Yesterday, I drop-by to Paterno St. Quiapo Manila to have another pair of my prescription glasses; this is my third time purchasing prescription glasses in Quiapo. (You heard it right my 3rd time 🙂 )
I started to wear prescription glasses since college days; I bought my first eye glasses at one of the famous eyeglasses store in mall, since it is my first time to wear eyeglasses I bought the designer one which cost around 5K. Every now and then I need to replace my glasses and need to save lots of money before I got a new pair to have a good quality, branded at the same time stylish and fashionable. There were also instance that I acquired eyeglasses on a salary deduction basis on my previous company. It was offered during our annual physical exam, the frames and styles were limited, frames offered mostly were only with nose pads (I prefer plastic eyeglasses) and it took weeks before you claim your order.
Way back mid 2013, when I heard to my officemate that this street in Quiapo Manila (Paterno St.) has wide variety of eyeglasses at very affordable price compared to the other optical shops. From then on, I got curious and consider to myself that I will try buying a pair when I had time going there. (Since I’m from south and too far from my area)
You’ll be amazed for lots of Optical Shops located at this street everything about Eye accessories can be found there at very reasonable price.
My first glasses bought at Paterno St. cost 1,500 pesos I haggled from its original price of 2,800 with a branded Frame (Swissflex) including prescribe multicoated lens and the computerized eye checked-up conducted by the optometrist.
On the following year I got another pair this time it’s an ordinary plastic frame but still multicoated lens and with free eye check-up and I got it at 800 pesos
My latest eyeglass I bought yesterday was a Ray-ban brand frame cost at 1500 plus additional fee for the multicoated lens and since I’m a regular client (I usually get my pair of eyeglass done at Salamin-Antipara Galleria 2 at Emerald Building Rizal Avenue) I ask for a discount and gave it to me a price of 800, 50% discount price, what a great deal! I only waited 30 minutes for my eye glasses to be done.
I also inquire for their transition lens and the cheapest price is 1800 including regular frame and with free check-up, very affordable compared with my previous transition lens that I bought at 6,000 pesos; 450 was the minimum price for ordinary eyeglasses.
Paterno St. is located behind the Quiapo Church right after BPI and Chowking :), While waiting for your eyeglasses to be done you can explore around Quiapo area…
HAPPY SHOPPING! 🙂 🙂 🙂