Ms Basra (or Pretty for short) knew from a young age what her passion was…. Eyes.
From primary school through to university, she knew what she wanted to be and the hard work and dedication it would take to get there. She passed her Optometry exams with little difficulty and soon found herself starting her career in hospital at Leicester Royal Infirmary. This gave her an amazing introduction into optics and her ambition and thirst for knowledge only gained more traction, leading to her eventually taking up a position at the prestigious Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham after being headhunted by Prof Martin Rubenstein and subsequently working under his tutelage (in 2016, Prof Rubenstein received a Life Fellowship in recognition of his extensive contribution to the education and training of optometrists and ophthalmologists).
Her life soon brought her to Doncaster and after a number of short term placements, she finally settled at Edwards and Walker. But her passion has not faded in any way. She is currently combining her work as an Optometrist with carrying out research for her thesis on Children’s Vision Screening, an area she is hugely passionate about. Indeed, her specialist field is Paediatrics and she is on course to complete her doctorate within the next year, hopefully leading her into lecturing on the subject.
In addition, Pretty has worked tirelessly to help develop and represent eyecare across all walks of life outside of her work commitments. She has supervised undergraduate Optometry students at the University of Bradford and has also completed Vision Aid Overseas trips to developing world countries including Botswana and Zambia to deliver training to students who have no access to Optometry teaching – an experience which she describes as truly humbling.
Whilst that may be enough for most people, Pretty is continually looking to self-develop and increase her knowledge and expertise. She is an Ophthalmic Public Health Ambassador for the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) and has obtained a Diploma in Diabetic Retinopathy Screening. She has also been accredited to provide assessment and treatment of Minor Eye Condition (MECS) which can only be provided by specialist Optometrists.
It may be that Pretty’s passion for eyes will in the future slow down and she’ll lose that burning urge to learn and help others… but for now, Doncaster and Edwards & Walker Opticians are lucky to have her and everything she brings to your eye care needs.
16 Priory Place, Doncaster, DN1 1BZ.
Drop off and pick up is available directly in front of the practice. Longer stay parking is available at the Frenchgate Shopping Centre or other town centre car parks