Home Views Letter From a Friend: OD Student Finds Her Place as an ECP

Letter From a Friend: OD Student Finds Her Place as an ECP

By Srushti Bhadresh Kumar Thakor


I am an optometry student at Shree Bhartimaya College of Optometry and Physiotherapy in India. Around the age of 10, I decided I wanted to go into the medical field. After searching career options with my mother, I learned about what “optometry” was and took it upon myself to research more: what comes with the career and what I could do in that field to help others. I was knowledgeable about various fields in medicine, but optometry was new to me. Still, it stuck out, and I decided to pursue a career in it.

I have studied optometry and learned so many things, including information on contact lenses, ophthalmic disease and low-vision problems. I also learned how to properly dispense spectacles. After wearing glasses in high school, I saw glasses more as something I needed, but were more about the look and style of the frame. I know now just how important eye health is to the overall wellbeing of a person—not just aesthetic-wise.

I also enjoy writing poetry, and I recently combined my two passions into a poem. It has since been published online, and I see it as a big achievement of mine. I have also participated in various competitions, including winning the national competition organized by the Optometry Council of India. I have also won various certificates and financial rewards.

I have been grateful for my journey so far. There have been so many people to motivate and support me, including my parents and professors. I have learned the best way to treat patients, partly by seeing how those who care for me treat me. One of my most prized career moments was when I had the opportunity to help treat Special Olympic athletes. Some of them needed special care and attention for their visual needs, but they were so full of passion. I felt so lucky to be helping them in that moment. I have also participated in eye exam camps and pop-ups.

I am now completing my clinical internship. I am also working on completing my thesis dissertation. In about five years, I hope to open my own clinic and join a nongovernmental organization to provide free eye exams for those in need. I have been able to provide passionate and personalized care to so many people and witness patients see clearly again. I am so thankful to this world of optometry and all the eye care professionals. I look forward to joining you.

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Larger Space Keeps OD Organized and Patients Happy

When Janet M. Wilson, OD, FCOVD, opened her first practice in 2014, she thought she had found her “forever” workspace. Bella Vision Family Vision Care...

Six Women Among Winners of 2022 Eyecare Business Game Changer Awards

Ten winners were selected as 2022 Eyecare Business (EB) Game Changer Awardees, all of whom are respected optometrists or opticians who delivered support, guidance...

Offering Aesthetic Services and Treating Dry Eye: Fit Together Like Hand in Glove

By Selina Mcgee, OD, FAAO I came into practicing aesthetics a bit by accident, unexpectedly building this beloved pillar of my practice. I was frustrated...