Alton


Alton optician

Branch Information

We would be delighted to welcome you to the Alton branch of Rawlings, situated in the heart of this thriving market town, home to traditional country markets for more than a thousand years; with references dating back to the Domesday Book.

Rawlings have been established in Alton for more than 50 years and during this time have built a strong reputation for the exceptional standard of service and level of care that we always strive to achieve.

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 will hand you over to a dispensing specialist who will offer the best possible advice on frame styling and lens selection.

Sports Vision is a passion of ours and an area of particular professional interest, and we have a range of specialist eyewear to meet the needs of both the casual participant and the more serious competitor.

Please give us a call and our reception team will make an appointment for your eye examination or sports vision assessment.

We stock a wide variety of frame brands, our designer lines includes well known names such as: Barbour, Bolle, Elle, Flexon, Hugo Boss, Oakley, Prodesign, Serengeti and Ray-Ban.

Address

36 High Street
Alton
GU34 1BD
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Telephone

Tel: 01420 544496

Opening times

Monday to Friday:
08.30 - 17.30
Saturday:
08.30 - 16.00
(December/Christmas opening hours may vary)

Manager

Martin Davidson Martin Davidson FBDO

I joined Rawlings in 1993 and qualified as a Dispensing Optician in 1999. I was appointed Practice Manager of our Alresford branch in 2001 before taking over the running of the Alton practice in January 2011. I am told that optics is clearly in the blood as I am the great-grandson of the company founder, Alfred Rawling. I have always had a keen interest in sport with sports vision being an area of particular professional interest

Away from work I am Secretary of my local sports and social club and am kept busy with three young grandchildren, and our beautiful Norfolk terrier. In my spare time I like to read and enjoy music across many genres, with a particular passion for Americana and American roots music.

Optometrists / Contact Lens Opticians

David Wood
David Wood
BSc MCOptom


I started working for Rawlings two weeks after graduating from Cardiff University with an honours degree in Optometry. I did my post-graduate training under the watchful eye of John Turner and was among the first of my university class to qualify as an Optometrist in July 2004. Optometry is a second career for me, having spent fifteen years as an engineer in the Royal Navy submarine service. Read more...

I'm told I have a relaxed and easy going nature that particularly suits nervous patients and children, I enjoy fitting children with contact lenses which are excellent for playing sport and for the ‘image conscious’ teenager.

Away from the consulting room I am a keen skier and a qualified leader for the Ski Club of Great Britain. This takes me to various ski resorts leading members around the mountains. I keep fit by playing squash, cycling and regular visits to the gym. I'm married with a 21 year old son.

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

Manor Car Park adjacent to the Majestic Wine Store - short stay
Bank car park adjacent to Alton Community Centre - long and short stay

Nearest bus stops & routes

205 From East Tisted/Farringdon
64/X64 Ropley & Four Marks

Nearest train station

Alton

Disabled access

Entire practice on one level
Front door can be accessed via ramp

Map

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Out of hours eyecare for customers of the Alton 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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