About us

Find out more about our team…

At Osborne Harle we take the time to listen to your concerns. Our friendly and experienced team would be happy to discuss your needs during an appointment.


Karen Vermeulen

BSc (Hons) MCOptom


Karen originally started her career as a Hospital Optometrist in South Africa where she graduated from WITS in Johannesburg. 

After her move to England she completed the non-EEA examination at City University and moved into a high end retail practice for three years.

After this she spent eight years working as a Domiciliary Optometrist which was extremely rewarding and she gained a wealth of experience in dealing with patients with dementia and learning disabilities alongside diagnosing and proposing the best course of action for ocular diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts.

Having joined Osborne Harle in January 2014 she has become PEARS accredited which further allows her to manage acute eye conditions. 

She enjoys working with a wide variety of patients and all the challenges that entails. 

Alan Hawrami

BSc(Hons) MCOptom DipTp (IP) Prof Cert Glauc


Alan is an Independent Prescribing Specialty Optometrist. He has over 7 years experience working in the hospital eye service, previously working at Whipps Cross Hospital, London and Homerton Hospital, London, and now currently working at St Helier Hospital, Sutton.

Alan has attained post-graduate qualifications in glaucoma, independent prescribing, medical retina and diabetic retinopathy screening. He is currently undertaking a Masters degree at University College London (UCL) in Advanced Clinical Optometry and Ophthalmology.

His main areas of interest are acute eye care and glaucoma.

Dr. Deacon E Harle

PhD MSc BSc (Hons) FCOptom DipOC DipTp (AS) DipTp (IP)


Dr Deacon Harle is an Independent Prescribing Specialty Optometrist. He holds a bachelor degree in Ophthalmic Optics, a masters degree in Clinical Optometry and a PhD in Optometry. He has post graduate diplomas in Ocular Conditions and in Ocular Therapeutics (Additional Supply and Independent Prescribing), which means he can offer a more extensive range of ocular medicine advice and treat eye related disorders as a non-medical prescriber. He was awarded a Fellowship of the College of Optometrists for his contribution to optometric research and education and is a General Optical Council specialty registered optometrist. 

Dr Harle holds a post of Practitioner with a Special Interest (PwSI) in Ophthalmology and offers NHS Community Ophthalmology Clinics based at the Eye Department of Tunbridge Wells Hospital and at Osborne Harle.

Mrs Emma Cottle


Dispensing Optician

Mrs Emma Cottle is a qualified dispensing optician, and part of the Osborne Harle spectacle dispensing team. She brings a wealth of experience to the practice and is able to offer spectacle dispensing advice across the board; from high-end fashion spectacle frames queries to complex and clinical spectacle lens dispensing conundrums.

Mrs Cottle is a Fellow of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians and is a General Optical Council registered optician.

Mrs Rachel Buckley


Mrs. Rachel Buckley is our receptionist and will be the first to greet you when you arrive at the practice.

Mrs Diane Turner

Medical Secretary

Diane Turner is our medical secretary and typist. She is responsible for all our optometric and medical correspondence.

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