My experience in the Optometry Shadowing Programme at Optical Express

Optical Express, Europe’s leading private provider of laser eye surgery, premium intraocular lens surgery and cataract surgery, have received extensive positive feedback relating to their Optometry Shadowing Programme, which was launched earlier this year.

The programme offers all qualified GOC registered optometrists the opportunity to shadow an experienced multidisciplinary team, which include both ophthalmologists and optometrists involved in the refractive surgery pathway, and gain experience of working with refractive and cataract surgery patients.

Dhruti, an optometrist from Southampton took part in the programme in our state of the art Southampton clinic, shadowing Oscar, one of our experienced optometrists. Speaking about her own experience, she mentioned that “shadowing him (Oscar) was the best part and watching how he sort of navigates through all his appointments”.

Graduating from Plymouth University in 2020, Dhruti commented that “refractive surgery wasn’t covered during uni at all”, that is why Optical Express’ Optometry Shadowing Programme is so beneficial. The aim of the programme is to provide optometrists a unique and invaluable insight into refractive surgery procedures that gives them the confidence and knowledge to provide better care and guidance to their patients.

Participants of the programme have the opportunity to observe surgical procedures being delivered by world-class ophthalmic surgeons and multidisciplinary teams whilst also working with advanced diagnostic technology. Describing the technology as “incredible”, Dhruti felt excited to be able to use the state of the art equipment that we have available in all our Optical Express clinics.

This unique initiative takes place at Optical Express’ state of the art surgery centres across the UK, making them accessible to optometrists up and down the country. Participants in the programme will be paid £150 per full day for taking part, and they will also earn two CPD points as part of the initiative.

If you are interested in participating in the programme, or would like to find out more, click here and register your details. An Optical Express representative will be in contact with you.

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