The Optical Assistant is an indispensable online reference for members of the Optometric industry. It contains a Guideline Tariff for Professional Services and Lenses, a Product Finder and Suppliers Listing plus a comprehensive Continuing Education programme with Articles and Tests accredited by the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

The Optical Assistant is recognised by the Profession and Medical Aid industry as a fair guide to these products and services.

The Optical Assistant is published three times per year: 1st January, 1st May and 1st September and is available at no charge to all Optometrists and Optical Dispensers within Southern Africa.

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The on-line version of The Optical Assistant is open to members of the profession only.

As you are no doubt aware, the SAOA coding system for spectacle lenses has been completely revised and the new system has been implimented since the 1st of 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.