BLOG: Get confident with contacts at Fitting Skills Day 

Fitting contact lenses can seem daunting. If you’ve never done it before, or only have limited experience, it can seem fiddly and you might be nervous about making mistakes. 
The BCLA’s Contact Lens Fitting Skills Day aims to banish those worries and boost your confidence when it comes to contacts. You’ll go from nervy novice to seasoned pro in just a few simple sessions, learning from the very best in the business. 
This one-day course, to be held at Aston University on Sunday, December 3, will provide a unique opportunity to increase confidence in RGP, Multifocal and Toric lens fitting skills, plus offering an introduction to managing Dry Eye. 
The programme will combine essential theory on these topics, as well as providing hands-on experience for fitting lenses in practice. 
Sessions include:
Contact Lens Consultation; communication and considerations
Tears, Ocular Surface, Lids and Contact Lenses – TFOS DEWS II
Ten Tips for Successful RGP Fitting
Neil Retallic, who has helped put together the programme for this year’s Fitting Skills Day, said: “This event has been specifically designed for Trainee Contact Lens Opticians, Pre-Registration Optometrists, Newly Qualified Practitioners and for those individuals who are returning to contact lenses and require a refresher in lens fitting skills. 
“Our objective is to support students prior to their assessments, as well as to offer an opportunity to promote contact lenses as a viable and commercial opportunity in real world practice. 
“The introduction of product specific sessions for toric and multifocal soft lens fitting proved very popular last year so we want to build on this for 2017. 
“Delegates will also have the opportunity to visit the exhibition to meet with our event sponsors who will be showcasing their latest products to ensure that you know what to fit and when from the range of products available.”
The course is FREE for BCLA members excluding Online Affiliates and Registered Users. If you are currently in your Pre-reg year or a Trainee CLO you can join as a Pre-reg member for £33 and register for the Fitting Skills Day Course for free, plus gain access to exclusive BCLA member benefits. You can also attend the course as a non member for £35. Register here for the event.

If you do not fall into the Pre-reg or Trainee CLO category and wish to attend the course for free, you can still join as a BCLA member, find out more about membership options here.  If you have any queries regarding BCLA membership, please email