- 21 Jul 2023 1:17 PM
These days there are 60 Optic World retail shops nationwide, with around 200 highly qualified optical specialists.
In all stores you can find the world's leading brands of spectacle frames, lenses, and sunglasses, as well as contact lenses and contact lens liquids.
It all began in a garage
Many famous entrepreneurs started out from their garage, Apple, Amazon and Disney included. Béla Sasvári was no different in Hungary, his perseverance and passion for the optical profession then allowing him to go beyond his garage doors.
This is how Optic World got its first start and grew into a nationwide chain, one of the best-known optical companies in Hungary.
Today, together with its sister network, Optic World Exclusive, it operates a total of over 60 stores in the capital and in the provinces.
Easily find what you are looking for
The flagship Optic World Exclusive store at Arena Mall, near by Keleti station, has recently been fuly refurbished and is well worth a look. As in each store, the extra wide range of quality brands, classic glasses and modern sunglasses is refreshed every quarter – plus they offer regular promotions.
In all of the stores you can find what you’re looking for, whether it's about style or price. Based on 30 years of experience, they have recognised that more and more people are interested in and choosing top luxury brands.
Two particular brands of sunglasses are the focus of Optic World at Etele Plaza, where you find the only exclusively Ray-Ban and Oakley brands at Sunglasses Spot.
From June 2023, under the umbrella of Optic World Luxury, high-end brands such as Dita or Cartier line the private section at Mammut and MOM Park.
Optic World vision
Every year, as part of "Vision Month" in Hungary, Optic World performs thousands of eye tests free of charge.
In addition, as part of the "Seeing and Being Seen" campaign organised by the Hungarian Police, they provide free eye tests in stores. They have also taken part in road safety awareness events with mobile testing stations.
Also, over the years in collaboration with the Hungarian Opticians’ Chamber, Optic World has donated to and given eye tests at children's homes.
Local success story
So over the course of 30 years, they have transformed from a garage optician into a nationwide retail network, serving the highest demands with luxury brands, while also helping people in need.
With this independent Hungarian firm now celebrating its 30-year anniversary, maybe it’s time for you to pop into your local branch and let one of its friendly team open up a whole new world of vision for you.
See here for location of stores, opening times and more.
Words by Peterjon Cresswell for Xpatloop.com
Peterjon has been researching the byways of Budapest for 30 years, extending his expertise across Europe to produce guidebooks for Time Out and his own website liberoguide.com