CORE Offers Insights on Contact Lens Industry Growth, Safety, Wearer Satisfaction and Pediatric Use at NCC 2020

Organization Continues to Extend Its Global Reach in Ocular Research;
Multiple Scientists to Present Papers, Posters and More in the Netherlands

WATERLOO, Ontario, February 24, 2020—Scientists from the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) will have their largest-ever presence at the 8th Dutch Contact Lens Congress (Nederlands Contactlens Congress / NCC), which runs March 15-16 in Veldhoven, The Netherlands. CORE researchers are scheduled to present multiple papers, posters and education sessions on some of the most critical issues in contact lens prescribing and development, including industry growth, contact lens safety, wearer satisfaction and pediatric use.

“The theme of the conference is ‘Beyond 2020’ and we consider this an apt description of what we have in store for NCC this year,” said CORE Head of Clinical Research Jill Woods, MSc, MCOptom, FAAO, FBCLA. “Our topics are central to what’s ahead for the entire contact lens category. CORE’s independence, the breadth of our research capabilities, and our work with a range of sponsors globally generate unique perspectives—ones we’re excited to share in Veldhoven.”

Dr. Woods is the lead author of “5 years of daily disposable contact lens wear in children,” which will be presented on Monday, March 16 at 1:30 p.m. in conjunction with the MiSight® 1 day clinical study group. She will also deliver a podium review of the “Satisfaction of habitual wearers of reusable multifocal lenses when refitted with a daily disposable, silicone hydrogel multifocal lens” poster on the afternoon of Sunday, March 15, in addition to co-moderating the larger session.

Doerte Luensmann, PhD, Dipl. Ing. (AO), FAAO, a senior clinical scientist at CORE, will speak on new digitally-aided techniques for successful lens fitting as part of two paper presentations. “The use of a modern web-application to assist reusable toric lens fitting success” and “Toric lens fitting success supported by an online fitting app” will be shared back-to-back, beginning on Monday, March 16 at 2:12 p.m.

CORE Clinical Scientist Karen Walsh, BSc(Hons), PGDip, MCOptom, FIACLE, FBCLA, and Director Lyndon Jones, PhD, DSc, FCOptom, FAAO, FBCLA, are teaming up at NCC for two continuing education programs that are sure to draw sizable crowds.

The first program, on Sunday, March 15 at 11:15 a.m., explores the opportunities for continued expansion of the daily disposable modality. They will be joined by Philip Morgan, BSc, PhD, MCOptom, FAAO, FBCLA, director of Eurolens Research at The University of Manchester.

The second program will take place on Monday, March 16 at 9:30 a.m. Drs. Walsh and Jones will partner with Marco van Beusekom, BOptom, FIACLE, Professional Affairs manager, Benelux, Johnson & Johnson Vision, to discuss best practices in safe wear and care of contacts and the importance of encouraging compliance in practice.

In addition to its clinical education tracks, NCC is also known for bringing together eye care professionals with social events, celebrating friendships and professional relationships alike. The eye care professionals attending NCC will be in for a special treat as the opening day comes to a close, when Drs. Jones and Walsh assist Sarah Morgan, BSc(Hons), MPhil, MCOptom, FAAO, FBCLA, in a comedy and live music-filled eye and music-themed quiz. Those festivities get underway at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 15 in the Baronie Room.

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About the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE)

The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) was established in 1988 at the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry & Vision Science. Over the next three decades, the organization evolved from a three-person operation into a thriving hub of basic and applied research, collaborating with sponsors, agencies and academia on advanced biosciences, clinical research and education. Its uncompromising independence and results of the highest quality have been at the heart of many of the most prominent advances in eye health. Today, its approximately 50-person team serves a range of ophthalmic sectors, including medical devices, ocular pharmaceuticals, digital technology and others, with a focus on the anterior segment. For more information, please visit


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