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Decoding your eyewear prescription

In South Africa, we get an eye examination done by an optometrist or ophthalmologist and usually we purchase a pair of glasses from the same store. Many of us never bother to ask for the examination results/prescription. If you have, good for you, because a month from now your puppy might have a knibble on your glasses. Having your prescription on hand, saves you a call to the optometrist and also opens the door to shopping around for the best deals. But what do all those numbers on the prescription actually mean? Here's what a typical prescription looks like: OD:  +1.25 DS OS:  +0.75 -1.50 x 85 ADD:  +1.25  PD:  65   OD (oculus dextrus) and OS (oculus sinister) refers...

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The truth about the cost of glasses

Prescription eyewear is expensive. Even those lucky enough to have medical aid, often find themselves in situations where co-payments are required. So here is the conundrum...why should a pair of glasses cost as much (sometimes more) as my smartphone/laptop/tv? Well, if you want the quick answer...it shouldn't have to be! We are all brand loyal, so often you pay a premium for labelled products. Spectacle frames are no different. Famous brands like Chanel, Vogue, Versace are usually hot favourites. What you probably don't know is that many of these frames are manufactured by one company. In return for this, they pay these fashion houses a royalty fee for use of their label. Wholesalers are then usually able to distribute these...

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Can you? Yes we can!

Ahh! That famous slogan by former American president Obama. Simple words, but very motivating and inspiring. So what questions are we answering you may ask? Well, it is "what services Ootrey's Online Opticianry offer"? I don't have medical aid...Can you help? We are a vertically integrated company, meaning no middle man, meaning you pay less. I have my own frame, can I use that instead? Yes, drop us a mail and we can arrange for a collection. I saw a frame I like in a shop, can you get it? We can source most frames/similar designs for you. I really like a frame on the site, but I'm worried it won't fit me? See our Home Try-On offer. I don't...

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5 reasons to buy your glasses online!

  Okay so let's address that big fat elephant in the room... Why on earth would anyone buy their prescription glasses online? Aside from technology being the way of the future. I decided to give you a few (5 actually, because any more would be too much?) reasons why. Save between 40-70% on your purchase. You have just had your eye test done. You are standing next to a shop assistant who is showing you frames in a certain section of the shop. "Why am I staring at frames that my grandma would wear?" Mostly that's because your medical aid only pays for X amount. Which only entitles you to be shopping in that section without having to fork out...

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