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 Optical 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: Bolle, Coco Song, Dior, Jaguar, Longchamps, Dutz, Lacoste, Lindberg, Micahael Kors, Maui Jim, Moscot, Oakley, Ray-Ban, Tom Davies, William Morris and Vanni.


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

Opening times

Temporary changes in opening hours due to Coronavirus
Please email to arrange any urgent or essential appointments


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, the Alton practice in 2011 before returning to Alresford in 2018. 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

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

I qualified in 2008 and I joined Rawlings Opticians in 2010 after taking a 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 my first baby, a girl called Abigail. On returning to work I continued to see patients in Winchester and also worked at Alresford and Chandlers Ford. My second child was born in 2017, Harriet, another girl! 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 my young children but I do enjoy the odd bit of pilates and playing badminton.

David Wood
Matthew Hitchon
BSc MCOptom

I qualified as an Optometrist in 2003, after studying at Bradford university. Since then I have been working full time in community practice. I am a very experienced professional, who meeting people of all ages and backgrounds. I enjoy taking care of my patients eyes and advising them on how to get the best from their vision. Read more...

A recent high point in my career was supervising a trainee Optometrist, who successfully completed his professional exams in 2018. I joined Rawlings last year. I am enjoying the experience, particularly using the new and exciting Ocular Coherence Tomographer (OCT), which is revolutionising eye care. When not at work I enjoy relaxing with friends and family and spending time outside

Our dispensing team

Martin Davidson FBDO (Manager)
Nick Edgeworth FBDO
Sally Blackmoor WSCM Optical Practice Support Level 3

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


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 is open Monday to Sunday 8am to 6pm.

If you have an urgent eye problem outside of these hours, please contact your GP to access their out of hours service or call 111 for further advice. An ophthalmologist is on call in case of an emergency. For more information click on this link. click this link for further information.

If you are not sure whether you need emergency attention click this link for further information. The phone number for advice from the eye emergency team is 02381 206592 or call 111. Click here for directions to the hospital. Click here for directions to the hospital.

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