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The Contact Lens Lab SA: 10 Year Anniversary


From humble beginnings: How it started

One day two guys were having a game of pool and a few beers and had this crazy idea to invest in a lathe that could produce contact lenses. The main reason was to produce “out of range” contact lenses locally, that were being ordered from overseas.

At the time these guys didn’t have a two Rand coin to throw at each other, so affording this lathe was a distant dream with little chance of this dream coming true. After a year or so a remarkable person that believed in the dream decided to fund the project and we are pleased to say that we didn’t let her down.

It was a slow start as we began with no clients and marketing this new company became a full-time job. Day in and day out was spent sending emails and on the telephone to optometrists trying to sell ourselves and get them to believe in us. This was not an easy task at all and there were times when we would find ourselves questioning if we had made the right decision!

Slowly, more and more optometrists decided to take the leap of faith and allow us to make them a pair of trial lenses at no charge! To all these optometrists who have stood by us and the many more that are supporting us presently, we would like to say a huge thank you, for allowing us to make your lenses.

The team we have at the Lab is one in a million. We are blessed to have all of them on board. Some have been with us since the inception of the company and we thank them for their patience and commitment over the years. Some are more recent, but all involved continue to make this happen and we are forever grateful!

The Contact Lens Lab of SA is ten years old this year and going from strength to strength. Again, a huge thank you to everyone at the lab and to all the optometrists who continue to support us.