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‘You can choose the career you want’

Nikki Gardiner, is celebrating her 20-year anniversary with Specsavers – from working weekends as an optical assistant, she joined the graduate programme – which let her choose the career she wanted. She’s now busy supporting | more

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Patient choice in ophthalmology treatments

Tim Manners MRCGP, FRCOphth. In England, more than 20 years ago, NHS-funded surgical eye care was generally in the local general hospital. This meant sharing space with all the other hospital services, but at least | more

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Using lockdown to study IP and MedRet

Porthcawl optometrist helps ease pressure on the NHS  People in Porthcawl no longer need to visit their GP to get a prescription for eye medication, thanks to a local optometrist who has completed a postgraduate course in Independent Prescribing.   Claire Edwards, store director at Specsavers in Porthcawl, completed | more

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The impact of poor vision on mental health

Families concerned about the mental health of elderly relatives in lockdown are being encouraged to check that worsening vision is not hampering their ability to cope while living alone. The call comes from optometrist Jason | more

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Sight loss following tree-surgery fall

A 63-year-old man from Epping Forest, Essex has praised his optometrist after he identified signs of a serious eye condition and helped save him from potentially permanent sight loss during first lockdown.  Retiree John Brotherton | more

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Pre-reg saves her own father’s sight

Derek Begley narrowly avoided permanent sight loss after mentioning a sore eye to his daughter, who happens to be training at Specsavers.  Victoria Begley, a pre-registration optometrist in Cheshire Oaks, made her usual phone call | more

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Dispensing during Covid-19

Change has happened so quickly in the last year, that we’ve barely had time to process all we are going through as a profession. We have had to adapt like never before so that we | more