Eye care excellence
We are a unique and specialist organisation involved
in the optical industry with over 30 years of trading experience
“Through our products and services, we seek to improve the quality of life of our customers and the community at large.”
We believe in pursuing a proactive and dynamic customer orientation and are mindful to be competitive within an ethical environment whilst being conscious of our ethos reflecting a positive working culture and focus to defend and shape our reputation.
For over 30 years the Class Optical Group has been active in the manufacture importation and retailing of contact & prescription lenses as well as spectacles. Among the founders of Class (Contact Lens Association) were two of the current directors, Robert Tua and Cyril Gabarretta, who formed a consortium with other local opticians in 1983 to start manufacturing contact lenses and optical frames when the Malta government introduced import restrictions.
Offices were acquired in the capital city - Valletta, and for several years the company supplied contact lenses and spectacles to the local market. In time all other shareholders were bought out so that the two family groups remained the sole shareholders.
Following the lift of the import restrictions Class started importing contact lenses and spectacle frames from large, multi-national suppliers into Malta, and in 1987 a trading department was opened. This enabled new lines of optical products to be distributed as well as other pharmaceutical products.
Class set up its own prescription lens manufacturing facility and an optical edging laboratory in Bulebel. Since the two founding family groups had multiple retail outlets, Class was already the largest buying group in its field in Malta. The next step was to expand into wholesale, supplying similar retailers with contact lenses and lens care products, including local pharmacies. Within five years Class was meeting most of Malta’s needs.
The nineties also saw the start of Class Optical Group’s very own chain of optical stores – the Vision Opticians retail outlets. This chain has since grown to include several outlets in various localities in Malta and Gozo.
As the company approached its 30th anniversary in 2013, the two main directors, with the consent of the main shareholders, decided to gradually pass on leadership making way for a new phase in the company’s development. A non-family, non-executive Chairman was appointed and another non-family Chief Executive Officer has now taken over the company’s leadership and management operations.