I am thrilled to have been named as one of the UK’s most 100 inspirational female entrepreneurs by Small Business Britain’s f:Entrepreneur ‘#ialso100’ campaign.
There are 100 female entrepreneurs from across the UK, being showcased as part of the campaign’s recognition of the multi-achievements of women that have proved critical to society during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now in its fourth year, f:Entrepreneur was launched in 2017 to highlight amazing female role models to help and inspire all small businesses, through content, stories and events. It particularly aims to showcase trailblazing female entrepreneurs that lead small businesses alongside a roster of other responsibilities, such as volunteering, mentoring and community support, activities.
From beekeepers to PPE, tech entrepreneurs to gin makers, this year’s campaign celebrates inspiring and resilient female entrepreneurs that have flourished despite Covid-19, with many still growing or starting new ventures.
I moved to Newbury from the USA over 11 years ago and worked for various local opticians. I worked for many years at Tesco Opticians at the Newbury Retail Park and some still refer to me as the "American Lady from Tescos" In 2019, I made the bold decision to open my own practice. Having this recognition so early after starting my own practice is an absolute delight. I am truly honoured to be in the company of such inspiring female entrepreneurs.
Both f:Entrepreneur and Small Business Britain were founded by Michelle Ovens CBE, who is also the director of Small Business Saturday UK. “Congratulations to all the inspiring women chosen to join this year’s #ialso100,” said Michelle Ovens. “Despite the significant obstacles thrown at them in the last year, female entrepreneurship continues to grow and flourish. We need to continue, and increase, our support for these incredible women and celebrate their amazing strength and success in the face of huge challenges.” “We have seen so many women embracing change, generating and exploring new ideas, rallying around their communities and supporting their peers. This resilience is hugely valuable and will set them up for success as they will be at the very heart of the UK’s recovery.”
To see the full list of women in the list visit https://f-entrepreneur.com/ialso-100-2021/
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Tier 4 restrictions allow for eye care to still take place with us and at all opticians in the affected areas.
From 21 December 2020 - 3 January 2021, we will be working reduced hours due to staff spending time with our families during the Christmas and New Year holidays. We can be reached remotely via email. You can also leave us a message by phoning 01635 528844 and someone will be in touch with you as soon as possible. During these last 2 weeks of 2020, if you are experiencing any sudden changes to your vision or having an eye emergency, we ask you to phone 111.
We continue to operate with the highest levels of hygiene in our practice. We continue to ask all this attending the practice to wear a mask and not to visit if you are feeling unwell or been exposed to any one who is COVID+ in the last 7 days.
We hope you are all keeping safe. We wish you a Happy Christmas and Better New Year in 2021.
-Valarie and Staff
Meet Adriana, our experienced optical assistant and frame stylist. Working many years with a large multiple opticians in the area, this loving mummy took off a few years to raise her beautiful children and focus on family. We are so happy to have Adriana as a valued team member at the practice.
Adriana has previously worked as a practice manager for Boots Opticians in Didcot. With a wealth of knowledge and experience in optics, Adriana is able to help to patients chose the perfect frames and lenses for all your needs.
Not only talented in optics, Adriana is a well know local artist and often teaches art classes locally. Check out her website http://www.pieladypapercuts.co.uk to see her amazing work. Adriana also recently published an adult colouring book called Colour Me Slingy that is dedicated to celebrating baby wearing parents and families.
Originally from Venezuela, Adriana has lived in the UK for many years and is happy to help make our Spanish speaking patients more at ease. I know a little Spanish from my time in Florida but "hablo un poquito espanol" so happy that Adriana speaks it properly.
During National Eye Health Week 2020, I would like to focus today on kids and how you can prevent them from having eye damage that could lead to vision loss when they are older.
Now I know, it is hard to think of that young wild child of yours ever growing up, raising a family, growing grey. But it will happen. And you can do things now to ensure their vision stay at it most healthy reducing your child's risk of eye disease.
The easiest way is to protect them from UV damage to their eyes. Most of our UV damage happens before we ever turn 18! Not all kids sunnies are created equal, so make sure they have proper UV protection. You may see something like UVA/UVB, UV400 or the CE mark. These all indicate great UV coverage not just a dark lens.
Want to do a fun activity?
Download it and have your talented kid create their own sunnies! Then head over to our Facebook Competition and post a photo of it.
After all, they only have one pair, so take good care of their eyes!
We are now open to see all routine eye examinations and eyecare appointments. In order to maintain social distancing during this global pandemic, all appointments, spectacle repairs and purchases will be by appointment only.
Continuing to maintain the highest levels of hygiene in our practice, we will be asking all those who enter to wear a mask. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you. Staff may look a bit different, but rest assured, there are smiles under our masks.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to ask.
To book an appointment to speak to the optometrist or member of staff, please phone 01635 528844.
As I have a lot of my previous patients, family and friends living in the USA, I wanted to say that I am heartbroken over the current state of affairs in America. I know there are many of you who will peacefully protest and march over the following days. You all may become exposed to gases and chemicals that can possibly injure your eyes.
Just a note to say that if you get any chemical in your eyes - pepper spray, tear gas, repellents, or anything else, remember in addition to wearing your mask...
· DO NOT RUB YOUR EYES - as hard as it it, try not to as rubbing can result in more damage to the surface of the eye.
· RINSE EYES WITH SALINE OR WATER - milk has not been shown to be any more effective. I have always told patients when they get a foreign body or chemical in the eyes....Rinse, Rinse and Rinse some more. If you have any re-wetting or lubricant eye drops, use those as much as possible
· If you are going to be near any danger to your eyes (chemicals or objects such as paintball, squash, racquetball), please WEAR SAFETY SPECTACLES. The chemicals won't melt the contacts but safety spectacles are more ideal.
· Consider visiting your optometrist as soon as you can to have your eyes checked as sometimes injuries to it may need an antibiotic eye drop.
Photo credit: Dr Lori Vollmer. Review of Optometry, 24 May 2006,
Lockdown is easing and lots of us are going to be getting back to the road. Travelling to see family and friends - for an outside socially distant visit of course! Some may be heading back to the office or travelling for work again.
Recent news reports regarding a top government official driving a long way to test his vision has reignited the issue of driving vision. There are many on the road driving with inadequate vision. Many are using an older spectacle prescription or perhaps have never had an eye examination.
Check out this interview with a colleague on Sky News talking about just this - driving and your vision. Dr Peter Hampson points out that optometrists are still available both in person and remotely for those struggling with their vision or concerned about the health of the eyes.
Is it me or are there a lot more cyclists out on the roads during lockdown? So nice to see everyone keeping so fit!l I may have to take up cycling just so I can wear a pair of these POC cycling glasses - especially in this amazing flourescent pink colour!
POC is a world leader in cycling gear and you will find many professional cyclists sporting their eye wear collection. The frame is ultra lightweight and made to be a durable sports frame. The lens material provides the ultimate in clarity from Carl Zeiss, a world leader in optics who we are proud to work with. The clear and tinted lenses included with each frame can be changed easily.
All the frames come with a hard case and polishing cloth. The lens material is optimised for road cycling. - increasing contrasts on the road surfaces to help you miss those holes and gravel in time. The anti-fog and ripel treatments keeps fog, dirt and grime off your lenses and makes the water pearl off.
The pictures POC DO Blade EF provides 100% UV protection in a Category 2 lenses that allows for 18-43% light transmission.
Each frame from POC comes with a hard case, polishing cloth, storage box for the replacement clear lens.
Take a look at our POC collection as well as other cycling and sport sunnies click below.
Dr Valarie Jerome
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