Changing roles: When an optometrist becomes the patient

Sandra Walker offers a personal insight into her experience of accessing the eye care pathway, both as a practitioner and then as a patient

Two years on from the start of my eye problems, and some 30 eye clinic visits later I am starting to feel it is time to accept and hopefully adapt to my wavy world and get on with life.

I don’t like to think about the hours my poor husband has wasted driving me to appointments then sitting around waiting for me to be finished before driving us home. It is just as well neither of us need to rely on a steady wage from full-time work. I doubt any employer would have been happy with the time off we would have needed, often at short notice. I don’t like to even think about how much money we could have been earning in our respective self-employed work.

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