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OD3 Class Participates in the STAPLE Contact Lens Workshop

Students learn more about the Soft Toric and Presbyopic Lens Education (STAPLE) program

On September 28, the OD3 class participated in the first session of the two-part Soft Toric and Presbyopic Lens Education (STAPLE) program. The second session will occur on January 11, 2015.

STAPLE is a collaborative effort involving 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 all four companies 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.  

Dr. Long Tran, a private practitioner and attending optometrist at University of California-Irvine, welcomed the students and provided an introductory lecture to the class. The students then moved to the preclinics to greet their patients and began fitting the toric contact lenses. Industry representatives were available to help the students select lenses from the fitting sets and answer product questions. NECO faculty mentors oversaw the fitting and provided guidance to the students on their work. Students, mentors, and industry representatives had the opportunity to network and reflect on their experiences over lunch.   

We would like to thank all who participated including NECO faculty mentors, Drs. Chris Kenrick, Alan Kwok, Britney Mazza (NECO 2010), Andrew McLeod, and Crystal Remington (NECO 2012). Special thank you to Dr. Jason Chin (NECO 2004), Edna Chui (OD4), and the Contact Lens Society for helping organize the event. Industry representatives included Matt Hamilton (Alcon), Jackie Adams (Vistakon), Anita Dunn (Coopervision), and Ursala Lotzkat (STAPLE Coordinator).   

We look forward to the return of STAPLE on January 11, 2015 for the second session covering multifocal lenses. 

Learn more about the STAPLE program.  

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