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Correspondent hit the nail on the head.

The reason the quality and number of students entering optometry is falling is because the day-to-day activities of mainstream full-time optometrists are simply too monotonous and uninspiring and the word has got around. Jonathan Reason has hit the nail on the head (OT Letters, April 23).

A few months ago I examined the eyes of an A-level science student who asked me about optometry as a career. As I discerned she was articulate, bright and career-minded, I advised her against optometry as I felt she was capable of a career that would better utilise her talents.

Before the College of Optometrists spends tens of thousands of pounds promoting optometry as a career, they need to ask themselves what I see as an ethical question. Can they take an ambitious, intelligent A-level student, look them in the eye and tell them that optometry is one of their leading options for a rewarding, dynamic and challenging career knowing they are highly likely to end up in a dark room going "better one or two" every 20 minutes?

Andy Knight, Chalk Farm, London
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Title Annotation:LETTERS
Author:Knight, Andy
Publication:Optometry Today
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:May 7, 2010
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