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Work-life balance

Using clinical expertise and working close to friends and family emerged as key priorities in the Optician Workplace survey 2017. Joe Ayling reports on the findings

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Technological revolution

Emerging technologies are helping to evolve the role of eye care professionals. Mike Hale speaks to an experienced dispensing optician and two optometrists about their professional roles in the future

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The rise of the locum

Locum work among both optometrists and dispensing opticians has gained popularity as eye care professionals look for more workplace flexibility. Joe Ayling reports

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Where work will take you

One of the many great aspects of starting a career in optics is the sheer variety of workplace options. From close-knit independents and fast-paced multiples to supermarket chains and care in the home, there is something for everyone. Emma White reports

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Going your own way

Prab Boparai’s inspirational journey from A-Level student to practice owner has included stopovers in dispensing, contact lenses and the consulting room, showing that the best opportunities are often close at hand. Simon Jones reports

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Future optometry careers

Optometry students can offer a refreshing view on the future of a career in optics. Joe Ayling interviewed twin Canadian pre-reg students Joshua and Michael Mandel, who attended Anglia Ruskin University, and Aarani Sivanesan, a student optometrist at the University of Portsmouth

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Apprenticeships update

This month saw a number of representatives from the optical sector join hundreds of colleagues from health, education and a whole host of other sectors at the second meeting of the Westminster Employment Forum Apprenticeships Series. Peter Black reports

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New optometry courses in deman

As another cohort of student optometrists prepare for freshers’ week at universities across the UK and new courses aim to supply eye care in remote regions, the prospect of a career in optics is reaching far and wide. Joe Ayling reports

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A rewarding optom career path

Diabetic eye screening (DES) services are growing rapidly as the prevalence of the Type 2 variant rockets. But this is opening up opportunities for optometrists looking to take their careers in a clinical direction. Chris Bennett reports

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Women in optics

This year's Optrafair will feature a Question Time-style Women in Optics discussion. We catch up with some of the speakers ahead of the event

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Remarkable roles

Audiologist at Specsavers’ Sutton Coldfield store Matthew Alexander has spent the past 12 years educating patients on the dangers of loud music, so it comes as a surprise that his spare time is spent mixing tracks as a house music DJ. Jo Gallacher reports

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Q&A: Stephen Bannister

Stephen Bannister, Specsavers Hearcare Hearing aid dispenser (HAD) and hearcare joint venture partner Bromley answers our questions

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Remarkable roles

Saving lives is not what most would consider a relaxing time off, but for Justine Sturtivant offering a second pair of hands to an ambulance crew has become part of her weekly routine. Jo Gallacher reports

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Q&A: Sarah Farrant

The optometrist, independent prescriber and co-owner of Earlam and Christopher Optometrists in Taunton answers our questions

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No stopping the marathon man

Running 26.2 miles is no easy task, and Mike Barnaby has done it nearly 400 times. He takes a breather to talk to Jo Gallacher

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Developing from dispensing

Training to become a contact lens optician can open a whole new world of opportunity for dispensing opticians