24th MCLOSA Annual Meeting - 47th ECLSO Congress - 1st - 2nd December 2017 - Millenium Gloucester Hotel - London
N°14, November 2017
Dear members and friends of the ECLSO,

It was great to welcome you at the joint meeting of the European Contact Lens Society of Ophthalmologists (ECLSO) and the Medical Contact Lens and Ocular Surface Association (MCLOSA) in London.

This was also the venue where the very first ECLSO Meeting took place, organised by Montagu Ruben in 1971. The following joint meetings between the ECLSO and the MCLA (Medical Contact Lens Association) were held in 1980 and 1991 by our late President Jonathan Kersley.

The MCLA turned into MCLOSA and in 2005 both Societies held a joint congress in the Royal College of Physicians in London, organised by Ursula Vogt, our present Treasurer.

The ECLSO and MCLOSA Scientific Committees did a wonderful job organising this two-day meeting : 309 participants and 22 companies have contributed to the success of this meeting.

The Speakers’ Dinner at the Institute of Directors on Friday December 1st and the Congress Dinner on Saturday proved a unique opportunity to socialize and exchange views on all sorts of issues, all this with a Beatles-band in the background.

A heartful thank you to the Speakers and our generous Sponsors, without whom this event would not have been possible.
Dr René Mély Dr Carina Koppen


From left to right: Dr René Mely, ECLSO President; Dr Carina Koppen, ECLSO General Secretary; Dr Alex Shortt, MCLOSA President

From left to right: Dr René Mely, ECLSO President; Dr Carina Koppen, ECLSO General Secretary;
Dr Alex Shortt, MCLOSA President


In this issue

  • A survey of the presentations at the meeting.
  • Announcements


Friday, December 1st

Professor Lyndon Jones (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) presented an overview of the results of the 2nd Dry Eye WorkShop (DEWSII), published in 2017, to be downloaded freely from the website http://tfosdewsreport.org/. Originally meant as an update, the DEWSII report has developed into a complete revision of the report dating from 2007. In his presentation Professor Jones entered upon the question why “dry eye” is a misleading term; he emphasized the multifactorial pathogenetic aspects of the disease. Professor Murat Dogru from Yokohama reported about scientific progress in the field of epidemiology, dagnosis and therapy of the Dry Eye in Japan. He indicated several criteria for diagnosis of Dry Eye.

Three authors were invited to compete for the Bron Award :
Darren Shu Jeng Ting (Sunderland, UK), Vijay Patel (Leicester, UK) and Kirithika Muthusamy (London, UK). After deliberation the jury decided to present the Award to Dr Kirithika Muthusamy for her presentation: “Relationship of severity of Fuchs endothelial dystrophy with triplet repeat expansion in TCF4 and the potential implications to surgical intervention”.

Dr Alex J Shortt (London, UK), President of MCLOSA, introduced Dr Stephen Tuft (London, UK) as the invited speaker for the Kersley Lecture. Dr Tuft went deeper into the relationship between genetic disposition and corneal disease.

Saturday, December 2nd

The second presentation of Professor Lyndon Jones was about preservatives in contact lens solutions and their uptake/release issues. He further elaborated on the multifactorial causes of corneal staining, consisting of the interaction between the ionic charge, the size of the pores and the hydrophobicity of the contact lens.
During an exciting debate before an international panel consisting of Deborah Jacobs (CLAO,USA), Tania Schaefer (SOBLEC, Brasil) and Gudrun Bischoff (IMCLC, Germany) the question was raised : how do we treat presbyopia, with surgery or with contact lenses ? Pro surgery was Dan Reinstein (London, UK), pro contact lenses were Andrena McElvanney (London, UK) and Ursula Vogt (London, UK). The audience was very interested but the issue remained unsolved.
In a similar debate format about the management of irregular astigmatism, Ali Mearza (London, UK) and Sheraz Daya (Surrey, UK) presented the options of surgical treatment, whereas Deborah Jacobs (CLAO, Needham, USA) and Florence Malet (Bordeaux, France) defended the use of contact lenses. Another highlight of the day was the Sclerals’ Master Class, featuring Ken Pullum (Hertford, UK), Langis Michaud (Québec, Canada) and Lynette Johns (Boston, USA).
After multiple free presentations by young contact lens specialists (ECLSO have as a policy to give young specialists a platform) the prizes for the best oral presentation and the best poster presentation were awarded :
Best oral presentation : Shehzad Naroo (Aston University, Birmingham, UK) : « Cortical Changes in Visual and Non-Visual Areas induced by Monovision ».
Best Poster : Sukran Bekdemir (State Hospital Diyarbakir, Turkey) for the poster entitled : « Effects of different Conjunctivochalasis Treatments on Tear MMP-9 Levels (Inflammatory test) and Ocular Surface Findings. »

Congratulations to both!
Dr Sukran Bekdemir (Turkey) with ECLSO President Dr René Mély ; Dr Shehzad Naroo (UK)

Dr Sukran Bekdemir (Turkey) with ECLSO President Dr René Mély ; Dr Shehzad Naroo (UK)

Please note that most speakers have made their presentations available on the the ECLSO website (Congress’ participants received a personal password by email to access the presentations).
» Access programme

On Saturday morning, the ECLSO General Assembly convened and approved of the Secretary-General’s and the Treasurer’s reports.

2017 is an election year for the Vorstand. Since Dr Dorothea Kuhn does not wish to be re-elected, the Praesidium thanks her warmly for her excellent term of office and proposes Dr Cornelius Berzas for election to the function of Vorstand. The General Assembly then unanimously elected dr Cornelius Berzas to be the new Vorstand as of this moment.

Cornelius Berzas

The next ECLSO Annual Congress will be on September 14th and 15th 2018 in Mandelieu-la-Napoule near Cannes at the côte d’Azur in France.

The ECLSO Praesidium cordially invites you and promises you again a meeting of high scientific quality.

Please see our next Newsletter for the programme of this ECLSO meeting.

48th ECLSO
ECLSO/MCLOSA congress audience overview

ECLSO/MCLOSA congress audience overview

- 23rd European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS Winter Meeting), Belgrade, Serbia, February 9-11, 2018
- ASCRS Symposium on Cataract, IOL and Refractive Surgery, Washington, USA, April 13-17, 2018
- ARVO Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawai, USA, April 29 – May 2, 2018
- French Society of Ophthalmology (SFO) Paris, France, May 5-11, 2018
- World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC), Barcelona, Spain, June 16-19, 2018
- European Contact Lens Society of Ophthalmologists (ECLSO), Mandelieu- la-Napoule, France, September 14-15, 2018
- Deutsche Ophthalmologische Gesellschaft (DOG), Bonn, Germany, September 27-30, 2018
- EVER, Nice, France, October 3-6, 2018

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We wish you a wonderful new year and look forward to meeting you in Mandelieu!

Signature Signature
René Mély MD
ECLSO President
Carina Koppen MD
ECLSO Secretary General
Happy New Year 2018