Meet the College’s new Clinical Adviser

26 February 2021
Acuity digital

The College’s new Clinical Adviser explains how he hopes to bring a blend of clinical experience and research to this essential role.

Dr Paramdeep Singh Bilkhu MCOptom has a background that will set him in good stead in his new role as Clinical Adviser for the College. He has 10 years’ practical knowledge as an optometrist, five years as an independent prescriber (IP), a period as a research and teaching fellow at Aston University, and specialist interests in contact lenses and the diagnosis and treatment of ocular surface diseases. 

But for all his specialist knowledge and professional achievements, Paramdeep’s interest in optometry began in the most simple of ways.

“I started to wear glasses from a young age. It was fascinating to have my eyes examined by an optometrist, and it was great that I could finally see the board at school. That was when my interest was sparked,” he says. 

“As I grew up, I really felt a passion for helping people, so it was quite natural that I would go into this sector. I decided to take a degree in optometry and qualified in 2009, and I have been in practice – as a resident initially, and as a locum ever since. 

“In 2010, I undertook a PhD research position at Aston University. There, I became involved in presenting publications, writing articles and attending events. I have also trained and qualified as an IP. So I have gained a lot of learning and experience, which I feel has really helped with my practice and I hope can also help me give something back to the profession.”


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