S.R.Gopal Rao is a cherished name with a legacy of offering services in optometry and opticianry since
the late 19th century. Formed on the principles
of trust and care, it is a brand with a commitment to precision-driven vision care and personalised
attention, values it has become synonymous with.
Dedication to accuracy, focus on customer needs and a holistic approach to your purchase of prescription spectacles, lenses, sunglasses and other eye-wear accessories has made us a brand well-loved by generations.
To our customers we offer the widest possible range of luxury, premium and quality eye-wear from the best of brands globally. Along with in-house clinical and consultation services, we provide complete primary vision care that includes medical check ups, eye-sight testing and correction.
We are members of the Platine Optic, an association established by Essilor, a testimony to our credibility in quality vision eye-care.
Propelled with stellar entrepreneurship and endorsed by the erstwhile royal family of Mysore, S.R.Gopal Rao continues to drive excellence in optometry and optical retail, enjoying the same trust it has for more than a century.
HISTORY & HERITAGE
It was the late 19th century. Bifocals had been around for a few decades now and trifocals had been recently invented. Contact lenses were still a concept being explored that wouldn’t come into their own for at least half a century. The world over, men and women were trying out different eye-wear to enhance vision. As evolutionary beings, we had come a long way since Seneca read books using a globe of water for magnification in 4 BC.
India was not unfamiliar to vision aids. There have been references in our texts which point to usage as early as the 19th century, and even invention in South India. Vision aids may have been an accessory of the elite in pre-independence India but a definite market did exist. The industry however, was in a nascent space.
It was in this environment that a young man brought alive his vision and entrepreneurial dynamism. A young retailer of spectacles, watches and dentistry instruments, set up shop in the City Market area of Bangalore to dispense opticianry of quality. Full of verve and versatility, this young man brought his business acumen to usher in organised and professional retail services to a fledgling industry.
S.R.Gopal Rao the son of S.N.Rama Rao becomes the first qualified Optometrist in Bangalore.He takes up the mantle of the store and give it its present identity on N R Road
He single handedly positions the store as a focused retailer of prescription spectacles and sunglasses
A visionary himself he sets up an in house lens grinding workshop to ensure that his patrons gets the most accurate lenses and the fastest service.
S.R.Gopal Rao was a name born to be carried forward by generations to come.
In 1971 with Malathi Manay and Chandrashekar Manay the second generation took succession.
In 1972 the store sees its first renovation, a step to newer modern times that the brand has always embraced.
In 1974, continuing with the same pioneering spirit, the business starts its first contact lens practice and becomes the earliest retailer to do so.
It's time for the third generation to take the brand to loftier heights. In 1982, Hemanth Manay supported by Uma Manay takes up the mantle to do so.
Hemanth, a qualified optometrist, broadens the brand identity by introducing international luxury and premium brands. He changes the face of the company to a sought-after store for the rarest and the best.
In 2005, Essilor nominates S.R.Gopal Rao as a Club Platine member.
Come 2011 a 3rd & vibrant store is established in Jayanagar bringing with it the fourth generation.
2018 welcomes the year of eCommerce-the start of an online store-Getspexy.
2019 Winner of The Times Healthcare Award for Service Excellence in Opticians & Optometrists