"No two days are the same"
Third-year student at Glasgow Caledonian University and AOP student representative, Oliver Rose, tells OT about his path into optometry and his plans for the future
14 March 2020
When did you first become aware of the profession?The earliest I can remember being aware of optometry was at the age of 11 when I was given my first pair of glasses. I wasn’t very excited about this at the time but glasses have definitely grown on me since.
What are the main reasons you want to become an optometrist?It sounded like a great career with no two days being the same and an opportunity to meet and help a wide variety of people. I also liked the idea of a very specialised role, as there are many interesting topics and rare conditions to learn about.
Who influenced or inspired the decision to go into optometry?An optometrist who worked at my local independent at the time, called Fergus, offered to let me shadow him for a few days to see the kind of workday a High Street optician would have. The practice wasn’t very busy so when there were no patients, Fergus would flip through Kanski’s Clinical Ophthalmology and run through the things an optometrist might see. I found this intriguing and it didn’t take much more thought before I was excited around the idea. I applied early and left for Glasgow Caledonian University after my fifth year in high school.
I liked the idea of a very specialised role, as there are many interesting topics and rare conditions to learn about