At Optical Express, we are committed to offering unrivalled career development opportunities to our Optometrists. We know that our people are our strongest asset, so we dedicate ourselves to helping them progress and realise their full potential. Join one of our leading optometry teams and you’ll soon find that the opportunities for professional growth are second to none.
As the UK’s only complete eye care provider, we can provide our Optometrists with a career pathway that is truly unique in the industry. Offering a wide range of eye care solutions to patients, you will be able to practice real clinical diversity and develop a wealth of new skills. Sarah Renton, Specialist Refractive Optometrist at our state of the art Glasgow clinic, comments: “I’ve developed a lot since working here. I started off doing NHS work and contact lenses, and then when I started here I did my refractive surgery training in pre- and post-op. Consultations are much more in depth. You learn a lot more about your job which then helps when you go back to do NHS sight tests. You pick up more eye conditions quite quickly.”
The clinical diversity offered at Optical Express does not only help our Optometrists enhance their skillset, it also allows them to stay engaged with their role and the optical industry as a whole. According to Optometry Development Manager Claire Milne, it’s this variety in her role that has kept the passion for her job alive. Sejal Patel, Senior Refractive Optometrist, also remarks: “Consenting with and working alongside surgeons has really kept me interested, because I’m constantly learning new skills. Even being in the company for 11 years, I’ve not been bored. I’m still learning and I’m still developing skills on a day-to-day basis.”
A move into refractive optometry doesn’t need to be a challenge. At Optical Express, we have everything in place to provide you with the support needed to grow your confidence as a clinician. Working as part of a wider team, you’ll gain access to invaluable guidance from some of the most renowned Ophthalmologists in the country. Besides this, ongoing support is available through our Clinical Services Team, which consists of dedicated and experienced clinicians that provide on-demand 24/7 advice. “You’ll always have the support here. We’ve got a whole range of Optometrists which we call a team of Clinical Services Optometrists, and they are only a phone call away,” Sejal comments.
Support doesn’t end there, as we also provide all of our Optometrists with the opportunity to gain their Independent Prescribing (IP) qualification – fully funded by us. In addition to this, ongoing training and coaching is available through our in-house CET events, allowing you to boost your knowledge on key topics within the optical industry.
At Optical Express, we understand that a healthy work-life balance and the time and tools to effectively manage the needs of your patients are all important. Here, you’ll have access to leading-edge technology and diagnostic equipment from market leaders like Carl Zeiss and Johnson & Johnson Vision. This allows our Optometrists to deliver first-class patient care and achieve the best possible clinical outcomes.
By offering flexible working patterns to our Optometrists, we help them achieve and sustain a healthy work-life balance. Kamile, Specialist Refractive Optometrist at our Liverpool clinic, comments: “I work alternating weekends, which is quite good because as most Optometrists know, most of the time in the optics business you have to work the weekend. So, having those alternating weekends off is a great help.”
Are you ready to take on a new challenge? From unrivalled opportunities for professional growth to being able to truly change lives, you’ll find a career at Optical Express more satisfying than you ever imagined. View our latest optometrist vacancies now and develop your optometry career with the UK’s leading refractive surgery provider.