By Sameer Javidi-Hosseinabad
One of the main lessons I had to learn during my first year as an optometrist was to take pride in my work. It forced me to reflect on my mistakes and grow as a clinician.
The mentality of ‘doing a job right, or not doing it at all’ has pushed me to not lower my standard of care in optometry. This doesn’t mean I won’t make mistakes, but rather that I will improve and move forward at each stage, and not let myself become complacent and satisfied with a standard level of care.
I am currently working for The Optical Superstore in Morley and Whitfords in Western Australia. I have worked for The Optical Superstore since graduating from Deakin University in 2015 but I recently moved from Adelaide to Perth.
I had been a patient at The Optical Superstore since the age of 12 years. After my six-month clinical placement with the company, I was impressed by the autonomy and skill of my supervising optometrist in making independent decisions without the pressure of performance. This was reassuring because I was concerned about compromising quality of care when moving into full-time practice.
The areas I am most interested in are contact lenses and therapeutics. At some stage I hope to practise using orthokeratology as I experienced the benefit of these lenses as a teenager.
In my first three months of practice, I referred to the Royal Adelaide Hospital a patient who was diagnosed with a pituitary macroadenoma. After receiving this news, I felt that all those years of hard work and sacrifice had led up to that moment. I was finally able to give back all that I had been given.
The most significant interest in my life is being part of the Bahá'í Faith, which has helped me maintain balance and purpose, while guiding me through the challenges each step of the way.
My advice for optometry students and early career practitioners is that it will be challenging but don’t be afraid to make mistakes. The importance of this mentality is that it lets you not become too disheartened when things do not go as planned. It’s also important to push yourself outside of your comfort zone, which will help you progress and increase your confidence as a clinician and as a person.
I believe seeing has become a luxury, not a right, so I hope I can help change this mentality both in Australia and abroad.