Damon Ezekiel has become the first Australian optometrist to be elected as the President of The International Society of Contact Lens Specialists (ISCLS).
The ISCLS, the world’s first international contact lens society, comprises pioneers and global leaders in the practice, development and advancement of contact lenses (CLs).
Mr. Ezekiel owns Ezekiel Eyes in Nedlands Perth, is a CL consultant to research organisations, and lectures and conducts workshops in CL practice. He undertakes voluntary work in Vietnam and Cambodia on behalf of eye charity Sight For All.
While at the Congress, Mr. Ezekiel and British optometrist, Caroline Hodd, were awarded the prestigious Herschel Medal, “in recognition of outstanding original contributions to contact lens design techniques and of fitting and application in clinical practice, in the education of students and in the advancement of the status of contact lens practice”. Ms. Hodd is the only woman to have designed and marketed a contact lens to help people with unusual eye conditions.
Mr. Ezekiel said he was proud and humbled to be elected President of the ISCLS. “The ISCLS reflects the best of the best in contact lens practice around the world; these are the men and women who wrote many of the textbooks students now use. They are practitioners who have revolutionised the treatment of eye conditions, and their work has improved the quality of life of thousands of patients over many decades,” he said.