Pragna Raghwani – Contact Lens Optician
- How long have you been a Dispensing Optician?
I have been a DO since 1992 which is 27 years.
- What made you decide to be a Dispensing Optician?
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.
- What’s the best part of being a Dispensing Optician?
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 a ABDO examiner. I also facilitate at the PAC conferences.
- Tell us about being a Contact Lens Optician.
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 life style by fitting them with contact lenses especially children and multifocal wearer is very rewarding.
- You are also the chairman of Hertfordshire Region for a multiple company tell us more.
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.
- What advice would you give to someone thinking about training to be a dispensing optician?
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 its very flexible. The role as a DO is very diverse and sky is the limit as to where you want to be. It’s very inspiring and enjoyable profession. Recommend it highly.