A world-class venue and the promise of a multitude of new innovations to appraise and discuss look set to make this year’s British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) Exhibition in Liverpool a contact lens and technology showcase to remember.
Taking place at the stylish, accessible and WiFi ready ACC Liverpool, UK, this year’s BCLA Exhibition will get underway at 1pm on Friday 29 May – with all visitors invited to stay on for the BCLA Welcome Drinks from 6-8pm in the exhibition hall.
As always there is no charge to enter the BCLA Exhibition* and visit the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers showcasing everything from the latest contact lens technologies and ocular health nutritionals to practice management software and anterior eye instrumentation.
Enjoying centre stage in the exhibition will be the Beatles-themed BCLA stand, where visitors can find out about the latest membership offers, and how to be in with the chance to win one of several great prizes during the conference.
“A welcoming hub where visitors can enjoy complimentary refreshments, whilst catching up with the BCLA team and each other, the BCLA stand will be your first port of call for all your events and membership needs,” said BCLA Events Manager, Sarah Greenwood.
A popular component of the BCLA Exhibition, the Exhibitors’ Pavilion will once again provide visitors with practical tips and advice at bite-sized drop-in learning sessions. The timetable of presentations, along with a complete list of exhibitors, will be available prior to the event on the BCLA app and website, www.bcla.org.uk .
The Exhibition will also give visitors the chance to catch up with this year’s sponsors and premium exhibitors, which are:
- Alcon (Partner)
- CooperVision (Partner)
- Johnson & Johnson Vision Care (Partner)
- Topcon (Gold & Technology)
- David Thomas Contact Lenses (DTCL)/Menicon (Gold)
- mark’ennovy Personalised Care (Premium)
- Scope Ophthalmics (Premium)
Inma Perez, Head of Professional Affairs, EMEA, Alcon Vision Care, commented: “Comfort through technology will dominate Alcon’s programme and stand this year. We have 13 Alcon supported clinical posters and other presentations providing delegates with scientific findings on the technologies that make our company a leader in vision care, from improved permeability and wettability technologies in contact lens and lens care, to consistent surface performance of our monthly disposables.
“In addition, an opportunity that delegates should not miss this year is Alcon’s Partner Sponsor Presentation on Saturday morning: Improving Patient Outcomes Through Innovation – A look into the future, where our Vice President of Research and Development, Dr Franck Leveiller, will share his deep insights into the future of contact lenses, lens care, and eyecare delivery,” added Inma.
Nigel Mallinson, Managing Director for the UK & Ireland at CooperVision, commented: “We believe that this year is going to be an extremely exciting BCLA event for us here at CooperVision. We are delighted to be showcasing our newly expanded portfolio, including the world’s only full family of silicone hydrogel daily disposable contact lenses. We’re also going to be highlighting the Biofinity range of reusable contact lenses, as well as helping practitioners grow their practice through offering key insights as part of the business track sessions.
“The event is a must attend for anyone working in the optical industry as it’s a fantastic opportunity for everyone to come together to learn from the expert opinion leaders, network with peers, meet suppliers, as well as pick up new skills. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone in Liverpool,” added Nigel.
Andrew Yorke, Managing Director of Topcon GB Medical, commented: “With technology moving faster than ever before, Topcon is committed to the delivery of an advanced education programme in support of all of its ECPs at this year’s BCLA conference in Liverpool and are once again delighted to be the preferred equipment provider.
“With the introduction of the world’s first combination anterior/posterior Swept Source OCT, the importance of continued professional development is of paramount importance in maximising the benefits of the technology. Our team of clinical experts from Topcon University will be on hand to further explain this new and exciting technology to our customers, old and new. Along with a number of other new and exciting products including our new corneal analysis system and our upgraded MGA slit lamp system, Topcon are looking forward to supporting the extremely exciting clinical programme.”
Gill Narramore, sales and marketing manager for DTCL, said: “We are delighted to be a Gold Sponsor once again. It’s an exciting time for us – and the BCLA – with a completely new venue this year. As there isn’t a conference in 2016, we are determined to make this a year to remember. We have some new and exciting products for delegates, with Steve Newman coming over from Singapore to talk about Miru 1day, Paul Rose from New Zealand on Rose K2 Soft, and Jac Santadomingo from Spain to present on MeniCare Pure RGP Solution.”
Gary Daniels, UK Sales Director of mark’ennovy, said: “With this year’s new location, a strong line-up of presentations and industry key opinion leaders, the mark’ennovy team are looking forward to welcoming BCLA delegates to our stand. Our theme for this year will be ‘Meeting every patient’s visual needs’ with premium custom-made contact lenses. BCLA 2015 is not to be missed.”
Tom Freyne, Commercial Director of Scope Ophthalmics, said: “Scope Ophthalmics is delighted to be partnering with the BCLA as it’s a great forum for leading optical professionals. It gives us the opportunity to showcase the most innovative ocular surface disease (OSD) products and provide education on how to diagnose and treat OSDs effectively. We have a growing product range, including our HYCOsan and OcuSoft ranges, and a clear focus on dry eye, blepharitis and OSD education. At Scope we aim to empower delegates in diagnosing and treating ocular surface diseases with Scope’s extensive product range.”
Exhibition opening times:
- Friday 29 May: 1pm to 8pm (Welcome Drinks 6-8pm)
- Saturday 30 May: 9am to 5pm
- Sunday 31 May: 10am to 3pm
Pre-registration for the Exhibition is available on the BCLA website, but it’s also possible to register at the ACC on the day. Download the BCLA app for detailed information about this year’s exhibitors and their products.
* Please note: exhibition only visitors are not permitted to attend any of the conference lectures or workshop sessions nor have access to delegate or exhibitor lunches.