Value Optical Limited was founded in 1994 and operations began in November of that year. The company’s first branch opened at 41 Frederick Street, Port of Spain. It has since expanded operations by opening seven additional branches. In March 1995, the company opened a branch in Princes Town, followed in June 1996 by a branch in San Fernando, January 2000 at Mid Centre Mall, Chaguanas, Penal in August 2004, Point Fortin in April 2006, Tunapuna in January 2013 and Marabella in August 2013.
Our newest branch was opened November 15th 2013 in San Juan. The administrative offices of our company are located at 9 Southern Main Road, Chaguanas, Trinidad & Tobago.
Optex Laboratories is a fully owned subsidiary of Value Optical Limited and is responsible for lens processing and spectacle repairs for patients. Opened in March of 1997, it operates with state of the art equipment and uses only first quality lenses to manufacture precise lens prescriptions. All finished jobs from Optex Laboratories are quality assured through strict adherence to the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standards. Additionally, all jobs are inspected by quality control staff before being released for delivery.
Beyond the boundaries of our stores, Value Optical continues to provide vision benefits to people throughout Trinidad & Tobago. Value Optical’s Vision Screening Unit is a dedicated team that provides vision screening service to various organizations. These include large manufacturing organizations to mobile health clinics in rural districts to primary and secondary schools. Value Optical’s vision screening unit provides preliminary tests in areas of visual acuity, colour perception and muscle balance. This is a free service and forms part of Value Optical’s dedication to serve the community.
The Saving Sight Foundation was established in March 2003. It is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of providing the less fortunate in Trinidad & Tobago with spectacles. Value Optical partners with corporate bodies to give the less fortunate the gift of sight. To date Value Optical has partnered with bpTT, Atlantic LNG, Baker Hughes, and the Lion’s Club.
Value Optical together with bpTT helped the children of the Mayaro community in March 2003. The Vision Screening Team screened over 1300 students at the six primary and secondary schools in Mayaro. Close to 200 students with vision problems were then fully tested at Value Optical’s Princes Town branch at no cost to their families.
Atlantic LNG partnered with Value Optical in January 2004 for the Gift of Sight program in the Point Fortin district. Close to 4000 children were screened at the 12 schools in the area, with a total of 850 being given comprehensive eye exams at the San Fernando branch. Out of these, more than 700 children received their spectacles. The Baker Hughes collaboration was a bit different in that no specific area was targeted. Instead, children across the country have been benefiting from this sponsorship. Several schools and orphanages including the Endeavour Hindu School and the Jai Lakshmi Children’s home have benefited from this ongoing project.
In just ten short years, Value Optical’s achievements are many; opening eight Value Optical branches, the Saving Sight Foundation, and a high-end technological lab servicing all their branches and more than twenty other optical practices. They also provide Vision Screening to various schools, organizations and businesses across Trinidad, and sponsor scholarships for the study of optometry now through the School of Optometry in the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago.