My desire to study Optometry stems from the fact that one’s eyes are vital to maintaining a healthy and happy lifestyle. Your eyesight shapes a very personal, tangible view of the world around you, remaining unique to you as no two people have the same perception. Those who have deteriorating eyesight deserve the chance to better it as I cannot fathom what it would be like to be unable to see nor comprehend the simple sights around us that we take for granted. Thus, urging me to understand the complexity of the eye as it plays such an integral role in our daily lives.
Having always known that I want to make a positive impact in someone’s life, no matter how small would truly be the most gratifying part of my job as I will be able to improve an individual’s quality of life and perhaps give back a part of themselves lost in their sight.Academically, I have developed and enhanced my skill set. Biology has allowed me to refine my practical skills through experiments and research projects. For example, I was required to read around habituation behaviour in microorganisms in order to investigate why certain factors affect a system. This relates to optometry, as it will help me utilise equipment and effectively diagnose patients. In addition, biology has developed my understanding of physiology so I am aware of how the human body works and environmental or genetic factors that can affect an individual, such as visual pathways and reflexes.
Furthermore, English constantly makes use of my oral and written communication skills so I can accurately portray my ideas, which will help me communicate with my patients and provide the best care. Finally, Psychology prompts me to take a comprehensive approach to understanding how miniscule factors can affect complex theories, which is important to understanding ailments and making informed clinical decisions on the best way to treat them. Psychology also teaches ethics and how to stick to these in order to value and respect each individual despite and religious, social or racial background.At school, I was a member of the senior prefect team, pushing me into an active role in helping younger students that were nervous or worried about any issues at school to find ease.
So I was able to respond compassionately to even make the smallest change to better a student’s experience. My role required me to work in a team of peers who helped solve issues, so I will be able to liaise with other medical practitioners and share patient care. This also proved that I am able to perform well in a high-pressured environment, which is required to help prioritise work in both university and as an optometrist. I also demonstrated leadership skills when asked to help manage events at school such as, parents evening or school trips. Outside of academia, I mentor children across the range of subjects that I study.
This requires me to have excellent time management skills and flexibility so I can balance out my time, which is important for meeting course deadlines. This also integrated my work skills into a professional environment, for example using my interpersonal skills when helping students.I am keen to go into practice management because I feel it fits well with my personal interests. I will be able to manage practice direction and business management, whilst simultaneously being a practicing optometrist.
Therefore, reiterating my desire to help individuals who suffer with ophthalmic conditions. Embarking on the science foundation year will equip me with the skills and knowledge required to study Optometry, where I will develop the professional skills needed to be a successful Optometrist. For the future, I acknowledge that the degree will provide me with a multitude of career options.