As someone who’s sadly been bespectacled since the age of 12, I’ve grudgingly resigned myself to the fact that I’ll never again have perfect vision unless I pay silly amounts for Lasik.
Thankfully, spectacles are no longer solely for practicality – and these eyewear shops ’round Singapore know it all too well, with affordable yet stylish options to suit every budget.
TL;DR: Cheap Eyewear Options in Singapore
|Firmoo Optical||From $19|
|Eyecon Optical||From $35|
|New China Opticians||From $55|
|Oblique Eyewear||From $90|
|Visual Mass||From $95|
foptics (from $15.90)
At foptics, frames are split into four collections – Essentials, Premium, Hybrid and Kids – by looks and price point.
Like its name, Essentials are designed for everyday wear, and available with clear or prescription lenses.
What we particularly like is foptics’ pricing transparency; there’re nine types of lenses to choose from, including no-degree clear lenses ($15.90 with frame) and 1.74 BluShield Lenses ($129.90 with frame).
You’ll have to provide your mobile number at checkout, following which a foptics representative will contact you on your prescription. Your glasses will then be mailed to you within three working days – in a spectacle case, of course.
If you’ve the time, foptics also offers complimentary walk-in eye tests in its cosy, shophouse-situated space.
Address: 58B Pagoda St, #03-01 (Chinatown Exit A)
Hours: Mon, Wed & Fri 6pm to 9pm; Tue & Thu 5pm to 9pm; Sat & Sun 2pm to 7pm
Firmoo Optical (from $19)
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the number of frames online store Firmoo Optical offers.
Aesthetically, they’ve got everything from wayfarer and oval frames to cat-eye glasses – but you’ll also find reading glasses and all kinds of lenses, whether bifocal or polarised.
Some downsides, though: prices are charged in foreign currency (you’ve eight to choose from, including USD and MYR) and exclude shipping rates, so factor in these extras before placing your order.
Be sure to note frame dimensions before rushing into purchasing a pair, seeing as you won’t be able to try them for size prior.
Eyecon Optical (from $35)
With its focus on spectacle frames with a clean and sleek aesthetic, Eyecon Optical offers four ranges spanning Chic & Retro, Classic & Casual, Limited Edition and Titanium.
Frames start from $35, and prescription lenses from $19.80 – a real steal, if you’re looking for quality eyewear for cheap.
Address: 200 Jln Sultan, #08-04, Textile Centre
Hours: Mon to Fri 11am to 8.30pm; Sat 11am to 5.30pm
New China Opticians (from $55)
This open secret of an optical shop has drawn customers since 1925, thanks to its sizeable eyewear range – some of which include vintage pieces from yesteryear (not really, but you get the drift).
New China Opticians offers complimentary eye checks, too, and in-depth eye exams at $40 – though It’s best to go on a weekday to dodge the crowds.
Address: 3 Coleman St, #01-11, Peninsula Shopping Centre
Hours: Mon to Sat 11am to 7pm; Sun & PH 12pm to 6pm
Oblique Eyewear (from $90)
The self-dubbed “fashion-forward eyewear visionaries” – quite a name to live up to, I reckon – aim to change the idea that all you need is one pair of glasses.
That’s because Oblique Eyewear believes in the importance of being able to switch up your look with spectacle frames, no matter the occasion.
Rather than simply peruse the online store, though, head to its physical shop for a wider selection of frames and promos – like its recent 70% discount on frames during the Great Singapore Sale.
Address: 2 Handy Rd, #01-07, The Cathay
Hours: Daily, 12.30pm to 9.30pm
Visual Mass (from $95)
Despite its slightly steeper price point – prescription glasses start from $95 – Visual Mass sure doesn’t scrimp on style.
Its (admittedly smaller) collection includes all manner of tortoiseshell frames, plus solid-coloured basics for all face shapes. Be sure to also look out for occasional discounts in its online store, including 1-for-1 promos.
Address: 277 Orchard Rd, B2-30, Orchard Gateway
Hours: Mon to Sun, 12.30pm to 8.30pm
Zoff (from $98)
Japan import Zoff launched in Singapore back in 2017 – and spectacles can be made to order within 30 minutes.
But why settle for a basic, mass-manufactured pair when you can go full-on vogue? If you’re feeling extra, of course. Recent collaborations include the Zoff x Shin Matsushima collection, which you’ll be able to pair with your lenses of choice – from Zoff PC Ultra Lenses to Aspheric Thin Lenses.
Address: Seven outlets, including 181 Orchard Rd, B1-02/04, Orchard Central
Hours: Daily, 11am to 10pm
Owndays (from $98)
What’s a story about spectacle shops without Owndays? Each store stocks some 1,500 frames for your picking, and orders are processed in 20 minutes or less.
You’d likely also know ’bout its “second pair at half price” promotion offer, which works out to just $147 for two pairs, assuming you purchase two $98 frames. Prices are inclusive of prescription high aspheric lenses, and include a one-year warranty
Address: 29 outlets, including 313 Orchard Rd, B2-42/43, [email protected]
Hours: Daily, 11am to 10pm
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