- Dr Paramdeep Singh Bilkhu graduated from the School of Optometry in 2009
- Dr Bilkhu continued his links with Aston University as a research and teaching fellow
- His specialist interests are contact lenses and the treatment of ocular surface diseases
An Aston University graduate has been appointed to the role of Clinical Adviser to The College of Optometrists.
Dr Paramdeep Singh Bilkhu has 10 years’ practical knowledge as an optometrist, five years as an independent prescriber (IP) and specialist interests in contact lenses and the diagnosis and treatment of ocular surface diseases.
Paramdeep graduated from Aston University’s School of Optometry in 2009. He continued his links with the School, gaining his PhD in 2013. As a research and teaching fellow he was a module leader on the Scientist Training Programme and module co-leader for Independent Prescribing for Optometrists. He also helped to set up and run a specialist dry eye clinic.
Paramdeep’s interest in optometry began at an early age. He explained:
“I started to wear glasses from a young age. It was fascinating to have my eyes examined by an optometrist, and it was great that I could finally see the board at school. That was when my interest was sparked.
“As I grew up, I really felt a passion for helping people, so it was quite natural that I would go into this sector. I decided to take a degree in optometry and qualified in 2009.
“In 2010, I undertook a PhD research position at Aston University. There, I became involved in presenting publications, writing articles and attending events. I have also trained and qualified as an IP. So I have gained a lot of learning and experience, which I feel has really helped with my practice and I hope can also help me give something back to the profession.
“As the College’s new Clinical Adviser I will continue to maintain and uphold the high clinical and professional standards required to practice as an optometrist. My objectives to help achieve this are to encourage career development, continually update College guidance with the latest evidence-based findings, and widen access to this guidance for our members and our patients.
“In terms of my own clinical skills, I will maintain regular patient interaction to utilise my prescribing in the most effective way, and also to identify areas where I might need more experience or more learning to develop as a better clinician. Being a clinician also helps me to look at areas of future research; this ultimately allows me to give back to the profession by publishing articles that inform clinical practice.”
Professor Leon Davies, Head of the School of Optometry at Aston University and Vice-President of The College of Optometrists, said:
“I should like to congratulate Paramdeep on his appointment. With his knowledge and experience, combined with his passion for providing the best possible care for patients, he is a fantastic role model for the optometry profession.”
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