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A passion for road bikes with Deborah Armstrong

The specialist optometrist and lecturer on her 78D lens, work-life balance, and the roads of Mallorca

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Deborah Armstrong works part-time at East Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, where she work as a specialist optometrist in glaucoma. She also works as a lecturer in optometry and ophthalmic dispensing at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston.

What is your current career goal?

I am currently working towards my independent prescribing qualification.

What are you most proud of?

I am very happy and proud of being an optometric researcher.

If you could switch career path, what would you choose to do?

I would love to be a (younger) female version of Sir David Attenborough.

What is the one thing you couldn’t live without?

If it has to be a professional thing, it is my 78D lens. If not, it is my road bike.

How do you manage a work/life balance?

Not very well! I seem to spend a lot of time doing work-things outside of work hours.

What do you do to unwind?

I ride my bikes.

You have won the OT lottery. What are the first three things you would do with the £1m jackpot?

First, I would buy a new road bike. Second, I would buy a new mountain bike. And third? Another bike! Seriously though, I’d like to do something that would help the climate crisis.

Do you have your next holiday booked? Where are you going?

I haven’t booked any holidays yet this year, but I’d like to go back to Mallorca – for the road cycling obviously.