Published quarterly, EyeWitness Journal has 1-2 continuing education articles for certified professionals to earn NCLE and JCAHPO CE. EyeWitness includes articles and columns covering important contact lens topics. Regular features include: CLSA News; Bottom Line; Product Watch; Consultants Perspective; and CLSA’s Associate Members Directory. Many supporters of CLSA advertise in EyeWitness to showcase contact lens products and services. EyeWitness is the premier contact lens resource for eye care professionals.
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Author Criteria for Article Submission
We are pleased that you are considering submitting an article for publication in the EyeWitness, the official publication of the Contact Lens Society of America. Continuing Education (CE) articles, if accepted, will be submitted to the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE) for continuing education credit approval. To ensure that your article meets the stringent guidelines as set forth by the NCLE for home study CE credit and those of the EyeWitness itself, we have developed the following guidelines.
The content of your article should follow the specific theme as outlined by the EyeWitness Editor. Publication themes have been carefully planned in an effort to provide CLSA members, sponsors and other readers with the best mix of information. When writing your article, emphasis should be placed on educational value. CLSA’s role is not to exclusively promote a particular sponsor’s product or product line. You may mention a specific product or sponsor’s area of expertise provided you are objective and include other points of view as well.
CE articles should be a minimum of 4000 words in length. This is provided as a guideline and should not be used to limit your article. Your article will be edited to conform to the allowable space. When in doubt, it is always better to provide too much than too little. Non-CE articles can vary in length from 700-1,500 words.
Articles must be properly referenced. Please be careful of plagiarism. Please follow the American Medical Association (AMA) guidelines for references.
Article submissions must include the following:
An article description of 25-50 words in length for each hour of education (see attached sample). Articles seeking approval of multiple-hour credits require a more extensive description than those seeking single credits. The article description should state, in general terms, the knowledge or skills participants are expected to obtain as a result of the article. Often, articles are not approved because it is unclear as to how they pertain to the skills or knowledge used in contact lens fitting.
Articles submitted for approval must also be accompanied by a detailed outline with time references. Those who review article submissions for CE approval rely most heavily on the outline. It is not enough merely to state the main topics of the article. You must include all sub-topics and an estimated time allotment per topic adding up to a minimum of 50 minutes to gain CE approval.
Graphics, Illustrations and Photographs
Graphics, illustrations and photographs that accompany your article will enhance the learning and provide for a more visually appealing article. Please try to use your own photos, graphics or illustrations to avoid copyrighted information. If you use material from another source, you must get permission to use it.
All should be clearly marked with their respective Figure number referenced in the text and emailed as an attachment. High resolution computer graphics (300 dpi of size to be printed) must be submitted via EPS, TIF or JPEG files with each clearly marked with the file name. Furnish only “Native files” (original graphic) files – do not embed graphics within Word or PowerPoint files. Please note that graphic files downloaded from the Internet may be in low resolution and not suitable for reproducing in the publication. Please check your file carefully for quality before submitting. Remember, you must reference all illustrations as a Figure (e.g., Figure 1) in the text of the article and provide a caption for each graphic.
CE Test Questions
In order to be considered a continuing education article by the NCLE, a minimum of 20 multiple-choice questions and answers must be submitted along with the CE article. Please supply the correct answer for each question (highlighted in bold type) along with three wrong answers (distracters). Do not provide true/false questions or questions with “All the Above” or “None of the Above” as potential answers.
Level 1 designation assumes the reader has little or no prior knowledge of the material presented. Level 2 assumes some prior knowledge or experience. Level 3 assumes the reader is well-versed in many aspects of the subject matter. (Note: Author must be an approved Level 3 speaker).
Article deadlines are usually six weeks before the final print date of the issue. This gives the editors/production team time for editing, layout and final author review. Please submit your article in a timely manner. The EyeWitness Editor or Production Manager will notify you of the article’s due date.
Along with your article, please submit a biographical sketch (short paragraph about your credentials). This may include your current employer, state, regional or national affiliations, as well as professional designations and/or awards that you have received in the eyecare field. Please limit this to 100 words or less.
Provide a color photo, head-and-shoulders shot preferred, in electronic format.
• Article (CE approximately 4,000 words/Non-CE 700-1,500 words)
• If CE article, include cover sheet with Course Level, Description, Outline and Time references
• If CE article, 20 multiple choice questions and answers
• Computer generated graphics, figures and photos
• Captions for graphics/figures
• Short biography/photo
Course: Level II
Course description: Silicone hydrogel lenses are rapidly becoming the first lens choice for many ECP's. This article gives an overview of the material itself while also exploring patient selection considerations, care of the lenses, and potential complications. The benefits of delivering more oxygen to the lens wearer are explained and discussed. At the conclusion of the article, the reader will understand the characteristics of this latest generation lens material and how to best pair it with solutions to meet their patients needs.
I. Introduction (5 minutes)
II. Characteristics of Silicone Hydrogel Lenses (10 minutes)
B. Oxygen Permeability
III. Patient Selection (10 minutes)
IV. Caring for Silicone Hydrogels (10 minutes)
A. Solution Compatibility
1. Epithelial Staining
2. Parameter Changes
V. Complications of Silicone Hydrogel Lenses (10 minutes)
B. Smile Stains
C. Conjunctival Flaps
D. GPC or CLPC
E. Hyperopic Shift
VI. Summary (5 minutes)
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