Former managing director and founder of Cameron Optometry, Donald Cameron, attended the International Society of Contact Lens Specialists (ISCLS), along with Ian Cameron. Here Donald shares some of the highlights and insights.
It was a great privilege to be invited to bring a formal welcome to the delegates and partners attending the ISCLS at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh last weekend. Having reminded them of some of Scotland’s history of innovation of the past, Ian then explained some of the surgical training he had undertaken and expounded his aspirations for the development of the profession over the next 25 years.
The group is formed of many of those who have written the textbooks and done the clinical research that had led to the innovations within the contact lens world – daily disposable lenses, one step disinfecting solutions, lenses for treating children with congenital cataracts and for treating other diseases of the cornea.
One of the most interesting areas of current research is the management of myopia (short-sight). Historically myopia has been set at around 22% in the UK and is expected to double in the next 20 years. In Taiwan the incidence of myopia is 96%. Myopia is not just an inconvenience since it increases risks of glaucoma and a number of other eye diseases so the World Health Organisation is describing what is happening as an epidemic.
To listen to these world experts describe how this can be managed with new contact lens designs was exciting since the practice is at the forefront of this work in the UK. In summary our attendance at this prestigious conference was not only helpful, it was an honour to be invited to address such an august body and we are certain the spin off from the weekend will be seen in the way we develop our clinical skills.