Purley optician

Branch Information

The staff at Rawlings Opticians in Purley would like to invite you to experience a better way to receive your eye care and gain the ultimate in visual performance.

Just telephone, email or call in and talk to our friendly staff who will answer any questions you may have and will happily make an appointment at your convenience to see our Optometrist.
Enjoy an unrushed sight examination and the opportunity to discuss your visual requirements with our registered optometrists.

If you require new spectacles then you will be able to talk to one of our fully qualified Dispensing opticians knowing that you will be given the best advice for your spectacle requirements and finally when you collect your spectacles they will be fitted to provide optimum comfort and visual performance. It is always worth remembering that the prescription determined by the optometrist is only as good as the quality of the final spectacles made.

We stock a wide variety of frame brands, our designer lines includes well-known names such as: Elle, Gucci, Boss, Jaguar, Oakley, Silhouette, Stepper, Jimmy Choo, Tom Ford and William Morris. We also hold a wide range of children’s frames including; Ray-Ban Junior, Rockstar and Centrostyle frames


946 Brighton Road
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Tel: 020 8668 9476
Fax: 020 8660 7728

Opening times

Monday to Friday: 09.00 - 17.30
Saturday: 09.00 - 17.30
(December/Christmas opening hours may vary)


Mike Whitely Mike Whiteley FBDO

After disappointingly not being allowed in the Navy to fly helicopters due to a perforated eardrum I started in the World of Optics the year before Elvis died and just as colour TV’s became the norm.

It is hard to believe (due to my youthful appearance) but in those days we couldn’t even display our prices, I used a naked flame to help adjust spectacles and the NHS paid for everyone to have a free sight test! I qualified as a Dispensing Optician 4 years later and we started using electric frame heaters. I was a massive Elton John fan. He was a spectacle wearing pioneer and this made me very interested in spectacle fashions and also the new Varifocal lenses were starting to catch on. Lens choices were much fewer in those days and easier to navigate but like many necessities there have been massive technical advances and even greater number of choices. I feel my job is to try and simplify the choices for my patients to give them the best possible vision within their budget and spectacle frames to complement their appearance and personality. Read more...

I have had a varied career from managing small independent community practices to huge optical superstores with 50 or more staff. I have also been an Area Manager looking after 28 stores across the South East and the main thrust of my objectives was to keep the practices efficient, the staff happy, offering the customers the best service and in turn keep the customers happy. However I prefer to work in a smaller independent group where I enjoy more professional freedom and joined Rawlings in Purley as Branch Manager in early 2016.

In my parallel life I am a singer-songwriter, I enjoy performing in musical and theatre productions, reading and watching films, and wearing odd socks in public.

Optometrists / Contact Lens Opticians

Funke Deniran
Funke Deniran
BSc MCOptom

I studied Optometry at Cardiff University where I graduated in 1985. After graduating I undertook my pre-registration in Oxford, qualifying as an Optometrist in 1986. Following this I secured my first post-qualifying employment with Dollond and Aitchison. Read more...

A few years later I decided to expand my horizon in the field of health and went on to study Health Promotion at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, obtaining a Master of Science in Health Promotion in 1994.

I joined Rawlings in 1998 after working for various practices in the Surrey area.
Eleanor Holtam
Eleanor Holtam
BSc MCOptom

It’s a boy! I am currently on maternity leave - Jonah was born on the 5th of July 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 joined Rawlings in January 2011, having qualified as an Optometrist in 2008. I worked in Basingstoke for a couple of years before being drawn to the ethos of Rawlings- I particularly loved that many of the staff had been around for 10 years plus. Read more...

Before optometry, I studied physics but decided I liked talking to people too much to continue with that route. Spare time is limited due to having 2 young children but I enjoy cooking and have recently discovered an appreciation for yoga (although I'm still not a fan of the "Ommm" part!).

Simon Callaghan
Simon Callaghan
BSc MCOptom

I graduated from Ulster University with a first class honours degree in 2011. I then moved to England where I completed my pre-registration period and subsequently worked in West Sussex. I then joined Rawlings in late 2014, where I am continuing to progress and develop in my career as an Optometrist. Read more...

Croydon branch is involved in the local shared care scheme allowing patients easy access for eye problems for which they would otherwise need to make an appointment with their GP. Not all areas of England have this scheme yet so we are lucky in our area! This means I advise and treat many eye conditions which keeps my day varied and interesting.

I am keen to keep up to date with the latest advances in technology and also enjoy attending regular training events and conferences. I like to spend my spare time with friends and also returning to Ireland to see my family.

Nearest car park

1 hour parking (10.00 - 16.00), 10 yards from practice entrance
Car park behind shops off Brighton Road - short or long stay
Tesco car park up to 3 hours - free

Nearest bus stops & routes

Bus stops within 50 yards of practice for routes 60, 166, 407, 412 and 466 serving the local areas

Nearest train stations


Disabled access

Consulting room and dispensing area on ground floor


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Out of hours eyecare for customers of the Purley 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 St. Georges Hospital in Tooting. For more information please click here or phone 0208 7252064. 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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