Spring time: Allergy time

September 3, 2016


Spring has sprung and for many, it also marks the beginning of red, itchy and watery eyes. Nedlands optometrist, Damon Ezekiel, says the chance of suffering from an eye allergy this season, is much higher than usual.

“Airborne agents that cause irritation, such as pollen and grasses, are more active and likely to cause eye allergies,” said Damon.

“When not treated correctly, eye allergies can become so severe that they affect your concentration and ability to work. So, if you experience a new or unusual allergic reaction this spring, it’s important to have your eyes checked.”

Damon, says the most common of all eye allergies is Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis where the body’s reaction can cause swelling of the conjunctiva, the thin layer lining the whites of the eyes and inner eyelids.

“Some people also experience cold and flu-like symptoms such as sneezing, sniffling and a stuffy nose.”

“To manage allergic conjunctivitis, it is important to determine the cause of the allergen to enable you to avoid it, and to therefore reduce the frequency and severity of symptoms.”

“Having your eyes tested as soon as any signs of an allergy present themselves, gives you the best chance of eye allergy relief.”

The commons symptoms to watch for include:

  • Itchiness
  • Redness
  • Lid swelling
  • Watery eyes

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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