The International Society ofContact Lens Specialists (ISCLS) has elected Perth optometrist Damon Ezekiel asits President, reflecting the first time the leadership of the 65-year-oldorganisation has been awarded to an Australian.
The ISCLS, the world’s firstinternational contact lens society, comprises pioneers and global leaders inthe practice, development and advancement of contact lenses.
Damon, owner of Ezekiel Eyes inNedlands Perth, took over as President at the Society’s 46th Congress inWashington DC recently.
Alsoat the Congress, Damon and British optometrist, Caroline Hodd, were awarded theprestigious Herschel Medal*, given “in recognition of outstanding originalcontributions to contact lens design techniques and of fitting and applicationin clinical practice, in the education of students and in the advancement ofthe status of contact lens practice”. Caroline is the only woman to ever designand market a contact lens to help people with unusual eye conditions.
Damon’s father, Don Ezekiel, Memberof the Order of Australia, contact lens inventor and now retired Perth optometristwas awarded the Herschel Medal in 2005. Don invented and produced the world’sfirst gas permeable scleral contact lens.
Damon said he was proud andhumbled to be elected President of the ISCLS. “The ISCLS reflects the best ofthe best in contact lens practice around the world; these are the men and womenwho wrote many of the textbooks students now use. They are practitioners whohave revolutionised the treatment of eye conditions, and their work hasimproved the quality of life of thousands of patients over many decades,” hesaid.
In addition to owning andmanaging Ezekiel Eyes, Damon is a contact lens consultant to researchorganisations and lectures and conducts workshops in contact lens practice,including the fitting of all types of rigid gas permeable contact lenses,including Orthokeratology, scleral lenses and soft bifocal, multi-focal andcosmetic contact lenses. He undertakes voluntary work in Vietnam and Cambodiaon behalf of eye charity Sight For All.
About the ISCLS
The ISCLS had its genesis in 1938with a meeting of minds of British optometrist Frank Dickinson and GermanWilhelm Söhnges. While WWII interrupted theircollaborations, they met again in 1951 in London, where they were joinedAmerican Jack Neill. All three were working on similar ideas, so they pooledtheir resources and launched the micro-corneal lens in 1952. Söhnges bought a house in Bavaria and it became a centre wherecontact lens practitioners from around the world could meet in a socialatmosphere and discuss mutual challenges and ideas. Since that time, the ISCLShas grown to become a leading global authority on contact lenses and comprisesmembers from around the world.
*The Herschel Medal is namedafter English astronomer Sir John Herschel, who first proposed the idea ofmaking a mold of a person’s eyes, to enable the production of corrective lensesthat could conform to the front surface of the eye.
For further information:
Damon Ezekiel (President ISCLS)
Nigel Burnett Hodd (SecretaryISCLS)
+44 (0) 7715 420840, firstname.lastname@example.org