Nottingham based Suzanne Czerwinski was named as the 2016 UK Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year at the annual Optician Awards and is thrilled to bits to be a winner: ‘I’m over the moon to have won this award. There were some very talented finalists, and it’s fantastic to be considered among them. I love my role, which helps me to do it well and I think that’s what helped me towards the award.’
Suzanne started in optics in 2003 although she freely admits it wasn’t in her initial plans.’ I actually wanted to be a forensic psychologist and studied this at the University of Plymouth. I never actually wanted to be an optician – I fell into optics purely by accident. However, after only a short few weeks I realised how much I loved the whole profession and, as I progressed, I decided I wanted to make this my career as there was such a clear development path.’
Suzanne started training as a dispensing optician and then made the move into management while still training and spent three years in this role. I came to realise that my initial goal of running my own store wasn’t for me and it was only then I decided to train to be a contact lens optician and I absolutely love it!’
She is now responsible for the development of contact lens engagement with the local stores’ 13 optometrists and around 90 optical assistants.’
I love the team that I work with. Specsavers ‘team Nottingham’ is very special and we work very hard to maintain such a culture that makes it a great place to spend eight hours a day.’
She enjoys the variety her job offers as each patient she sees brings with them different issues and she enjoys the challenge of solving them. Her current focus is on children’s and multi-focal lenses.
‘In the last few years, advancing technology has seen the introduction of a wide range of available lenses so there really is a lens suitable for just about everyone. The difference contact lenses can make is incredible and so many times I hear patients say, “I wish I had tried them years ago”.’
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