Nicole Connolly is an optometrist at Specsavers The Gyle. Here, she fills us in on her favourite parts of the job and how she got to where she is today.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I am originally from Tipperary in Ireland. I studied optometry in Dublin and qualified as an optometrist in 2011. In 2012, I moved to Edinburgh where I now live.
When did you join Specsavers?
I joined the Gyle Centre store in 2016. It's a brilliant store, with lots of opportunities for everyone to learn new skills, regardless of their level of experience.
Do you wear specs, and if so what is your favourite style?
I mainly wear contact lenses, but I have a stunning pair of Balmain frames with really thin lenses. I love this range as it has some wonderful accents and finishes. It's great to have the option of glasses and contact lenses as it's the best of both worlds, and I always recommend both options wherever suitable.
Tell us about your job and the experience you have?
I'm a great believer in continuous education, and that learning never stops. I recently completed the ILM2 management course which gave me a lot of insight into areas that I hadn't previously explored.
Continuing that development journey, I have begun the process to attain independent prescribing status that will provide me with more autonomy to prescribe directly in store for patients, without the need for them to have to be treated separately at the hospital.
Why is it so important to get your eyes checked regularly?
As an optometrist, I see lots of different ocular conditions every day, and in many cases, these problems can be treated quickly and effectively if diagnosed early on. Our optometry team are on hand seven days a week for appointments to ensure we can offer lots of availability to perform these vital tests.
How can patients book an eye test?
Patients can now be seen in store and at home. Contact us on 0131 317 7540, or for convenience, appointments can be booked online too.