Day in the life … Clinical Research Optometrist Paulina

Describe your typical day As a newly graduated Optical and Imaging Technologies Masters student, with my first degree in Optics and Optometry, I’m involved in the clinical evaluations of the patients. I take measurements for each wearer trial and take part in quality controls during the lens manufacturing process. What do you start with every day? I start by going over the trials protocol for the patients scheduled for that day. In this way I make sure each appointment gets…

Day in the life … DO and business owner Jim

What do you start with every day? I start with a healthy breakfast and see my family off to school or work. I then jump in the car and start my commute to work. During my drive to work, I will often have a call with Dan Pederson, my business partner to discuss the previous day’s activity across our group of practices and discuss any pressing matters ahead. When I get to the practice, we start the day by having…

Day in the life … dispensing optician Stuart

Stuart is a dispensing optician who also runs Eyecare Education, helping optometrists and dispensing opticians stay up to date with their ongoing education events. If you like the idea of combining running events with a clinical career, read on to find out about his work and how he combines time in practice with working on his business. What do you start with every day? If I'm working from home then the day will start with the school run, followed by…

Day in the life … service engineer Stephen

Stephen is a service engineer at BIB Ophthalmic Instruments. Read on to find out about a day in his working life. Every day is different, depending on whether I am in the office or out visiting customers. On an office day I answer service phone calls, offer advice, provide technical solutions and product user advice and respond to email enquiries. I also book jobs for customer site visits across the UK. Journey planning plays a big part for me. On…

Day in the life … Eye Care Champion Lance

Lance works for a charity called SeeAbility as an Eye Care Champion in London. Read on to find out about what the role is all about. I work with my Champion co-workers to promote eye care for people with learning disabilities and autism. People with learning disabilities are 10 times more likely to have a serious sight problem than other people. Despite this, many people with learning disabilities are still not receiving the eye care they need.   What do you…

Day in the life… business apprentice Yassin

Yassin works at Spec-Care Services in the south west of England. He is a Business Administration’ BTEC Level 3 apprentice. Yassin's boss Rob says, "Yassin has a passion for business development and the optical world has helped develop his career. He is a shining light for apprenticeships and without doubt a star business person of the future." Describe your typical day My typical day involves helping run the office department. I attending to tasks from dealing with customers, answering email…

Day in the life … domiciliary optician Joshua

Would you like to help people, in a range of environments, in a job that ensures you are always on the move and constantly facing new challenges? Joshua Wainwright FBDO FdSc BA (Hons) works for Specsavers Domiciliary, delivering eyecare to those who can't get to the practice due to health or mobility issues. Alongside this he is a trainer and is studying to further develop his low vision skills and knowledge.  Describe your typical day. The night before I’m due…

Day in the life … contact lens optician Jodie

Jodie is a contact lens optician in the South West of England. Read on to find out more about her day. Describe your typical day as a contact lens optician. My typical day involves seeing a variety of contact lens fits, routine aftercares and emergency eye care appointments, meeting patients’ expectations and making sure they leave happy. What do you start with every day? First things first I start with a coffee! Then I start by looking at my clinic…

Day in the life … clinical technician Lyndon

Lyndon Bird SMc(Tech) is a clinical technician at TKS Optometrists. His role in the practice is to provide diagnostic tests requested by the optometrist for each patient. Read on to discover more about what Lyndon does each day. I start the day by unlocking the practice, switching on all the machines in the diagnostics suite. I print off the clinic lists and go through each patient one by one to plan what diagnostic procedures are required. I then maximise the…

Day in the life … eye clinic liaison officer Ben

Ben Sykes is an RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) and his clinic is based in The Countess of Chester Hospital. Ben has Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON), which is central vision loss that affects the optic nerve behind the eye. He is severely sight impaired. Describe your typical day As an ECLO, every day can be different and brings its own exciting challenges. It can range from seeing patients face to face, to…