How often should I have an eye test for spectacles?
Most medical aids give an eye test benefit every two years. However, if your eyes are more complicated you should consult an optometrist more frequently. Apart from correcting vision, the health of the eyes is checked. Problems such as Cataracts or Glaucoma can be better treated if caught early.
Do I need to make an appointment?
I require a Driver’s Licence Screening. What do I need?
We do not book appointments for Licence screenings – usually, it is a very quick process and we are able to fit screenings in between full consultations. Keep our consultation times and lunch breaks in mind when coming in.
Bring along your ID when you come for the screening.
If you have a valid pair of Distance / Bifocal / Multifocal spectacles, bring them with you. Single Vision Reading spectacles will not help you.
The vision requirements for code 10 or code 14 are more stringent than the requirements for code 8 licenses.
If you pass the screening, we issue you a certificate which vouches for your vision. There is a small charge for this service which we waive for our patients. However, if you do not pass you will not be able to continue at the Licence Department until your vision difficulties are resolved. This may simply require spectacles but could also require Cataract removal or other types of treatment from an ophthalmologist.
Glass Lenses or Plastic Lenses?
What are Single Vision lenses?
Single Vision stock lenses usually take 2-5 working days to be ready while specially made lenses (high powers, imported lenses, unusually shaped lenses etc) can take up to 10 working days.
What are Bifocals?
Bifocals take approximately 5-7 working days to be ready.
What are Multifocals?
Multifocals take between 5-10 working days to be ready.
What are Office Lenses?
Office lenses take approximately 7 working days to be ready.
What are Accommodation Support Lenses?
Accommodation support lenses are ideal for those who are short sighted but spend a lot of time focusing on the PC. A regular single vision lens for distance doesn’t help when you’re forcing your eyes to focus nearby for long periods of time. Accommodation support is a very mild multifocal for those who are under 40 years old. The upper portion of the lens is for distance while the bottom supports nearer work. This has helped alleviate headaches caused by eye strain.
Accommodation Support lenses can take between 7-10 working days to be ready.
What is a Hard Coat?
What is an Anti-Glare Coating?
It also aids with night driving as it reduces the halo from oncoming car lights.
Thirdly, they make the spectacles more attractive. Without the coating, people looking at you will see light reflections rather than your eyes.
Anti-glare coatings include scratch-resistance so there is no need to also order a Hard Coat.
The downside is you may feel your spectacles require frequent cleaning from smudges and fingerprints. They are however, much easier to clean due to their oleophobic properties. There are different grades of anti-glare coatings (entry-level to premium). The coating is baked onto the uncut lens during the manufacturing process therefore we cannot add an anti-glare coating to your existing lenses at a later date.
What is a Photochromic tint?
Most tints will not turn fully dark when in a car as the windscreen blocks out most of the UV rays (the exception is the Transitions XtrActive tint).
Most Photochromic lenses include scratch-resistance so there is no need to also order a Hard Coat. However, you can add on an Anti-Glare coat.
Day/Night tints are not something that can be added on to lenses that are already made as the tinting properties are inside, not on top!
What are High-Index lenses?
High Index lenses can be bought without an Anti-glare Coat but as the material is more reflective, it is best to add the coating.
Anybody who wants a rimless frame is urged to purchase high-index lenses (such as lenses made from Trivex) to avoid lens breakage. Regular index lenses are simply too delicate for a rimless frame which offers them no protection.
1.50 index – regular, unthinned lenses. No guarantee against chipping or breaking.
1.53 index – Trivex, very slightly thinned but very strong material. 2 Year guarantee against breakage.
1.60 index – approximately 20% thinner, depending on frame size and prescription.
1.67 index – approximately 25% thinner, depending on frame size and prescription.
1.74 index – thinnest possible. Cannot be made with Tints such as Transitions.
What are Aspheric Lenses?
What are FreeForm / TrueForm lenses?
Can I buy cosmetic contact lenses without a prescription?
How much do contact lenses cost? And how does the process work?
We would need a basic prescription (such as your spectacle prescription) before we can give you an estimated quote. A contact lens evaluation is then done to determine the health of your eyes, fit you with samples, let you try it on for a few days and have you come in for a follow up to check the fit and vision. Sometimes several adjustments are needed before you find the contact lens best suited for you.
While spectacles are considered a once-off cost to cover two years, contact lenses are products that you must be prepared to buy every few months. You should also have a backup pair of spectacles to use if you get an eye infection and for the evenings to give your eyes a break. Over-wearing contacts can lead to problems, so take care to replace the lenses as per their schedule.
Disposable lenses come in daily, 2-week and monthly schedules. Most brands are available only in a box of 6 lenses but some have packs of 3. Colour lenses typically come in boxes of 2. Bear in mind that unless the prescription for both of your eyes is the same, you will be purchasing a box for each eye.
Payment / Medical Aid:
How much do spectacles cost?
Does Paruk Optometrists accept medical aid?
Optometry Administrators we are contracted to: PPN, ISO LESO, OPTICLEAR.
Do I have to pay-in if I have a medical aid?
We do our best to avoid nasty surprises (unexpected co-payments after we have quoted you), however medical aid benefits are never guaranteed. Always check your benefits with your medical aid and also check with other members on your card if they have used optometry funds recently. The responsibility of the account always lies with the member.
Can I take spectacles/contact lenses for somebody else using my medical aid benefits?
Can I get sunglasses/shades on my medical aid?
Can I take out a lay-bye on the spectacles?
What Payment Options do I have?
Unfortunately, we do not take American Express or Diners Club.