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Category: Eye Health

Screen time in 2024 — facts for parents

1 January 2024

Information issued by the Association of Optical Practitioners: Most parents worry about how much time their child is spending on digital devices. Here are the facts about screen time. What...
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The Importance of Children’s Eye Care at Christopher Young Opticians

10 October 2023

The Importance of Children's Eye Care with Christopher Young Opticians At Christopher Young Opticians, we understand that your child's vision is a precious gift. We are dedicated to providing top-notch...
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Menopause and Dry Eyes – What You Need To Know

9 September 2023

Menopause and Dry Eyes Menopause is a significant milestone in a woman's life. It marks the end of her reproductive years and brings about a multitude of physical and hormonal...
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Driving Vision

9 September 2023

The Importance of Good Vision for Safe Driving Driving around the UK this weekend, I was reminded of an article that appeared on the BBC website recently: “Drivers who fail...
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Will Glasses Help with Eye Strain

8 August 2023

In our increasingly digital world, many individuals spend hours each day staring at screens, be they computers, smartphones, or tablets. This prolonged screen time often leads to a common complaint...
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Mask-Related Eye Problems

11 November 2020

Mask-Related Eye Problems With the current situation set to be with us for some time, we are noting mask-related eye problems. I thought I would write a short piece about...
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My Cataract Operation

1 January 2018

Today is the first day that I haven’t had to wear some form of visual correction to give me clear distance vision since I was 7 years old. 48 years...
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Christopher Young

Christopher Young

Optometrist

Chris qualified as an optometrist virtually before time began. He has worked in the practice since it opened in 1986 and now specialises in Vision Therapy. In his spare time he is a member of the local Masonic Lodge and enjoys sailing, watching rugby and cricket as well as sampling Single Malts and red wine.

Rebecca Ryder

Rebecca Ryder

Optometrist

After finishing a degree in Biology at Southampton University Rebecca went on to study Optometry at Cardiff University and completed her pre-registration at Williams & Parry Opticians in heart of the Welsh valleys.

Rebecca still keeps a strong affiliation with Cardiff University and has returned as a part-time clinical supervisor and also as an organiser/participant in the ‘Returning Vision Moldova Project’. This non-profit University associated project involves visiting remote and impoverished communities in Moldova and providing eye exams and glasses to those in need.

Always keen to expand her knowledge Rebecca has consistently completed extra accreditation in optometry since graduating; most recently the post-graduate certificate in Independent Prescribing for Optometrists.

After meeting a particularly charming West-Country man 6 years ago Rebecca migrated across the Severn bridge and has resided very happily in the Mendip area ever since. Of course being Welsh she is an avid Rugby fan and during any international match she is easily recognisable at her local pub for sporting the only red shirt in the house!

Tracy Hoskins

Tracy Hoskins

Manager & Eyewear Advisor

Tracy worked for Tesco on the customer service desk for many years before joining us in 2014. In her spare time she enjoys walking and travel, particularly to the USA.

Tanis Oliver

Tanis Oliver

Optical Assistant and Vision Therapist

Tanis also works on the front desk in the practice. She is responsible for meeting and greeting our clients, answering the phone and performing administrative duties. She job shares with Steph. Tanis moved to Somerset with her family 4 years ago. She has extensive experience in customer service and enjoys running and walking.

Nikisha Oladipupo

Nikisha Oladipupo

Audiologist and Hearing Aid Consultant

Nikisha has been a fully qualified audiologist for more than seven years, having graduated from the University of Bristol in Summer 2012. After gaining her degree, she worked as part of a fantastic NHS team in Bath for two years, which greatly developed her clinical expertise.

Following her time in the NHS, Nikisha wanted to broaden her knowledge further, and so five years ago moved into the private sector, where she has been able to continue to build her extensive skillset.

“I decided to venture out and join the team at The Hearing Care Partnership because they are renowned for delivering great customer service and great technology to their clients, which is something I wanted to be part of. In addition, working alongside optical practice teams was an intriguing proposition, and a whole new experience for me.

“When I’m not at work, I love to spend time with my daughter. I also really enjoy a good mystery or crime book – Harlan Coben is one of my favourite authors!”

Kay Lethaby

Kay Lethaby

Optical Assistant

Kay has had many years of customer service, both in retail and Doctor’s surgeries. She is happiest when walking in the Somerset countryside with her dog.

Leah

Wax removal

Leah is our lovely wax removal specialist, who works with us on a Monday.
In her spare time she enjoys walking her two bulldogs, going to the Gym and is kept busy with her family.