Keeler Hosts Optometry Students from University of Hertfordshire
Keeler recently hosted over twenty second-year Masters in Optometry students from the University of Hertfordshire at its Windsor factory. It was the students’ first day back after their summer holidays and they all seemed to enjoy learning first-hand how Keeler’s ophthalmic instruments are made.
“We’re the only ophthalmic instrument manufacturer in the UK to offer students the opportunity to do a factory tour and learn how ophthalmic instruments are made,” said Laura Haverley, Keeler’s Sales and Marketing Manager, who hosted the students on the day. “We’re well-known for the quality of our optics, so giving the students in-depth knowledge about the manufacture of our optics and the operation of our products helps them make a more informed decision when it comes to choosing which equipment to use during their studies.”
Keeler has also supplied ophthalmoscope and retinoscope sets, several of its new Symphony digital slit lamps and a number of Pulsair Intellipuff non-contact tonometers for use in the University’s training facilities. Interestingly, Hertfordshire is the first UK university to use Keeler’s Symphony slit lamps.
According to Joy-Belle Myint, Programme Lead for the Masters of Optometry, who accompanied the students, “The students start clinical practice in their first year, so they start to use the ophthalmic kit almost immediately – and by the second year they all need to purchase their own equipment. We’re a very clinically-focussed course and know what students need to learn to use, so we have a range of kit from various manufacturers for them to practice with; they can choose which one to purchase in the second year.”
The Masters in Optometry at the University of Hertfordshire is one of the newest optometry degrees in the UK and is only in its second year. The programme includes a pre-registration placement, meaning that upon completion of the degree the students are fully registered optometrists.
Laura added: “It was a real privilege to meet with future optometrists and host them here in Windsor. We had a great day (and great pizza!) and I hope they all left with valuable knowledge to help them with their course and future careers.”