Absolutely! Not only is eyewear functional, it’s a fashion accessory that can be worn to complete an outfit. You can change your look or make a dramatic fashion statement with our stylish designer frames. At Optica, you can choose from hundreds of frames and many designer brands.
To eliminate glare while driving and in various lighting conditions, an anti-reflective lens will help reduce reflection, decrease halos around light, and improve cosmetic appearance. We strongly recommend anti-reflective to all our customers. Your eyes will look and see better!
Sometimes a light or dark tint of color on an eyeglass lens can be beneficial to aid in vision. Tinted lenses reduce visible light but they offer no UV protection from the sun. For sun protection, you need lenses that include tint and UV protection. Polarized lenses will offer you the greatest protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays and reduce reflective glare.
We offer a wide array of fashionable non-prescription sunglasses for all our customers. Adults and children should wear sunglasses to protect their eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. Polarized lenses work particularly well to help shield your eyes from reflections off water, snow or shiny objects. For those who drive a car or work and play in the sun, there are no better lenses than polarized!
If you are visiting Optica for the first time we charge Kshs. 100 only for registration of a new patient and this includes the first eye checkup and FREE eye checkup for LIFE at any Optica branch.If I am a member of one of your branches in Nairobi and now I am living in another town can I be tested in the other town branch for Free?
YES! Once you are a member of any Optica branch, you can get an eye check up for FREE at any Optica branch on presentation of your member card.
YES! At Optica we have SAME PRICE Countrywide policy across all our branches.
Yes, Optica works with most major Insurance providers in the country we do accept insurance card which have an optical cover. Please see Insurance tab within eyecare section to see the list of Insurance providers we work with. Alternatively, please call or visit an Optica branch near you to confirm if we accept your particular insurance.
Yes, small repairs on eye glasses can be done such as replacing nose pads, side tips, side screws etc. To better assist you we suggest you bring in your spectacles that require repair for us to check and advise.
There is no such thing as a scratch-proof lens. New technologies and special coatings have made lenses tougher, but all lenses need to be cared for properly to avoid scratches. Even the toughest lenses made of Polycarbonate material can break but would be harder to break them when compared to normal plastic lenses.
How to take care of your glasses
Glasses should be cleaned regularly. You can buy a special machine washable microfiber cleaning cloth from Optica that traps dirt and dust. We provide one Free when you buy a complete pair of spectacles. This cleaning cloth can be used to wipe away fingerprints and minor dirt and dust, but washing your glasses is recommended when they are very dirty or have grease or grime on the lens surface.
To wash your glasses, you should use a small amount of hand soap to clean your lenses with your fingertips. Once you have washed the lenses, rinse them with luke-warm water, pat dry with a soft tissue then clean them with your special microfiber cloth.
Clean your glasses regularly to make sure you are seeing your best. Be careful to not rub your lenses. Once they are washed, they only need to be wiped dry gently with your special cleaning cloth.
Bent glasses are usually caused when we sit on them or when we do not take care when putting on and removing them. Our glasses are designed to sit on our nose and not on our head—they will easily get out of shape if you wear them this way. You should always use both hands to put on and take off your glasses, put them away when you are not wearing them.
Don’t let anyone try on your glasses. Your frame has been custom fit for you. Letting others wear your glasses, even for a moment, may cause stretching or other damage. Your glasses will last longer if you have them adjusted every three or four months. This allows us to check for loose screws or other potential problems. If your frame breaks, do not attempt to repair it with super glue or tape. Bring it to us and we’ll try and assist you with the repair.
When you put your glasses down, always make sure that the lenses are facing upwards. This will help keep them scratch free and clear for years. Even better, follow the rule that glasses should only ever be ‘on your face or in the spectacle case’.
Never place your glasses in your pocket, bag or backpack unprotected. Always keep your glasses in their case when not in use. This will protect your lenses from scratching and will also help to extend the life of your frame.
Cleaning your prescription lenses with your tee-shirt, an old rag or paper towel may be convenient, but over time your lenses will get scratched.
What to watch out for:
The type of lens you have determines how you care for it. Disposable extended-wear soft lenses need the least care, and conventional soft lenses need extensive care. To avoid vision-threatening complications, you must carefully follow directions for lens care. If you have a hard time following the cleaning steps, tell your eye care professional. You may be able to simplify the steps, or you may want to switch to disposable lenses.
- Before handling contact lenses, wash and rinse hands. Use a mild non-cosmetic soap. Soaps with perfumes, oils, or lotions leave a film on the hands, which you may transfer to your lenses and cause eye irritation or blurred vision.
- Dry hands with a clean, lint-free towel.
- If you use hair spray, use it before you put in your contacts. It’s also a good idea to keep your fingernails short and smooth to avoid damaging your lenses or scratching the eye.
- After your contacts are in your eyes, put on makeup so you don’t get any on your lenses. Take out contact lenses before you remove makeup for the same reason.
- Different types of contact lenses require special care and certain types of products. Always use the disinfecting solution, eye drops, and enzymatic cleaners your eye care professional recommended. Some eye products or eye drops are not safe for contact lens wearers.
- Never use tap water directly on lenses, and never put contact lenses in your mouth to “rinse” them. Microorganisms can live in even distilled water, causing infection or sight damage.7. Clean each contact by rubbing it gently with your index finger in the palm of your other hand. Most multipurpose solutions don’t have “No Rub” on their labels anymore. Lightly rubbing your contact removes surface buildup.
- Clean your contact lens case every time you use it with either sterile solution or hot tap water. Let it air dry. Replace the contact lens storage case every three months.
Caring for your eyes is a year-round job. A little smart prevention and TLC can go a long way between your annual exams. Here are just a few daily tips to help you protect your eyes for years to come:
- Sunglasses: not just for looking cool. Sun damage is serious business for your eyes. Always wear eyeglasses and sunglasses with 100% UV protection.
- Do not ignore headaches. Reaching for another aspirin? Frequent headaches can be a sign of an eye health issue. Check with your eye doctor.
- Tears can be a good thing. Beware of dry, itchy eyes caused by environmental factors, certain medications or just aging tear ducts. Artificial tears work wonders for thirsty, irritated eyes.
- Do not be afraid to blink. Healthy eyes need breaks. Frequent blinking prevents fatigue.
- Safety first. If you think you should be wearing safety glasses, put them on.
- Supercharge your eyes. Diets rich in Vitamin A keep eyes healthy and sparkling. So eat lots of carrots, dark leafy greens or sweet potatoes.
- Give them a rest. Reduce computer-related eyestrain with the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look about 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
- Sleep on it! Sleep is the most natural form of eye care. Lack of sleep can lead to increased strain and make your eyes look unhealthy (dark circles or bags).