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Unlike many of her friends, juliane kollmer decided to train in a skilled trade. "I’ve said since I was a little kid that I wanted to be an optometrist", she tells. As a child, however, she stayed out of the family business run by her father, jochen, in grabengasse. After finishing school, the 23-year-old nevertheless began her training as an optician. In the meantime, she has passed her journeyman’s examination as best in the chamber, has passed her master’s examination and has completed additional training as an optometrist. For her achievements, she was awarded the master prize of the bavarian state government. "I love my job, she says. Because it is varied: it advises customers, needs manual dexterity and medical knowledge.
As a state-certified optician, she measures customers’ eyes, determines their visual acuity, grinds eyeglass lenses into shape and measures the fit of contact lenses. In short: "it’s about achieving the best possible view for the customer", bath kissinger says. As an optometrist, she also examines the eyes from a medical point of view. She is able to recognize malpositions and abnormalities of disease. "Optometrists are not allowed to make a diagnosis, but we can refer you to a specialist, kollmer explains. This could help, for example, in the early detection of illnesses.