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 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. 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 also have a great team of Opticians who will give expert advice on the best lens options for you, as well as the best fitting and fabulous 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 for something sporty, Ray Ban and William Morris for a stylish and sophisticated look, Lindberg for minimalism and lightness, and if you want a look that speaks for itself then Vanni, Dutz, Coco Song, J F Rey and Moscot have lots to offer. We have a good choice of children’s spectacles too, with many different colours and fitting options. We are passionate about UV protection too, we have a great range of sunglasses from Oakley, Ray Ban and Maui Jim, all available with prescription.

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
Saturday: 09.00 - 17.30


Reena Patel Anjali Patel FBDO

I'm one of those lucky people who loves what they do for a living. I've been in optics for roughly 20 years and have worked with several companies over the years, but with Rawlings it feels like home. My favourite part of my job is working with children who are wearing spectacles for the first time. It can have such a life changing effect on the child.

My free time is usually spent with my family, and I try to stay fit. I love anything to do with art and I'm trying to find the time to reignite my passion for reading.

Optometrists / Contact Lens Opticians / Audiologists

David Barker
David Barker
BSc MCOptom DipTp (IP) Prof Cert Med Ret, Prof Cert Glauc

Being an optometrist must be in my blood as four other members of my family have worked in the industry. My mum worked at Rawlings Opticians and I had my first eye test at downstairs in Rawlings Croydon branch when I was 11. As a young child I always loved playing with the buttons in the consulting room when I was off from school. I guess I still like playing with the buttons now but there are now just a lot more! Read more...

After graduating from Aston University I worked for a few years in Kent but 20 years ago I returned to my optometric starting point and have been at Rawlings ever since. I have always been interested in contact lenses and have done several trials on new products for manufacturers. I am an active member of our local optometric committee in Croydon which has been instrumental in setting up local shared care service which allows me to treat and help patients referred from local GPs. Due to this I decided to take the plunge and go back to studying to become one of the few optometry independent prescribers in the country which allows me to treat manage and treat many more conditions than I dreamed possible when I started.

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.
Sumila Kasaven
Sumila Kasaven

My optics journey started with work experience for an independent Opticians in St Albans when I was 15 years old. I loved the interactions the optometrist had with patients on a personal and professional level, and I knew this was the career path I wanted to pursue. Read more...

Since qualifying I have enjoyed a variety of roles within optics including management, trainee development and supervision at City University. These were very challenging and fulfilling roles and have allowed me to continue developing my skill set and other colleagues in the field.

I jumped at the chance to join Rawlings Opticians because of their strong reputation for professional expertise and service. I really enjoy working for Rawlings as I have access to the latest technology and this enables me to give my patients the time and very best care. I’m proud to be part of such a caring and experienced team. I am currently undergoing various training opportunities to further my clinical development in Myopia management through contact lenses and spectacles and dry eye management. I absolutely love my job and feel so lucky to still love it after almost 20 years!

Outside of work, my home life keeps me busy with trying to keep two young boys entertained! I drag them outdoors as much as possible whether it’s walking, hiking and not to forget gardening (much to their displeasure!)
Jessica Tovey
Jessica Tovey
(RHAD) BA Sp&A (Hons)

I qualified as a speech therapist and audiologist in 2015 in South Africa and having a deeper insight into the mutual influences of both the hearing system and speech system and how this influences the brain functioning enables me to treat my patients from a holistic point of view. Read more...

I have always had a deep passion for helping people and will always go above and beyond for my patients. I love really getting to know my patients and giving them back the gift of hearing so they can reconnect with their loved ones.

Initially I practiced full time at a government hospital (NHS equivalent) in South Africa which developed my passion for working with patients from all walks of life. Here I gained experience working with TB, noise exposure, age related hearing loss, middle ear pathologies and syndromes to name a few. I then moved to the UK in 2020 where I worked in an independent practice which strengthened my skills in hearing technology and tinnitus. I have experience working with both adults and pediatrics in Audiology and my special interests are microsuction, age related hearing loss, tinnitus and noise exposure.

I maintain current knowledge by engaging in various courses and CPD activities and I strive to continually grow as an Individual. I enjoy developing and pioneering innovative ideas for practice and clinical growth and I'm looking forward to bringing this into Rawlings hearing care and working together to provide patient centered care.

Our dispensing team

Anjali Patel FBDO (Manager)
Lis Hughman FBDO

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

Nearest AED/Defibrillator

Bronzeoak House, Stafford Road, Caterham, Surrey, CR3 6JG, 7:30am-6pm Mon-Fri

Disabled access

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


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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