‘So, how do you update your knowledge or skills?’

March 6, 2023

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Ever wondered how Damon and Rhiannon update their knowledge or skills?

They love keeping their skills up to date!

Recently, they attended their first face-to-face conference in three years – the WA State Optometry Conference in Fremantle.

We spoke to them about their experience:

How does it feel to be face to face again at a conference?

Damon said “It was so good to be back at an in-person conference.

The presentations were great and the networking at morning tea/lunch was terrific. Bring back in-person learning.”​

What is one thing that you learned that surprised you?

Damon: “How much I missed in-person learning and mixing with my colleagues and industry representatives.”

 

How has the conference changed the way you practice?

Damon: “We have already changed the way we test for our visual fields. We use an alternative test to the one we have been using regularly.

This test gives us a better way to measure our patient’s central visual field. That is, the part that we see straight ahead, rather than the side.”

Tell us about a new technology you saw in action or any new equipment that caught your eye. What impressed you about this?

Damon: “One microscope (Heidelberg Slit Lamp) provides amazing, in-depth imaging.

Due to the detail and costs associated with this instrument, it is more for an ophthalmologist or researcher to utilise than an optometrist.

However, it was great to see it in action and know what is available for patients.”

What do you enjoy about visiting Fremantle?

Damon: “Fremantle is a great funky town that offers so much for everyone -from cafes, restaurants, art galleries, movies, the famous Fremantle Markets, and the general bohemian vibe.”

Any other comments about your Conference?

Damon: “I am very keen to attend my next presentation or conference in person.

It is such a great vibe and I loved seeing what I have missed over the past two years by learning through the virtual world.”

Thanks for sharing your experience with us, Damon. You can see that they enjoy staying up to date with their knowledge and skills, right?

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optometrist-damon-ezekiel

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