WATERLOO, Ontario—The British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) will hold its 2019 Clinical Conference and Exhibition from May 30 through June 1 in Manchester, England. The event is expected to draw more than 1,000 eyecare professionals from around the world. Among the highlights of the meeting will be new research, clinical insights and even a bit of trivia thanks to contributions from the Centre for Ocular Research and Education (CORE), which is based here. CORE is playing a significant role in the biennial event, according to an announcement this month.

Another expected conference highlight will be the Saturday, June 1, keynote address by BCLA 2019 Medal recipient Lyndon Jones, PhD, DSc, FCOptom, FAAO, FBCLA. Jones is CORE’s director. In his address, “Soft Lenses: Just Another Plastic or More than Meets the Eye?” Jones is expected to reflect upon his research experiences over the past three decades, and discuss how contact lens materials, the tear film and components within solutions interact in an ever changing and complex manner.

Dr. Jones will also be delivering two talks in collaboration with CORE sponsors on Thursday, May 30. Along with CORE Clinical Scientist Karen Walsh, he will examine the importance of modality in contact lens wear in a CooperVision-sponsored session. Later that day in a Johnson & Johnson Vision-sponsored program, he will address how the tear film interacts with contact lenses.

On the opening night of BCLA, attendees are invited to put their ocular knowledge to the test in the first-ever BCLA pub quiz, “An Eye for Knowledge.” The quiz was designed by CORE based on its CORE Knowledge ultimate eye science game (COREknowledgegame.org).