New Contact Lens Update Provides Global View of Eye Care Professional Response During Pandemic

International Panel Shares Clinical Practice Experiences in 2020

WATERLOO, Ontario, December 14, 2020—The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) has published issue number 57 of its free online education magazine, Contact Lens Update. The latest edition looks at the unique events of 2020 through the eyes of ten front line practitioners who have been working with a fast-moving, ever-changing situation to continue delivering patient care.

Representing ten countries, the international panelists work in a number of clinical settings and specialise in several aspects of optometric practice, research and education. They provide fascinating insights into the similarities and differences encountered during the year—and the passion, professionalism and resilience of the eye care profession.

Some of their experiences are explored in depth within the latest edition, including mask design and dry eye.

The feature article provides a visual demonstration of the effect of wearing different types of face masks on the spread of aerosols and droplets from the mouth and nose when speaking, coughing and sneezing. An accompanying video created by Prateek Bahl of USNW Sydney and colleagues shows significant differences in efficacy between different designs of masks.

Mask-associated dry eye (MADE) is addressed in the Clinical Insight. This includes a downloadable graphic available in 32 languages for practitioners to use with patients that explains the phenomenon and simple steps to alleviate it.

The Conference Highlight shows how reported increases in dry eye are not solely confined to adults. A study from Amy Nau,  who divides her time between clinical practice and research, examined the dry eye symptoms in a population of middle and high school students who commenced online home learning during the pandemic.

Published six times per year, Contact Lens Update provides a global platform for unbiased clinical insights based in current research. Since 2011, each issue has provided dependable and up-to-date ocular health information for more than 60,000 leading eye care professionals.

In addition to a complete archive of back issues, offers a resource library that provides no-cost professional tools, patient resources, images and video. It also houses complimentary technical training videos produced by International Association of Contact Lens Educators, plus an industry glossary. Industry professionals can access the latest issue directly from or quickly sign up for email receipt of future issues.

The publication receives support from the educational arms of Alcon, CooperVision, and Johnson & Johnson Vision.

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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

Aimee J. Lewis or Mike McDougall, APR, Fellow PRSA, McDougall Communications for CORE +1.585.414.9838  | +1.585.545.1815