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    Keeler welcomes optometry students to Windsor headquarters

     

    Hands on

    The tour then moved on to look at a deconstructed premium professional ophthalmoscope. As well as watching the manufacturing processes, an exciting and eagerly anticipated part of the day was a hands-on session in which the student visitors put together an ophthalmoscope, adding the different powered lenses into the lens rack.

    Gurveen Johal, a second-year optometry student at Anglia Ruskin University, commented that this was a lot more fiddly than she had expected. ‘I applaud those that do it on a regular basis! My hands were shaking so much.’ Matt Roney, a third-year student from the optometry programme at the University of Bradford’s School of Optometry and Vision Science, very much enjoyed this session and said that it had not failed to live up to the hype from the days before the visit.

    In-depth knowledge about the manufacture and operation of these products helps students understand the practical side of diagnostic care, allowing them to implement eye care with confidence in the future. Matt said, ‘the visit enabled students to develop their knowledge with regards to processes that they had previously merely read about in text books. … It was a great opportunity to develop an appreciation of what is involved in producing the instruments that in practice will be our “bread and butter”.’

    The students were surprised to see how much time and skill is involved in producing the instruments that they use on a daily basis and the sheer number of individuals who contribute their expertise.

    The day ended with the chance to meet Keeler staff for an informal Q & A session.

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