As you are no doubt aware, the SAOA coding system for spectacle lenses has been completely revised and the new system will be effective from 1st May 2017.

To assist in the smooth transition, we have made three tools available for you.

  1. The official SAOA explanatory video
  2. A series of Questions and Answers
  3. A PDF version of the "Summary of the Coding Structure and Rules" that you can download and print.

Also, as a change to our normal procedure, rather than wait for the entire Optical Assistant to be finalised, suppliers’ price lists are being made available as each layout is completed. We are pleased to announce that most of the listings are now completed and uploaded to the Cre8YourOwn utility.

The full flip-through version, including Professional fees, Contact lenses, etc will be available towards the end of April.

  For further enquiries, please contact the SAOA on 011 805 4517 or send an email to

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