“We were excited that we were able to share the same stage”

Nia Williams celebrated her qualification on the same day that her father, Gareth, received his postgraduate certificate in independent prescribing

Nia and Gareth

A father and daughter are celebrating after both hitting career milestones on the same day.

Nia Williams, 23, celebrated her qualification as an optometrist at the College of Optometrists Diploma Ceremony on Tuesday 15 November.

The ceremony saw the College of Optometrists recognising the achievements of the newest members of the profession, who have successfully completed the Scheme for Registration.

Her father, Gareth Williams, received his postgraduate certificate in therapeutic prescribing at the same ceremony.

Williams graduated from Cardiff University in 2021, before joining her family’s independent group, Williams and Parry, as a pre-reg optometrist.

Williams and Parry has practices in Abertillery and Brynmawr, South Wales. Gareth Williams is optometrist and director within the group, and has worked in the area for more than 26 years.

His wife, Sian, is the group’s practice manager.

Nia Williams worked as an optical assistant on Saturdays whilst studying for her optometry degree, her father said.

She has already completed her Eye Health Education Wales qualification and will continue to support the local community’s eye care needs, including becoming a low vision practitioner when training become available.

Gareth Williams said: “Nia enjoys both the clinical and dispensing aspects of our practice, has a great rapport with children, and is extremely well liked by all the staff members.

“We were excited that we were able to share the same stage. It was a wonderful family day out, with Nia’s brother and mother, Sian, able to share the day as well.”

He added: “I am extremely proud of Nia. I know how much hard work she has put in over the years in order to achieve her success. She is extremely keen on becoming the best optometrist she can be and has already made quite an impact with our patients, as she is kind and compassionate.”