350 Anton-Lembede Str (Old Smith Str),Durban
Opti Focus Optometrist is a South African owned practice, operating three practices around the Durban CBD area, focussing on excellent eyecare and eyewear for South Africans, South African businesses and industry.
Our mission is to be a provider of the full range of eyecare needs with the support of our well established brands and services. We are committed to independent optometry and to providing a lifetime of healthy vision for you our client through high quality professional services as well as the latest eyecare technology and products. In doing this we strive to create a positive experience for all who come into contact with our practice and to improving the quality of life for our patients and the community that we serve.
We are an owner driven optometric practice and we demonstrate the highest quality of clinical care and we support and encourage continual professional development. Opti Focus Optometrists regularly co-manage our patients with the ophthalmologist.
In an era when optometry is tending towards commercial focus, the management of Opti Focus Optometrists has continued to emphasis the importance of clinical knowledge and integrity in running our practices.
It is our belief that everyone everywhere should be able to see life in its full richness, detail and splendour.
Together with expert clinical advice, we have eyewear consultants to ensure that our frame range is complementary to your face and affords you the functional demands you faced with daily. Our consultants have been with us for years and have developed a wealth of experience in the field.
Shop 29, Queensmead Mall, Umbilo Tel:031-3048607 Fax: 031-2054551
Shop 10, 260 Monty Naicker Str (Old Pine Str), Durban Tel:031-3054805/8 Fax: 031-3048710
Mon-Fri : 08:30am – 5pm
Saturday : 08:00am – 1pm
Opti Focus Optometrist is owned and operated by optometrist who works in the practices. The partners are Desiree Naidoo and Alvin Munsamy. Our practice was established in 1998 in Durban. We took ownership of two practices from Wagner Harbottle and Associates. We then joined the franchise Torga Optical. Thereafter we opened a flagship store in West Street CBD. We stayed under the Torga Optical brand until 2006 and then ventured out into our own brand Opti Focus Optometrist. We have three well established stores.
We value being part of and contributing to local causes and organisations.
Over the years, Opti Focus Optometrists has been involved with a wide range of community events and organisations that reflect our personal philosophy, involvements and values.
In recent times we've greatly valued our associations with the following local concerns:
- Durban Christian Center Hope Clinic
- Old Age Homes
- Local schools
- Wellness Days
Protecting one’s eyes and vision throughout your life is one of the most important things one can do. You can:
• learn about your eyes and how to protect your sight;
• recognise the symptoms or signs that may indicate a vision problem; and
• Make sure you have your eyes tested regularly by a qualified optometrist.
Opti Focus Optometrists offer comprehensive vision care and will help you obtain the best from your eyes.
Products and Services
• Eye Examinations
• Contact Lens fitting including special fitting
• Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses (Hard Lenses)
• Paediatric Vision Care
• Low Vision Care
• Glaucoma Screening
A routine vision examination in our practice requires a total of approximately 30-45 minutes. This period of time is needed to perform all the tests necessary to thoroughly assess your eyes and visual efficiency. During your examination a health history will be taken. It is important for you to provide all information, regardless of how insignificant you might think it is.
Contact lens fitting including special fitting
Contact lenses are a popular alternative to spectacles for correcting short-sightedness, long-sightedness, astigmatism and Keratoconus. Properly prescribed contact lenses provide excellent vision and comfort. In some cases contact lenses provide better vision than spectacles, while their advantages for athletes and other people with active lifestyles are obvious. Contact lenses can also provide a better cosmetic effect.
Rigid Gas Permeable (Hard Contact Lenses)
Rigid gas permeable contact lenses, as the name suggests, are stiff and nowhere near as flexible as soft lenses. They are sometimes called hard lenses, reflecting the physical properties of the lens. This gives them both advantages and disadvantages. Their ability to hold shape without support means that they can correct corneal irregularities, such as Keratoconus and irregular astigmatism, giving better vision than either glasses or soft lenses.
Pediatric Vision Care
A child's visual acuity is only about 6/180 at one month of age, and reaches 6/6 (20/20) by 6 years of age. Vision develops progressively through interaction with the environment. This is why it is so important to have your child's vision checked thoroughly by an optometrist at an early age, before ocular problems become permanent. Common visual problems seen in children include: refractive errors such as hyperopia (long-sightedness); myopia (short-sightedness) and astigmatism, amblyopia (“lazy” eyes), strabismus (“squints”) and accommodative disorders. These can be managed with basic/specialised spectacles and eye exercises.
Low Vision Care
In some cases it's simply not possible to get good vision by using glasses or contact lenses. This is described as having "Low Vision", which may be due to eye disease or injury, or just simply natural ageing. However, in many cases people with low vision can still read, sew, use computers and perform other tasks by using an appropriate magnification or lighting aid. Because every case is different, choosing the correct low vision aid is a special service provided by optometrists.
An integral aspect of vision care is intra-ocular pressure measurements. In essence this is an eye pressure test. Glaucoma is a condition when the eye pressure is raised. Subsequently this alters the integrity of the nerve cells in your eye to transmit vision. Essentially one develops peripheral visual field defects and if undetected leads to eventual blindness. Early detection is paramount to the success of arresting the condition.