A message from the BCLA President 

What a fantastic conference we had in Liverpool in 2015! Great lectures and brilliantly entertaining events, made all the more interactive by the wonders of technology and social media. As the Incoming President, I want this atmosphere and interaction (both virtual and in person) to continue until we meet again at the 2017 Conference.  I want to use this energy to discover ways in which we can expand the market for contact lenses. We are currently missing opportunities from children to presbyopes and beyond.  I believe there is a lens for every person who needs vision correction.

So, how can we achieve this? Our members are the BCLA and each bring something unique to our organisation.  Make sure you stay in touch and let us know what you think.  Join us on Facebook and LinkedIn, share images on Instagram and follow us on Twitter. Share interesting cases or how you have enhanced your practice. We can all learn from each other and from each of our patients and build the market. Widen your knowledge and share it. Try joining different groups (and invite them to join the BCLA fold!).  Reach out to companies you may not have dealt with before – there may be contact lenses out there that you’ve never heard of before that may be perfect for one of your patients. No one knows them all, but all are brilliant in their own way.  There is no-one who needs vision correction that is not a potential contact lens patient!  When you find a perfect fit – tell us via one of our social media channels or may be an article in Contact, our newsletter. 

How about sharing in person too?  Come to meetings, learn something new and catch up with old and new friends.  We #CameTogether in Liverpool, Let’s stay and  grow together in the future. 

Brian Tompkins
BCLA President 2015-2016

Brian's Biography

Brian Tompkins is an experienced independent practitioner.  A former AOP Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year, he is extremely proactive in fitting all types of contact lenses to any age and prescription. His work in contact lenses has included collaborative clinical trials with Eurolens Research, Visioncare Research Ltd and OTG.

Research & Consultancy. He also lectures internationally on business, imaging technology, dry eye and contact lens topics, all based on real life experience in the consulting room.