We believe that it is always nice to know who you are dealing with, their experience and specialties – and to just put a face to the name!
Edward Farrant – BSc MCOptom Dip Glauc Dip TP IP
Mr Farrant graduated from Cardiff University. He is one of only a small number of experts in the country to be a qualified prescribing optometrist, diagnosing and treating eye disease. Edward is a dynamic optometrist with a broad range of specialist skills that extend to treating glaucoma and a wide range of eye diseases. He particularly enjoys working with contact lenses, and runs specialist clinics within the practice. He runs the only myopia (short sight) treatment clinic in the area, helping to actually stop short sight from getting worse in children. He also works in clinics in Bristol Eye Hospital, Musgrove Park Hospital and Weston General. He strongly believes in providing a friendly environment where his patients receive the best level of advice and care possible. He enjoys cycling, skiing and water-sports.
Sarah Farrant – BSc MCOptom Dip TP IP
Mrs Farrant graduated from Cardiff University where she met her husband Edward Farrant.
Sarah has a great passion for her work. This is reflected in the wide variety of different interests she has within the profession. At its heart is her drive to continually push Earlam and Christopher forward with the latest technology and specialist clinics. She has undertaken a number of additional qualifications and is a leading national expert in therapeutics and dry eye management and represents the UK as an Ambassador for the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society (TFOS). She sits on the council for the national College of Optometrists. and is chair of the Somerset Local Optical Committee. She has been instrumental in a number of local initiatives in order to improve access to a nationally recognised level of local eye care, including setting up the successful Somerset ACES eye scheme. She is also a keen lecturer and regularly teaches other optometrists across the country. She also is a keen painter, cyclist and skier.
Philippa Kingston – BSc (Hons) MCOptom
Philippa graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Optometry and Vision Sciences from UMIST in 1996. She is thrilled to have joined the team at Earlam and Christopher in February 2016. Philippa’s professional interests include all aspects of children’s optometric work, which has led her to undertake further training so that she can perform Colorimetry Assessments. She also enjoys Contact Lens fitting, having won the Contact Lens Award in her final year at University. She enjoys her work as an Optometrist, helping patients to maintain their eye health and providing appropriate, quality eyewear.Outside of work, Philippa’s interests now tend to centre around those of her two children. However, she does attend weekly Jazz and Ballet Dance classes and still enjoys reading, the occasional game of tennis and playing the piano, when family commitments allow.
Kerry Holmes – FBDO
Kerry graduated in 1991 from Bradford & Ilkley College, Yorkshire as a qualified Dispensing Optician. She completed her pre registration year at Earlam and Christopher and continued her career here because she recognised the importance that a qualified Dispensing Optician can bring to an independent practice, to the patients and to the local community. She is a member of ABDO and the GOC which means that she is always striving to promote the standards within the industry. Kerry regularly attends exhibitions, conferences, and regional seminars to keep up to date with new developments, technologies and products within the optical industry enabling her to offer these benefits to our patients. She has a particular interest in paediatric dispensing and also interpreting complex or challenging prescriptions to provide optimum comfort in the eyewear she dispenses. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her young family, going to the theatre and socialising with friends.
David Lamb – Practice Manager for Taunton & Langport
David started his career in the optics world in 1985 at an independent optician in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. When he moved to the UK, he worked as a practice manager in a large multiple practice, but soon wanted to rejoin the independent sector, so started working here at Earlam and Christopher in 2005. He completed the Ophthalmic Dispensing course several years ago. During his career, he has been heavily involved in the manufacturing and design processes involved in spectacle production, which has included lens manufacture, frame sourcing and frame production processes and specialist frame repairs. These special interests have not only given him excellent skills and knowledge, but have also allowed him to travel all over the world, gaining valuable experience from different countries. Out of work, his interests include fishing, most sports and having fun with his family.
Gabby Banks – Pre-registration Optometrist
Miss Banks is our Pre-registration Optometrist. She studies Optometry and vision science at Cambridge Anglia University and graduated with a first class honours and an award for outstanding contact lens practice. She is local to the area and outside of work her hobbies include going to the gym and dog walking.
Melanie Snedden – Dispensing Optician
Melanie has worked in medium and large sized practices for 14 years, she qualified as a Dispensing Optician in 2016 from ABDO college and joined Earlam and Christopher in 2020.
She regularly attends conferences and by being a member of ABDO and the GOC she keeps up to date with new developments within the optical industry which ensures she provides a high quality of service.
Outside of work melanie enjoys reading, socialising with friends, spending time with her family and going on long walks.
Helen Yard – Dispensing Assistant
Helen joined Earlam and Christopher in 2017 having previously worked in a large multiple practice for 16 years. It was during this time that Helen studied at Anglia University on a distance learning course achieving 3 diplomas, covering ophthalmic clinical and ophthalmic dispensing qualifications.
Joining Earlam and Christopher has allowed Helen to continue to provide a high quality service with Helen priding herself as someone who takes the time to get to know her patients needs and requirements.
Outside of work Helen enjoys a range of activities including sewing, skittles and spending time with her family