Ever dreamt of a day where you can have a pair of spectacles for every occasion? We did too. Although we all love to own multiple pairs of cheap stylish glasses, it can be hard to achieve that, with such high markups from regular optical stores. Fortunately, that’s about to change. We found a place (and online store) in Singapore where you can purchase cheap quality glasses at a fraction of its retail price. Introducing foptics, where you can find cheap spectacles in Singapore and are empowered to literally change your glasses to suit every occasion, just like a piece of clothing!
All You Need to Know About foptics
Started on Carousell back in 2016, the idea resonated with many, even with one of the co-founders of Carousell.
Their mission is to reduce markups and change the perception that you only have enough money to invest in one pair of specs. With foptics, anyone can own a few pairs of fashionable glasses, just as how we have a whole closet of clothes, shoes, and jewellery.
When we were at the store, it was packed even on a Monday evening where many of whom were regular customers.
Although foptics is essentially an eCommerce store at heart, it has a physical store (where you receive a complimentary eye test and try on different glasses before making a decision) in Chinatown as this is a requirement by law.
How about Affordable Progressive Lenses for Long-sightedness?
From the looks of its fancy looking website, you may think that foptics only caters to the younger generation, that is, only the shortsighted.
That’s what we thought too.
And we were proven otherwise.
foptics cater to the long-sighted as well. You will find progressive lenses, PC glasses, sunglasses, and anything else that you may find at your regular neighbourhood spectacles shop!
So feel free to bring your whole extended family along.
There’s a good chance your parents/grandparents might even get a few pairs of fashionable glasses for themselves, considering how cheap it is. Who knows?
Bonus: They even Sell Affordable Contact Lenses
A contact lens wearer? Or looking for a more affordable source?
Besides selling cheap spectacles in Singapore, foptics has recently added a whole range of contact lenses to their store, and they are priced without the conventional markups as well!
Not convenient enough? Customers can opt for a monthly subscription plan (with free delivery) instead of a single checkout order to make their lives a little easier.
Buy Online or at a foptics store?
foptics does have a few new designs at their physical store that isn’t listed online yet. Dropping by the store is also good for those who are eager to try the glasses for themselves. Having gone down to the store to select our own specs, we can safely say that despite the low price, the glasses and service provided do not pale in comparison to other spectacles shops. The foptics team is very professional in what they do.
You can buy online if you know what your eye prescriptions are.
If not, we recommend dropping by their store in Chinatown for a free comprehensive eye test before your first purchase. At the end of the eye exam, customers are handed info cards that contain their eye prescriptions. You can then easily make purchases online in the future since you already know your exact prescription.
Better Opening Hours than a Regular Optical Store
The physical foptics store opens from 6-9 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, 5-9 pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and 2-7 pm on weekends. But of course, you can always make your purchase online at any time.
You will find that the physical foptics store only opens in the evenings and you might be wondering what they do in the day. They run roadshows regularly at places ranging from corporates offices to universities in the day.
If you ever think your colleagues need new pairs of PC glasses (to block blue light and prevent eye strain), you know who to contact 😉
Not in Singapore? No Problem, there’s Worldwide Shipping!
Reading this outside Singapore? Not to worry, you can reap the rewards too as long as you have your eye prescriptions and the foptics team would be more than happy to answer your queries and fulfil your order.
Price list for regular, premium and hybrid
foptics prides itself as a shop without hidden fees so you will definitely not get a shock when hitting the ‘checkout’ button. You can be assured that you will be able to purchase cheap spectacles in Singapore and what you see on the price list is what you pay!
The glasses may be cheap but are way more stylish than “affordable army” glasses found elsewhere. And people with astig don’t have to face crazy markups as well!
Click each tab to reveal the price list:
|No Degree BluShield Lens||$25.90|
|1.56 Basic Lens||$35.90||Suitable for degrees 0 to 400|
|1.56 Hi Index RayActive Lens||$49.90||Colour changing to Grey, suitable for degrees 0 to 400|
|1.60 Hi Index Blushield Lens||$49.90||Anti-blue light PC Protection, suitable for degrees 0 to 400|
|1.60 Hi Index RayActive Lens (Grey) with BlueShield Lens||$129.90||Colour changing + PC Protection, suitable for degrees 0 to 400|
|1.67 Hi Index Lens||$49.90||Thinner than 1.60 hi-index lens, suitable for degrees 425 to 700|
|1.67 Hi Index Lens with Blue Shield Lens||$69.90||Thinner Anti-blue light PC Protection, suitable for degrees 425 to 700|
|1.74 Hi Index Lens||$119.90||Thinnest lens, suitable for degrees 725 and above|
|1.74 Hi Index with BluShield Lens||$129.90||Thinnest Anti-blue light PC Protection, suitable for degrees 725 and above|
|No Degree BluShield Lens||$39.90|
|1.56 Basic Lens||$49.90||Suitable for degrees 0 to 400|
|1.56 Hi Index RayActive Lens||$69.90||Colour changing to Grey, suitable for degrees 0 to 400|
|1.60 Hi Index Blushield Lens||$69.90||Anti-blue light PC Protection, suitable for degrees 0 to 400|
|1.60 Hi Index RayActive Lens (Grey) with BlueShield Lens||$149.90||Colour changing + PC Protection, suitable for degrees 0 to 400|
|1.67 Hi Index Lens||$69.90||Thinner than 1.60 hi-index lens, suitable for degrees 425 to 700|
|1.67 Hi Index Lens with Blue Shield Lens||$89.90||Thinner Anti-blue light PC Protection, suitable for degrees 425 to 700|
|1.74 Hi Index Lens||$139.90||Thinnest lens, suitable for degrees 725 and above|
|1.74 Hi Index with BluShield Lens||$149.90||Thinnest Anti-blue light PC Protection, suitable for degrees 725 and above|
|No Degree BluShield Lens||$59.90|
|1.56 Basic Lens||$69.90||Suitable for degrees 0 to 400|
|1.60 Hi Index Blushield Lens||$89.90||Anti-blue light PC Protection, suitable for degrees 0 to 400|
|1.67 Hi Index Lens||$89.90||Thinner than 1.60 hi-index lens, suitable for degrees 425 to 700|
|1.67 Hi Index Lens with Blue Shield Lens||$109.90||Thinner Anti-blue light PC Protection, suitable for degrees 425 to 700|
|1.74 Hi Index Lens||$159.90||Thinnest lens, suitable for degrees 725 and above|
|1.74 Hi Index with BluShield Lens||$169.90||Thinnest Anti-blue light PC Protection, suitable for degrees 725 and above|
|Astigmatism (CYL)||Price Add-on|
|-0.00 to -2.00||Free|
|-2.25 to -4.00||$15|
|-4.25 and above||$20|
*All purchases come with Frame + Multi-Coated Lenses + Hard Case + Cloth. Coming with your own spectacle frame will take an additional $5 off from the price of each lens.
Directions to Chinatown Store
Take Exit A from Chinatown MRT Station and walk about 50 steps down. Foptics is 2 shops after Guardian.
For those who prefer the convenience, you may opt for unsecured stamp mail at $1.50 or secured delivery with tracking number at $5, which is highly recommended. Needless to say, self-collecting from the store itself would be free of charge.
For orders above $70, secured registered shipping will be provided for free, so make a bulk order with your friends now!
5% Promo Code for foptics
Grab a new pair of eyewear with our foptics promo code ‘GUIDESIFY5’ for 5% off all items on the foptics website or in-store and you will be promised to be See Bae Happy!
Update: The promo code is now expired. We’re in the midst of a discussion with foptics on the possibility of renewing the code for our readers but stay tuned for an update!
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