If you are on a computer many hours of the day, you may be wondering if your computer is damaging your eyes. There is lots of talk about blue lights and blue light glasses for sale are all over social media feeds lately. Some people swear by blue light glasses or blue light anti-glare. Some don't really notice any improvement with it.
Well, first let's talk more about that infamous BLUE LIGHT.
Now let's talk about your prescription or need of one and computer use
Best way to tell if your eyes and your computer are working against each other?
Get a routine eye exam! Book one today on www.drvalariejerome.com.
Vision loss due to macular degeneration can be devastating. It can be very frustrating adapting to your vision loss from macular degeneration, a condition that causes you to lose your central vision. That means when you look directly at something - the lady on tv, the print in the newspaper, your tablet, a photo, or your loved one's face - you can't see it.
When you get diagnosed with diseases that cause vision loss like macular degeneration, you may feel lonely and like no one is really there to help. The ophthalmologist or eye consultant is only there to help with injections and surgical intervention. The opticians you always visited may not fully be adapted to help you as normal glasses don't make any improvements. You may feel like you are in limbo. Not helped with the eye consultant and no being helped with the optometrists at your opticians.
As someone who worked previously in the USA in a low vision clinic assisting patient with vision loss from various diseases and disorders, I understand your frustration. While I have not experienced vision loss myself, I have seen it's impact on my patients over the years. I have worked in a specialty clinic where we helped those whose normal glasses were not the answer. Sometimes it was special magnifiers, better lighting or other devices. But most importantly, I always recall my grandmother losing her vision due to wet macular degeneration - how her overall health declined after that, and how she did not want to live any longer after she lost her vision. That happened when I was in university and at a time when there were no injections to help the bleeding from macular degeneration. That gave me more purpose - to help those like my grandmother though my work as an optometrist.
Using my personal family experience and my experience with low vision patient in the past, at my independent opticians I work with my macular degeneration patients at my practice to get them a bespoke plan. I may only be able to offer advise on directing you to the proper services like Berkshire Vision for support. I may be able to help with special glasses or recommended a device or light that can help. But for everyone I offer a good listening ears and allow my patients to chat about how they feel. I have been known to give a hug to those that needed one.
Can I make your vision better even though you have macular degeneration? Maybe, maybe not. But I will try my absolute best to find you the solutions to help you adapt to the vision you DO have left and teach how to use that to the best of our ability.
Got more questions about your macular degeneration or worried about your loved one with macular degeneration?
Give us a call on 01635 528844 or book in for an eye exam on www.drvalariejerome.com
Corneal diseases like keratoconus can greatly impact your vision.
Normal glasses may not be working. And standard contacts may still not give you the best vision.
Don’t worry- there may be a better solution for you.
Meet specialist contact lens optician, Ms Chris Wensley. Chris has worked in hospitals and in private practice for many years working to give clearer vision to those who have corneal diseases or misshapen corneas.
Have you or someone you know been told contacts won’t work because you have
👁 Scarred corneas?
👁 Corneal disease?
Book in or phone us on 01635 528844 to speak to Chris and find out what your options for better vision are.
The technical term for shortsightedness is myopia. And if you are shortsighted, you know all about myopia. The ever changing prescriptions, the need for glasses full time, the cost of those thinner light weight lenses that makes your glasses more expensive than normal.
But you may not know that myopia has many serious consequences on your overall eye health. It can increase your risk of...
👓 myopic macular degeneration
👓 retinal detachments
Attempts to control or slow down myopia by optometrists has in the past involved basic solutions. Often there was very little evidence to show how well these methods actually worked. In the last few years, research has focused on myopia and how we can better control it in our younger patients and reduce their risk factors of those condition listed above.
At Valarie Jerome Optometrists, we have accreditation to fit not only the MiSight contact lenses for myopia control but have now received accreditation to fit our patients with MiyoSmart spectacle lenses.
It's not just about vanity or keeping your kids prescription lenses less thick, it is about reducing their risk of sight threatening condition so they will lead a long life with great vision.
And remember to reduce your child's risk of developing myopia make sure to alway encourage your child to
👓 play outdoors as much as possible
👓 limit screen time
👓 take frequent breaks with close work
If you are wondering if either one of these treatments for your child's myopia is right for them, please book in for a complimentary consultation and more information.
Give us a ring on 01635 528844 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
On Global Recycling Day, we are happy to announce our new recycling program for contact lens wearers!
In partnership with Terracycle, we are able to accept the following items for recycling
♻️ contact lenses - yes the ACTUAL lens
♻️ contact lens blister packs - what the contact comes in
♻️ contact lens cases - the storage case with the R and L on it
♻️ contact lens solution bottles - emptied of any solution
So no need to bin it the bottles, flush the lenses down the toilet (some people do) or leave contact lens cases scattered around.
You don't have to be a patient of ours to participate in the program.
We just ask that all items be emptied of any solution and dry.
We also ask that you only drop off during opening hours which may vary and not to leave any items outside the practice.
Any questions, please give us a ring on 01635 528844.
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/
We are delighted to introduce our The Berkshire Collection - a carefully curated selection of beautifully stylish frames, available complete with standard single-vision lenses with anti reflective coating for as little as £ 129.
Now you can treat yourself to stylish eyewear to suit any occasion. Whether you're looking to expand your eyewear wardrobe with a serious pair for work, a casual pair for the weekend, or something else entirely, look no further than The Berkshire Collection.
Call 01635 528844 to book a style consultation with a member of our talented dispensing team and discover the Berkshire Collection today.
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.
Dr Valarie Jerome
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