Jayshree Vasani FBDO is an ABDO Practical Examiner, and ABDO Practice Visitor, works in practice and as a sessional optician at RNIB charity.
How did you get into optics?
I was going to become a pharmacist like my brother but went to see a university open day and the smells and vibes in the lab put me off. I wandered into the Optometry department and saw cool rooms and kit and thought, “This looks interesting.” I followed that by a visit to my own optician and spending a few hours sitting in and watching him work.
Tell us about your career progression, where did you start, how did you get to where you are today.
I studied at City and Islington College and returned home to complete my pre-registration year. The lure of London lights saw my move to London in1998. London offered so many opportunities and I locumed for a few years. One of the locum jobs was for Institute of Optometry where I became the Optical Services Manager and worked for 5 years.
Reaching a landmark birthday, I decided to make the move to independent practice once more and returned to one of my locum practices.
An opportunity to be a specialist frame distributor presented itself and for the following three years I was the UK distributor for Erin’s World frames in addition to my other roles.
ABDO Practical Examining has taken me abroad to Kuala Lumpar and Chennai. The work as ABDO Practice Visitor involved ensuring both General Optical Council and ABDO standards are maintained when taking on a pre - reg trainee optician.
In addition, I work as an optician in high street practice and as a sessional optician at RNIB. Eighteen months ago I become an ABDO Sub Regional Lead for London. This has enabled me to network more and create new opportunities for Dispensing Opticians and indeed all eye care professionals.
My most recent project has seen me collaborate with Daniel Williams ( a patient advocate) and Peter Black delivering a CET 2-hour roadshow called Seeing Beyond the Eyes. This educational event links the sight loss sector with the eyecare community. We have delivered over fifty presentations nationwide sessions across England and Scotland and trained 3000 eye care professionals so far.
What makes up a typical day for you? How does your job differ to some other opticians’ jobs
No week is typical for me and I like that. Two days in practice is a given but it could be a ABDO practice visit in deepest Essex or it could be a visit to a Primary Care and Public Health conference in Birmingham or it could be delivering a presentation to my peers as part of the Seeing Beyond the Eyes roadshow in Northumberland.
What do you love about your role?
I love the variety, the connecting with people learning about their experiences and reflecting on the impact of this learning. The learning should never stop in my opinion!
Topic: Outstanding Opticians