Tahira Sultana MCOptom

Tahira Sultana MCOptom is a newly qualified optometrist working for Specsavers and says that there's more to optometry than eye examinations.

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Tahira Sultana MCOptom, optometrist at Specsavers

What were your favourite subjects at school? Science, maths, psychology and  sociology

Why did you choose a career as an optometrist? I did a placement at an opticians, dissected an eye ball and here I am!

What kind of people become optometrists?I think you need to be a people person who likes to interact with others.  If you’re anything like me, you’ll talk a lot and care about how to improve someone’s life.   

Was it easy to find a job? Finding my pre-reg placement was a little more difficult than I had imagined but I did find one and I’ve stayed. I don’t think it’s difficult to find a job there are plenty out there.

How is a typical day at work? I work normal office hours (9 - 5.30), including  weekends. Most of my day is taken up with eye examinations and sorting out glasses and referrals. But there’s plenty more to get involved in. Where I work we have several care schemes where we focus on minor eye conditions, cataracts and glaucoma, which are very interesting and a great way to work more closely with patients.

And the salary? The pay is good. It let’s me spoil myself when I want to!

What are the best things about being optometrist? It’s great to be able to make a difference to someone’s life or even save their sight. And I really enjoy meeting people who make me laugh.

And the worst things? I no longer know what a weekend is!

Can you sum up an optometrist in three words? Smiley, polite and kind

Any words of advice for those thinking about a career in optometry? Start the course with a passion for what you are learning and you will always have a passion for your job.