Damon helps to launch a new Optometry Course in WA!

Did you know that over twelve million Australians suffer from long term eye conditions?

However, over 90% of these are preventable or treatable.

Two nights ago, Tania and I were proud to attend a special launch at The University of Western Australia.

UWA launched the very first Doctor of Optometry degree in WA.

The new course will produce optometrists with a focus on early detection, diagnosis, treatment and management of eye diseases.

But where does Ezekiel Eyes fit into this?

Damon is ideally placed to teach Doctor of Optometry students, and offer real world experience at Ezekiel Eyes.

Students will get the opportunity to learn about a variety of soft and rigid contact lenses from Damon.

UWA course coordinator Prof Garry Fitzpatrick and myself:

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Got a minute to watch a video? Here’s more from UWA about the course.​

Together, we can feel proud of the ongoing work of UWA and the Lions Eye Institute.

At Ezekiel Eyes, we look forward to helping more people to see and improve their quality of life.

Felix shares why he loves learning!

Do you enjoy learning? Every day, I’m learning new ways to help people at Ezekiel Eyes!

You might not know that I have been doing postgraduate study in specialty areas of eyecare.

Keep reading to learn more about how it’s making a difference every day…

Previously at a large corporate optometry business, I recall trying to help people like:

· A lady who wore rigid contact lenses but struggled to get the lens to fit properly in one eye

· A person who had early keratoconus and difficulty putting his lenses in and out. One lens went missing and we found it stuck under one upper eyelid.

· A girl with a turned eye and her mother wanted to know how to improve her eye

 

In my previous role, I had to refer these people to find care with more specialized eye doctors.

When I started working at Ezekiel Eyes, Damon Ezekiel shared how he focuses on improving people’s quality of life.

This motivated me to enroll in an Advanced Certificates in Contact Lenses and Children’s Vision via the Australian College of Optometry.

I’m enjoying the challenge of extra study so far. Damon is fully supportive of me taking up extra study.

Recently I undertook clinical placements with a local paediatric ophthalmologist and two behavioural optometrists. The latter specialise in children’s vision and vision problems affecting education and learning difficulties.

It was great to see tests performed on real patients. Each of these three professionals shared their tips with me.

From my placement and study, I feel confident working with:

· Custom contact lenses

· Dry eye treatment

· Assessing children with learning difficulties and information processing skills

· Vision therapy

· Colour vision assessments for dyslexia

My study has also made me aware of the role of other professionals, such as paediatricians, teachers, occupational therapists, speech pathologists and audiologists in supporting children’s development.

I look forward to collaborating with these professions in the future.

My study and new skills have helped me to grow in confidence, and expand my ability to help meet my patients needs.

Improving people’s quality of life is something that is important for me.

I look forward to seeing you and helping you with any future eye problems. Book an appointment with me here

Your inspiring stories about contact lenses

Every day we love hearing inspiring stories from you!

We get to hear how contact lenses give you newfound freedom, choice and comfort.​

Contact lenses have changed millions of people’s lives for the better.

They are simple, convenient to use and many wearers feel they offer better and more natural all-round vision than spectacles.

They can even help people to achieve life-long dreams, such as becoming professional athletes or musical stars!

If they are looked after properly and good hygiene practice is followed, contact lenses are safe.​

This week is Love Your Lenses Week and we are delighted to be backing the campaign.

 

Why Rebecca loves her lenses

One of the Ezekiel Eyes family, Rebecca H, shares “there was a lot going on that I was missing”. Then she got contact lenses.

Watch Rebecca share her story (2 min video via Youtube):​

How contact lenses help save the ocean

We know how important the environment and sustainability is to you.

Felix shares how your contact lenses can help save the ocean from plastics (2 min video):​

Please keep sharing your stories with us about how contact lenses make a difference to your day.

Thank you, Kai!

Optometrist Kok Kai Kang (Kai) served patients in Perth from 2012-2019

Damon Ezekiel, Principal Optometrist and Owner at Ezekiel Eyes:

“It is with regret that I announce that Kai, my colleague optometrist, has left Ezekiel Eyes to move back to Singapore.

Kai will return to his family and continue his optometry career in a Singapore Hospital eye clinic.

Kai was with us for seven years and was a much valued member of our team.

I would like to thank him for his great work and in particular for being the instigator of our Intense Pulse Light (IPL) for our many Dry Eye patients.

I have no doubts that Kai will succeed in whatever endeavours he undertakes, and I wish him all the very best on his new start in Singapore.

Meanwhile, I am on the look-out for another colleague to join me and help to continue the amazing things we do at Ezekiel Eyes to improve the quality of life of our patients. Stay tuned for news on that front.

Yours sincerely,

Damon Ezekiel”

8 Benefits of Wearing Scleral Contact Lenses

You’ve been told in the past that you need corrective lenses. You’ve chosen to go with contacts but the ones that you’ve been given are so uncomfortable and don’t seem to be helping with your condition at all. You’ve elected to just not wear any corrective lenses because of this which is only making your situation worse.

If this sounds like you then you should talk to your doctor about scleral contact lenses. Scleral contacts are comfortable as well as help with many of the rarest eye conditions. You can also get special effect ones that can grant you vision while your cosplay.

To help you decide if you’re ready to talk to your contact lens specialist optometrist about these contacts, here is a complete guide on these benefits and more.

1. They’re More Comfortable

There are many patients who look at scleral lenses and get more than a little intimidated by their size. They’re meant to cover the user’s entire eye which is where they got their name.

It’s for this reason that potential users are afraid that they won’t be very comfortable but this fear is unwarranted. Sclera lenses are custom made for the patient so they’re actually way more comfortable than other lenses.

The lenses don’t move around too much because they’re made to fit your eye perfectly. This means you’ll never have to worry about them becoming painfully dislodged. 

They’re also a fairly gentle fit. There is little to no pressure or compression to the tissues in your eye.

2. They will Work When Nothing Else Will

If you have a certain eye issue that none of your other contacts or glasses seems to solve, then sclera lenses may be the thing that you need. For one, they’re custom made to not only fit your eyes but also to deal with your condition. 

For another, they create a fluid layer which not only keeps your eyes hydrated all day long without the need for drops but also helps regulate the shape of your cornea. You’ll immediately notice a positive difference. 

3. Scleral Lenses give amazing value

A lot more work goes into scleral lenses than other contacts. This is because again, scleral lenses are custom made to fit your eyes and deal with any conditions that you have.

What price would you put on your eyesight? Scleral lenses can help you to see again, giving you the freedom to have a job, drive a car, and live the life you want.

Private Health Insurance applies to scleral lenses just like other contact lenses. They normally last for two years with normal use.

If you’re thinking of investing in scleral lenses, you’ll find that the benefits outweigh the money that you spent on them. 

4. Promote the Healing of the Ocular Surface 

Scleral contacts protect the surface of your eyes while also correcting your vision. They do this by opening your eye to an oxygen permeable fluid chamber. This keeps any irritants from getting into your eyes. 

To this end, the lenses allow the ocular surface of your eyes to heal because nothing can get in and scratch it. This will be a huge help if you’ve had a corneal transplant or have suffered through some sort of chemical damage. Your eyes will be able to heal and adjust. 

5. Keratoconus 

If you have keratoconus you’ll need contacts that won’t move around too much when you blink. To this end, if you get regular contact lenses when you have this condition they may be too uncomfortable to deal with or worse, damage your eyes. 

Scleral lenses are traditionally prescribed to people who have hard-to-fit eyes. They will be the only contacts that will be able to centre correctly on your eyes if you have keratoconus. 

6. Other Eye Issues

Keratoconus isn’t the only eye condition that these contacts can help with. Again, they’re the perfect thing to protect the surface of your eyes if you’ve had a corneal implant or chemicals have gotten into your eyes. 

They also help if you have uncomfortably dry eyes from conditions like Stevens-Johnson syndrome or Sjogren’s syndrome. These lenses even combat severe cases of astigmatism. 

7. Special Effects

You don’t have to have some sort of eye condition or bad vision to be prescribed scleral contacts. Some choose to get them for purely cosmetic purposes. 

They can drastically change the look of your eyes so that makes them perfect for theatrical and cosplay purposes. Keep in mind that these contacts are usually only for aesthetics. They usually don’t have the same benefits as normal scleral lenses.

8. Caring for Them

You would think that because the lenses are special that the caring instructions would be a little more complex than regular contacts but this isn’t the case. For the most part, the caring instructions are the same. You take them out at the end of the day, don’t put them under tap water, and don’t swim, sleep or take a bath with them in. 

The only difference is they need to soak in a particular type of solution but your eye doctor will provide this for you or at the very least, tell you what solution to use. 

Talk to Your Optometrist About Scleral Contact Lenses

If your regular contact lenses aren’t cutting it anymore, (or if they never did) try talking to your eye doctor about scleral contact lenses. They will be custom made to fit your particular condition while not being too much more expensive than the lenses you have now. Start seeing in comfort. 

Are you ready to get yourself into a new pair of lenses? Contact us today to make yourself an appointment. 

Know Before You Go: A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Contacts for Kids

Vision problems are on the rise for kids in Australia. In fact, one in four Australian children is living with an undiagnosed eye problem.

With so many children beginning to struggle with vision problems, there’s also an increase in the need for glasses and contact lenses.

Are you considering getting contact lenses for your child? Are you a little nervous about whether they’re a good fit for them? 

If you’re on the fence about contacts for kids, keep reading.

Listed below are eight things you ought to consider before you buy them.

1. Some Kids are Better Candidates than Others

It’s a misconception that contact lenses are only for teenagers and adults.

There are plenty of children who do just fine while wearing prescription contact lenses. At the same time, though, some children are better candidates for contacts than others.

If you’re not sure if your child is ready for contact lenses, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do they have good personal hygiene habits?
  • Do they keep their room and bathroom clean?
  • Do they follow through with their other responsibilities (schoolwork, chores, etc.)
  • Do they need frequent reminders to keep up with everyday tasks?

If your child has good personal hygiene and doesn’t have trouble keeping up with everyday responsibilities, they can likely handle the responsibility of wearing contact lenses.

If they’re a bit careless or irresponsible, you may want to work with them on these things before you purchase contacts for them.

2. Contacts are Great for Sports

If your child plays sports or is generally active, contact lenses are a great option to consider.

Contact lenses provide them with a lot of flexibility and will save them from having to continually push a pair of glasses up the bridge of their nose while they’re playing sports, dancing, or participating in other extracurricular activities.

Contact lenses can reduce injury risk, too. If their glasses are struck and break while playing, they could end up with a serious eye problem.

Contacts improve your child’s vision without creating any kind of discomfort or safety issue.

3. Contacts Can Boost Self-Esteem

In a perfect world, your child would feel confident while wearing glasses to correct their vision problems. That’s not always the case, though.

Some kids simply feel better and more like themselves when they’re wearing contacts instead of glasses.

If your child regularly complains about wearing glasses, or if they conveniently “forget them” when they leave for school each day, contacts might be a good option to try instead.

4. Parents Need to Teach Healthy Habits

As a parent, it’s important to understand the key role you play in ensuring your child becomes a successful contact lens wearer.

You will need to work with them and teach them how to keep their contacts clean and well-maintained.

You may also have to remind them to take their contacts out, clean them properly, or store them in their case for the first few days or weeks after they get them.

Before you purchase contacts for your child, make sure that you are up to the task of getting them in the habit of caring for them first.

5. Kids Must See an Eye Doctor First

Before your child gets contact lenses, they need to see the optometrist first.

An optometrist will ensure that your child gets the right pair of contact lenses for their specific needs.

The optometrist can also provide you with tips to help your child get used to wearing contacts and get in the habit of caring for them the right way.

Always buy your child’s contact lenses from a registered optometrist. Don’t try to purchase discounted lenses, even if you’re shopping for a non-prescription pair.

6. A Slow Transition Works Best

If your child has been wearing glasses for a long time, it’s best to transition them slowly from glasses to contacts. They don’t have to throw them away and wear contacts all the time right from the start.

When they get their first pair of lenses, continue to use their glasses as their primary vision correcting method. Then, they can try wearing contact lenses on the weekends so they can practice in a low-stakes way.

Once they’re comfortable with that, they can try wearing their lenses at school or during the week, too. 

7. Daily Disposables are a Good Option

If you’re worried about your child’s ability to keep their contact lenses clean and in good shape, you may want to start them with daily disposables.

Daily disposables eliminate the need for cleaning and the need for specific storage practices.

They’re much more convenient and are great for your kids and those who don’t have the best track record when it comes to keeping things clean.

8. Contact Lenses Can Slow Nearsightedness Progression

There is some research that suggests that wearing contact lenses can also slow down the progression of nearsightedness in children.

Vision problems, in general, are on the rise among Australian kids, but nearsightedness is increasingmore than other vision issues.

A certain type of contact lenses, known as orthokeratology, help to change the shape of the cornea, which is the clear front portion of the eye.

These lenses are meant to be worn at night. They change the shape of the cornea while the wearer sleeps, and then the wearer doesn’t have to worry about wearing lenses or glasses during the day.

Order Contacts for Kids in Perth Today

In a lot of cases, purchasing contacts for kids can be a great option.

Contact lenses give them the flexibility they need while playing sports or engaging in other activities, and there’s no risk of them losing them or breaking them — which isn’t always the case when you’re dealing with regular eyeglasses.

Are you ready to buy contacts for your kids? Before you go ahead and order them, be sure to schedule an eye exam.

If you live in or around the Perth area, come see us at Ezekiel Eyes today.

We make it easy and convenient for you to schedule your kids’ exam and order their first pair of contact lenses.