Career profile: Andrew Elder Smith FCOptom MSc DipCLP FBCLA FIACLE

The Deputy Chair of CET Approvers at the GOC on specialising in contact lenses and his decision to sell his independent practice.

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WHO? 
Andrew Elder Smith

CURRENT JOB? 
Clinical tutor and hospital optometrist

WHERE? 
University of Bradford, University of Manchester and Doncaster Royal Infirmary

Why did you choose optometry as a career?
I wanted a role in healthcare where I could help people and a job that gave me a good work/life balance.

How did the specialism in contact lenses (CLs) come about?
I was fascinated by both the technical and the clinical sides of the work. I also enjoy seeing the big grin that comes over people’s faces when they suddenly realise they can see without their glasses for the first time. You know it’s making a big difference to them.

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