Meet Libby, A Graduate Optometrist at Specsavers
We spoke to Libby, a recent graduate who has chosen a career in Optometry with Specsavers.
Why did you choose Optometry?
It seemed the perfect balance of problem solving, patient interaction and science. I always knew I wanted to be a health based professional. Upon work experience I had the opportunity to use to equipment to see the eye; it was then that I discovered how fascinating and complex the eye was. I treasure my sight so much in all the activities that I do and being entrusted to help others with this appealed to me as a career.
Why did you join Specsavers?
Specsavers was renowned for supporting their staff with training programmes upon leaving University. It is a trusted company, with a good reputation. More importantly, during a summer placement I witnessed the team dynamic and store ethos – and it was such a positive place to work that I knew it was where I wanted to be.
What does a typical day look like?
No two days are the same, or typical. My roles mainly involve testing eyes, using a variety of equipment and techniques to checking the eye health and the prescription. However, no sight test is the same. There is a dynamic range of patients and a diverse array of different pathology and eye problems – it really keeps you on your toes. Your first patient can be a 90 year old, and your last a 4 year old. Amongst sight tests there’s the interaction with other team members such as helping fit the glasses, perform other clinical tests or put a patient at ease.
What are the best things about your role?
The chance that you could help improve someone’s sight and help with managing their general health is exciting. The role includes using technology, problem solving and science to do so. It’s an academically interesting patient centred role. Research on eye conditions and management is constantly being updated.
Describe the culture of your store.
We are a large store which is very positive and keen to make sure the patient gets the best service possible. It means a strong team ethos and understanding of everyone’s roles and ability to adapt to roles to ensure the best outcome is met.
What makes you most proud of your time so far at Specsavers?
It is hard to pin down one moment as each time you as a team make a difference to someone’s vision it makes you proud to be part of that journey. I started straight after my optometry degree, and whilst there I have completed my professional exams to become fully qualified in a very rewarding career.
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