Totterdown opticians on children's TV

Published on: 22 Mar 2016

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Izabel and her mum Natasha

A TOTTERDOWN opticians is the setting for a children’s TV programme to be aired on Thursday March 24.

Lynne Fernandes Optometrists features in a CBeebies series called ‘My First…’, which records milestones in the lives of children under 6 years old.  Each episode follows one of these children as they do something new for the first time.

In the episode to be broadcast on March 24, Lynne Fernandes, director of the company, welcomes local child Izabel and her mum, Natasha, as Izabel makes her visit to the opticians.

With Lynne’s guidance has her eyes tested to find out exactly what help she needs, and then she makes a special trip to the Essilor factory to see her lenses getting made. 

Lynne said, “It was important to us to let Izabel know that going to the opticians is a fun experience. It’s not just about getting a new pair of glasses – it’s about how to look after her eyes from childhood through to being an adult.” 

 “As a practice we regularly speak to primary schools on the importance of having regular eye examinations and arrange class visits to the practices for the children try on glasses, see what happens in an eye test and learn some interesting facts about eyes.” 

 Lynne Fernandes Optometrists, which has three practices in Bristol – Wells Road,  Totterdown, Gloucester Road, Bishopston and High Street, Nailsea – was among a number of opticians contacted by CBeebies to take part in the series.  They were chosen because they were happy to be involved and to highlight the importance of eye tests for children.  

Talking about the experience, Lynne said, “Filming took two days in total.  It was great fun and the crew ensured everything ran smoothly.  The whole team thoroughly enjoyed the experience and in our usual professional manner, we still managed to run clinics alongside filming!” 

My First... Glasses airs March 24 on CBeebies at 9am and repeated at 1pm the same day.

The CBeebies 20-episode series My First… has been produced by MCC Media.  The series started on March 7 and is shown throughout March. 

• Lynne Fernandes Optometrists 0117 9776330 or visit 

To find out more about school visits to one of the practices or if you would like Lynne Fernandes to visit your school, call the above number.

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