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2018 STAPLE Program Provides Hands-On Contact Lens Experience

Two OD students with patient looking at card.

Contact lenses are an essential part of optometric practice and New England College of Optometry, NECO, provides courses and workshops to help students gain critical skills in contact lens fitting. On Sunday, February 10, 2018, NECO hosted STAPLE, the Soft Toric and Presbyopic Lens Education to provide a hands-on contact lens workshop to the OD3 class. STAPLE offers a soft-toric contact lens workshop during the fall semester and a soft multifocal contact lens workshop in the spring semester.

STAPLE is a collaborative effort with Alcon, Bausch + Lomb, CooperVision, and VISTAKON, a division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care.   The STAPLE program provides optometry students in the US and Canada the opportunity to have hands-on soft toric and multifocal fitting workshops. During the workshop the students are able to fit a product from each company on volunteer patients. These multi-company workshops aim to provide non-biased educational experience to students by providing multiple patient experiences focused on a concentrated topic area.  

At the NECO program, students were able to work directly with patients to fit soft multifocal contact lenses. Industry representatives were on hand to help students select lenses and answer product questions.  NECO faculty mentors oversaw the fittings and provided guidance on their work.

The Staple program explains, “The goal of these multi-company workshops is to provide generic education that will benefit the student through a valuable lens fitting experience in the soft toric and multifocal lens categories.” (source:

Student with patient looking through equipment
student with patient looking at hand held eye chart