Caterham optician

Branch Information

We have been established here in the same premises for over almost 80 years. During that time we have built a reputation of which we are extremely proud. Our business is based upon offering the very best professional service and products available.

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. Dry eye issues are a significant problem for many patients and we are able to advise on the specific solutions available to help. These would include specialist drops, wipes and hot compress bags which are all kept in stock.

We have three fully qualified Dispensing Opticians who will give expert advice on the best lens options for you as well as the best fitting and looking frames. We provide a whole host of advanced modern lens options including varifocals (progressive), occupational (degressive), thin and light high index, light sensitive (photochromic) all available in highly durable long lasting scratch resistant and anti-reflective materials.

In addition to the latest technology lenses we offer a distinct range of designer frames, including Oakley, Ray Ban, Lindberg, Jimmy Choo, Tom Ford, Tom Davies, Gucci, Mark Jacobs, Joules and Silhouette. Also, we can dispense prescription sunglass lenses to any of our frames as well as specific options from Oakley, Ray Ban and Revo. All of these would include full UV protection and the option of polarising anti-glare filters.

As well as spectacles, we offer a full contact lens service. Most of our patients opt for disposable soft lenses, either dailies or monthlies, available in single vision or multifocal designs. We can also dispense gas permeable lenses where appropriate.

Please feel free to pop in and say hello and meet the team, all of whom will be delighted to help in any way they can. We look forward to seeing you soon!


2/4 Croydon Road
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Tel: 01883 341137

Opening times

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


Rob Eatwell Rob Eatwell FBDO

I qualified as a Dispensing Optician from City and East London College in 1989 and have worked in the independent sector for the majority of my career. I spent 3 years working for well known lens manufacturers as a progressive lens troubleshooter. This experience has given me the edge when recommending the best progressive lens options for my patients, achieving the best quality and comfort of vision.

Having recently joined the Rawlings team, I have concentrated on continuing to build the close patient relationships here in Caterham and enjoyed the challenges of launching our newly modern refitted practice with a great team of people.

I have always had connections in this area, with my grandfather having owned a number of small bakery businesses in Caterham, Warlingham and Chelsham. I now live in a small Surrey village with my family, where we love to explore the local countryside and places of interest. However, most Sundays I can be found out on my bike with my local cycling club, pretending to be as good as Bradley Wiggins!

Optometrists / Contact Lens Opticians

Ushmas Plummer
Ushma Plummer
BSc MCOptom

I studied optometry at Aston University, in the Midlands, and qualified in 1996. After I left university, I spent 11 years working in and around Surrey and South London. In 2007, I began working for Rawlings. Read more...

Before I had my children, I joined the Vision Aid Overseas charity on a trip to Uganda, where we tested eyes and supplied second hand spectacles in remote villages. This was a truly memorable experience and I am pleased other staff from Rawlings have also been able to go on VAO trips- I hope to be able to join another VAO trip when my children are older.

As I had eye surgery as a teenager, I have a particular interest in children's vision and binocular vision problems. I am particularly able to empathise with people who need surgical treatment for their eye problems. I live in Caterham with my husband and twin daughters.

Ruth Hunt
Ruth Hunt
BSc MCOptom

I did not start wearing glasses myself until I was in my mid 20's but grew up in a family of spectacle wearers so a career in optics seemed a good choice. Read more...

After graduating from UMIST in Manchester in 1995, I worked in Derby for a year before moving down to Surrey. I was living in Caterham and commuting to Dorking when I saw an advert for an optometrist in Rawlings in Caterham. I applied and started working here in May 1998 and have never looked back!

In my spare time I enjoy cooking, gardening, reading and spending time outdoors with my young family. Before having my children, I enjoyed travelling and trekked with mountain gorillas in Rwanda and visited orangutans in Borneo; I am looking forward to travelling the world again once my children are older.
Fardip Rashid
Fardip Rashid
MSc MCOptom

My interest in optometry emerged through a friend's recommendation. I always had a desire to help people and a passion for science. Optometry is a career where both these interests get combined. I studied at the Univeristy of Manchester and qualified in 2017 after completing my pre-registration year in West London. Read more...

I joined Rawlings in 2018 where I enjoy working in an environment where I get to know my patients more personally and provide the best possible care. I'm currently based at Caterham while spending some days in Croydon. Outside of clinic time I am also studying for the College of Optometrists Professional Certificate of Glaucoma. I hope to continue improving my clinical skills and make the most of what optometry has to offer. In my time away from work I enjoy socialising with friends and family, while also trying keeping up with fitness through running and the gym. In addition, I do love reading a good book whether optics related or not!

Nearest car park

Disabled free 1 hour parking along roadside within 2 minutes walking distance
Waitrose and Morrison car parks within 5 minutes walking distance

Nearest bus stops & routes

All within a couple of minutes walking distance from practice
409 From East Grinstead to Croydon
411 From Tatsfield and Redhill Bus Station
407 From Caterham through to Sutton

Nearest train stations

Train station in Caterham from London Bridge and Victoria via East Croydon

Disabled access

Excellent. Front door through to all three consulting rooms and dispensing areas all on same level


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Out of hours eyecare for customers of the Caterham 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 a minor injury unit (For over 18 year olds only - Open until 7:30pm) at Caterham Dene Hospital, Church Road, Caterham, Surrey, CR3 5RA. For more information click here or telephone: 01883 837540.

For other times you should there is a 24 hour accident and emergency department at East Surrey Hospital. For more information click here. For directions and map for East Surrey Hospital please click here.

Alternatively you may contact the NHS Emergency and urgent care line by dialling 111.

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