Specsavers Barnet store director Pragna Raghwani was recently profiled on the website for Association of Dispensing Opticians. The full interview transcript is below:

Q: How long have you been a dispensing optician?

A: I have been a DO since 1992 which is 27 years.

Q: What made you decide to become a dispensing optician?

A: Since I was three years of age when I had my first visit to my optician, I was fascinated by the whole process and ever since then I have been passionate about eyes. Ever since then I always wanted a career in optics and I worked through my dream and achieved it.

Q: What’s the best part of being a dispensing optician?

A: Being a dispensing Optician gives me great pleasure to serve the community and provide the best eye care in the Town. I am passionate about paediatric and complex dispensing challenges that come my way. I carry out various roles being a DO. I thrive on giving my feedback to the students and enhancing their experience being a distant learning Tutor and an ABDO examiner. I also facilitate at the PAC conferences.

Q: Tell us about being a contact lens optician:

A: I practice three days a week as a contact lens optician. I embrace complex fittings and am confident in any challenges which may come across. The satisfaction I get improving someone’s lifestyle by fitting them with contact lenses, especially children and multifocal wearers, is very rewarding.

Q: You are also the chairman of Hertfordshire region for a multiple company. Tell us more:

A: My role as a chairman includes looking after partners and manager’s development needs. I represent the region at board level and implement the company strategy back to partners and stores. I support the stores who are struggling with certain aspects of the business and support colleagues to ensure all business needs are kept up to high standards as required.

Q: What advice would you give to someone thinking about training to be a dispensing optician?

A: My advice to someone looking into becoming a DO is, it’s a very varied profession and it opens a lots of career opportunities in different fields. It’s very rewarding and satisfying. It enhances ones’ personal character and balances a happy lifestyle as it’s very flexible. The role as a DO is very diverse and the sky is the limit as to where you want to be. It’s a very inspiring and enjoyable profession. I recommend it highly.

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