Sight is such an important sense, and it can be scary knowing that you might be at risk of losing it.
As a Volunteer Clinical Educator for Glaucoma Australia, I speak to patients who are referred to the organisation and answer their questions about glaucoma and their treatment plans.
Since starting this role I’ve developed a whole new perspective about what patients go through. It’s shown me how glaucoma impacts their day-to-day lifestyle, and how much they need to adapt as a result. It’s very different to go from reading about the disease in a textbook, to seeing how it changes people’s lives.
This experience has shown me how confusing the whole process can be, and how important it is to have the right systems in place to support those diagnosed with glaucoma. It motivates me to keep helping the community in any way I can.
This opportunity is something I’d definitely recommend to others! I love the flexibility that I get with this role, as I’m able to get through the calls on my days off from university during the week. It’s also taught me so much and has given me the confidence to speak to a variety of patients, and the hands-on experience I need to understand the patient experience better.
Navjit is currently completing her Masters of Orthoptics degree at La Trobe University. Once she graduates, she hopes to work as an Orthoptist and pursue a doctorate in her speciality.
It’s very different to go from reading about the disease in a textbook, to seeing how it changes people’s lives.Navjit