Staying educated

Optometrist Bhavik Parmar discusses his role as a refractive optometrist and his thirst for learning

Bhavik Palmar

What do you do in optics?

I am a specialist refractive optometrist as well as a councillor for the AOP.

What is your professional passion?

Refractive surgery and leadership in optometry.

If you could change one thing about the way we work, what would it be?

I would expand the clinical capability of optometrists.

What are you most proud of?

Obtaining the highest grade of the year in the Master of Optometry (MOptom) degree, which was one of the first of its kind. This involved being part of the first cohort of students where the fourth year of the undergraduate degree was carried out alongside the rigors of the pre-registration year.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Focus equally on interests and life outside of your professional career.

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

At this stage my interests are very much in property, so I would love to switch to a full time property investor.

What is your most cringe-worthy career moment?

When there's a big photo of your face in OT!

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

In optometry, it has to be a phoropter.

How do you manage a work/life balance?

Leaving work at work. It is important to never bring work discussions home.

What do you do to unwind?

I lift weights at the gym.

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

Invest it in property, buy a dog and retire.

Tell us about your holiday plans

I have a stag-do coming up in Latvia and then a family holiday to Mexico.

Bhavik's 10-second challenge

  • Kindle or hardback? Kindle
  • Cheese or chocolate? Chocolate
  • Apple or Android? Android
  • Takeaway or fine dining? Takeaway
  • Trainers or brogues? Trainers
  • Beach bum or culture vulture? Beach bum
  • Strictly or X Factor? Strictly.