“I wanted to help people in a health orientated profession”
Lorcan Butler on why he trained as an optometrist, his desire for the profession to work better with other healthcare practitioners and enjoying the pre-reg year
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Pexels/Ali Camacho Adarve
21 November 2022
Tell OT about what you do:
I work to raise awareness of the link between brain tumours and eye exams. Early detection, early referral = a more favourable outcome.
Why did you become an optometrist?Because I wanted to help people in a health orientated profession.
If you could change one thing about optometry, what would it be and why?To liaise and work better with other healthcare practitioners in the overall care of our patients. We tend to be siloed in our small, dark rooms too much.
It’s a long tough year, but probably the most enjoyable one that you will have in your whole career. Enjoy it.
What advice would you give newly-qualified optometrists?
Anybody who has overcome adversity and triumphed.
Who inspires you?
Tell OT about one of your hobbies:I take part in pistol shooting.
I was a hotel manager in a previous life.
Tell OT something unexpected about yourself:
What are you reading/watching at the moment?The Terminal List.
Lorcan’s 10-second challenge
- Face-to-face or Teams? Face to Face
- Tea or coffee? TeaCats or dogs? Dogs
- Early bird or night owl? Early bird during the week, night owl weekends
- Staycation or vacation? Vacation Savoury or sweet? Sweet
- Bake off or Masterchef? Bake off.