With its annual scientific meeting fast approaching, 2008 is the first year that optometrists have been able to join the Medical Contact Lens and Ocular Surface Association (MCLOSA), writes Ryan Bradshaw.
MCLOSA is a sub-specialist interest group looking at cornea and external eye disease, focusing particularly on microbial infections, corneal dystrophy, inflammation of the eye and surface manifestations of disease.
Ms McElvanney, a sub-specialist in cornea and external eye disease at Epsom & St Helier NHS Trust, said that the main role of MCLOSA is to promote education of complex contact lens and ocular surface issues.
"Hospital optometrists can benefit from being members of MCLOSA as they can present their own work.
Each year, in tribute to former MCLOSA president, Jonathan Kersley, the society invites an important speaker for its centrepiece lecture.