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Dr Louise Gow

OPTOMETRIST

Dr Louise Gow is the specialist lead for eye health, Royal National Institute of Blind People. She manages the eye health information service, which co-authors eye health information booklets and factsheets, and provides an eye health helpline for patients, carers and allied health professionals. She also manages the integrated Optometrie and rehabilitation low vision service. Dr Gow also works in primary eye care at Cole, Martin and Tregaskis Optometrists in Brentwood.

What is your professional passion?

Providing eye care for hard-to-reach or special need groups--particularly those with learning or communication disabilities. I am also passionate about providing low vision services in the community.

What are you most proud of?

Completing my professional doctorate through the Institute of Optometry and London South Bank University, while working and bringing up two children. It has opened doors to new career options, as well as being a personal achievement that I would never have thought possible when I was training.

What do you like most and least about your day?

I really dislike managing budgets and HR admin, which requires a strong cup of coffee and total silence. I love the variety in my work and no two days are the same; teaching, testing and writing health literature. Most of all though, meeting people with visual impairment whose coping skills make them truly inspiring.

What do you do to unwind?

For over 30 years I have been a fan of The Alarm and so I go to concerts when I can, but I listen to all sorts of music.

You have won the OT lottery. What are the first three things you would do with the 1m [pounds sterling] jackpot?

Fund my children's university courses so they don't have huge debts when they finish their courses. If there is anything left, I'd visit Iceland and see the Northern Lights. And I'd donate to Vision Care for Homeless People, which is an amazing charity.

LOUSE'S 10-SECOND CHALLENGE

Kindle or hardback? Hardback Cheese or chocolate? Cheese Apple or Android? Apple Takeaway or fine dining? Fine dining Trainers or heels? Trainers Beach bum or culture vulture? Culture vulture Strictly or X Factor? Strictly

CETs IN MAY

* Visual factors and reading difficulty Dr Caroline Chambers

* Seeing double: assessing patients presenting with diplopia

Fabrizio Bonci

* Corneal topography: contact lens considerations Nick Howard and Emily Searle

* Lasers: indications, contraindications and complications

Prashant Shah and Yashita Shah

ARCHIVE OT has a range 0f articles available in the archive, including:

* C-61078 / What is the future for diabetic eye disease?

* C-61797 / Anisometropia: does this mean we have to dispense single vision lenses?

* C-61459 / The myope up close

* C-60802 / Accommodation in children and young people--an alternative outlook

* C-61775 / Breaking bad news

The CET articles are available at www.optometry.co.uk/cet

Dr Ian Beasley is the clinical editor for OTand head of education for the AOP, with responsibility for delivering education in the journal and at face-to-face events. In addition to his roles at the AOP, he continues to work at the practice where he began his optical career as an optical technician in 1989. He later went on to train as a dispensing optician ahead of qualifying as an optometrist in 1997.

In 2013, Dr Beasley became the first person in the UK to graduate with a doctorate in optometry from Aston University and received a research excellence award from the College of Optometrists in the same year for his published work on susceptibility to pattern glare following stroke. He maintains strong links with academia as a visiting lecturer at Aston, and is continuing his research by exploring the effect of peripheral defocus on axial growth and modulation of refractive error in hyperopes.

Do you have an idea or request for a CET article? Email the clinical editor ianbeasley@optometry.co.uk
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