The first Nordic Contact Lens Forum was a sold out event and a great success. Almost 700 attended the conference at the Waterfront Congress Center in Stockholm on May 26th 2018 and the gala dinner for the Nordic Optical Awards.
We wanted to create a platform for discussing the latest trends and insights in the optical field but also a place where you can meet your peers, expand your network and boost your clinical and commercial competence.
A meeting place for the contact lens industry, and after the first NCLF we think we did just that.
Nordic Optical Awards was founded to recognize extraordinary achievements within the contact lens industry and to further develop and strengthen the contact lens business in the Nordic region.
Winners of the awards for best optician, sales person and store – of the year and were presented during the gala dinner at Stockholm Waterfront Congress Center. See the winners below.
Sara Morgan is an optometrist and staff development consultant. She has worked in contact lens clinical research at the University of Manchester where she gained her MPhil for her evaluation of the first daily disposable contact lenses. Sarah continues to lecture and lead clinical sessions at the University of Manchester and holds the post of Vision Sciences Fellow specializing in contact lenses and communication skills. Sarah lectures extensively as a Key Note speaker across Europe, North America, South Africa, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is a Fellow, past Council member and PR officer of the British Contact Lens Association. At the start of her career, Sarah worked in a variety of independent and multiple practices, which led to her passion for training for all members of the practice team and establishing her consultancy business, Eyecommunicate. She has a wide portfolio of projects including staff development work, and advising professional organizations, optical media and manufacturers both in the UK, and globally. She is currently working on the next edition of her sell-out textbook ‘The Complete Optometric Assistant’. Sarah is married to optometrist Philip Morgan and they have two children. Sarah is a professional actress, after-dinner speaker and stand-up comedian and performs regularly in comedy clubs as a solo stand-up act. She plays the piano and a few other musical instruments and she recently undertook opera training, and includes this as a twist to her comedy routines. Her YouTube video, The Presbyopia Song, unites the wonderful worlds of music, comedy and optometry.
Philip Morgan is Professor of Optometry, Head of Optometry and Director of Eurolens Research at The University of Manchester. Philip is President-Elect of the International Society for Contact Lens Research and Assistant Secretary of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators. He is an honorary member of the Association of Contact Lens Manufacturers, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and of the British Contact Lens Association, and a member of the UK College of Optometrists. Philip was the BCLA Medallist in 2014 and BCLA Pioneer’s Lecturer in 2015.
Elena García Rubio, Optometrist, attended her first congress of optometry and contact lenses at age 16, there she discovered her future and graduated from Optometry School in Madrid (1994), completed a Master degree in Optometry, Contact Lenses and Vision Therapy at the Centro de Optometría Internacional in Madrid (1995). Completed her optometry education in US in summer courses at Pacific University in Oregon (1996) and practices in the offices of Dr. Robert Sanet in San Diego and Dr. Donald Getz in Los Angeles (1998 and 1999). In 1997, she was one of the founders of Opening Eyes Spain, subsidiary of the Health Program of Special Olympics, a non-profit program that offers visual health care for people with special intellectual needs. She has participated as speaker at a conference for the first time in 1995; has since conducted numerous presentations on contact lenses, especially pediatric contact lenses, learning disabilities and visual impairment due to brain injury. Has published articles in optometric and medical journals on Brain Damage Visual Rehabilitation, Post-traumatic Diplopia Rehabilitation, Dry Eye and Upper Lid Margin Staining, Contact lenses for children and teenagers. Specialized in fitting pediatric contact lenses for infants and children, and Orto-k for children and toddlers, as well as contact lenses for people with special intellectual needs. Runs her own private practice: the Nacional Institute of Optometry, in Madrid. Advises several contact lenses manufactures in the innovation of products.
Shelly Bansal (FBDO Hons CL, FBCLA) qualified in 1982 and completed his Hons.CL diploma in 1987. In 1994, he opened his own independent practice, which now has client base of over 15000 patients with 40% of the turnover being contact lens related. His interests include the management of dry eyes, Orthokeratology, fitting younger patients with contact lenses, multifocal contact lenses and developing practice management strategies. In 2002 his practice was nominated as a finalist in “The eye care practice of the year” and has been a finalist in “Contact Lens Practice of the Year” several times. In 2013, Shelly was announced as Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year in the AOP awards. Shelly has recently served two consecutive terms as the President of the British Contact Lens Association.
Fredrik Källmark received his optometry degree in 1982, and his PhD in 2009 at Karolinska Institutet. Until 2015, he worked as a senior lecturer and supervisor at Karolinska Institutet teaching Optometry and Medical students. He is also an Associate professor at the University of Huston, Texas. He has a burning passion for diagnosis and treatment of dry eye, and has lectured all around the world. Fredrik is the founder and CEO of Källmarkskliniken, which is the first and only dry eye clinic in Sweden, based in Stockholm and Malmö.
Pete Kollbaum (OD, PhD, FAAO, FBCLA) is Associate Dean for Research, and Director of the Borish Center for Ophthalmic Research at the Indiana University (IU) School of Optometry. After receiving his OD degree, Dr. Kollbaum worked in a private multidisciplinary practice prior to returning to IU where he received a Masters degree in Clinical Research and a PhD degree in Vision Science. Following receiving his research training he accepted a faculty position at IU, where he teaches and performs research in the areas of contact lenses and optics. Dr. Kollbaum holds membership in several organizations including the American Academy of Optometry, ARVO, AOCLE, IACLE, ISCLR, and BCLA. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Optometry and the American Optometric Foundation.
Nick Dash is an Independent Clinical Optometrist with 30 years varied experience and interest in a range of world leading technologies to improve Global Eye Care. He is currently honorary lecturer at University of Wales, Cardiff whilst continuing his Independent Practice. Nick has lectured throughout the world from Harvard Medical School in the USA, to being invited three times by the Hong Kong Government to be Key Note Speaker. Most recently speaking passionately regarding Contact Lens Strategies in the Control of Myopia. He has developed an evidence based practice strategy for Myopia in the young, using practice based protocols.
Lovisa Pettersson received her MSc in Clinical Optometry at Karolinska Institutet in 2012, and in 2017 she became the second Swedish Fellow of the BCLA. She has a great interest in diagnosis and treatment of dry eye and contact lenses, specializing her clinical research and PhD on dry eye treatment. When she’s not working with research, she works as a Professional Service Manager for CooperVision, with main focus on internal and external training and development of educational training tools.