What Damon loved about World Council of Optometry

October 6, 2023

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I was very lucky to attend the O=MEGA23 and World Council of Optometry in Melbourne on 8-10 of September, held at the Melbourne Convention Centre.

It was a fantastic conference with a very large trade display and over 2,500 attendees.

A highlight of all conferences is the networking with colleagues and industry leaders.

I caught up with a few Optometrists that graduated from the UNSW in the same year.

We are all still loving Optometry and interestingly all of these six from my graduating year are working in an Independant environment.

The extra scope of full scale Optometry and being able to deal with different providers and no real restrictions is what makes Independant optometry still such an amazing career.

After 33 years we are all still going strong and engaged for the benefit of our patients.

Myopia (Shortsightedness) Highlights

In the lectures this year there was a strong emphasis on Myopia Management.

Myopia progression is a major issue around the world.

A patient with myopia has a longer than “normal” eye length .

As myopia progresses, the eyeball continues to stretch.

Research tells us that as the eyeball stretches, the longer the eyeball becomes and there is a significant increase in glaucoma, retinal detachments and macula degeneration.

At Ezekiel Eyes, we offer a number of different therapies to our patients.

There are contact lenses

Orthokeratology is the wearing of gas permeable corneal lenses overnight, or soft lenses can be worn during the day (soft lenses that are specifically designed to slow down the progression of myopia).

Spectacles lenses can also be specifically designed to slow down the progression of myopia.

We also have therapeutic eye drops that we can utilise. Some patients benefit from using two of these therapies in conjunction with each other – dual therapy.

Tap on the image below to watch this video interview about Myosmart Glasses for Myopia (tap the Play Button below):

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New Contact Lenses

I attended a terrific breakfast for the new release of a soft daily disposable contact lens.

This new lens contact lens has a wonderful soft slippery surface to decrease lens dehydration during the day.

It is also a high breathing soft lens to increase the oxygen to our eyes.

This new lens, called Ultra 1 Day, is available at Ezekiel Eyes now.

Please let us know if you are interested in a trial fitting of this new soft innovative contact lens.

Award Winning Glasses

There was a great new array of spectacle frames and sunglasses. This includes Award Winning Glasses!

Listen as Damon Interviews Lisa from Eyes Right Optical (Tap the play button below):

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By mid-October, our new frames should have arrived and we are looking forward to showing you our new colourful and extensive range.

Our ranges include:

  • Woow
  • ProDesign
  • Kilsgaard
  • Paul Smith
  • Face a Face
  • Maui Jim
  • Kaleos
  • Charles Stone
  • BeBe
  • Boheme
  • Dutz
  • Nautica
  • Calvin Klein
  • Longchamp
  • Ferragamo
  • OGA
  • Flexon
  • Nine West and many more

We have revamped our children’s frames to include Nike, Flexon, Lacoste and more.

Please pop in and check out our new ranges.

To all our patients – enjoy the up and coming gorgeous spring weather and remember to make sure you are wearing your polarised sunglasses.

Cheers,

Ezekiel Eyes Team

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In addition to owning and managing Ezekiel Eyes, Damon is a contact lens consultant to various research organisations. He regularly lectures and conducts workshops in contact lens practice throughout Australia, Asia and the United States. Damon graduated from the University of NSW with a Bachelor of Optometry in 1989. He is now married with two children and enjoys running, hockey, swimming, piano, travelling and trekking.

Damon’s professional associations include:
President of the International Society of Contact Lens Specialists
Practising Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society
Fellow of the Cornea & Contact Lens Society of Australia
Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry
Member of Optometry Australia
Member of the Orthokeratology Society of Australia
Member of Alcon Australia advisory panel