Alresford


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.

Both hearing care and optical services are available, with our audiology team offering wax removal for adults and children aged 5 and over, custom ear plugs and free hearing tests. Contact lenses can be recommended for adults and children, and one of our areas of specialty is Myopia Management.

Our friendly and professional staff will assist you throughout your visit to ensure an enjoyable and positive experience. Our Optometrists give an unrushed full and thorough eye examination and we are 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 than during a standard eye examination alone.

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.

Address

Bay Tree House
26 West Street
Alresford
SO24 9AT
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Telephone

Tel: 01962 734744

Opening times

Monday to Friday: 08.30 - 17.30
Saturday: 08.30 - 16.00

Manager

Phil Harrison Phil Harrison FBDO

Both my mum and her mum already worked in optics, so a Saturday job at an opticians was the natural role for me and I started at a practice in Southampton when I was 15. I enjoyed the environment and helping people – especially the variety of seeing older patients with many years of wearing glasses contrasted to young children getting their very first pair and so I continued working there when I left school and went to college. Once college had finished I decided to become a qualified Dispensing Optician and studied for this whilst working.

I qualified in 2017 through ABDO College in Kent. A year later in 2018 I went into the management side of the business managing practices at a large multiple, and whilst I enjoyed the business aspect after 12 years of working with the same company I decided it was time for a change and wanted to try my hand with an independent optician to have more contact with patients again.

I was keen to work with Rawlings, having seen the length of time people stay there I knew it would be a great company to work for. Working with Rawlings has given me great opportunities working with high and complex prescriptions as well as working with different forms of Myopia Management helping with young children. I joined Rawlings in October 2021, and after 13 months at the Winchester branch, I was very happy to be given the opportunity to look after the Alresford branch. In my spare time I like to watch and attend the football as much as I can balanced with spending as much time as possible with my family – in October 2022 we welcomed our new baby girl into our family, our other baby is our adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Optometrists / Contact Lens Opticians

Katie Atkins
Katie Atkins
BSc MCOptom


I have worn glasses since the age of 7 and this, combined with having a father and grandfather who were dispensing opticians, sparked my interest in Optometry. I studied Optometry at Cardiff University and graduated in 2016. I initially worked for a large multiple optician group, before moving to Rawlings to experience a different optics environment. Read more...

I rely on my glasses completely and feel I can empathise with my patients in the same boat. I like to take time with each patient to ensure they are getting the best outcome for their sight and the health of their eyes.

Outside of work, I am an avid reader, and am currently trying to add bass guitar to the modest list of musical instruments I play.

Bill Mills
Bill MIlls
MSHAA


I am passionate about my job, and I believe in giving excellent service delivered with trust and integrity and clients regularly refer friends and family to me. When the position of Audiology Lead with Rawlings Opticians came up, I knew it was the perfect role as I wanted to work with a genuinely “independent” hearing device provider, not one which is either owned or allied to one particular brand. Read more...

I knew from experience that this would give me the opportunity to give a more professional service to tailor the hearing solution more specifically to the patients’ individual requirements. Offering wax removal and earplugs as well leads to an interesting and varied working day.

My life as a Hearing Aid Audiologist began in 2014 when I decided to have a career change as having had many years of international travel working in the textile industry, I wanted to be based in the UK for a better work/life balance. I enjoy working with people and to be able to genuinely improve someone’s quality of life puts a smile on my face (as well as my patients!) when they realise what a difference hearing well can make to them. Providing audiology services has seen me working in Devon for a hearing brand before moving to Hampshire to deliver hearing care for a national optical company. Previously based in Lymington, I have worked across multiple locations across Hampshire and Dorset.

I live in the small village of Catherington in Hampshire which I share with my partner and our 8 month old GoldenDoodle puppy, Ted. I am an ardent follower of Liverpool football club and in my spare time love tinkering with old cars.


Emma Perkis
Emma Perkis
HCA


I have been working in Optics for 24 years and am a Dispensing Assistant in our Winchester branch. I was first involved in Audiology around 10 years ago when I worked for a multiple opticians where I enjoyed learning to carry out hearing aid repairs and other related tasks, so when Rawlings announced they were going to merge Hearing Care into the business I was thrilled! I had moved to working to Rawlings in 2022 as I knew an independent opticians would give me wider experience and more time to build a relationship with my patients and be part of a close-knit team, so the launch of hearing care here was the cherry on the cake for me. Read more...

During my HCA course, my passion for Audiology grew. One of my favourite things I learned was how to take impressions of the ear. I am excited to have my own clinics now and be an extra pair of helping hands for our growing Audiology team.

I have 2 sons, 1 dog, 3 cats – and 1 husband, all of whom keep me busy in my spare time.



Our dispensing team

Phil Harrison FBDO (Manager)
Bridget Warren FBDO
Bizzee Murphy

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

Nearest AED/Defibrillator

Alresford Dental Care, 4 Pound Hill, Alresford, SO24 9BW

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 is open Monday to Friday. The phone number for advice to see if you require an urgent appointment at the hospital  is 02381 206592. For more information click on this link.

Outside of Eye Casualty opening hours call Casualty on 02380 777222, where an eye doctor is on-call for emergencies. Alternatively  you can contact your GP to access their out of hours service or call 111 for further advice.

If you are not sure whether you need emergency attention click this link for further information. Click here for directions to the hospital.

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