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New fellowship lead appointed by BCLA

New fellowship lead appointed by BCLA

A senior researcher and optometrist will oversee the BCLA’s Fellowship strategy and encourage more members to come forward and be considered for the title.

Dr. Sònia Travé Huarte specialises in dry eye diagnostics and treatments, anterior ocular surface disease management, specialist contact lenses, Meibomian gland dysfunction and corneal pain.

Inspired by new treatment innovations, research and best evidence-base treatment care for her patients, she is also a clinical supervisor on the optometry programme at Aston University.

Dr Huarte’s new role will see her tasked with planning and arranging the application and approval procedure for Fellowship of the BCLA.

Luke Stevens-Burt, chief executive of the BCLA, said: “Our Fellowship scheme was first launched in 2006 to recognise the esteem of our key members in the area of contact lens and anterior eye.

“We wanted a dynamic and enthusiastic individual to uphold and nurture the BCLA Fellowship scheme to a global audience, and we are very much looking forward to working closely with Sònia to enhance the BCLA’s reputation, increase membership and to further foster the BCLA’s reputation as a forum for interchange of knowledge and education.”

She will check all fellowship submissions meet the required criteria before candidates present themselves for vivas ahead of the June conference. The role will also advise on the Association’s future Fellowship strategy and act as the BCLA’s ambassador in encouraging further new fellowships.

For more information on the BCLA’s Fellowship scheme, visit


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