Day-in-the-Life-Fiza-Tariq-OD-Accel-(2).jpgHi everyone! My name is Fiza and I am a third year Optometry Scholars student completing my last year’s rotation in Canada. My hometown is Mississauga, Ontario – a suburb west of Toronto for all the Americans reading. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo, in Ontario, in the Public Health Co-operative program. It was in undergrad that I discovered the profession of optometry – a career where I get to look at eyeballs for the rest of my life? Sign me up!

Currently, I am completing my second rotation at the Oakville Centre for Vision in Oakville, Ontario. I cannot believe it will be only a few months that I will be graduating with my degree. Last year of rotations has been truly been an eye-opening experience (pun-intended) – finally applying the information learned through hours of studying and clinical practicing and serving patients in a meaningful way has been an irreplaceable source of satisfaction.

I will walk you through a typical day at my current rotation – overall it includes completing entrance testing, conducting eye exams on patients and supervising vision therapy sessions.

In the morning, I wake up, shower and grab breakfast on the go. Time is of the essence, as I like to wake up precisely at 7:20 a.m. and leave my house at 8:15 a.m. to arrive timely at work. With a packed lunch and goodbyes to the family, I am off Day-in-the-Life-Fiza-Tariq-OD-Accel-(4).jpgto work. My commute is about 30 minutes from my house – I enjoy that time period to listen to the latest tunes, catchup with my younger brother on life or making a mental note of work to-do things.

Arriving at work starts with friendly hellos and good mornings. We arrive 15 minutes before the clinic opens to ensure everything is ready and prepared for patient arrival. A typical day runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes the best thing of all – providing patients with clear and comfortable vision. What I enjoy most is the unexpected aspect of looking at eyeballs – diagnosis, treatment and management of eye diseases is a key factor that I have been improving and polishing at my rotation.

In addition, working at a private practice has been an enriching experience, allowing me to learn skills and traits needed to run a successful business. Let me tell you, it includes a lot more than what is taught in classes and courses. I genuinely value my last year of training - clinical exposure before entering the real world is vital for being successful post-graduation.

Having said that, I cannot believe graduation is only a few months away! Time truly flies. Starting this program felt like a daunting experience years ago. However, I am eternally grateful for all the lessons-learned along the way. Good luck to all my peers completing rotations – see you all at the finish line in a few months.