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Buying prescription glasses

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Buying prescription glasses

Can anyone suggest a reputable optometrist?

I have my prescription and have recently purchased glasses in Asia for only $50 compared to $160 in Australia. Am hoping to find somewhere in Bangkok that can do the same price or cheaper.

Need them to be made up within a week.

Charlotte, North...
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1. Re: Buying prescription glasses

I believe the name is "Top Charoen", but the spelling may not be right. I believe this is a franchise, and the price can vary some between locations. My wife usually goes to the Tesco on Rama 4 for glasses. You could also try walking from that Tesco up Rama 4 towards Lumpini and look for an optometrist. I am pretty sure there are some, but can not give more info. I think there is an optometrist in the Tesco that is not a "Top Charoen". Actually I think most tesco stores have an optometrist.

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If you would like better service and maybe even better quality than Top Charoen or other chains, I would recommend the shop I've been going to for years: V.Siam Optical on Suklhumvit Soi 23 near Asoke. http://www.siamoptic.com/

I've always been very well treated there and they do top quality work.

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Be aware that you have to pay upfront. if the lenses don't work out it is difficult to get them to change them at their expense. Esp. if they know you only have a week here.

I don't know where you bought the 50 $ lenses. Price does not always differ because Thailand is cheap. Quality also varies. Price depends on the make and thickness too.

E.g. my Rodenstock lenses are cheaper in Europe than in BKK I found out during my summer break in Europe.

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we used washington optical in amarin plaza a couple of years ago. I was nervous as it was my first pair of varifocals. I was really, really pleased with my varifocals but my husband also ordered some and he was not as happy with his (not sure why). We paid about £500 for the 3 pairs, which was a lot cheaper than the UK but my american relatives thought it was expensive.

Also had varifocal sunglasses made in chiang mai last year at top charoen for £90 and theyare also good. Yes prices will vary; there were 2 top char opticians shop just a few doors from each other and they had totally different stock and prices.

Best pairs we ever had were in koh samui but haven't returned there to get more!

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