Alresford optician

Branch Information

We would be delighted to welcome you to the Alresford branch of Rawlings, situated in the heart of this beautiful Georgian market town, voted Country Life’s “Favourite Market Town” in the south-east.

Our friendly and professional staff will assist you throughout your visit to ensure an enjoyable and positive experience. Our optometrists give a full and thorough eye examination and we are now able to image the back of your eye at greater depth than using photography alone using Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT), allowing us to study your eyes in incredible detail. OCT is the most advanced ocular imaging technique and uses light waves to collect thousands of cross-sectional images of the inside of the eyes and allows us to detect ocular disease such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and other retinal abnormalities much earlier.

After your eye examination we will hand you over to a dispensing specialist who will offer the best possible advice on frame styling and lens selection. Please give us a call and our reception team will make an appointment for your eye examination or contact lens assessment.

We stock a wide variety of frame brands, our designer lines includes well-known names such as: Calvin Klein, Dior, Gucci, Jaguar, Lacoste, Lindberg, Micahael Kors, Oakley, Prodesign, Ray-Ban, Tom Davies William Morris, Maxfactor, Vanni, Bolle and Tom Ford.


Bay Tree House
26 West Street
SO24 9AT
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Tel: 01962 734744
Fax: 01962 735929

Opening times

Monday to Friday:
08.30 - 17.30
08.30 - 14.00
(December/Christmas opening hours may vary)


Tim Shipway Tim Shipway FBDO

Before I had even left school, I was already a member of the 'Rawlings family', devoting my Saturdays to the Winchester practice and assisting with the administrative duties of the practice. Following a brief but rewarding career as a chef, I returned to Rawlings in 2008 to train as a Dispensing Optician, qualifying in 2011 and being awarded with the Tony Griffiths Prize for Excellence for my performance in the practical examination. The following year I moved from the Alton Practice where I trained to take over management here at Alresford. I have enjoyed getting to know the patients and the challenge of solving their optical requirements.

Outside of Optics, my time is mostly spent looking after my daughter Isla, but when time allows it, you can usually find me on a golf course or enjoying a football game.

Optometrists / Contact Lens Opticians

Helen Short
Helen Short
BSc MCOptom

I have had an interest in the natural world and biology for as long as I can remember. This led to me studying optometry at City University, London. After I graduated in 1981 I moved to Winchester, to work for Rawlings Opticians, and in 1993 migrated to what was then the fledging branch in Alresford, to help develop it into the thriving practice it is today. Read more...

I enjoy seeing all my patients, some of whom I have now known for over thirty years. I have a special interest in learning disability and, in 2014, I completed a post graduate course in examining people with learning disabilities.

I am a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers, a wonderful organisation for bringing together people from all sectors of the the optical world. Also, I am a keen supporter of the charity Vision Aid Overseas and I have volunteered on four assignments where I have helped to provide basic eye care and spectacles to some of the poorest people in developing African countries.

Meanwhile, outside work, I still pursue my interest in the natural world, either in my garden, or by walking in the beautiful Hampshire countryside and further afield. More recently, I have taken up playing the most fun and happiest of musical instruments; the ukulele.

Kate Malam
Kate Malam
BSc MCOptom

I qualified at City University in Islington in 1991 then worked in London for 11 years. After I got married and had children, we moved to Winchester, where I got a job with Rawlings working on Saturdays. Read more...

I now work 3 days a week at Rawlings travelling between 4 Hampshire branches which I enjoy very much. Each branch has its own personality and I enjoy the variety although of course I still get to see my regular patients at each branch.

I keep up to date with new developments in optometry by attending conferences, meetings and seminars which cover a wide variety of topics including contact lenses, UV protection, optometric technology and eye diseases.

On my days off I enjoy riding my horse, carriage driving, and walking my retired greyhound.
Kim Johnson
Kim Winyard
BSc MCOptom

‘It’s a girl! I am currently on maternity leave - Harriet was born on 6th May 2017. I will be returning to work when my maternity leave finishes but in the meantime my colleagues will be very happy to see you.’

I qualified in 2008 and I joined Rawlings Opticians in 2010 after taking a five month career break to fulfil a lifelong ambition to be a chalet girl for a ski season in the French Alps. I worked solely at the Winchester practice until 2015 when I went on maternity leave after having a baby girl called Abigail. I continue to see patients in Winchester and I now also work at Alresford and Chandlers Ford branches of Rawlings too. This gives me a really balanced mix of work and family life. Read more...

I have a particular interest in testing children eyes with coloured overlays which can be used to help aid visual stress. I am calm and caring with children and adults alike. Outside of work most of my time is spent with Abigail but I do enjoy the odd bit of pilates and playing badminton.

David Wood
Ramsay Thow
BSc MCOptom Dip Tp (IP)

Having first become interested in optometry in 1997 and successfully negotiating the degree at City University London as a mature student, I began working in private practice. Read more...

Since joining Rawlings Opticians, I have expanded my knowledge and qualifications, and have become the first optician within the group to achieve independent prescriber status. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Charles Sandy and Mr David Smail for their guidance and encouragement, without which this would not have been possible I am now keen to utilise my new qualification to benefit the local community's ocular healthcare, as it enables me to issue private prescriptions for certain eye conditions, thereby reducing pressure on local GPs and hospitals.

With a special interest in red and sore eye conditions, many of which do not require antibiotics, I am keen to promote the advantages of visiting your optometrist for advice and management. This could save you time, and in some situations even your sight, although occasionally a further hospital appointment may still be needed, which can be arranged for you. So, if you suffer from a red or sore eye, or have vision problems, and would like advice on the most appropriate treatment, contact Rawlings Opticians as a priority. I also enjoy fitting contact lenses to all ages, and have an interest in reducing the progression of myopia (short sightedness) in children and teens since current research shows that this can be slowed with certain types of contact lenses. With a wide range of contact lenses currently available, it is now easier than ever for almost everyone to enjoy the benefits of contact lens wear.

My home interests include gardening, and in particular growing high quality fruit and vegetables for my family to enjoy. Holidays are always enjoyed to the full with my family and friends. Cornwall is amongst my favourite destination.

Nearest car park

Outside practice on road Station Road car park - 5 minutes walk

Nearest bus stops & routes

Bus stop 50 metres away, number 64 with regular service from Alton and Winchester

Number 67 which travels between Winchester and Petersfield, via Alresford.

Nearest train stations

Winchester and Alton

Disabled access

Excellent consulting room and dispensing area, all on ground floor, no steps


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Out of hours eyecare for customers of the Alresford practice

There are occasions when emergency treatment is needed for the eyes. If you are concerned and it is outside of our opening hours there is an eye casualty department based at Southampton General Hospital which has a 24 hour emergency service. For more information click on this link.

If you are not sure whether you need emergency attention click this link for further information. There is also an out of hours phone number for advice from the eye emergency team, it is 02381 206592. Click here for directions to the hospital.

Alternatively you may contact the NHS Emergency and urgent care line by dialling 111.

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