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Optometrist Rohit Narayan speaks about establishing his holistic approach to eye care in the US

Like many optometrists, it was Rohit Narayan’s first eye exam as a teenager that inspired him to go into the profession. He couldn’t see the board at school but he says after collecting his first pair of spectacles, he started ‘seeing the world.’

Narayan tells Optician: ‘I was just amazed that the clinician was able to help me see and impact my lifestyle in a very positive way and allow me to do things like be at school without squinting and struggling.’

Narayan says although his first eye exam provided a ‘wow’ moment where he could see, he still did not understand what was going on because no one explained anything to him. ‘I felt elated yet vulnerable at the same time because this was a completely alien environment to me. When I realised optometry was for me, I wanted to make it a comfortable experience for my patients. I wasn’t aware what I was thinking about would become known as patient-centred care.’

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