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Dr Byki Huntjens, Division of Optometry at City, has been elected as a co-director of the board of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) and also been awarded the IACLE’s Contact Lens Educator of the Year 2021 for the Europe, Africa, Middle East (EAME).

By Mr Shamim Quadir(Senior Communications Officer), Published

Last week, Dr Byki Huntjens, Senior Lecturer in Optometry at City, University of London was elected as one of six Directors of the Board of IACLE, the International Association of Contact Lens Educators, who are elected once every four years.

Furthermore, at the IACLE Annual General Meeting on the 13th of May, Dr Huntjens was awarded the IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year 2021 for the Europe, Africa, Middle East (EAME) region.

Dr Byki Huntjens

Formed in 1979, IACLE has developed prestigious programs to maintain high standards of contact lens education around the world. They develop and distribute high-quality resources and programs in multiple languages to 'educate the educators' in the field of contact lens practice. Since its inception IACLE has had over 2,500 contact lens educators join its membership, currently comprising over 960 active members at 564 institutions in 79 countries worldwide.

Dr Huntjens joined the School of Health Sciences at City in 2009. She was Program Director of the BSc Optometry course at the School between 2015 and 2018 and is currently module lead for Contact Lenses (Undergraduate), co-lead for Medical Retina (Postgraduate), teaches Visual Optics and Clinical Skills within the School. She is also the Lead for Teaching Excellence at the School representing optometry and supervises several MSc and PhD students in the field of contact lenses, myopia, and dry eye.

Reflecting on her recent successes, Dr Huntjens said:

'I am pleased that I represent City, University of London in this global association of contact lens educators as one of the newly elected Directors. And being presented IACLE's educational award is a wonderful acknowledgement for the work we do here in the contact lens department at City, University of London. In addition, co-authoring the recently published Contact Lens Evidence-based Academic Report (CLEAR) on Evidence based contact lens practice, as well as the world renowned TFOS workshop 'A Lifestyle Epidemic: Ocular Surface Disease’ on Digital Environment will benefit our educational provision and research opportunities in contact lenses.’

Find out more

Visit the IACLE website to find out more, including about its mission, courses, resources and events.

Visit the Division of Optometry and Visual Sciences at City, University of London.