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Author Archives: A J Rawling


Celebrating 100 years!

A J Rawling has reached the milestone anniversary of 100 years in business in Ipswich Town Centre this year.

The practice, which originally opened in The Buttermarket in 1923, has proudly served the people of Suffolk and beyond for a century.

The town has obviously seen many changes over those years, but as an independent, family run practice we have weathered them all and survived so far due to our loyal patients, many of whom have been coming for generations.

Our aim has always been to incorporate the very best modern eye testing practice with old fashioned care and customer service.

We would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support and hope to be here to care for our patients vision for many years to come.


The picture above shows our old premises in the Buttermarket in 1963.

2023 Shortlisted Independent (3)

A J Rawling Shortlisted for Independent Practice of the Year 2023

AJ Rawling has been shortlisted as Independent Practice of the Year 2023 by the UK’s largest association representing independent opticians and optometrists.

We are one of just six practices in the UK to have been chosen to receive the accolade from business support group SightCare which celebrates and recognises the outstanding work of Independent Optician Practices in and around the UK.

SightCare said: “We carefully selected our shortlisted practices based on their outstanding achievements for their community and their dedication to their craft.”


COVID-19 Update

‘The government has now removed all domestic legal restrictions regarding Covid-19 in England.

New guidance for opticians recommends that the decision to wear a face mask should be risk assessed, depending on the proximity to the patient and amount of time spent with the patient.  This means that our staff will continue to wear masks in some situations, but we no longer require you to do so.

If you would prefer all staff to wear a face mask while you are in the practice for your appointment we are happy to do so if you request it.

We continue to follow the strict NHS guidelines for cleaning and sanitising surfaces and equipment, and offer hand sanitiser throughout the practice.’


Sue Christensen’s Retirement Lunch

In July the A J Rawling’s team wished a fond farewell to a well respected colleague Sue Christensen who had worked at the practice for many years.  We enjoyed a lovely lunch at Le Talbooth with the current team, our new optometrists Thanusha Moodliar and Susan Thomson, and the previous owner of the practice Chris Sims, who all wish her a very happy retirement.


Look after your Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are worn safely and loved by millions of people.  However, research shows that not all contact lens wearers know how to look after their lenses properly.

If you’ve not seen your optician in a while, it’s a prime time to book in an aftercare appointment.

At these appointments, your optician will check that your contact lenses are fitting correctly and that your vision is good, and will talk to you about the best ways to care for your lenses to make sure your eyes stay healthy.

If you love your eyes, you should love your lenses.  As well as cleaning and storing contact lenses properly, there are other steps that should be taken, such as making sure they never come in to contact with water and always
taking them out before going in the bath or shower.

Find out more about how to love your lenses at: loveyourlenses.com