Winchester


Winchester optician

Branch Information

We look forward to welcoming you to Rawlings biggest branch. The wealth of knowledge and experience that our staff have gained over the many years they have worked with us is unrivalled by any other opticians in Winchester. We are specialists in paediatric spectacle dispensing and have a particular interest in fitting contact lenses for children. 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.
Our optometrists are passionate about contact lenses and our Winchester branch is our specialist centre for Ortho-K - contact lenses that correct your vision while you sleep!

We also offer high fashion designer frames, sports eyewear and low-vision aids. Our customers tell us that they value the help and advice they are given when choosing frames, but we can also put on contact lenses for you or use our iPad imaging technology to help you choose. Whatever your query, we're here to help so call or email and see for yourself.

Address

60 High Street
Winchester
SO23 9BX
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Telephone

Tel: 01962 862492
Fax: 01962 840771

Opening times

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

Manager

Sally Hake Sally Hake FBDO CL

Being the great-granddaughter of Alfred Rawling and daughter of two Optometrists I think optics is in my blood! I started at Rawlings in 1987 and studied at City & East London College qualifying as a Dispensing Optician in 1991. My contact lens qualification took a bit longer as I had two children along the way and I qualified as a Contact Lens Optician in 2000. I enjoy my garden and walking my dogs and am an active member of Winchester Rotary.

Assistant Manager

Roger Beckett Roger Beckett FBDO

I qualified in 1990 as a Dispensing Optician and have worked in the Hampshire area in the optical profession most of my working life. I joined the Rawlings Winchester practice in 1999 and was attracted as it is still a family run business which has allowed me the professional freedom to advise on a wide range of products and services. I have a keen interest in general spectacle and paediatric dispensing.

At home my interests include gardening, geology and science, I am also a keen cyclist.

Optometrists / Contact Lens Opticians

Rachael Smith
Rachael Smith
BSc MCOptom


I have worn glasses since the age of 4, but life changed and my passion for optics was ignited when I had my first contact lenses at age 10. Over the years I have developed this area of special interest and I have consulted for major contact lens companies both in discussion groups and on new product trials. I still love my contact lenses for socialising and sport but these days usually enjoy matching one of my pairs of glasses to whatever clothes I decide to wear. Read more...

After graduating from City University in London I worked in Petersfield and the surrounding area, followed by the Isle of Wight before settling near Winchester in 1999. Outside of work I love to cook (and of course I always wear my contact lenses for chopping onions – no streaming eyes!) I sing in Thornden Community Choir, and travel as much as I can. I especially love skiing – I think almost 30 years of working indoors with no windows makes me long for the vast expanse of the mountains. I also go to several conferences each year – I find exchanging ideas with other optometrists and keeping right up to date is part of what makes me love my job so much!

Luke Allen
Luke Allen
BSc MCOptom


I first got into Optometry after accidentally going to and enjoying a talk about Audiology, and somewhere along the line moved round the head to the eye – and haven't looked back since. In 2011 I started my Optometry undergraduate degree at Cardiff University and after graduating with a First class honours, I worked in Salisbury before moving to Rawlings in 2016, where I work at the Winchester branch full time. Read more...

At University I completed a summer project funded by the BCLA and a dissertation on multifocal contact lenses. As such, contact lenses, specifically their use in myopia management (limiting the progression of short-sight) , is still a special interest of mine. I now fit orthokeratology lenses for this purpose, as well as a convenient way to see clearly without having to wear spectacles or contact lenses during the day. Optometry is a fast changing industry and as such I love keeping up to date with the newest technology and products by attending conferences as well as the usual meetings and online learning.

I was proud to be runner up for the Young UK Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year Award at the British Contact Lens Association conference in Liverpool this year, an international conference attended by over 1000 delegates from around the world.

In my spare time I enjoy reading fantasy books, running, skiing, and walking my dogs.

Simon Cabell
Simon Cabell
BSc MCOptom


My Optics career started at a local contact lens manufacturer as a college student in the 1980s. I then joined Rawlings in 1993 after graduating from Aston University. I qualified in 1994 while working at the Alton and Winchester branches. Read more...

After a couple of years I joined the Hedge End branch and now work mainly at Hedge End with one day a week back in Winchester. I have been involved with staff training in a supervisory role which is very rewarding and was also a committee member and instructor at the Aston University Archery Club. At Rawlings I enjoy fitting a wide variety of modern high tech. contact lenses particularly with sports and hobbies in mind.

Out of work I enjoy playing guitar and running. In my free time I also support local charities such the Portsmouth Hospital's Charity the Rocky Appeal. I also enjoy sporting events such as the Great South Run. My family and I also like to visit museums and places of historical interest.

David Barker
Pamela Potts BSc
MCOptom


I qualified as an Optometrist in 1983 and have been with Rawlings since 1994 having previously worked with another independent optical group. I enjoy all aspects of Optometry, particularly in advising patients on the best visual correction possible, whether in contact lenses, with spectacles or both. I like to see a wide variety of patients from babies to those in their nineties and beyond. I feel I particularly understand patients of a certain age who may have varied visual needs, and require many pairs of glasses. I am one of them! Read more...

I attend many professional courses and conferences to improve and further my knowledge and skills, and particularly enjoy the interaction of peer to peer discussion groups both with my Rawlings colleagues and with the wider optometric community.

I enjoy all outdoor activities particularly skiing, hill walking and tennis and have recently taken up golf. I am also an active and vocal member of a book group. Needless to say, these differing hobbies all require good eyesight hence my collection of great spectacles!

Outside of work I try to play golf when time allows and probably spend far too much time following the trials and tribulations of Crystal Palace FC.
Debbie Heath
Debbie Heath
FBDO CL


My first job after leaving college was with Whitbread's Brewery working in customer services, but after five years an opportunity arose to work at CIBA Vision (now Alcon), a contact lens manufacturer. Read more...

Whilst I was there as a Customer Service Supervisor my interest in the clinical side of contact lenses grew and grew and I realised that I really wanted to work with the people wearing the lenses, rather than the people making the lenses!

I was able to gain my Dispensing Optician qualification whilst working at CIBA Vision, and this was the first step towards becoming a qualified Contact Lens Optician in 2003. I continued to work at CIBA Vision whilst also seeing patients in the "real world". Combining the two careers gave me a unique insight into the more technical side of lenses and enabled me to become involved in problem solving difficult cases. I eventually joined the Professional Services team offering advice to other contact lens opticians and optometrists. However ultimately I decided my real enjoyment came from helping patients, so In May 2003 I joined Rawlings as a Dispensing and Contact Lens Optician, and currently work at the Hedge End and Winchester practices. I specialise in fitting multifocal contact lenses, and have a keen interest in myopia control and ortho keratology. I am also regularly involved in spectacle dispensing, and am happy to advise on low vision aids.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, particularly my young son, and I love to travel whenever the opportunity arises.
Kim Winyard
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.

Nearest car park

Tower Street - Long stay
The Brooks - Short stay

Nearest bus stops & routes

Bluestar 1 From Chandler's Ford / Southampton
X66 From Romsey
68 from Salisbury
86 from Basingstoke
25 from Andover
69 from Fareham

Nearest train station

Winchester

Disabled access

Good access through the front door and into the ground floor consulting room (Please specify when booking an appointment if a ground floor consulting room is desired)

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Out of hours eyecare for customers of the Winchester 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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