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School of Optometry and Vision Science


Meet our students

Learn more about why current students of the Department of Optometry and Vision Science chose this as a career.

Alexandra Koutsokeras - Part IV Student


Alexandra Koutsokeras

“I have always had an interest in the health profession and optometry will give me the chance to make a difference in the community, while having the flexibility to work independently.

I chose the University of Auckland because I knew experts within the optometry department regularly conduct research and continually make improvements to the field of optometry. The great thing about studying at Grafton Campus is we have direct access to one of the biggest optometry clinics in Auckland when we come to start our clinic work.”

Leah Lawrence - Part II Student


Leah Lawrence

“Most of my immediate and extended family members need glasses – myself included. So I felt since I was a teenager that by becoming an optometrist I will be able to help diagnose and treat family members, as well as providing financial assistance if needed.

One of my bucket list goals is to join a voluntary service scheme as an optometrist to a third world country. I felt really inspired after seeing this type of service in action in Vanuatu, treating people who needed such services but couldn’t afford it.”