In 1976 Australia’s premium prescription lens manufacturer began its history as a small family business.

Ray Geake made a bold decision
and opened the first independent plastic lens laboratory in South Yarra, Victoria, in an era when people wore glass lenses in their spectacles.

This is a great indication of the company’s innovative core.
1976
The Beginning
In 1988 CR Surfacing was the first independent lens manufacturer to process polycarbonate lenses for its impact resistant benefit for safety glasses. 1988 Introducing Polycarbonate In 1989 Ray’s son, Adam Fletcher started his apprenticeship at CR Surfacing, working side by side with his father, inheriting the commitment and passion for producing quality products. 1989 Father and Son In 1990 CR Surfacing was the first independent lens manufacturer in Australia to apply double-sided hard coat on the prescription lenses, enhancing durability and scratch-resistance. 1990 Double-Sided Coating In 2002 Adam Fletcher took on Managing Director position under his father’s wings. Ray continues to work at CR Surfacing as CEO, still actively working alongside with his team in fitting and quality control. 2002 Second Generation In 2005 CR Surfacing was the first independent lens laboratory to manufacture freeform progressive and single vision lens designs. 2005 Freeform Technology In 2010 CR Surfacing has become a medium size business with over 20 employees onboard.

Today CR Surfacing provides employment for more than 50 Australians.
2010
Steady Growth
In 2015 CR Surfacing joined the Australian Made Campaign to help consumers and optometry practices easily locate and identify our Australian owned and operated lens manufacturing laboratory. 2015
Australian Made
In 2016 CR Surfacing has outgrown the capacities of the premises, and moved manufacturing to Dandenong South, transferring every staff member as well. 2016
Moving Together
In 2017 CR Surfacing has become a proud Supply Partner to Provision, Australia’s largest network of professional independent optometrists with almost 450 members nationwide. 2017
Australian Networking
In 2018 CR Surfacing goes green!

Changing to biodegradable packaging materials and digital invoicing, CR Surfacing took the first steps to reduce our negative impact on the environment. Shortly after, we implemented an award-winning General Waste Management System, saving
over 500,000 litres of water per year!
2018
Sustainability Watch Video
In 2020 CR has successfully overcome the coronavirus pandemic, supporting independent optometry practices and keeping all staff members employed when thousands of Australians lost their jobs nationwide. 2020 Focus on Australia

1976

The Beginning

In 1976 Australia’s premium prescription lens manufacturer began its history as a small family business. Ray Geake made a bold decision and opened the first independent plastic lens laboratory in South Yarra, Victoria, in an era when people wore glass lenses in their spectacles.This is a great indication of the company’s innovative core.

1988

Father and Son

In 1988 CR Surfacing was the first independent lens manufacturer to process polycarbonate lenses for its impact resistant benefit for safety glasses. In 1989 Ray’s son, Adam Fletcher started his apprenticeship at CR Surfacing, working side by side with his father, inheriting the commitment and passion for producing quality products. In 1990 CR Surfacing was the first independent lens manufacturer in Australia to apply double sided hard coat on the prescription lenses, enhancing durability and scratch-resistance.

2002

Second Generation

In 2002 Adam Fletcher took on Managing Director position under his father’s wings. Ray continues to work at CR Surfacing as CEO, still actively working alongside with his team in fitting and quality control. In 2005 CR Surfacing was the first independent lens laboratory to manufacture freeform progressive and single vision lens designs. In 2015 CR Surfacing joined the Australian Made Campaign to help consumers and optometry practices easily locate and identify our Australian owned and operated lens manufacturing laboratory.

2016

Steady Growth

In 2016 CR Surfacing has outgrown the capacities of the premises, and moved manufacturing to Dandenong South, transferring every staff member as well. CR Surfacing provides employment for more than 50 Australians. In 2017 CR Surfacing has become a proud Supply Partner to Provision, Australia’s largest network of professional independent optometrists with almost 450 members nationwide.

2018

Sustainability

In 2018 CR Surfacing goes green! Changing to biodegradable packaging materials and digital invoicing, CR Surfacing took the first steps to minimise environmental impact on the planet. Shortly after, we implemented an award-winning General Waste Management System, saving over 500,000 litres of water per year!

2020

Focus on Australia

In 2020 Australia faced a range of challenges. After the devastating bushfires, CR Surfacing team members gathered as volunteers and travelled to rural areas to help rebuild damaged properties. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit the country and thousands of Australians lost their jobs nationwide, CR Surfacing developed the Focus On Australia Campaign to support independent optometry practices, raising awareness of Australian economy, local businesses and jobs.