She has settled in to Ezekiel Eyes very well and is quickly learning our different processes and systems.
As well as finding motivation in knowing her patients have received the best care possible, Rhiannon is particularly experienced in the examination of children’s visual systems and is undertaking the fitting of all our various contact lenses.
Optometrist Rhiannon Richer
Rhiannon enjoys a challenge and a laugh. This has led her into various roles with a drive to expand her clinical skills, including working for multiple Ophthalmologists in Brisbane as a student, and in Perth as a graduate.
This ambition to learn led her to contract work where she worked for numerous clinics around regional Western Australia.
She brings this drive to Ezekiel Eyes and is excited to meet you.
When not at work, you’ll find Rhiannon learning a new skill, on her boat, camping or with her nose in a good book.
I know you will join me in making Rhiannon welcome.
Damon Interviews Sonia about her new Multifocal Glasses
Allergies are very common, with around 1 in 5 people in Australia experiencing an allergy during their lives.
The severity of allergies varies from person to person and can range from minor irritation to anaphylaxis.
When you have allergies, your immune system makes antibodies that identify a particular substance as harmful, even though it isn’t.
These are usually everyday items such as:
When you come in contact with the substance, your immune system’s reaction can inflame your skin, sinuses, airways or digestive system, typical of an allergic reaction.
When do allergies feel like a cold?
A cold is an infection caused by a virus. Allergies are your immune system’s reaction to a substance like pollen.
Because the two conditions cause similar symptoms, like sniffles and stuffiness, many people get them mixed up.
The only ache you may feel with allergies is a headache from all that congestion.
Allergies can cause sore throat if there’s enough irritation from post-nasal drip and coughing, but if you’re experiencing a sore throat or mild body aches, they’re more likely a sign of a bad cold.
Here’s a breakdown of common symptoms of a cold vs allergy:
Are allergies genetic?
Not exactly. The tendency to develop allergies is often hereditary, which means it can pass down through genes from parents to their kids.
It could be eczema, hayfever or asthma, or all three of these conditions.
But just because a parent has allergies doesn’t mean that their kids definitely get them.
And someone usually doesn’t inherit a particular allergy, just the likelihood of having allergies.
Some kids have allergies even if no family members are allergic.
Experts think other factors come into play, like your environment, air pollution, respiratory infections – even diet and emotions.
How do allergies affect eyes?
The nose, eyes, sinuses and throat are affected by substances that are inhaled.
During an allergic reaction, these areas can become swollen, inflamed or itchy, with extra mucus produced in the nose and fluid in the eyes.
The symptoms of eye allergies can vary greatly in severity and presentation from one person to the next.
Your eyes may become increasingly red and itchy.
Most people will present with at least some degree of irritation or foreign-body sensation and clear, watery discharge.
What happens if I rub my eyes?
Rubbing your eyes may seem like a relatively harmless thing to do.
Most of us do it regularly, whether we’re suffering from hayfever or a common cold, or are just feeling tired and groggy.
Rubbing stimulates tears to flow, lubricating dry eyes and removing dust and other irritants. Rubbing your eyes can also be therapeutic.
Pressing down on your eyeball can stimulate the vagus nerve, which slows down your heart rate, relieving stress.
However, if you rub your eyes too often or too hard, you can cause damage in a number of ways…
Rubbing your eyes may cause tiny blood vessels to break, resulting in bloodshot eyes or dark undereye circles.
When you rub your eye, germs are easily transferred from your hands, which can result in infections like conjunctivitis. Read more about conjunctivitis.
Sometimes people get a foreign body stuck in their eye and the natural instinct is to rub it to try and remove the object. However, rubbing against the object can very easily scratch and damage the cornea.
Rubbing is most dangerous in people with certain pre-existing eye conditions. People with progressive myopia (a type of short-sightedness caused by a lengthened eyeball) may find that rubbing worsens their eyesight. Similarly, those with glaucoma may find that the spike in eye pressure caused by rubbing the eyes can disrupt blood flow to the back of the eye and lead to nerve damage and, ultimately, permanent loss of vision.
Studies have shown that continuous eye rubbing in susceptible individuals can also lead to thinning of the cornea, which is weakened and pushes forward to become more conical. We write about various topics that might affect your sight and vision. As certified optometrists in Perth who have been serving for three generations, we care about your health.
This is known as Keratoconus, and is a serious condition that can lead to distorted vision and possibly the future need for a corneal graft. Read more here
If you’re like most people, glare can happen anywhere.
Glare can affect you when you:
Drive, watch kids sport, go to the beach or just step outside.
If you forget you sunglasses, you can struggle to function. You get tiredness, eyestrain or fatigue.
Glare can get in the way of normal life, right?
What can you do about glare?
You may have heard of polarised sunglasses.
These give the best glare protection for your eyes. Maui Jim are one of our favourite brands of polarised sunglasses.
What are Maui Jim Sunglasses?
First of all, if you have never worn a pair of Maui Jim Sunglasses, you don’t know what you’re missing.
They are the lightest, most comfortable and superbly optically correct sunglasses you will ever find anywhere.
The glare reduction through their amazing polarization process is without equal. You truly do get what you pay for.
Watch Damon’s interview with Jade from Maui Jim
Check out the moments in this video:
1:06- Watch a cool demo of how polarisation instantly gives more detail
2:16- check out Damon’s blue mirrored lenses
5:26- can you get prescription lenses in these?
6:12- can you get distance or multifocal lenses?
If you struggle with glare, or want to protect your eyes thoroughly, come and try on a pair of Maui Jim Sunglasses today!
Bob’s shares how his eyesight Improved:
“For the last ten to twelve years since the second Pterygium (skin growth on the coloured part of the eye) removal to my right eye and afterwards laser treatment to the eye, scar tissue has stopped me seeing clearly in fact my sight was not unlike looking through a frosted glass window, with more serious consequences with driving at night where each light source included a smudge to the right.
Damon Ezekiel was brilliant in sorting the problem, scanning the topography of my eye, fitting that eye with a correctly curved lens with appropriate sighted correction enabling me to improve the eye sight chart by seven lines, incredible !!!
The other improvement was the removal of the “flare” effect so nighttime driving eye sight is now perfect, now that’s brilliant.
The other point of interest for me was how clear the full moon is and all the perfect pin pricks of light from the stars, what have I been missing for all these years.
So thank you Damon for the life change it’s made for me.”
Thank you for sharing your comments, Bob!
Let’s all work to protect our eyes from sun and damage.