Ok, so I admit that I've been living in Singapore so long I don't know how much things really should cost anymore. I don't know how much cameras or computers are supposed to cost. I forgot how much food actually costs or basic things like haircuts or renting an apartment, because living in Singapore with its inflated prices has screwed up my mind up big time.
What's my point? Oh yeah, glasses. So I've been through more pairs of glasses while I've lived in Singapore than I've had my entire life in the US. Changing glasses in Singapore is like changing underwear.. you change them at least once a year. So I just accepted the fact that glasses here in Singapore (frames + lenses) cost about $200-$300 Singapore bucks (or "monopoly money" as I like to call it). Then my good friend Marvin told me about this stall in Peace Center that sold good quality glasses for a fraction of the cost. Since my most recent eye doctor checkup cost a ridiculous SG$606, I decided not to splurge on new glasses. I tried out the place in Peace Center, which is called CC Optical (+65 81786141) which is a small stall operated by a nice lady. She doesn't have very sophisticated equipment (the device for determining the power of a lens looks like the Millennium Falcon's gunner display) but if you already know the prescription you want it should be pretty easy. However, she seems to know what she's doing and I got a pair of transition lenses installed into my own frames for SG$65 when the lenses by themselves usually cost around SG$200++. If you don't need transition lenses.. you can get frames + lenses for SG$40, which is what my wife did. We've been using these lenses and so far our eyes haven't exploded. I can see clearly now the rain is gone.