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Buying glasses in Singapore

Postby Another Yankee » Wed, 13 Jul 2011 12:29 pm

Hi, I am getting to move to SG in two weeks and am getting all of my medical stuff ready. I am wondering if you can get good quality glasses in SG or is it really expensive compared to the US? I am under the impression that it is more expensive and less of a quality selection to get good optics in SG and it is better to purchase the optics in the US. Thank you in advance for your help.

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Postby josh.h » Wed, 13 Jul 2011 1:30 pm

Hello, you can get good quality glasses in Sg. Just so you know
Statistics show that the prevalence of myopia in Singapore is one of the highest in the world. Compared to 1988 when about 16% of Primary 1 children and 50% of Primary 6 children had defective vision, the numbers now stand at about 30% of Primary 1 children and more than 60% respectively. What’s more, the proportion of Singaporeans with high myopia is much larger compared to those in Western populations. http://www.kiasuparents.com/kiasu/content/eye-child-myopia


So you need not worry about getting good quality glasses here. For starters,
One of the biggest optical shop is YEShttp://yeseyewear.com.sg/contact-us/

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 13 Jul 2011 2:15 pm

Which makes one wonder if the quality of eye wear here is up to snuff or if the opticians are as the older they get the worse their eyes get until 70% of the population needs glasses by the time they finish secondary school. And instead of arresting the degradation of the eyes, they just seem to get worse.

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Postby josh.h » Wed, 13 Jul 2011 2:20 pm

Yes nothing has been done to address the increasing trend of kids being myopic. Its appalling to see kids which i guess aren't even in primary school wearing glasses!

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Postby boffenl » Wed, 13 Jul 2011 3:36 pm

I think it's roughly the same quality and price--but perhaps better service. My daughter's glasses were run over at school (by a bus) and the optical shop at IMM replaced them at a VERY nominal fee. I was shocked. That being said, I did purchase glasses in Malaysia--DAMN cheap. But then you will need to go there for repairs, etc. So you do have choices. I know folsk who, when on vacation, get their glasses in Bangkok. Just depends on what you want.

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Postby Windward » Thu, 14 Jul 2011 12:35 am

I was actually wondering the same thing.

I'm getting closer and closer to closing a deal to take a job over there and began thinking about all the medical stuff that I'd have to get sorted. It dawned on me that I haven't had my eyes check or gotten new glasses in something like 10 years.

So far past overdue it's staggering.

...which reminds me again, I need to check to see if the health care covers vision.


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