Children's vision

Dr Caroline Chambers, who works two and half days per week in an independent optometry practice as well as in teaching clinics and labs on the undergraduate optometry course at the University of Bradford, speaks to OT  about her passion for children's vision

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What is your professional passion?

My passion is helping children to have comfortable vision while learning. There are enough barriers to reading and studying for some children and in the majority of cases vision doesn’t need to be one of them.

What are you most proud of?

I am most proud of my children who are both amazing. On a professional level it has to be finishing my PhD last year, which I juggled alongside work and family life commitments.

What advice would you give your younger self?

My advice would be to worry less when things don’t go according to plan. Have fun and do not take life too seriously.

What do you like most and least about your working day?

I am lucky to have lovely colleagues in both of my workplaces, which makes the working day enjoyable. The least enjoyable aspect is running behind when testing patients.

How do you manage a work/life balance?

I work part-time at the moment, so I get plenty of time to myself and to spend with the family.

How do you unwind?

I hang out with family and friends, meditate and practise yoga, and have the odd glass of wine or a gin and tonic.

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

Pay the mortgage, book a holiday and have a nice meal out to celebrate.

Do you have your next holiday booked?

I don’t have a holiday booked yet. I am planning to enjoy some time in England this year if the weather is nice, and maybe a short break abroad if it isn’t.