1st week as a final year + 1st public patient!


YARRSSS, we made it team!

We see real patients in the 3rd year๐Ÿค—. Last year they were seasoned visitors, some patients had been coming to see 2nd year students for over 10 years! They showcase a range of different pathologies and visions, which gives us invaluable exposure to these conditions. Hats off to you paid patients, you were a treat. This year, we have our own diary slots, in the working clinic. Patients book in, like you would at your high street opticians and come to see us. I know, no way right?! So cool.

Compiling the monstrous timetable.

The 1st week was mainly orientation. Finding out what our new modules would entail, what would be expected of us. And what we should expect of each clinic (rotation). The whole year is split into loads of little groups and day by day our timetables are different. So I pretty much spent the first week, just writing out the rest of the year. There are some really cool clinics this year, which I'm really excited about. So far I've inductions for low vision, contact lenses, dispensing and primary care! I actually had my first public patient this week, which was awesome! Nerve wracking, a presbyopic patient... dun dun dun!! Haha, no the patient was lovely. Actually pretty straightforward too, so I was lucky. Just small pupils, but hey that's all part of the job right. It was pretty nervy, having not done a full sight test since March. (Romanian sight tests were not quite the same ๐Ÿ™Š haha). It was good to rip the band aid off though and get some much needed feedback. 

It's been really nice to see everyone again. You forget how long a uni summer can be, you don't really see anyone during revision period. So it's been a good half year since I've seen a lot of people. Catching up is always nice and I got to see some supervisors I volunteered with over the summer too. We have a few months grace period to get back into the swing of things before our marks start accounting to our final degree... ๐Ÿ˜ scary stuff!

Orientation week is also a chance to grab some equipment. Different companies come in to show their latest products and the stables that all Optoms need. A retinoscope & ophthalmoscope etc. I saw it as a chance to catch up with my friends from Louis Stone! I also managed to break my Cross Cyl over summer, so I also ordered one of those .. thanks guys! Head to the AOP site, to vote for my their awesome marketing initiative. They got over 8000 followers this year. That is insane progress๐Ÿ’ช.

Louis stone gave me this super cute Specs bracelet, I love it!!

So the first week went by so quickly, literally so quickly that tomorrow starts the beginning of week 3. Oh man! I'm going to update the blog as regularly as I can. So you guys can see what we get up to and share the adventure I'm about to embark on. But also, so that one day, I can look back and have an awesome collection of little memories that I can relive. Teeheee ๐Ÿ™‰.

 If you're due for an eye test or just feeling kind enough to sit as a patient for me, drop me a line! I'll get you booked in! It'd be fab to check you out. 

Until next time ... Erica, xo 

You Might Also Like