Natasha Mulholland, Optometrist

BSc Hons MCOptom

I was born in Blackburn, Lancashire, but my parents are from a small island in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius. I have been a fully qualified optometrist for seven years, completing my initial undergraduate optometry course at University of Bradford. I have also undertaken a number of postgraduate optometry courses at City University London to broaden my knowledge of eye disease.

I have always wanted to enter a profession where I can help others and optometry allows me to do this every day I go to work. I also really enjoy the diverse and challenging workload that being an optometrist involves, where no two days are the same. Most of all I really like speaking with patients and ultimately, in some small way, improving their quality of life through my clinical skills and knowledge.

Before moving to Northern Ireland, I worked in both Moorfields Eye Hospital and King’s College Hospital in London. Working in these world-renowned hospitals allowed me to gain experience in the management of many eye conditions such as glaucoma, corneal problems, retinal disorders, and children’s eye problems. I have also been fortunate to receive training in ways to help patients with permanently reduced vision to read and undertake daily tasks with less difficulty.

My husband, also an Optometrist, is from Rostrevor, Co. Down and teaches at Ulster University. We had two weddings – a traditional Irish wedding and a Mauritian wedding ceremony. We have since been blessed with a beautiful baby boy, born in 2019.

Having relocated to the north-coast from England I have been made to feel so welcome in Eglinton. The village is so picturesque and the people are always so helpful and kind. Having previously worked in London I really appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds Eglinton and feel so privileged to work in the village.