Humaira Boolaky has passed her pre-registration year to become a newly-qualified optometrist at Specsavers in Chingford.
The 24-year old, who qualified in August, grew up in Walthamstow and attended Woodford County High School, where she first gained an interest in healthcare.
After a two-week placement at the Western Eye Hospital in Marylebone, she decided that optometry was the right path for her and she began her studies at City University in London in 2013.
Gaining knowledge and experience
Humaira started working at Specsavers in Chingford as an optical assistant at weekends to gain knowledge and experience of the industry and, after graduating from university, she began her pre-registration in the same store.
She said: ‘Working here has been really interesting and great way to learn more. It’s great meeting all different kinds of people from different walks of life and with varying cases to help them with.
‘One patient, who came for a routine eye test, had a branch ventricle brain occlusion. He was on a lot of medication and had realised that his central vision had become a bit blurred. I looked and saw that he was haemorrhaging at the back of his eye so I emergency referred him to the hospital. He was immediately seen and, fortunately, we had caught it in time.
‘It’s important to act quickly with these cases as he could have been in danger of losing his sight. It was great to be able to help someone by putting into practice what I had learnt at university.’
Future plans to further her knowledge
In the future Humaira would like to move to the clinical side of optometry but is interested in going back to college to further her knowledge.