Rawlings Opticians is an independent company founded in Croydon in 1895 and to this day members of the Rawling family remain as shareholders. Rawlings practices are all long established serving the communities of eight towns in Hampshire and Surrey, where we have built a strong reputation for the quality of our professional expertise and service.

Serviced Areas

  • Southampton

Contact Details

  City Eastleigh
  Postcode SO53 3DB
  Address 10 Bournemouth Rd Chandler's Ford
  Phone Number 023 8025 2428

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If you answer "yes" to any of these questions, you may have what eye care practitioners and doctors call dry eye syndrome (even if your eyes seem too watery!). It's a common problem, but you don't have to live with it. The term "dry eye" is used to describe a less than perfect tear film. The tear film lubricates and protects the surface of the eyes - if it is not optimal, friction between the eyeball and the inside of the eyelids can occur. Sometimes the problem lies with the natural oils in the tears, or the moisture content.

Our optometrists will carry out a thorough examination of your eyes, which means far more than just testing your sight to check if you need to wear glasses or contact lenses. Once you have selected the contact lenses which suit you best, the Optician at Rawlings will want to see you at regular intervals to monitor the prescription and fit of the lenses and the health of your eyes. It's a good idea to arrange for your child to have an eye test at around the age of three. A child does not have to be able to read to be tested for eye defects such as long and short sight.

Recent studies have shown that it may be even more important to protect your eyes from UV radiation in more northerly latitudes such as ours, than when holidaying in hotter climates where the sun is higher in the sky for longer in the day. When the sun is low in the sky there is no natural protection afforded by your brow and so it is more important to wear UV protection. Luckily all our sunglasses are fully UV absorbing and comply with the stringent EU quality standards for protection. So come and choose a stylish pair of designer sunglasses, performance enhancing sports sunglasses or a simple pair for your holiday and enjoy the confidence of our sunglasses price promise.

At Rawlings Opticians, our optometrists are all trained to pick up eye changes caused by diabetes. In the eye, diabetes affects the delicate blood vessels that feed the light sensitive layer at the back of the eye (the retina). In fact it is common for diabetes to be first noticed during an eye exam, either because of unusual glasses prescription changes or because of leakage of blood vessels in the retina. Once diagnosed as diabetic, regular eye checks are very important because if the blood vessels become too leaky, early treatment is needed to prevent permanent sight loss.

We spend a lot of time getting to know our clients to understand exactly what they want and need. Our experienced and qualified Dispensing Opticians and Optical Assistants provide support and good, honest advice, meaning that our customers always make the best choice. We regularly attend frame shows through Europe to carefully source our range of contemporary, retro and quirky eyewear from the smaller and more exclusive manufacturers from around the world. We also ensure that we have plenty of choice for those with allergies, as well as those who need small or large sizes too.

With vision most commonly quoted as the most important of your senses, why would you want to accept second best? At Rawlings we pride ourselves on a level of service that is second to none, from your eye examination with the Optometrist you choose, to a detailed glasses consultation with qualified Dispensing Opticians. Our Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians all regularly participate in continued education and training, and we ensure that every patient gets all the time they need for a thorough examination and all the help they need to get the perfect glasses.

It is therefore incredibly important to make sure you have regular eye examinations and up to date glasses. Especially as we get older when we can face difficulties with contrast sensitivity, light and dark adaptation, glare, colour perception and restricted field of view; and these difficulties are often exaggerated when driving at night, bright, sunny days and days with poor visibility.