Dutch Optometry Experience opens the eyes of optometrists and students

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On January 15th the Green Club hosted an Optometry Experience at the Dutch Optical Association (NUVO) in Houten. The experience invited optometry students and optometrists from across the country to see optometry through the eyes of Specsavers and to show the possibilities as an optometrist within Specsavers The Netherlands.

The evening was kicked off by Remko Berkel, country director for Specsavers The Netherlands, who spoke about Specsavers’ mission to provide readily accessible eye- and hearing care for everyone. Having been industry leaders in technology and service, Specsavers The Netherlands is now entering a new era providing accessible healthcare on the high street, as Specsavers wants to make a difference with the eye health check, performed by optometrists.

Mo Ahmed, optometrist trainer, spoke about Specsavers’ learning and development programme for optometrists. In this programme the focus lies on the team’s development as well as the individual development to ensure all optometrists can excel in their role. Specsavers provides a training day once every two months to discuss case studies and attend lectures from well-known eye doctors.

Finally, Pauline Schenk, optometrist and partner of two Specsavers’ stores, took us through her journey she made within the company. She started as a regional manager in 2001, followed by roles such as project and product manager, and she now owns two successful stores in Den Helder and Schagen.

This night has opened my eyes on the work Specsavers does for optometry and the development of optometrists.one of the attending optometrists

After the lectures the attendees took their time to ask questions about the future of optometry and the different roles Specsavers has within the business. All in all, it was an eye-opening experience for the attendees – especially students learned about the focus on optometry at Specsavers they weren’t familiar with before.

Good news for optometrists across the Northern European region – the Green Club will organise more of these local clinical events. Keep a close eye on the Green Club website, and make sure you are signed up, so you will receive an invite if there’s an event coming up.

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