A vending machine offers free vision tests and reading glasses for migrant workers in S’pore

Migrant workers can use a vending machine to receive free reading glasses

When our visions get blurry, we can simply go to one of Singapore’s countless optical stores and get our eyesight checked.

However, these services may be less accessible to migrant workers due to financial constraints.

Image courtesy of EssilorLuxottica

Fortunately, they can now receive free vision tests and reading glasses from vending machines, thanks to eyewear brand EssilorLuxottica.

Three-Step Process to Get Free Reading Glasses

On Wednesday March 30, EssilorLuxxottica announced the launch of a new digital screening and distribution solution for migrant workers with vision problems.

vision of migrant workersImage courtesy of EssilorLuxottica

All it takes is a simple three-step process to receive their free reading glasses.

First, workers must take a preliminary vision test online on a smartphone, via a website here. If pre-screening proves they need additional eye care, they can go to a vending machine for further screening.

The machine will then determine their prescription before issuing the corrective lenses free of charge.

The collaboration aims to help 300,000 migrant workers in Singapore

Part of EssilorLuxottica’s three-year Migrant Worker Vision Care Program, the project aims to increase accessibility to vision care for 300,000 foreign workers in Singapore.

The project is led by Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) ASEAN and the Migrant Workers’ Center. NUS’s Institute of Systems Science designed the digital platform for the pre-screening test, while Ngee Ann Polytechnic and IELO Design created the specialized vending machines.


According to Service-Learning Ngee Ann Poly’s Facebook page, the opportunity provided them with valuable insight into how they can better serve the foreign worker community.

The first vending machine is already operational at the Migrant Workers’ Center Recreation Club. There are also plans to install more machines at the Tuas South and Terusan recreation centers.

A useful initiative

It is encouraging to see different organizations coming together to provide migrant workers in Singapore with support for their vision care.

Such a project will help draw attention to their needs, which we can often overlook.

Hopefully, this initiative will benefit many migrant workers by enabling them to have access to better eye care.

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Image courtesy of EssilorLuxottica.