Wellbeing: College of Optometrists resources

We have a number of videos, podcasts, webinars and journal articles you can access to support your wellbeing.

As eye health professionals we recognise the importance of mental health and wellbeing for our patients. However, we may not always recognise or prioritise our own mental health needs. Here is a collection of wellbeing resources available on our website.


Tulsi Parekh: Life in lockdown
Research optometrist, Tulsi Parekh MCOptom, reflects on the ups and downs of lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Managing mental health in these challenging times
Our mental health has never been so challenged as we struggle to cope with the coronavirus. In this informal webinar we look at the best ways of maintaining our mental resilience as we attempt to come out of a range of lockdown scenarios. The session was hosted by qualified Mental Health Counsellor affiliated to the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Practitioners) and a trustee for Mind, David Beeney.

The College of Optometrists podcast

From Acuity

Mental health and optometrists: coming out of the dark
The COVID-19 pandemic means optometrists are facing extremely stressful situations. Kathy Oxtoby explores the range of services available in different settings to support mental welfare.

Compassionate culture
It is not mere sentiment, says Rima Evans – compassion is a behaviour that can bring about significant improvements in treatment, optometrist wellbeing and business outcomes.

Optometry in Practice

Patient-reported outcome measures and the optometrist
What patients really care about is the impact of illness on their wellbeing, and their ability to play an active role in society. So how can the patient experience be measured? This article gives an overview.

Student wellbeing

Studying well: Looking after your mental health during your degree
Here, we highlight our resources on mental health in optometry, and hear our student reps' experiences and tips for managing your wellbeing.