Becoming a Specialist Refractive Optometrist with Optical Express

Thanks to the diverse range of eye care services that we offer our patients, from laser, lens and cataract surgery to routine eye examinations and contact lens checks, a career at Optical Express really does have a lot to offer.

We recently spoke with Yousuf, a Specialist Refractive Optometrist at Optical Express who, before joining the company in March 2021, had no previous refractive experience. Thanks to our unrivalled training and development opportunities, Yousuf is now fully confident in providing outstanding refractive care to our patients.

Not only did Yousuf benefit from the comprehensive training available, he also felt constantly supported by his colleagues who were always on hand to offer advice, second opinions and answer any questions he had. Speaking about the support he commented: “The support is national and I can pick up the phone and ring our Clinical Services team and they can offer me support when I need it. There’s so many different avenues for support that you have here.”

Not only was Yousuf impressed by the training opportunities he received, he also was also amazed by the diagnostic technology available at Optical Express. With over £500million being invested in our clinics and technology, the equipment available to our optometrists is truly outstanding. For Yousuf learning to use this innovation machinery has been invaluable for his learning and development, “I didn’t know anything about the Pentacams or the IOL Master and all the scans I had never dealt with before but you receive great training. The level of technology available at Optical Express is crazy and it’s where I’ve developed my knowledge the most,”

When we asked Yousuf what his favourite part of being a Specialist Refractive Optometrist was, his answer was easy, “I was very interested in the clinical side of changing people’s lives, offering them the gift of sight, being able to see, so that was my main motivation to actually do optometry. With Optical Express, you have that opportunity to change their lives even more because it’s not just the glasses and contact lenses, it’s lens replacement and laser eye surgery. I’ve had patients you are -12 who can only see this close without their glasses and all of a sudden they have 20/20 vision two days after their procedure and they actually start crying, it’s absolutely amazing seeing that their lives have changed so much.”

Yousuf also received further support from Optical Express when he chose to go join the charity Jigsaw for their Gift of Sight project. Yousuf travelled to Lebanon to provide essential eye care services to underprivileged communities. Not only was his dairy rescheduled to accommodate the trip, Optical Express also provided 500 pairs of glasses for Yousuf to take on the trip and give to those most in need in Lebanon.

Are you ready to take the next step in your optometry career? Join Yousuf and expand your career by becoming a Specialist Refractive Optometrist at Optical Express.

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