Education Guide: Bright beginnings

Emma White speaks to pre-reg and newly qualified optometrists about successfully transitioning from university to life in practice

Blair Macdonald

Joining a practice as a pre-reg student can be a daunting experience as workbooks are swapped for the workplace and the skills and knowledge acquired at university are put into practise with real patients.

‘The progression from university to pre-registration optometrist is definitely a larger leap than I first anticipated,’ says Blair Macdonald, who joined Optical Express as a pre-reg optometrist in 2020.

‘You go from seeing one patient a day at university to seeing multiple patients within the space of a couple of hours. This enabled me to develop skills quicker and I am grateful for that,’ he says.

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