Emilie Langley2016 Scholarship Winner
Emilie is an optometrist at Mortimer Hirst Optometrists in Auckland, a specialty contact lens practice.
The CCLS scholarship appealed to me as the recipient got to choose their desired area of up-skilling and is able to organize their own clinical experience. It gave me an opportunity to taper a learning experience to my very own needs.
I had heard a lot about the Innovative bespoke contact lens designs and how successful they were in practice regarding success rate and providing contact lens options for complex corneas and prescriptions previously thought not eligible for certain contact lens treatments.The scholarship seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to learn about the Innovative contact lenses with hands on, one-on-one experience, so I applied for the scholarship and I was very fortunate to be the 2016 recipient.
I contacted Lachlan Scott-Hoy, director of Innovative Contacts and owner of two busy Innovative Eye Care Optometry practices in Adelaide, and he was more than happy to host me at his practices for a week. I was the third CCLSNZ scholarship recipient wanting to learn from him. My aim was that at the end of the scholarship I would feel comfortable enough prescribing all of the Innovative contact lens designs back in practice (ortho-k lenses for high and low myopia/hyperopia/presbyopia/astigmatism, scleral lenses and bespoke RGPs) and be able to share this knowledge with my colleagues. Lachlan was so generous with his time and knowledge that the skills I learnt from the scholarship exceeded my expectations in every way.
Through this scholarship I not only learnt contact lens fitting skills from the best, I also gained another contact lens mentor and a greater support group of contacts that have the same passion as I do for contact lenses.
I would like to sincerely thank the CCLSNZ and Lachlan for providing me with this amazing opportunity. Prescribing Innovative contact lenses in practice has opened a whole other world for me in regards to contact lens fitting. It has been rewarding to be able to confidently and successfully offer contact lens options to more clients and to also refit clients who weren’t happy in their old contact lens designs into Innovative contact lens designs. I feel this scholarship has kept me motivated in the contact lens specialty and I am so grateful for this help and support along my contact lens journey.
Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to find out more about my CCLSNZ scholarship experience. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org