Living in Singapore is pretty convenient considering the easy access to so many consumer choices via public transport. Living in larger countries can be a different story, and I’ve heard a few netizens discuss the merits of purchasing their prescription eyewear online, never having to do that myself since, well, Singapore is a small city state; there were three shops selling glasses in the neighbourhood mall just a ten-minute walk from my previous home.
I’ve had my previous pair of glasses for the past two years now (
here’s a video of me changing into them way back when), and truth be told, my vision had been suffering for the past year and change thanks to my fluctuating astigmatism (thanks a lot, traitorous eyeballs). It was hence pretty serendipitous when online spectacles store Firmoo reached out for a review just when I was waffling over making new ones!
All I needed was a recent prescription, a measuring tape, and some faith placed in my measurements. I already buy shoes and clothes online, so really, it wasn’t a big leap to glasses. It just had to get some getting used to skipping a brick-and-mortar store for one. Luckily, I had a recent prescription from my optician in September for my contact lenses, so that was settled. I also triple-checked my measurements, holding it to my face and squinting at the mirror each time, because you can never be too sure.
The site also allows you to take your photo or upload one for a better estimation of how a pair of glasses will look like on your face. I was too lazy to go searching for a frontal face in my photo archives, so I went ahead to take a snapshot. Please excuse my derpitude probably taken mid-snack in the middle of the night, as has been often the case lately. I probably need more sleep and less junk food.
But I digress. I got a surprise in the mail six days later via Fedex:
Say hello to my pretties! My package came with the frame I chose: #SF8807 (red), a piece of spectacle cloth, a soft case, a hard case with a vintage map printed on it, and best of all, a very useful little dual-headed screwdriver attached to a keychain. It’s perfect for securing loose screws on a pair of eyeglasses on the go! I’m never letting go of it. It’s way more convenient than the pack of mini screwdrivers I used to constantly borrow from my brother to fix my previous pair.
Here’s me in better spirits after washing up and seeing clearly through my glasses for the first time in ages.
Going with a monochromatic outfit to bring out the reds in my new glasses, lipshade, and BlackOut SG customised sandals. Loving everything about this simplicity! Black, white, and red has always felt to me to be the strongest combination of colours, and I liked how comfortable every item was. In fact, I instantly raved about this pair of glasses to my contact at Firmoo, because for something I bought online, this pair of glasses sure fit me like a glove. Heck, my previous pair was bought in a store and I still had to bring it in to revise the fitting. Call me officially in love and a convert for online-anything.
Also, I even had the approval of Pa, once he found out how much this pair of glasses cost – USD $25 for the frames, plus USD $18.75 for the express courier service, which made a grand total of USD $43.75 (SGD $62). The anti-scratch coating and standard 1.5 index lenses came free, but there was a whole swathe of lens customisation as optional top-ups, such as a thinner 1.6 index lens. Just to compare, my previous pair cost upwards of SGD $200 (USD $140). Duuuude.
My Gap frames can now be safely retired in my drawer as a backup. Thank you Firmoo for my clear vision! If you’re taking the leap to buying your prescription glasses online (shortsighted, farsighted, bifocal, progressive, non-rx; they have it all), you might be interested in Firmoo’s ever-expanding daily new selection of frames as well as a 15% coupon for new customers. Let me know how your purchase goes!
Outfit photos assisted by Ottie.