Myrtle Van Neel’s Story


I started my tertiary studies at CPUT in 1991 in ND Optical Dispensing. I graduated in 1993 and started working at Spectacle Warehouse Paarl.
I worked as an Optical Dispenser at Spectacle Warehouse Paarl from January 1993 to May 1997. As an Optical Dispenser I gained a lot of knowledge regarding frame types and lens types as well as fitting lenses and the adjustments and repair of frames.

I worked from June 1997 to 2003 at LC Hill Opticians in Bellville also as an Optical Dispenser and from 2004 as Student Optometrist while busy doing a bridging course in Optometry at UDW, RAU and CPUT. I gained a lot of knowledge and experience as a student optometrist and graduated in 2006 as a qualified Optometrist. I continued to work at LC Hill Opticians from 2006 to 2012 as an Optometrist.

In 2013 I was blessed and fortunate to buy a practise in Stellenbosch and started trading under my own surname from 2013 as Van Neel Optometrist. This was a Dream come True! At last I was able to live out my dream.
I’m passionate about my profession and in helping people getting quality eye care and vision. We try to assist with the huge health care demand by providing free eye tests on the first Wednesday of every month to all Sassa grant people and any low income people. We then do referrals where needed to government hospitals and supply spectacles at reduced prices.
I’m also involved with the Save house for woman and children in Stellenbosch to assist where needed, being a mom and a liberated woman.
I’m also involved with Aitsa Aftercare that is a NPO who helps to improve the lives of underprivileged children in the area and Pebbles project that is also an NPO that helps to improve the lives of farm children by assisting with free screenings and eye tests and free spectacles to children that needs it.
I try my best to help as many as I can, especially the children because if you can give a child the best possible vision you can help a child to learn and study and improve their future.

For the past 2 years I was privileged to help the Rotary club with vision screenings at a yearly health event held in Khayamandi and Jamestown. We were also working together to improve the vision of some individuals, mostly needy kids by giving much needed spectacles and eye care. Together we can reach and touch more lives.
I definitely can live out my dream giving professional service, the best possible care and time to service my clients by addressing their visual needs to the best of my knowledge.