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 eleven additional branches. In March 1995, the company opened a branch in Princes Town, followed in June 1996 by a branch in San Fernando. Mid Centre Mall, Chaguanas, was opened in January 2000, Penal in August 2004, Point Fortin in April 2006, Tunapuna in January 2013, Marabella in August 2013, San Juan in November 2013, PriceSmart Plaza, La Romain in July 2014, Sangre Grande in September 2016 and Tobago in March of 2018.
Our newest branch was opened in Lange Park, Chaguanas in May 2019. The administrative offices of our company are located at 9 Southern Main Road, Chaguanas, Trinidad & Tobago.
Value Optical employs over one hundred and sixty employees at its retail operations, back end operations, lab operations and management.
In our 25 years of operation, Value Optical’s achievements are many; opening twelve Value Optical branches, the Saving Sight Foundation, and a high-end technological lab servicing all their branches. We also provide Vision Screening to various schools, organizations and businesses across Trinidad and Tobago.
In addition, Value Optical was the first company in the Caribbean to invest in a first-class optical laboratory. Our lab has been compared many a times to those operated in the United States, Europe and Germany to name a few. All our lenses are locally processed to your prescription using freeform technology, and meet all optical standards as set out in the ANSI Standards used by the USA for the ophthalmic industry. Our brands, APEX for Digital lenses and Supernova for Anti-Reflective coating are locally made but internationally recognized. Value Optical has been recognized as one of the top three optical companies in the Americas for marketing Transitions lenses for three consecutive years, 2017, 2018 and 2019, having copped the Best in Marketing in 2018.
We use the latest in lens material that gives you the comfort of vision and the reduced weight of wearing glasses. We have invested in technology that can cut the shape of the lenses you require to the shapes that suits your personality. Glasses manufacturing has become technologically advanced and Value Optical is on par with these advances.
Advances in technology and examination capabilities has led Value Optical to evolve our range of services. We have added a number of key eye health evaluations including visual field tests, optical coherence tomography and now diabetic eye screening using dilations. Our latest offering is corneal topography for keratoconus patients.
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. Learn more.
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. Learn More.