of contact lenses. The method describes the steps from measuring of the human eye, calculation of an ideal contact lens up to manufacturing of individual lenses. Based on the complex geometry of the cornea and eye defect an initial contact lens is calculated. Due to a new mathematical description for contact lenses the lens can be changed and manipulated individually without any knowledge of the parameters of the lens. These lenses can be manufactured beyond the traditional description with radius and eccentricity.

CL Lectures, Friday, 27th April 2018

Is there a Future in Multifocal Lenses? – Bo Lauenborg, BOPTOM, FBCLA, Danish Contact Lens Institute, Optometrist Managing Director – The session will reveal a broad spectrum of management strategies and practical methods to curb dropout based on revisions of our own patient procedures, including digitally enhanced patient communication. The session will be based on several multifocal studies completed in recent years. Multifocal communication, Chair time/Care time, keys to take in consideration when fitting for example pupil size, light, binocularity, tear film and so on. What happens with the presbyopia eye and presbyopia person except for accommodation problem? Tips and tricks.

Tearfilm Interaction with Contact Lens Material – Dr Giancarlo Montani, Optom. FIACLE, FBCLA, Coordinatore Scientifico Centro di Ricerche in Contattologia, Corso di Ottica e Optometria, Università del Salento –
During wear contact lenses are plunged into the tear film and the right relationship between them is essential for comfort, quality of vision and health of anterior segment. In last years many different materials and surface treatments have been proposed to improve the relationship between contact lens and tear film. During presentation will be reviewed the most important properties of contact lens material (RGP and soft) that interfere with tear film. It will be reviewed also all methods available to manufacturers (for in vitro evaluations) and ECP (for in vivo evaluations) to evaluate these properties. The presentation will be concluded by considering some suggestions to use in clinical practice to improve the relationship between contact lens and tear film.

Myopia Control Strategies: OrthoK, Soft Multifocals and Atropine – Michael J. Lipson OD FAAO FSLS – This presentation will highlight the results of recent studies on three methods of controlling myopic progression. Unique features of each method will be discussed with decision-making protocol to help individualize treatment and prescribing for each patient. Factors involved include: age, degree of myopia, corneal topography, motivation and behavioral/environmental issues. Discussion will help practitioners discuss myopia control strategies with their patients.

EUROMCONTACT and its activities for SMEs in the Contact Lens and Lens Care Sector – Nicoletta Losi, Johnson & Johnson Vision, president of EUROMCONTACT – will present how the organization works for the benefits of its members, including Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and EFCLIN. There are two main streams of work at EUROMCONTACT. The first one is the regulatory aspect where EUROMCONTACT acts as a platform for exchange on regulatory affairs, acts as an educator to the EU decision-makers, to promote the views of the members and help shape the EU legislation accordingly.
Second stream of works is the promotion of Contact lenses, through the monitoring of the market; through alliances with academia, Eye Care Professionals or through specific projects.

IOL Session, Friday, 27th April 2018

What needs do eye-surgeons have on IOLs for the future? – Dr Suzana Matic –  Parallely with the evolution of the surgical techniques, assisted partially with different types of laser technologies, second half of the 20th century has brought us important and necessary achievment – different intraocular lenses (IOLs) with characteristics so close to phisiological characteristics. Small incision cataract surgery techniques started era of implantation of different kinds of foldable IOLs resulting in rapid visual and physical rehabilitation for the patients. This development of the cataract procedure with IOL implantation is one of the most brilliant achievment of modern medicine. It is of a big importance choosing proper IOL regarding patients habits, refractive error, clinical finding and preegsisted ocular pathology especially in patients with macular disorders, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and ocular surface disease. …

Presbyopia: extending the depth of focus through intraocular lenses – Prof Dr James S.W. Wolffsohn – Recent focus in intraocular lenses has been towards ‘extended depth of focus’ rather than ‘multifocality’ this presentation will examine aspects such as how far can the depth of focus be extended without impacting distance vision or creating multifocality, and what are the optical approaches to extending the depth of focus.

Customized intraocular lenses – Challenges and limitations – Prof. Armin Langenbucher – Beside the classical spherical lens designs there are aspherical (aberration free and aberration correcting), toric and multifocal IOLs on the market. None of them are really customized to the optical aberration of the cornea, which means that after implantation there are residual optical aberrations left in the eye.
Customized intraocular lenses offer the capability to individually correct optical aberrations of the eye. Calculations are performed based on the shape of the corneal front and back surface, the shape of the pupil and standard biometric measures. Optical surfaces are characterized by a global definition or local splines.
In general, the potential deterioration of the retinal image performance gains with the degree of customization if customized lenses are not properly positioned in the eye or biometric parameters change over time.
In this lecture we would like to address which preoperative measurements are necessary, the workflow of customized IOL calculation, and the postoperative monitoring in terms of quality check. A main focus will be directed on the potential gain of image performance for perfect positioning, but also on image deteriorations for axial and lateral displacement or tilt/rotation of the intraocular lens as well as depth of focus.

Workshops, Saturday, 28th April 2018

Business-Session: Gold of the Desert Kings – Convert activity into productivity and maximise results  – Brad Waldron – Gold of the Desert Kings addresses the issue of effort versus productivity. Adventurers must work together to overcome difficult circumstances with limited time and resources. Gold of the Desert Kings demonstrates the differences in results between teams that play to win vs those that play to survive.

MDR impact on contact lens Manufacturers – Antonieta Lucas, Chair of RAFG

Meet the Speaker

Andreas Beeck – he was born 1989 in Lörrach, Germany. He studied mechanical engineering at the Cooperative State University in Lörrach and the University of Stuttgart. In 2015 he gained the Master of Science degree. Since 2015 he works as an engineer in the field of R&D for Hecht Contactlinsen GmbH in Germany. Additionally he works on his PhD in Technical Optics at the University of Stuttgart (ITO, Prof. Dr. Alois Herkommer). His research area is the correction of high order aberrations with contact lenses considering the dynamic movement of the lens.

 Prof Achim Langenbucher – From 1986 to 1992 he studied for Electro techniques at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg with the focus on digital signal processing and optics and he finished with the Diploma degree. From 1992 to 2005 he worked as a scientist at the Department of Ophthalmology, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg with Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult G.O.H. Naumann and finished his PhD-degree (Dr. ) in 1995 and received his venia legend (Privatdozent, Assistant Professor) in 2000. In 2005 he started as an Associate Professor and built-up the division Medical Optics at the Department of Medical Physics, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg with Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult W. Kalender. Since 2009 Professor Langenbucher is working as a Full Professor (chairman) at the Medical Faculty of Saarland University in Homburg and initialized the Department of Experimental Ophthalmology, which focuses on research in ophthalmology.

 Bo LauenborgSince 1993 Bo Lauenborg is co-owner and manager of Danish Contact Lens Institute (DCLI) in Aarhus, Denmark. He is an education consultant for Danish Optometry and Contact Lens Association, and a member of the Board of Education. Since 2006 Bo has been associated lecturer for Vision Care Institute in Prague.  Bo Lauenborg teaches and instructs other eye care professionals in special areas of optometry, such as fitting for presbyopia, dry eye syndrome and patient drop-out prevention, drawing optometrists from all over Denmark to his own seminars. He has been invited to speak at seminars and conferences throughout Europe and USA.

Dr Michael J. Lipson OD FAAO is an assistant professor at University of Michigan’s Kellogg Eye Center. His clinical practice and research involves specialty contact lenses for OrthoK, keratoconus, irregular cornea and severe dry eye patients. He is the co-developer of a new vision-related quality of life survey. He is a consultant to Bausch and Lomb’s Specialty Vision Products relative to OrthoK education and other specialty vision products. He is on the GPLI Advisory Board and served as the Vice-President of the Scleral Lens Education Society.

 Nicoletta Losi  professional work experience extends to nearly 15 years in Medical Device Industry. She is experienced Optometrist with extensive knowledge in Contact Lens & Solution sector. She is EMEA Regional Professional Affairs Director in Johnson & Johnson Vision and she has more than 10 year experience in Trade Association strategy & Health Authorities meetings with the honor to hold the position as ASSOTTICA President. Nicoletta joined EUROMCONTACT Board in 2009 to represent ASSOTTICA (Italian Trade Association) and then she represented Johnson & Johnson Vision Care EMEA. She has an extensive experience in Professional Affairs Education and in KOL strategy and development. She is member of Italian Optometrist , British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) and Fellow of International Association of Contact lens Educators (FIACLE). Nicoletta during her career developed an extensive experience in how to work and develop Trade Associations, she became expert in CLs Regulatory Affairs and has expertise in strategy, meeting with Health Authorities and responding to consultations.

 Antonieta Lucas  has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare sector, specifically in medical devices and pharmaceutical industries. Antonieta is currently the Regulatory Affairs Manager at Alcon and she was its Technical Director and QA lead until 2015 when a segregate QA department was created. She previously held several positions in quality management systems. Antonieta has a Masters Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Lisboa- Portugal, postgraduates in Medicines Economic Evaluation, Medical Safety and in Advanced Management Program for Pharmacists. Antonieta is the President of the Portuguese trade association of medical devices (APORMED) and representative of Alcon at COCIR, the European Coordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical and Healthcare IT Industry and Member of the RAC; UDISC and HTA groups at MedTech Europe.
Antonieta is chair of the Regulatory Affairs Focus Group of Euromcontact since December 2016.

 Dr Suzana Matić, MD, phD, Assist. Prof., Ophthalmologist  lives in Osijek and works at the Department of Ophthalmology, University Hospital Osijek as the anterior eye segment surgeon since 2004. After Faculty of Medicine, University of Zagreb, she finished PhD theses at the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology, Computer and Software Engineering Department, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Croatia (Theses: “Influence of cataract surgery on iris pattern recognition system”). She is a member of ESCRS, CSCRS, has actively participated at many ophthalmology congresses and symposia.

Kristina Mihic MSc in Vison Science an Business began her career in 1999 as an optician in her family’s optical shop. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University of Applied Sciences Velika Gorica in 2010, she has been employed at the University of Applied Sciences Velika Gorica in Croatia, where she teaches and supervises students in contact lenses and refraction modules. In 2015 she completed her studies for a master’s degree in Vision Science and Business (Optometry), at Aalen University. In 2013 she attended the New England College of Optometry Summer program and in 2014 the Pacific University, Clinical Observation Studies. She is passionate about teaching her students and ensuring that they receive the highest level of education.
She is the president of the organizing committee for the Optometry Conference of Central and South-Eastern Europe and course manager for the Optometry Summer Academy.  She is also an IACLE member and EAOO trustee/ Individual Educator.

 Dr Giancarlo Montani Optometrist FIACLE, FBCLA is Professor of Clinical Contact Lens Application at the University of Salento, Italy. Involved in Optometry education since 1988, he has been Department Head of the Contact Lens Division at the Santa Chiara University Medical Centre in Pisa, Italy until 2004. In 2007 Professor Giancarlo Montani has co-founded the Centre for contact lens research of the University of Salento.
Giancarlo Montani also works in private practice. He has published numerous articles in optometric journals, and has been invited as lecturer to several national and international Optometry Congresses.

 Erik Smidt started his career in optics more than thirty years ago as an ECP for different companies, small as well as a chain in retail. After that period he was a Professional service Manager for Friederichs, a Dutch wholesaler for several years. With the change of distribution of the lenses of Ciba Vision Erik fulfilled Key account management in combination with a Professional Service role in the Benelux for this company. In 1997 ERCON Contactlenzen en Consultancy was founded by him, a Distributor of contact lenses and a consultant for Fitting contact lenses and Marketing solutions for the ECP and practices.
From 2005 till 2013 Erik was a member of the board of EFCLIN , from 2011 to 2013 as president of the organization.

 Brad Waldron – An industry leader –  Equally effective leading a business to drive performance or developing specialist teams and individuals to achieve greater performance and results, Brad has a proven record of helping others to succeed.
In Australia, the USA and Europe Brad has helped a wide range of businesses grow, re-launch, and flourish. His experience has taken him from launching Sony’s latest and best smart phone (Xperia Z-Z5) onto the world’s stage to helping leading sports world champions launch and promote their charities for children suffering with cancer and corporate sustainability (Ellen MacArthur Trust).
He provides a unique perspective in that he reigns from a dual exposure to winning – winning in business and winning in the sports arena. He harnesses a rare combination of insight, humour and practical strategies to increase performance whilst enabling people to gain more fulfillment from their work role.

Dr James S.W. Wolffsohn – Following a 1st class Optometry degree from Manchester, a pre-registration year at Moorfield’s Eye Hospital, London, a PhD at Cardiff University and a clinical/research fellowship at the University of Melbourne, Australia, Professor Wolffsohn was appointed by Aston University in 2000, where he was Head of Optometry 2004-9 and Deputy Executive Dean for Life and Health Sciences 2009-16, being awarded a personal Chair in 2007. He is now associate Pro-Vice Chancellor. James has published over 185 peer reviewed academic papers and given numerous international presentations. His main research areas are the development and evaluation of ophthalmic instrumentation, contact lenses, intraocular lenses and the tear film. He is the academic Chair of the British Contact Lens Association, having been a past president and was a harmoniser and sub-committee chair for TFOS DEWS II.