Thursday, July 26, 2012

Cheap Glasses in Singapore

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.

34 comments:

  1. Hi, thanks for posting this valuable info.
    Do you have their phone number? would like to check their opening hours first.
    Cheeers

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    1. hi ziva, any idea of their opening hours? tried calling but nobody pick up

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    1. Hey Reuben, this is Marvin here hows life in USA now? I chanced upon your blog and had no idea you blogged about the optical shop I recommended to you. UPDATE: I have STOPPED going to C.C Optical already because although the first glasses she made were okay, the second one I got her to go came back with a defect. The transitions lens could not even darken! It had just a mild grey tint like it was almost no change at all in sunlight. Disappointed, I now go to another optical shop which I can recommend you if you return. I suspect I got a defective transition lens in my 2nd try, which shows that her lens consistency may be a suspect...

      Hope you can come back Singapore again soon..

      Marvin

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  3. This is a very nice post because I really need to buy spectacles within my budget..Just want to ask where is the peace center? thanks you so much!

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  4. it's near Mount Sophia on Selegie Road. The nearest MRT stations are dhoby ghaut, bugis, little india, and bras basah (it's pretty much in-between all of them).

    http://gothere.sg/maps#q:peace%20centre

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  6. what if my degree is around 450 . would the price be the same as SG$40?

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  7. I just went there. Selection of frames was not bad! Got mine for $39.90, multifocal and all. If I had upgraded to transitions she quoted me for $124 nett. Though her shop looks like its somewhat makeshift, this lady reaaally knows her stuff. And service is awesome! She cleaned and realigned my old specks while I was trying new ones!

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    1. Hi there. How long did it took for you to receive your newly made spectacles? Thanks in advance.

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  8. Just did mine for $105/- for the normal transition. And was quoted $180/- for the Hoya ones. Anyway I brought my own frames.

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  9. no more cheap and the specs is china brand mostly. a normal frame and plastic lens is $150. i would recommend go to decent shop if the spec gonna cost u $200 or less. cause u get decent specs and frames and also proper machine to check ur eyes.

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    1. Sorry but it's just plain discriminatory to assume that because she's Chinese that all of her products are inferior. I got my glasses from her and have been using them for a year with no problems. If you're worried about the prescription you can bring it from somewhere else and she will match it.

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  10. Hey Reuben,

    Thanks for your post. I was looking to get myself a new pair and you are right. Spectacles costs in Singapore are just too high as compared to PRC or India. Maybe because of the high costs of running a shop in the first place. (+Labour costs are high here as well).

    How long does she take to get a prescription made?

    Thanks again,
    Rushabh Doshi

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    1. I can't remember exactly how long it took but it was definitely a week or less

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  11. Hi. which level is the place at? thinking of walking in to the shop

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    1. She was on the first floor the last time we purchased frames from that shop

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  12. Hi Reuben thank you very much,I went to that C.C opticals and I bought a spex and I am very satisfied with it., Dead cheap wit all coatings and product is also good.. ..She is humble,caring ,very customer friendly(even if u wont buy in her shop) ..her work in spex is also good.. ..I feel good as bcoz I spend 3 hrs in browsing and visit 6 shops and their product is not good for that rate but here its realy good.... I am satisfied and I could suggest this shop for others...

    I start from serangoon to Bras Basah mrt.and it is at walkable distance. First I went wrongly to other spex shop in the same building and same level but there costly...In peace center ..this shop is in Level:1 number:#51-07 (behind the Printing shop)...

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  13. So, does she do eye check up as I suspect mine would have changed.

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    1. She does, although she doesn't use sophisticated equipment she got my prescription right and I've been using the lenses I got from there for over a year now with no problems.

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  14. Thanks Reuben. We went and my husband made a pair of glasses with transition lenses and was at much more affordable price. My husband has very high astigmatism and making a spec with transition lenses usually cost a lot. The lady was also very friendly. She even offered me a cup of coffee!

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  15. Thanks to this post! Truly CC Optical is an awesome store. Cheap and the service is very good. I got my glasses for $64 with 300-400 grade. It was originally $39 frame with free lenses but because of high grade she charged me extra but still it's so CHEAP compare to other shops there who quoted me $150.

    But there's more! After a week, my new frame broke coz I sat on it xD so I went to her and asked if can repair, she said yes, and guess what? she ddnt charged me a single cent!

    No doubt CC Optical is value for money shop to buy specs!

    Regards,

    Izeek

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  16. How come got such number #51-07? You mean Peace centre got 51 stories?

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  17. I went there to check out the range of spectacle for my 11-years old boy who was diagnosed with short-sightedness. Indeed her price is really cheap $39.90. But her frame and lenses are all made in China, so I am quite concerned of the quality though. Any comments on this? Appreciate it....

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  18. Wtf is wrong with china made products? We r over paying for items from europe...

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  19. Hi, does this shop provide progressive lens too?

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  20. I just went last Saturday to have a new spec made. Generally, it is not as cheap as the frame plus the len cost me S$150 (225 myopia and 100 astigmatism). In addition, I have additional len made for a clip-on frame for cycling sunglass and the len costs me $40. I must say the service level is pretty okay. But currently I am having a problem as her contracted vendor has lost my clip-on frame. I told her I am flying on Thursday for a long trip. Yes, she seemed to be trying to help but she seemed to push the blame to her vendor e.g. telling me that how can they be so sloppy in their work.... let see how...

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  21. After chancing upon this blog on Google, I decided to try getting a transition lens made by C.C Optical at Peace Centre. Upon reaching the place, I found out that the prices are nowhere as cheap as indicated on this blog, although still a little cheaper than reputable shops like Nanyang Optical. I chatted a little with the woman (called Mei Han from PRC) and she seemed friendly, humble and caring so I decided to try getting a transition lens made.

    Upon collection of glasses, I checked and found a scratch on the lens surface measuring about 1 cm long.
    I promptly addressed the issue with her but was disappointed that she didn't seem apologetic at all but rather, was more interested in blaming her supplier and all.

    What happened next was the fascinating part: Just then, a cute little boy about 5 years old who was playing with his friends beside her stall accidentally knocked over one of her standing plycard. Although, the boy said sorry and put it back up, to my horror, the lady Mei Han started jabbing her finger at his face, accusing him of 'damage' to property and saying 'PAY UP, PAY UP!' in Mandarin. I was appalled at her quick and sudden change in demeanor from a friendly front into a condemning and accusative bully. The boy was just a young 5 year old who meant no harm. Needless to say, the boy burst out it tears...

    Sickened by what I just saw, I walked away shaking my head... Sometimes, you really get what quality you paid for..

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