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Can you see yourself working in optometry?

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Published at 3:17pm 30th January 2018.

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Christopher Nixon

When you're still in school, you're always told how important it is to get good grades. But what do you do with those grades when you leave? 

Well, if you like puzzle solving, meeting a huge number of people, and improving the way those people live, optometry may be a career you hadn't considered that is perfect for you. 

You'll need good A-Levels, including a couple of sciences, and you can apply to a three year Optometry degree - they're available all over the UK.

But what does the job actually involve? According to Chris Nixon, owner of his own optometrists Christopher Nixon, the job is like solving puzzles. You ask a patient what trouble they're having, perform some tests, and work out how to make it better. 

Once you've studied optometry broadly, you might decide that you want to specialise, learning more than most about a specific part of the eyes. You'll always be learning and improving, honing those problem solving skills to get to a better solution every time. 

If you'd like to apply for some work experience and see if optometry is for you, contact Christopher Nizon. Book quickly though, as it gets full up to a year in advance!

Stray FM's Ben Franklin went to hear more about the life of an optometrist from Chris, which you can listen to here: 

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