Learning curve: how optometrists are mastering new skills

Helen Gilbert describes the industry fine-tuning old areas of expertise and picking up new ones during the pandemic.

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When Judith Field started a two-year secondment as an urgent treatment service lead in December 2019, little did she know she would be working back at a frontline eye clinic just four months later.


When the pandemic first struck, the principal optometrist had been asked to temporarily return to her role in the eye department at Colchester Hospital, part of the East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust.

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