Thea Pharmaceuticals ‘Practice of the year’

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Thea Pharmaceuticals ‘Practice of the year’ in this March 2019.

Thea Pharmaceuticals Limited is dedicated to developing high-quality products that support ophthalmic care and eye health across the UK and Ireland.

Steph Moore from Thea Pharmaceuticals said:

Sarah, Edward and the whole team provide exceptional quality care to their patients, and are constantly looking for ways to drive the practice forward with the latest technology and specialist clinics, particularly in dry eye treatment. This family run practice have worked closely with Thea in the last few years, in educating fellow Optometrists and educating staff within the practice on providing eye health advice.


Spotlight on Sarah Farrant

Find out more about Sarah Farrant (BSc MCOptom Dip TP IP)Sarah - meet the team

Sarah Farrant graduated from Cardiff University UK, in 2002. She owns and works in Earlam and Christopher, an independent practice, alongside her husband Edward, and in a general medicine surgery practice managing eye disease in Somerset. She has a particular interest in dry eye disease and therapeutics, she lectures widely in these subjects, and has run dedicated clinics for many years.

Sarah is a consultant to a number of contact lens and ophthalmic companies, and she is chair of the Somerset Local Optical Committee and was the lead optometrist in setting up an acute eye service in Somerset. She also previously spent a number of years working in the teaching clinics at Cardiff University, and sits on the College of Optometrists Council. Sarah has also recently been appointed as an Ambassador for the Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society in the UK.

She and Edward have two young daughters and Sarah loves playing tennis and water-skiing.

Key note speaker at BCLA UK Conference and Exhibition

Sarah Farrant from Taunton and Langport based Earlam and Christopher Optometrists will be one of the key note speakers at this year’s BCLA UK (British Contact Lens Association) Conference and exhibition and will be presenting a lecture to delegates (optometrists) about successful dry eye management.

The educational event is intended to help improve confidence in contact lenses and in managing Dry Eye Disease and Ocular Surface Health, allowing eye care professionals to deliver the best possible care for their patients in this area.

Sarah is a highly acclaimed national and international specialist in this field and is also the UKs Ambassador for the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society (TFOS). The TFOS is a non-profit organisation facilitating forward momentum in ophthalmological research.  The Society’s Global Ambassador and membership programs foster collaboration among scientists, clinicians and industry professionals to help the world see better.

At her specialist dry eye clinics Sarah diagnoses and treats this uncomfortable and debilitating condition which causes symptoms such as light sensitivity, fluctuations in vision, inflamed eyelids, burning or gritty eyes and dandruff around the eye lids.

This year’s event will be held from the 4th-10th June at Aston University in Birmingham.

Lens Cleaner

Glasklar Lens Cleaner

We have a new system here at Earlam & Christopher called Glaskar! When you get your new glasses, you get a bottle of lens cleaner FREE!

We also have an optic dispenser full of specs cleaning fluid that you can re-fill whenever you need to!

Due an eye test? Contact us to make an appointment.

Lense cleaner bottle Glaskar

Mr Griffith’s retirement

Mr Griffith has now taken the decision to retire from the practice after many years of being a partner in the practice and a great optometrist. He has succeeded in helping over his many years to develop the practice and build the fantastic reputation Earlam and Christopher have today in providing exceptional eye care. We wish him all the very best in his retirement, which will no doubt consist of lots of skiing and squash playing!

Eye Health Conference

Eye health conference

Sunday 4th February 2018
The Principal Hotel, Manchester

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Sarah will be delivering a a joint workshop on blepharitis and MGD including stains, alongside Francesca Marchetti.

It is National Eye Week!

Did You Know…

  • 2 million people in the UK are living with sight loss, that is severe enough to have a significant impact on their daily lives. Half of this sight loss is avoidable.*
  • A sight test can detect early signs of conditions like glaucoma, which can be treated if found soon enough
  • During a sight test, other health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure may be detected.
  • For healthy eyes, eat well, don’t smoke and wear eye protection in bright sunlight.


Channel 4 have joined forces with RNIB and some advertisers to create adverts showing the affects of some eye diseases/conditions.


This unique campaign was broadcast during Channel 4’s The Undateables on Monday 18th September 2017, to coincide with National Eye Health Week.

Discover more about caring for ageing eyes

With this PDF leaflet produced by vision matters


Tear Clinic

Earlam and Christopher launches Tear Clinic!Tear Clinic

Do you have Dry, Scratchy, Red or Irritated eyes?

We are holding an Open Day on 6th June from 3-7 pm where you can come and meet with our experts, receive a free mini Tear Clinic consultation, a goodie bag which includes free samples and enjoy a canape and a glass of bubbles!

We hope to see you there!

The team at Earlam and Christopher

Independent thinking

Independent thinking

We are proud to be an independent local optician, and according to the experts at consumer body Which?, our pride is well-founded. In a comprehensive survey of UK opticians, independents topped the table with an average customer score of 87 per cent – significantly outperforming every national chain of opticians.

Which? surveyed over 4,000 practices and independent opticians achieved the maximum 5-star rating in five of the seven chosen categories.Which logo

Customer Service

The Which? survey investigated seven key categories, including store environments and the thoroughness of eye tests. Local independents were the only opticians to achieve five stars in customer service, product quality and after sales. While independent opticians received a five-star rating for their store environment and customer service, some of the national chains were awarded just two stars.

Overall ratings

There was little distinction between high-street chain opticians and retailer spin-off brands, whereas independent opticians achieved top ratings in five of the seven categories Which? assessed. The independents’ industry-leading 87 per cent customer score was calculated according to satisfaction levels during each respondent’s most recent visit.

The bigger picture

This survey of almost 8,500 Which? members bears a striking resemblance to a similar report in 2014. The previous survey also concluded that local independent practices led the way for quality and service, recording similarly large rating gaps between independents and high street chains. It seems the benefits of using independent opticians remain as compelling as ever…

“Independent practices lead the way for quality and service”

Healthy lives, healthy eyes

As well as being windows onto the soul, our eyes provide a reflection of our lifestyles.

Being healthy and making the right choices can have a significant impact on our vision, and these top tips will help to ensure everyone enjoys the best possible eye health:

Have regular eye tests Our specialist equipment provides a detailed eye health check, allowing us to start treating problems at the first possible opportunity. Regular eye tests are particularly vital for monitoring sight levels and eye health in children, and we stock specialist spectacle lenses designed for office work.

Cut out the cigarettes Smoking doubles your chances of developing cataracts and can treble the risk of age-related macular degeneration, which causes severe impairment of vision. Your wider eye health is also likely to suffer unless you can kick the habit.

Serve and protect No matter whether you’re an amateur tennis player or a professional builder, your eyes should be protected against flying objects and dirt. Glasses, goggles or masks will prevent eye-related injuries and avoid any build-up of damage over time.

Stay in the shades Sunglasses don’t just look stylish, they also filter out invisible (yet harmful) ultraviolet rays that damage retinas and corneas. Anti-reflective coatings and polarised lenses reduce sun glare, which can dazzle you and damage your eyes.

Never drink to excess A few pints might make your vision a bit wobbly, but excessive alcohol consumption can also damage the optic nerves. Heavy drinking increases the risk of cataracts and AMD by reducing the liver’s ability to process important vitamins.

Reduce screen time We’re not meant to stare at computers or phones for hours on end, and our eyes can easily become tired. Give them hourly breaks by focusing on distant objects, to avoid eyestrain that may cause headaches and loss of clear sight. We can also advise about glasses that are optimal for regular computer use.

Eat healthier A plate of vegetables is a feast for your eyes. Many fruits and vegetables contain vitamins A, C and E, which all provide us with vital antioxidants, while lutein in peppers and berries reduce the risk of eye diseases. Friday takeaways are fine as a treat, but studies around the world show that carb heavy diets increase the risk of cataracts.

Make up and mend Removing any make up in the evening gives your eyes the chance to recuperate from time spent beneath a layer of chemicals. A good nightly cleansing routine is highly recommended, including both hypoallergenic wipes and soothing eye creams.

Ask the experts If you notice anything unusual about your vision call us for an appointment. We can help resolve any minor issues before they start to become more serious.