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Cheryl Bridle

Hello, I’m Cheryl Bridle the owner and optometrist of Bridle EyeCare. I qualified as an optometrist in 19XX (ie – a long time ago!) and spent the first 15 years in the Tilehurst branch of Russell Caulton Opticians. After that I spent a number of years as a locum optometrist primarily with Independent Opticians. Eventually I decided that the only way to be free to practice Optometry to a standard with which I was happy and to work with up to date equipment that would enable me to do the best possible job was to open a Practice of my own. Hence Bridle EyeCare was born in 2008.

Wow!, what a wake up call that was. But here we are almost 10 years later still with the aim of providing the very best service we can in all aspects of eyecare and enjoying every challenge that brings.

Outside of the business my primary passion is all things equine – well I couldn’t do anything else really with a name like ‘Bridle’ could I? (So it’s all my husband’s fault.) Music, mostly classical, has also always played an important part in my life and although I am no longer actively involved in any orchestra or choir I do enjoy listening and going to concerts. From the age of 6 I have also been very involved with Girls’ Brigade and although I have now handed of the reins to younger leaders I still enjoy being there to help with badgework and other activities.

Janet Smith

I am Janet Smith and I qualified as an optometrist in 1982. I have worked as a part-time locum since having my children who are now in their 20’s.

I have always enjoyed my work as an optometrist and love to explain to my patients the procedures and equipment involved in the test and how glasses or contact lenses would benefit them. I have a particular interest in treating dry eye symptoms and enjoy seeing all my patients young and not so young!

Outside work I am always very busy and enjoy socialising with friends, going to the gym, going to concerts, theatre and comedy shows. In what may remain of my spare time I enjoy reading and I have recently taken up Ceroc dancing.

Leslie Searle

I am Leslie Searle, a Registered Dispensing Optician (D.O.) since 1991. I have trained in and worked solely for Independent and small family group Opticians for nearly 30 years and gained a great deal of experience in all aspects of ophthalmic and spectacle frame fitting. Whilst working as a D.O. I have used my experience and knowledge to help and teach and tutor aspiring opticians both in the UK and overseas. I specialise in Applied Optics and Spectacle Lens Design.

I joined Bridle EyeCare in January 2015 whilst continuing to locum for other Independent opticians in neighboring counties. I very much enjoy working in a practice that is client driven and where my experience and advice can be used to its full potential. Bridle EyeCare’s continuity of care for its clients and its friendly relaxed atmosphere is second to none and is why I chose to work here.


Hi. My name is Helen. I joined Bridle Eyecare in August 2009 after working in a HR Role for 22 years. I started part time as a receptionist, but after a year and with my interest in Optics growing Cheryl took me on full time and I took on a more varied role within the business. In March 2011 I qualified as an Optical Support Assistant which meant I could get more involved in the dispensing side. It also gave me an understanding of general eye health, dry eye symptoms and an insight to all the different types of lenses that are available. As a business we also got involved with the 'House of Colour' and having had my own colours done this has helped me look at colour, shapes and styles that suit different people. I love helping our patients choose frames and spending as much or as little time with them as they would like.

In my private life, I enjoy spending time with my family, especially having fun with the grandchildren. I'm very sociable and love spending quality time with my friends, eating out, going to the cinema and theatre. To keep fit, I walk 3 times a week and attend a bootcamp, which is hard, but good fun.

Bridle Eyecare is a lovely place to work, I am part of a small team and we all work hard to make sure that our patients feel totally relaxed and enjoy their experience with us.