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New Zealand Trek + Festive Season

New Zealand Trek + Festive Season

Dear Fellow Adventurers

I have just returned from trekking in the South Island of New Zealand.  The trek was called The Grand Traverse and it is a six night adventure and covers approximately 80kms.

A couple of very interesting standouts for me on this particular adventure were:

1) The company that guided us was Ultimate Hikes, based in Queenstown.  Their booking of our trips, website, front of staff and amazing and professional guides/staff on the track, were fantastic.

Our guides were three young women for whom, from start to finish of the trek, nothing was too much trouble.  They were very informative and supportive.

At Ezekiel Eyes I would like to think we provide our patients with all the support they require on their endeavours/adventures, to enhance their vision and improve their quality of life.

2) The other important issue was for a couple of trekkers on our adventure.

One was significantly short-sighted and he was travelling with only one pair of spectacles.  No spare spectacles or contact lenses.

My advice to all patients when travelling is to have a bare minimum of one spare pair of spectacles.  I could not imagine the problems for this young man if he didn’t have visual aids, in the wilderness.

Trekker two had severe blepharitis/dry eyes and usually travelled with lid wipes and eye drops.  Unfortunately, he forgot most of his regime products and bought whatever was available in Queenstown on the morning our adventure started.  During the trek he suffered quite badly with red, sore eyes and poor vision in the one eye.

Please, plan your eye drops when travelling.  The issue with travelling is that we all do not hydrate as we usually would.

If you are unsure about your eyes when travelling, in particular with regards to dry eyes, please let Kai and I sort you out.

For more information about the amazing adventure, which I enjoyed immensely, please ask me.

As we approach the festive season we – Kai, Maureen, Tom, Dee and myself – would like to wish you and your families a very safe, healthy and wonderful time.

May 2018 be a fruitful and most importantly, healthy, year.

Cheers
Damon

 

 


Festive Season Dates

We are Closing from Friday 22 December 2017, and reopening on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

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45th Congress International Society of Contact Lens Specialist Edinburgh

45th Congress International Society of Contact Lens Specialist Edinburgh

Damon attended the 45th Congress of the International Society of Contact Lens Specialist in Edinburgh, pictured above with Ivan Weiner who is on the council. Damon is Vice President of ISCLS and will become President in September of 2018.

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Sight for All Charity Project – Cambodia

Sight for All Charity Project – Cambodia

Sight for All Charity Project – Cambodia

After some time in the planning I recently made my second journey on behalf of Sight For All – A Shared Vision, a charity based in Adelaide.

The aim of this visit to Phnom Penh in Cambodia, as per my initial visit to Hanoi in Vietnam, was to focus on training Dr Khong, an ophthalmologist, and her staff, in the fitting of all types of gas permeable contact lenses.

Sight for All focuses on delivering sustainable sight-saving solutions in partnering communities. We aim to train Dr Khong to a suitable level so that she can then fit contact lenses to the numerous patients that visit her at the Eye Clinic of the Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital.

Once Dr Khong is up to speed, she can then be the trainer and pass on her skills to others within the eye clinic.

I spent most of my week in Cambodia teaching the theory of fitting these gas permeable contact lenses.

We consulted with a handful of patients and fitted them with contact lenses and reviewed the corresponding theory that had been taught.

It was a very grounding experience as we take so much for granted here in our western society. Many Cambodians have so little yet they are so happy and very helpful. It would be wonderful if we could all experience what others don’t have, how they live and their amazing attitude to life.

I look forward to continuing to help Dr Khong and her team via email, Facetime and in the future.

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Dealing with Dry Eye

Dealing with Dry Eye

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Would you like to know how to clean your glasses properly?

Would you like to know how to clean your glasses properly?

Follow these tips to clean your eyeglass lenses and frames without risk of scratching the lenses or causing other damage. These same tips apply for cleaning sunglasses, safety glasses and sports eyewear, too.

1. Wash and dry your hands thoroughly. Before cleaning your eyeglasses, make sure your hands are free from dirt, grime, lotion and anything else that could be transferred to your lenses. Use lotion-free soap or dishwashing liquid and a clean, lint-free towel to clean your hands.

2. Rinse your glasses under a gentle stream of lukewarm tap water. This will remove dust and other debris, which can help avoid scratching your lenses when you are cleaning them. Avoid hot water, which can damage some eyeglass lens coatings.

3. Apply a small drop of lotion-free dishwashing liquid to each lens. Most dishwashing liquids are very concentrated, so use only a tiny amount. Or apply a drop or two to your fingertip instead. Use only brands that do not include lotions or hand moisturizers (Dawn original formula, for example).

4. Gently rub both sides of the lenses and all parts of the frame for a few seconds. Make sure you clean every part, including the nose pads and the ends of the temples that rest behind your ears. And be sure to clean the area where the edge of the lenses meet the frame, where dust, debris and skin oils can accumulate.

5. Rinse both sides of the lenses and the frame thoroughly. Failing to remove all traces of soap will cause the lenses to be smeared when you dry them. 

6. Gently shake the glasses to eliminate most of the water from the lenses. Inspect the lenses carefully to make sure they are clean.

7. Carefully dry the lenses and frame with a clean, lint-free towel. Use a dish towel that has not been laundered with a fabric softener or dryer sheet (these substances can smear the lenses). A cotton towel that you use to clean fine glassware is a good choice. Make sure the towel is perfectly clean. Dirt or debris trapped in the fibers of a towel can scratch your lenses; and cooking oil, skin oil or lotion in the towel will smear them.

8. Inspect the lenses again. If any streaks or smudges remain, remove them with a clean microfiber cloth — these lint-free cloths are available at most optical shops or photography stores.

For touch-up cleaning of your glasses when you don’t have the above supplies available, try individually packaged, pre-moistened disposable lens cleaning wipes. These are formulated specifically for use on eyeglass lenses. Don’t use any substitutes.

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8 Tips For Eye Allergy Sufferers

8 Tips For Eye Allergy Sufferers

  1. Get an early start. See your eye doctor before allergy season begins to learn how to reduce your sensitivity to allergens.
  2. Try to avoid or limit your exposure to the primary causes of your eye allergies. In the spring and summer, pollen from trees and grasses are the usual suspects. Ragweed pollen is the biggest culprit in late summer and fall. Mold, dust mites and pet dander are common indoor allergens during winter.
  3. Protect your eyes from airborne allergens outdoors by wearing wraparound-style sunglasses.
  4. Don’t rub your eyes if they itch! Eye rubbing releases more histamine and makes your allergy symptoms worse.
  5. Use plenty of artificial tears to wash airborne allergens from your eyes. Ask your eye doctor which brands are best for you.
  6. Cut down your contact lens wear or switch to daily disposable lenses to reduce the build-up of allergens on your lenses.
  7. Shower before bedtime and gently clean your eyelids to remove any pollen that could cause irritation while you sleep.
  8. Consider purchasing an air purifier for your home, and purchase an allergen-trapping filter for your heating/cooling system.

Also, to check your risk of exposure to airborne allergens outdoors, take a look at today’s pollen count map.

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