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Looking Forward to 2022

Looking Forward to 2022

Posted: Thursday 6th January 2022

Here we are in January 2022 and you may be forgiven for thinking not much has changed since last..

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Winter Warmer

Winter Warmer

Posted: Tuesday 14th December 2021

Mulled wine is such a lovely traditional drink for chilly winter days… but did you know it has some other good points as well as warming you up?

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Stay safe this Halloween

Stay safe this Halloween

Posted: Tuesday 26th October 2021

Children’s excitement for this year’s Halloween will be more than ever thanks to the effective cancellation of Halloween during last year’s lockdowns. We couldn’t gather or go out in groups and this year many people will be...

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Kids at school

National Eye Health Week - 21st-26th September

Posted: Tuesday 21st September 2021

National Eye Health Week is 21st-26th September. Follow these top ten tips to keep your eyes healthy!

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Kids at school

Free Eye Examinations for Children

Posted: Thursday 9th September 2021

Did you know that NHS recommends all children have an eye examination by a qualified optometrist to make sure that there are no...

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Children sun protection

Children’s sun protection – don’t forget their eyes!

Posted: Friday 20th August 2021

We’re more than halfway through the school holidays and we are still awaiting the promised heat wave – hopefully it is just around the corner! Beach days, lazy days, pool days, picnics, going to the farm, or days out in town-This pretty much sums up every parents’ agenda for the summer with children...

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Maui Jim Sunglasses

Maui Jim Sunglasses

Posted: Thursday 12th August 2021

What started out as a small company selling sunglasses off the beaches of Maui in 1980, Maui Jim slowly grew into...

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Glaucoma Awareness Week 2021

Dry Eyes – A new drop treatment at Rawlings Opticians

Posted: Monday 26th July 2021

Dry eye – a common eye condition which affects 1 in 4 people in the UK – is a particularly sore point for women of menopausal or post-menopausal age, regular screen users and contact lens wearers, according to results of a new 2,000+ person survey commissioned by leading eye care specialist, Santen...

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Glaucoma Awareness Week 2021

Glaucoma awareness week

Posted: Thursday 24th June 2021

Glaucoma Awareness week begins on 28th June and although most people may have heard of the disease, many people will not realise that it...

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Children’s Eye Cancer – Retinoblastoma awareness week

Children’s Eye Cancer – Retinoblastoma awareness week

Posted: Wednesday 12th May 2021

Every year in UK around 50 children are diagnosed with an eye cancer called retinoblastoma. In developing countries children usually will die of this cruel disease as it...

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Blue Light

Blue Light

Posted: Tuesday 27th April 2021

Questions from our patients about ‘blue light’ are becoming more frequent, in part due to new products promising to block or reduce damaging blue light...

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Short-sighted Children? Don’t limit their future -Think MiYOSMART!

Short-sighted Children? Don’t limit their future -Think MiYOSMART!

Posted: Thursday 8th April 2021

Our optometrists at Rawlings Opticians have been passionate about caring for short-sighted (myopic) children for many years...

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Social interactions are helped with good vision

Social interactions are helped with good vision

Posted: Friday 26th February 2021

Children’s vision is an area of eyecare we are passionate about at Rawlings Opticians. This blog is one in...

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Is my child wearing the correct glasses prescription?

Is my child wearing the correct glasses prescription?

Posted: Friday 19th February 2021

Myopia Management is an area of eyecare we are passionate about at Rawlings Opticians. This is because…

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My child is spending more time on digital devices, should I be worried about their eyes?

My child is spending more time on digital devices, should I be worried about their eyes?

Posted: Friday 12th February 2021

Children’s vision is an area of eyecare we are passionate about at Rawlings Opticians. This blog is…

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My child is short-sighted, what do I need to know?

My child is short-sighted, what do I need to know?

Posted: Friday 5th February 2021

Myopia Management is an area of eyecare we are passionate about at Rawlings Opticians. This is…

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How vision develops in children

How vision develops in children

Posted: Friday 29th January 2021

Children’s vision is an area of eyecare we are passionate about at Rawlings Opticians. This blog is the first in a series of blogs we will be…

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2021 New Year & New Initiatives

2021 New Year & New Initiatives

Posted: Wednesday 6th January 2021

I think we are all happy to see the back of 2020 although one tiny bit of positivity is that the lockdowns forced us all to slow down a little and feel more…

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Childrens eyesight COVID pandemic

2020 - A look back on our 125th Anniversary Year

Posted: Thursday 31st December 2020

Now 2020 is drawing to a close and it’s time to take a look back at how our anniversary year panned out…

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Childrens eyesight COVID pandemic

Children's eyesight during COVID-19 pandemic

Posted: Thursday 26th November 2020

Many parents are concerned about the effects of the inevitable increase in their children’s screen use during 2020 and the effect this...

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Charles Bonnet Syndrome

Charles Bonnet Syndrome and Esme's Umbrella

Posted: Thursday 19th November 2020

2020 marks Rawlings Opticians 125th anniversary, but also marks the 300th birthday of Charles Bonnet. He was a naturalist, who in 1760 described ...

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Eye Health Tips for Home Working

Eye Health Tips for Home Working

Posted: Friday 8th August 2020

Many of our patients have found themselves continuing to work from home since the Covid-19 lockdown was relaxed, and in almost all cases working from home has led to an increase in...

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Rawlings during COVID-19 lockdown

Rawlings during COVID-19 lockdown

Posted: Friday 22nd May 2020

Rawlings Opticians took the decision to stay open during the lockdown, manning our branches to reply to emails, take phone calls and...

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General Health and the Eyes

General Health and the Eyes

Posted: Tuesday 7th April 2020

We are currently in the grip of the novel coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic and you may have read that it can affect the eyes in some cases...

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Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

Posted: Wednesday 26th February 2020

Many of us have heard of or know someone with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) but may not know how it affects vision...

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Contact Lens Recycling

Contact Lens Recycling

Posted: Monday 17th February 2020

There are approximately 3.7 million contact lens wearers in the UK, and around half of these wear daily disposable lenses....

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BlephEx Lid Treatment

125 Years of Independent Eye Care

Posted: Thursday 23rd January 2020

2020 marks Rawlings Opticians 125th anniversary and so this month, Richard Rawling, our Managing Director has written a guest blog about our history. Richard is a qualified Contact Lens Optician and is our founder Alfred Rawlings’ great-grandson...

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BlephEx Lid Treatment

Training trip to Budapest

Posted: Thursday 12th December 2019

Between the staff at Rawlings, there has always been excited conversations about ‘The Budapest Trip’ , a prestigious opportunity to fly out to Hoya’s...

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BlephEx Lid Treatment

BlephEx Lid Treatment

Posted: Monday 2nd December 2019

Many of us experience dry eye symptoms at this time of year due to the drying effects of central heating combined with more indoor time looking at TV’s and...

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All About Glare

All About Glare

Posted: Wednesday 6th November 2019

Now that the clocks have gone back, the dark evenings can be challenging - more dazzle and glare from car headlights and close work in artificial lighting can be...

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Contact Len Safety Awareness Month

October is Contact Lens Safety Awareness month

Posted: Thursday 24th October 2019

Contact lenses are safe and convenient way of correcting vision for adults and children alike and problems are very rare...

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The Sunshine Vitamin and Your Eyes

The Sunshine Vitamin and Your Eyes

Posted: Tuesday 8th October 2019

It is now October and it probably hasn’t escaped your notice that the days are getting shorter and dark evenings are drawing in...

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Eye care and make up Rawlings

Eye Care and Makeup

Posted: Friday 27th September 2019

During National Eye Health Week we would like you to think about your eye hygiene and make up use....

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Eye drops Rawlings

Eye Drops

Posted: Thursday 26th September 2019

Many of us use eye drops, either to keep our eyes well lubricated and prevent/treat dry eye, or to instil drugs for treatment of conditions such as glaucoma. However...

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Minor Eye Conditions

Posted: Thursday 5th September 2019

Everyone knows that you go to the opticians for glasses or contact lenses but some people do not realise that we are also the best port of call for...

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Contact Lenses and Water Don’t Mix!

Posted: Monday 19th August 2019

Contact lens related infections don’t happen very often but it is important to know how to reduce the risks. Many people who wear contact lenses...

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Maui Jim Sunglasses

Posted: Thursday 18th July 2019

When I first arrived at Rawlings Opticians, I had never heard of Maui Jim. Now, 6 years later, I’d struggle to recommend anything else in the sunglasses category...

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Raising money for the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

Posted: Tuesday 2nd July 2019

Sara Shipway from Hedge End branch and Sally Hake and Joe Kingshott-Taylor from Winchester branch participated in the Runway Run at Southampton airport last weekend. Sara has written a guest blog to tell you all about it...

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Diabetes & the eye

Posted: Wednesday 12th June 2019

Diabetes is becoming more and more common. More than one in every 15 people in the UK have diabetes in the UK. This is around 4.7 million people, and it is estimated that there are many more people – several hundred thousand- who have...

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Bike Week – 8th to 16th June 2019

Posted: Friday 7th June 2019

Bike Week in conjunction with Cycling UK, is an annual celebration of all things cycling. Riding a bike can easily be a part of everyday life and Bike Week is here to...

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Allergy Awareness week - April 29th to May 3rd 2019

Posted: Thursday 25th April 2019

Itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing? Yes – it’s hay fever season again – of course some people suffer all year round with allergies to dust mites or pets but there is...

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Myopia Awareness Week

Posted: Monday 13th April 2019

Myopia, more commonly referred to in the UK as short-sightedness, is a globally increasing health issue. For various reasons the...

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Moscot Arrives At Rawlings

Posted: Thursday 18th April 2019

We are delighted to announce the long awaited launch of the Moscot frame range at Rawlings Opticians...

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Rawlings Croydon Wins National Award

Posted: Tuesday 2nd April 2019

We are delighted that our Croydon branch has now been nationally recognised with a 2019 Optician Award for Enhanced Services announced on...

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Love your lenses week 2019 23-30th March

Posted: Friday 22nd March 2019

Here at Rawlings we love glasses – that’s why we have so many to choose from and always give you the ‘personal shopping’ experience to help...

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Technology at Rawlings – No air-puff pressure checks for glaucoma

Posted: Friday 1st March 2019

Here at Rawlings we pride ourselves on keeping up to date with the latest advances in ophthalmic equipment. We were...

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Rare Diseases Day

Posted: Thursday 28th February 2019

Rare Disease Day takes place on the last day of February each year. The main objective of Rare Disease Day is to...

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The Look Of Love

Posted: Wednesday 13th February 2019

As well as your pupils dilating in low light, did you know that they also enlarge as a sign of excitement, attraction or love? So setting the scene for a romantic dinner with...

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Blinking Interesting Article

Posted: Wednesday 16th January 2019

Humans blink about 13,500 times a day and this is a vital function to keep the outer surface of your eye healthy. A bit like breathing, we don’t usually...

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New Years Resolutions

Posted: Monday 7th January 2019

How about some eyecare resolutions for your eyes – they have got to last you a lifetime so how can you take care of your eyes better...

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Rawlings Christmas window competition

Posted: Thursday 20th December 2018

Every year we hold a Christmas window competition, challenging each of our branches to create the most festive and creative display they can think of...

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Christmas comes early at Rawlings in Hedge End and Alton

Posted: Wednesday 19th December 2018

Our very latest investment in equipment has been the introduction of Ocular Coherence Tomographers (OCT). This allows for earlier detection of...

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Continuing Education Training and Development

Posted: Wednesday 12th December 2018

You might call us a nerdy bunch at Rawlings – we couldn’t really deny it as it is not unusual to find a huddle of us at educational events – and we travel far and wide to increase...

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