Optical Clinic in Paterno, Quiapo and Avenida, Rizal
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November 2022, Quiapo, Manila. We heard and read things about Quiapo when purchasing a new pair of reading glasses. Finally, in thefirst week of November, we were able to add this itinerary to our Quiapo errands. From Quiapo church we walked the path of Paterno Street all the way to the Emerald Circle in Avenida (Rizal Avenue). These are just a few blocks with each other. Parking is difficult and what’s the point of going to Quiapo — enjoy the stroll and sightseeing from all corners.
Where to buy eyeglasses in Quiapo
An officemate recommends an optical shop in Emerald Circle, the Abe Jathniellee Optical Clinic. The clinic is adjacent to Jath-Jath Optical, they have the same owners. From the main entrance of the Emerald Circle, turn right to reach Abe Jathniel, the first shop in the window.
Eyeglasses frames range from Php 400 to Php 1,500 the most. You need to have your eye checked by an in house optometrist. They will ask you if you want a progressive lens or a reading lens. Once the eye check-up and measurement is done, you can now select frames on the display area. Staff are accommodating, just throw your questions right away before you choose the right frame for you.
At Php 1,500 cost it includes check-up, frame, and anti-radiation. You may add Php 1,000 for progressive lenses. Frames at this range normally include the Class A glasses with brands like Ray-Ban, Oakley, Nike, Adidas, Calvin Klein, Dickies, Lacoste, etc. They also have flexible frames. The cheapest frame you can get is at Php 400, just add Php 300 for anti-radiation. They give discounts for bulk orders, we bought 3 pairs of reading glasses at this point. Waiting time for the reading glasses is within one hour. You may opt to “pasyal” or eat somewhere else as you wait for the pick up time.
It was a relief when I saw the reading glasses, they are fine and good for everyday use. Compared to the optical shop in the malls, I was ripped off with Php 3,000 for the lens alone, it’s not even progressive. After two years, the coating on these glasses are peeled off. Waiting time for the reading glasses on Executive Optical is around seven days. That time, I presumed they had a branch in Paterno, where they make the lenses.
The buying experience in Quiapo is very satisfying, the frames are trendy and look professional somehow. I don’t need any other special features such as anti-scratch or imported frames. For now, these glasses can fill the gap on my computer works. And if anything goes wrong, we can always go back to the optical shop. The staff mentioned that her clients typically order online. Since they have the client’s record from the recent check-up. She goes around showing the available frames online, normally through the messenger. Once the orders are made, payment transactions through GCash or Paymaya. The staff will book a courier to transport and deliver the eyeglasses.
I think I will do this annually, hahaha! I like the flexible/bendable frame and also looking forward to other color preferences. On this day, since we have inflation, “wag na mag inarte” when it comes to personal expenses. We have to budget and save at the same time.
Visit the optical clinic at:
Abe Jathnielle Optical Clinic
G1 G2 Emerald Circle Bldg., Rizal Ave., Sta Cruz, Quiapo, Manila
Look for Ms. Jing Cagunot
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