Branch InformationRawlings Opticians is a known and trusted name in the area having opened in Chandlers Ford in 1984. Since 2013 we have been located in a modern stair and step–free store, prominent in the thriving Fryern Arcade.
Often recommended by friends, neighbours and family, each customer is given our individual attention. Our aim is to make each visit informative, rewarding and enjoyable.
Upon contacting us you will be greeted by one of our experienced and friendly receptionists Sue or Debbie who will be delighted to assist you with your enquiry. Your comprehensive eye examination will be performed by one of our Optometrists: Lindsey Higgins, Rachael Smith, Kate Malam or Kim Winyard who work alongside our dispensing team of Chris, Pauline, Colin and Janet. When looking to update your spectacles we offer a wide range of frame styles to suit all budgets with the very latest of lens technology available to choose from. If you’re not in need of new spectacles why not just pop in to take a look at the latest sunglasses that Oakley & Ray Ban have to offer?
Have you considered contact lenses as an option? Contact lenses are widely available for all ages, and are comfortable and affordable to all. Whether it is part time wear for sports or socialising, full time wear or multifocal lenses you require, please call in & talk to us about the options available to you.
Free parking is available in the Fryern Arcade, so please come in at any time to book an appointment or just have a browse!
Address14 Fryern Arcade
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TelephoneTel: 023 8027 5901
Fax: 023 8026 2425
Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
09.00 - 17.30
08.30 - 17.30
09.00 - 16.00
(December/Christmas opening hours may vary)
Please note: we will be opening at 09:00 on Tuesday 4th & Thursday 6th rather than the usual 08:30. We will be open as usual from 9:00 on the other days.
ManagerChris Hobbs FBDO
I qualified as a Dispensing Optician from City & Islington College in 2004 having worked hard continuing my employment at Rawlings and studying in my spare time. I soon became manager of our Hedge End branch where I spent 10 years in the role. Whist I enjoyed my time in Hedge End I jumped at the chance to manage our Chandlers Ford branch when the opportunity arose as I grew up and went to school in Chandlers Ford. The branch had recently moved premises and its new position in Fryern Arcade and complete redesign had helped the practice grow and expand.
I live close by in Eastleigh and my passion is the guitar which I have played for 30 years. I have a collection of five guitars – my pride and joy being a Gibson Les Paul. I play in a local band and we enjoy performing the occasional gig in pubs in Hampshire.
Optometrists / Contact Lens Opticians
I chose my career in optometry at the tender age of 17. It was my enjoyment of maths, physics and biology that lead me down the path of becoming an optometrist. As most of my family wear spectacles it was only a matter of time before I would too and that time came whilst studying for my degree in optometry (I mostly wear contact lenses these days). Read more...
After graduating from Cardiff University in 2007 I completed my pre-registration year and started work in Salisbury, then moved to Fareham before joining Rawlings Opticians much closer to home in Chandlers Ford.
I enjoy all aspects of optometry and every day is varied. I have a particular interest in contact lenses as I enjoy the effect they have on patients’ lives and the freedom they can bring. Outside of my consulting room I enjoy travelling with my husband and attempting to win the local pub quiz!
BSc MCOptom DipTp(IP)
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!
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.
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.
Branch InformationEstablished in Chandlers Ford in 1984 our ethos is providing quality eye care in the heart of the community. We value the time we spend with our customers and aim to make each visit a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Our Optometrists, Lindsey Higgins, Rachael Smith and Kate Malam work alongside our dispensing team, Chris, Pauline, Janet and Colin.
We have a comprehensive range of over 600 frames to choose from which are displayed in our new modern premises in the Fryern Arcade. Our qualified and knowledgeable staff are on hand to match products to your individual needs – we will give you a "personal shopper" experience to make sure you get the best attention.
The premises are located within the Fryern Arcade with easy access for wheelchairs and plenty of free parking
Nearest car parkWithin the Fryern Arcade
Nearest bus stops & routesBluestar 5, Xelabus X7 or X6 from Eastleigh
Nearest train stationWe are a twenty minute walk from Chandlers Ford railway station
Disabled accessGood access for wheelchairs through practice doors and into consulting room
Out of hours eyecare for customers of the Chandlers Ford practiceThere 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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