11.30am - 12.30pm
Lecture | Lecture
Contact lenses: overview of the CLEAR report

CPD ref: C-102485

Description: Overview of the CLEAR report: British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) Contact Lens Evidence-based Academic Reports (CLEAR) are the global consensus reports compiled in 2021 which have set the practice standards for contact care practitioners. Over the last 135 years, there have been tremendous advancements in contact lenses, with more than 19,000 peer-reviewed publications and now an estimated 150 million successful contact lens wearers worldwide. There was a need for a global consensus reviewing how the contact lens literature can help shape our practice and identify future scope for our profession. Following several years of work, by 102 authors from 16 countries, the BCLA CLEAR reports were published in April 2021, and as a contributing author Dr Dutta will flesh out the key take-home messages at the Optometry Tomorrow.

Target audience: Optometrist, Dispensing optician, Contact lens optician
Domains and learning outcomes
Clinical practice
s.5 Keep your knowledge and skills up to date
- Understand recent evidence-based research on all variety of contact lenses – what works, what does not work, what we don’t know
- Understand the current information on contact lens types, fitting guidelines, best contact lens fitting practice and suggested standard abreviations and terminology
s.7 Conduct appropriate assessments, examinations, treatments and referrals
- Understand the pre-requisites of contact lens fitting for a neophyte or an experiences wearer and additional assessments for contact lens patients with dry eye.
- Able to make a differential diagnosis and manage safely contact lens related corneal infiltrative events (CIEs)
s.2 Able to communicate effectively with patients
- Able to ask an effective history and symptoms to identify risk factors and symptoms of discomfort in contact lens wearers
- Able to explain to patients appropriate followup and aftercare routines and set appropriate expectations such as wearing adaptations and realistic expectations of presbyopic contact lenses


Dr Debarun Dutta MCOptom PhD FHEA FAAO FBCLA

Dr Debarun Dutta is a tenured lecturer at the Optometry School Aston University, and a council member of BCLA. As a balanced academic, he is responsible for both excellence in research and education. He is the module lead for the Contact Lens, involved in didactic and clinical face-to-face training. Dr Dutta’s research interest include contact lenses, dry eye, ocular infections and antimicrobial strategies, including current supervision for PhD, Post-doctoral and Professional Doctorate (OD) students. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, dozens of professional education articles, 2 book chapters, presented worldwide at various conferences. Dr Dutta worked at the Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI) and UNSW, Sydney before moving to the UK in 2019.