Ootrey a company founded in doing more for others by creating a space for affordable prescription eye-wear (R899 for single vision package) for those who don’t have access to medical aid. Even for those who do – paying thousands for prescription eye-wear – a deficit nobody asks for seems a little unfair. It’s different, and a little more scary because it’s all online, but so worth your while to check out. I have received tons of questions about this since my post about hubby starting off his new business venture so I thought I would take some time to elaborate on the offerings.

Not only is it affordable, but Ootrey also speaks to wearing your personality like you would make-up. Using your eye-wear as an accessory to accentuate who you are. Each frame is individually named to associate it with it’s own persona…(I personally love this part!) There are a wide variety of services offered to you for a fraction of the cost.

I know, I know you have questions… How do I order online? When I am so used to going to my favourite optometrist and getting my glasses through him or her. Well you still have to visit your Optometrist for your eye test, which is kinda like visiting a doctor for a script then Ootrey checks out your prescription and fills it for you like a pharmacy. For your convenience Ootrey has started offering “Home-try on” which means you get 3 pairs of frames from the standard selection to try on at home and you just pay for shipping (roughly R150).

Ootrey Thereafter you can mail your prescription (or upload it to the website) with your favourite girl or guy (mine is Mindy but I love really bright glasses), a quote will be sent to you and once proof of payment has been received the busy bees will start your job which (and this is the most amazing part) takes about 1-2 working days.Β It is then shipped to you overnight and voila sorted!

What’s more is that you can customise your order. I’m talking from various colours of tints for sunnies.Β  To polarization, prescription sunglasses to the frame you love (even outside the range). You can add coatings like anti-fog, anti-glare comes standard with their packages unless customised so no need to add that one. Multi-focals and bi-focals are available in the Port Elizabeth area too if your grandparents or parents need eye-wear and are without medical aid. A whole long list of more offerings are available in this blog post. Most of their blog posts are about cool stuff you didn’t know about your eyes, the industry and why glasses are so expensive from the horses mouth so to speak.


Ootrey also just launched a really cool sunglass range, which are a limited run of the Bunoviata range. You can check them out here and hook yourself up with a pair for R799. Phew! What a mouthful! I think I’ve summed up the gist of it though! It has been an exciting ride thus far, being a part of this new revolution. Learning about all the technicalities and actually realising how many people cannot afford medical aid that really need their sight. If you know of anyone that this post would assist please share or tag them in this post.

You can find Ootrey at the following social media handles: Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

P.S. This is not a sponsored post – but my husband runs this business so I do have a personal interest in it.

In the Meantime – If you still aren’t finding joy above, you can always make contact with Ootrey. You will find them at admin@ootrey.co.za or drop the husband a call at 082 824 8857.


4 Comments on Do you wear prescription glasses? Have you checked out Ootrey?

  1. Love this idea! I used to do it when I was in the UK and it worked like a charm. It can take me HOURS to choose frames in a shop so if I don’t have time then this is such a timesaver. My 11-month old son snapped the arm off my (only!) pair of glasses a few weeks ago and I still haven’t had time to sort it out. Maybe I’ll give this a try!

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