About Us

Rawlings Opticians is an independent company founded in Croydon in 1895 and to this day members of the Rawling family remain in the business. Richard Rawling is our Managing Director based at our Purley branch.

Rawlings practices are all long established serving the communities of eight towns in Hampshire and Surrey, where we have built a strong reputation for the quality of our professional expertise and service. Our aim is to be the preferred choice for eye care in each of our locations. We recognise the importance our patients place on the individual attention they expect to receive. Levels of service are built around these expectations and we achieve this by attracting and retaining top quality clinical and administrative personnel.

about rawlings opticians

Established in 1895, we pride ourselves on our independent, professional and ethical service combining specialist expertise, products and value to deliver an innovative approach to your eye care.

We strive for continuous improvement in all aspects of our work and Rawlings employees regularly attend clinical education and training seminars for which the company recently achieved the prestigious Investors In People award.

Our practices are all modern and air-conditioned with cutting-edge computerised equipment. All our branches have iPads for taking accurate measurements and allowing you to compare how you look in different frames.

We offer products from a great variety of manufacturers and in our glasses pages is a range of eyewear chosen for a fine balance of reliability, style and value for money.

Our practices work stringently within the guidelines laid down by the General Optical Council and we offer a full range of National Health Service benefits, particularly to children and the elderly.

Rawlings Price Promise

We are confident our products are competitively priced and if you should find an identical complete pair of glasses (frames and lenses) at a high street optician within 5 miles of this practice at a lower price within one month of purchase we will refund the difference. Written proof required, excludes sale items.

‘Why should I come to Rawlings?’

With vision most commonly quoted as the most important of your senses, why would you want to accept second best? Read more in our FAQ.

‘Why should I buy my glasses at Rawlings?’

We have a huge choice of frames with up to 1000 different styles in some branches and our independent status means we have frames and lenses available from many different manufacturers all over the world. Read more in our FAQ.

If you would like to read more about the history of Rawlings, please click here.