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What Optica has seen in 58 years of eye-care business

Optica head of retail Wazeem Mohamed with Mike Karanja (centre) and Luke Odhiambo, the two longest serving employees. PHOTO | COURTESY
Optica head of retail Wazeem Mohamed with Mike Karanja (centre) and Luke Odhiambo, the two longest serving employees. PHOTO | COURTESY 

While Kenya’s eye-care industry has evolved over the years, with new technicians setting up across the country, one brand that has seemingly blossomed with the change is Optica.

Optica is a family-owned business which Bharat Bhardwaj, the current non-executive chairman, started 58 years ago on Nairobi’s Moi Avenue.
Armed with a loan of Sh6,000 and two employees, Mr Bharat launched the business.

Today, Optica has 30 branches (16 in Nairobi) spread across the country and a team of 300 employees.

Every year, the business sells more than 10,000 units of spectacles.