Correspondent hit the nail on the head.
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