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Goetz1965

Ok, after I got some glasses I like to share a bit in this tread now. Maybe we can make this a source where to get quality in cebu-city.

I went to an eye doctor to get my eyes checked - but in fact that wasn't necessary. 
If you only need glasses you get the check up for free in any of the shops. 
Usually buying frames and lenses is done after the checkup. I never just asked for the results and went out but sure one could do that I guess. The an eye test would be free.

For glasses I was to SM City and there I was to YES (Your Eyewear specialist) and EQ (Executive Optical)

YES: Checkup was good and the glasses I got were the cheapest in my comparison.
1 glasses for near sight (reading) at about 3000php for frame and lenses. I use them everyday now and Im ok with them. But I have no other pair to compare.
2 glasses for far sight - only my right eye needs a little correction thus its no strong lens. 
I got one regular and one as sunglasses. Both help me were good in everyday far sight, just reading isn't possible with them. Both are comfortable to wear and were also just about 2500 for frame and lenses.
All these lenses were done within about 1 hour, so you can just pick them up. For those cheap lenses I can recommend YES

I also got 1 bifocal lens from them but with that Im not very happy. The frame unfortunately is too small and the near sight area is too big for it - so its not usable like I intended. 
Sure I can use it on my computer - but its a very distorted field of view that's still disturbing me. That glasses were also 3000php for frame an lenses - but it was a (failed) test.

EQ: After I didn't like the bifocal lens I went to EQ and asked for a transition lens. Knowing they are usually more expensive I just wanted to try it.
The doctor did the same eye test but was a bit more focussed on his work as the one at YES. And in the end he told my my near sight just needs a 2,25 correction whereas YES and my eye doctor found it was 4dioptren to correct.  But during checkup the lenses he used gave me a perfect view, even a little better than at YES as I felt. 

So I looked forward getting me glasses.

First drawback was that they are more into selling higher priced frames. The cheaper ones they have are few and not the size I wanted. For bifocal and transition you should get larger lenses otherwise your field of view is too distorted.
The doctor explained me also about the field of view and let me test his own glasses which were good. Thats why I agreed to the lenses for 4500php.
But after I got my glasses now I realized he did not really tell me all the differences of transitional lenses and their prices.

So today after about 1 week waiting I got my glasses - in the shop it was ok, but outside I directly noticed that my eyesight is ok in the center of the glasses but the outer 20% to both sides are distorted. So I went back and toldd them that im not really happy - and then it was that the doctor came and explained me that the cheap leanses don't have the full field of view clear. He told me that transitional lenses that cover a wide field of view will cost around 20-25.000 php !

Ok - Lesson learned here !

Unfortunately now I have a pair of cheap glasses that are nearly useless because the field of view is crap.
I have no equipment to check, but I would guess that the manufacturing of those lenses wasn't done properly at all. 

Before I now will look for better transitional lenses I know that I need to ask for the field of view and the prices - as Im not investing 25k in crap.

As I said, the cheap simple glasses from yes are my everyday use now and I can recommend them if you don't need something specail.

But as for transition lenses maybe others that had done those glasses here in the Philippines can share their experiences.

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Dafey

I went to EO in Ormoc, New Robinson's. Very disappointed with there service. And yes, they are really into selling high priced frames and lenses.

I have tried transition a couple of times and don't care for them because I can't turn my eyes to look in a direction I have to turn my whole head to the left to look that way. If I want to look at my shoes I need to put my chin on my chest to see that way.

 

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I am far sighted since a very young age. In my grade school years, I wore reading glasses, although at that time I did not know the difference. At about 6th grade I figured out I did not need them as I could see and read fine without them. I stopped wearing them and went through most of my life without eye correction. My eyes maintained this until about age 45-50, when it became difficult to read small print. I now wear a 2.25 for reading, which works great. I still see very well at distances, but closer than about 3 feet things start to get blurry. Currently the 2.25 brings things into very good clarity.

I buy glasses at Tops and Bottoms, a Chinese discount store in downtown Dumaguete. They often have a large selection on the rack, so I can spend time trying on different pair until I find some I like. The stock is sometimes much greater than others.

The cost is P49 each!

YMMV.

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Dafey
21 minutes ago, shadow said:

The cost is P49 each!

That's worth a trip to Duma!

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Jawny
On 12/25/2018 at 5:32 PM, Dafey said:

I went to EO in Ormoc, New Robinson's. Very disappointed with there service. And yes, they are really into selling high priced frames and lenses.

 

 

What was disappointing about the service?  For convenience I was considering on of the mall eyeglass places, now that there are more choices in Ormoc. 

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I purchased a pair of glasses from EO in the SM City Mall reclamation area.  It was not the first place I had my vision checked and was surprised that everywhere I went they used low tech methods to obtain your prescription.  I'm used to having the optician having better equipment than I experienced here.  The shops here either have a wire glasses frame they have you put on then they have different strength lenses they slide into the frame until they find ones that suit you.  The other type is a set of glasses that they can dial changes and flip lenses in and out.  The glasses I ended up purchasing from EO were fairly inexpensive compared to what I'm used to paying in the US.  I chose a set of frames that were 3000php and the lenses were 14,000php since I have to have bifocals and have astigmatisms in both eyes.

I'm very disappointed in the fact that the focus point of the lens for distance viewing is in the dead center.  If I shift my eyes left or right things become blurry.  Looking down is okay for reading since that is the bifocal area of the lens.  It took some time to get used to having to turn my head directly at anything I want to see clearly.  I will not be buying glasses here in the Philippines again.  My next set I'll purchase when I go to Hawaii because, this limited field of view with these glasses suck.  I asked the optician about this and she gave me an explanation that they don't grind glasses lenses here the way they do in the US.  As for the service at EO, at that location, I was happy with the way I was treated and didn't feel pressured to buy anything.  They spent a lot of time with me helping me find frames I liked.

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Dafey
12 hours ago, Jawny said:

What was disappointing about the service?  For convenience I was considering on of the mall eyeglass places, now that there are more choices in Ormoc. 

Initially I picked a very inexpensive frame and the kept pushing hard for their most expensive. I showed them what I wanted and they kept saying try these on...8-10,000 peso designer frames.

I also opted for a pair of prescription sunglasses, bifocal. They called me 2 weeks after to tell me they were afraid to cut the glass for the sunglasses as the frames were curved and were afraid the glass would break, (or some bullshit). When I went in for a refund on the sunglasses they said they could only issue a store credit....really pissed me off! I ended up ordering contacts as I sometimes wear those. I use 2 different prescriptions...one for close reading and one for distance...and they were different runs with different boxes. they assured me they were the same type...I'm not sure.

In total it took 4 weeks to get the prescription glasses and they never called, we happened to be in the mall and asked...sure enough they'd been sitting there even when I was in for my 'refund'!

Since then I found the store in Gaisanos Riverside, ground floor between Rose and Gaisano's supermarket and they have treated me very well.(can't remember their name) 

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throttleplate

buying prescription sunglasses is a pain in the ph especially curved lenses for sporty frames. No store in iloilo city would put an order in for curved sunglassesas they all refused so when we went to hong kong i bought a pair of sporty ray ban sunglasses for half the price they were selling them for in iloilo.

The hong kong shop gave me a free eye exam and measured out the frames and sent them out for prescription sun lenses and i had them back in 2 days. When in hong kong buy only from the chineese people as the Indian shops will rip you off in frame price and lens cost as i went into both knowing what frame i wanted and the indians were rude while the chineese were very friendly and you could bargain the price down which i did for the frames.

The frame costs 12,600 php in iloilo and in hong kong i bartered it down to half that as they are marked way up for the name brand and suckers willing to overpay but the chineese shop was willing to take the sale and not be greedy.

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Goetz1965

I got a pair of sunglasses done at YES too, sure its just simple lenses but they do have some large frames that really covers the eyes good. Now I have a good sunglasses with correction for farsighted and didn't cost more than 3000php.

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I just purchased a new pair of glasses at De Los Reyes at SM Consolacion (they have branches in most malls). The equipment they used to check my eyes was the same that you would expect to find with any optician in the US. They never tried to up-sell me on any frames. I actually chose a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses to use for my glasses (without the tinted lenses of course). They also showed me how the various types of lenses are ground (if you want a wide field of view, it will cost you more). I get no-line bifocal lenses, so that adds to the cost of my prescription.

Everything was straight forward and above board. I have used De Los Reyes since I moved here, and this is the third pair of glasses I have purchased from them. They also clean, adjust or repair my glasses (for free) whenever I go into any branch. I wear metal frames, and the screws that hold the frames together tend to loosen over time, so they need to be tightened or replaced (if I let it go too long and they fall out).

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Dafey
2 hours ago, Goetz1965 said:

Now I have a good sunglasses with correction for farsighted and didn't cost more than 3000php.

I think the issue with the curved sunglasses is they won't do bifocals.

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