We are excited to introduce our newest team member at Avenue Eyecare, Karen. She will be helping us out over the summer while other staff members are away on vacation. We are happy to welcome Karen to our team. She has completed her first 2 years of optometry school at the University of Waterloo and is enthusiastic about learning more about her future career. She can also serve our patients in Mandarin and Cantonese.
Here are some Q & A’s so you can all get to know her a little better:
1. What made you decideoptometry as your career path?
My interest in becoming an optometrist dates back to when I was diagnosed withnear-sightedness. I was very curious about what occurred in the eye to cause the blurry vision I was experiencing. Duringmy undergraduate studies, I had the opportunity to work with an an optometrist. The 2 years of experience I had at that clinic has developed and confirmed my passion in optometry.
2. What have you learned in yourfirst 2 years of optometry school that will help you serve the patients atAvenue Eyecare?
My first 2 years of optometry school have equipped me to some questions that patients may have. I have also completed a course on frame adjustments and frame selection which helps me better serve the patients here at Avenue Eyecare.
3. What do you hope to learnworking at Avenue Eyecare this summer?
I hope to learn how to provide patients with the best service and care while applying the knowledge learned from optometry school.
4. What other plans do you havethis summer?
I will be going on a Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) missions trip for 2 weeks this coming July. As a group of volunteers, we will be going to Cuzco, Peru to provide eye care to the residents in the area.
5. What advice do you have forthose thinking of applying to optometry school?
I would definitely encourage prospective optometry students to volunteer or work with an optometrist before applying to optometry school. They will be able to learn a lot more about the career from this experience and ithelps confirm whether this career is a right fit for them.