33 Muster Green, Haywards Heath

West Sussex RH16 4AL

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01444 454 808

33 Muster Green, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 4AL

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Our People

Umesh Patel

Optometrist and Director at Dolphins Optometrists

Umesh has been a practising optometrist since 2006 and is fascinated by the science of optometry.

Having worked with a number of practices nationwide, Umesh set up his own business in order to be able to put best practice into place for all of his patients and to develop his interest in, and use of, the latest technological advances in optometry.

Colin Davidson


Colin has a wide range of experience in optometry having worked in both multiple and independent practices. He is a part time lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire and is the current President of the British Optical Association and the College of Optometrists.

Colin holds an Independent Prescribing qualification which allows him to manage a wide range of eye conditions. In addition to his clinic at Dolphins he works at Sussex Eye Hospital with the retina team.

Colin previously worked with Julian in Lewes and is delighted to be working with him again at Dolphins to continue to provide a high quality service to our patients.

Mandy Davidson


Mandy is an Optometrist with a special interest in the tear film and the consequences of dry eye disease and runs our TEAR Clinic here at Dolphins.

She is passionate about caring for patients affected by dry eye, and when she isn’t at the practice you’ll find her working with fellow clinicians and heath care professionals to educate them to help develop their skills to effectively manage patients presenting with the symptoms of Dry Eye Disease in their own practices.

Julian Silburn

Dispensing Optician

Julian is a vastly experienced optician and a specialist in dispensing complex prescriptions.

Over the forty years he has been practising optics, Julian has worked in manufacturing, teaching, training, technical advising and frame making, in addition to many years dispensing in independent practice.

In 2008, he won the practice where he worked a National Optician’s Award, thanks to the excellence of his work and specialist knowledge in lenses.

Previously he was Chairman of the South East Area of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians.

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What our clients say

Friendly, knowledgeable, thorough. They are like family to my wife and I. I can’t recommend them enough


Umesh and his crew are amazing. I never knew varifocal lenses could be personalised to your need. I now have one pair with a larger distance area to make driving easier and another pair for prolonged computer use and reading. So friendly and never rushed, they take time to make sure you have exactly what you need.