Two staff members have begun working towards an optometry qualification which will see them examine the eyes of the Dunfermline community. 

Dispensing Opticians Lisa Don and Hazel Walker from Specsavers in Dunfermline are studying for a conversion to Masters in Optometry at the University of Central Lancashire.

Career progression
The pair have worked at the store for more than 15 years and started out as optical assistants. Both have had the opportunity to develop their careers during this time with the guidance of store directors Grace and Andy Hepburn.

Lisa said: 'I started as an optical assistant in 2004 and trained to become a dispensing optician in 2005.

'For the last few years, I have been really keen to study optometry, but I was reluctant to leave work and study full time. 

'When this course was announced at the University of Central Lancashire, I was delighted to be one of just 20 people accepted onto it. I really believe that studying whilst working will give me the best possible start to my career in optometry.'

The pair will primarily study online and visit the Preston campus once every month for an intense week of lectures and practical lessons.

Store director Andy Hepburn, said: 'We are delighted that both Hazel and Lisa have progressed so much during their time with us at Specsavers Dunfermline.

'Their development demonstrates that there are lots of career path options within optometry. This new course is fantastic news for people like Hazel and Lisa who want to continue to work full time while studying. 

'We are always committed to supporting our staff to help them achieve their career goals.'

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