Our Family and Yours:
65 Years of Sornthai


From the house of Sornthaiteva (Est. 1956 in Nakhonsawan), to the bustling streets across Bangkok’s World Trade Center (CentralWorld), our family business grew with the steadfast belief that outstanding eye care is key to a rich and healthy life.

"Primary eye care must become a frontline activity, providing eye care and identifying disease before it becomes a serious medical issue.”

When Songsak Sornthaiteva first opened his wholesale and retail store in Bangkok, eyewear stores were run by opticians who passed down the art of refraction and dispensing from generation to generation. His daughter, Benjapa Sornthaiteva, deeply immersed herself in the retail side of the business. She was adamant that all Sornthai customers receive the best, most comfortable vision, and continuously searched for the latest eyewear technology.

In the 1990s, Benjapa’s future-forward thinking got her enrolled in Thailand’s first optometry program where professors from around the world joined hands to educate Thai opticians on the healthcare aspect of the industry. The program inspired her to study abroad and become an optometrist in order to provide “complete” care, but Sornthai’s expansion held her back. Regardless, Benjapa’s belief in comprehensive eye care for the betterment of the people remained. 

With the same belief in mind, Benjapa’s daughter, Nataporn Chaiprukmalakan, got her optometry degree at the University of Melbourne. She was fascinated by how much impact a great optometrist can have on a child, and completed a Vision Therapy course at the Australasian College of Behavioral Optometry (ACBO), after which she worked at independent practice in Northern Queensland, Australia where she conducted school vision screenings and vision therapy for school-aged children. She works part-time as a clinical instructor at Rangsit University and lecturer at the Thai Optometric School. 

Through Sornthai, Nataporn and her two siblings work together to fulfill the family’s vision of raising the standard of primary eye care in Thailand, for the well-being of all Thai people including generations to come.


Meet Our Team of Experts


Trained & Experienced Optical Dispensers

Optometrist Bangkok Sornthai Staff

Boonlun Pooraya (Pong)

A trusted dispenser for over 30 years since graduating from Don Mueang Technical College, Khun Pong measures vision acuity and assembles glasses with precision. Throughout the years, he has become an expert at matching stylish frames to face shapes for all Sornthai customers.

Kiat Chevapensuk (Nid)

Khun Nid has been a part the Sornthai family for decades, from Oceans Optic opposite Panthip Plaza to Fashion Island, and now permanently at our Chitlom-Rajdamri store. Polite, kind and with extremely high standards when it comes to his craft, Khun Nid is often recommended by Bangkok ophthalmologists.

Eye Care
Product Specialists

Eye Care
Product Specialists

Bunnada Rattanabuangam (Kluay)

Those visiting Sornthai are often greeted by Khun Kluay's smiles. She is service minded and full of well wishes for everyone, faithfully caring for the needs of our customers for over 10 years. From frames to spectacle and contact lenses, Khun Kluay will offer you only the best and most suitable eye care products.

Patarachai Chaiprukmalakan (Note)

The family's second-born child. Growing up in optical stores allowed Note to understand the products and technology required in crafting quality spectacles. He currently leads the team in selecting products and equipment to provide the highest standard of eye care and eyewear to customers at every point in time.

Chuleekorn Jermjun (Maew)

Khun Maew lives by the motto, "Take good care of each and every person you have the opportunity to meet." Because of this, she keeps up-to-date with the latest lens technology to offer the most suitable lenses for each individual. Her attention to detail makes her one of our customers' favorites.

Family Eye Doctors Led By Behavioral (Pediatric) Optometrist

Dr. Nataporn Chaiprukmalakan (Nat), BOptom

As the eldest child of a family that's been making spectacles for generations, Nat went on to study optometry in Australia with great enthusiasm. Her interest in neuroscience and love for children, led her to develop a passion for behavioral optometry or pediatric optometry, and she worked hard to cultivate a deeper understanding of it. One summer, she conducted a behavioral eye exam on her mother and discovered that mom has been living with undiagnosed binocular vision dysfunction (BVD) for over 50 years. Surrounded by optometrists and opticians, Nat's mother never knew that BVD was the cause of her eyes skipping lines while reading and difficulty catching or throwing balls. Nobody knew of the condition, or that it can actually be treated. It was then that Nat decided to return home. After 2 years of working with children in Australia, including those with BVD, it became clear to her that Thai children with BVD can lead happier lives free of constant, daily struggles. Living with BVD should be a thing of the past, ending in our parents' generation.

Specialty Behavioral Optometry (Children’s Vision), Clinical Optometry, Myopia Control

Education
BOptom, Optometry, University of Melbourne (2013)
Vision Therapy, Australasian College of Behavioural Optometry (2014-2015)

Experience
Optometrist, Sornthai Eye Center (2022 - Present)
Chief Operating Officer, Sornthai Optometrists (2016 - Present)
Clinical Instructor, Rangsit University (2019 - Present)
Lecturer, Thai Optometric School (2019 - Present)
Pediatric Optometrist, Buck and Todd's Optometrists, Australia (2014 - 2016)

Dr. Anchalee Khawmuang (Da), O.D.

During her internship at Sornthai, Da discovered that she enjoy caring for aging adults and decided to rejoin the team after graduation. She saw that Thailand's rapidly growing elderly population and their modernized lifestyle habits call for a patient-centric, tailored approach to eye care. So she found information and sought advice from professors, corporate researchers, and industry experts, on current treatments and products that solve eye problems of aging adults, hoping that all maintain good health and are able to live life to its fullest.

Specialty Clinical Optometry (Geriatrics), Contact Lenses, Optical Management

Education
O.D., Optometry, Rangsit University (2021)

Experience
Optometrist, Sornthai Eye Center (2017 - Present)

Dr. Apisara Pigunparungrod (Mick), O.D.

Mick chose to become an optometrist to help fulfill the need for eye health specialists in Thailand. She believes that our country lacks a sufficient number of eye care providers and educators on the importance of diagnosing visual problems and eye conditions, especially considering how we are entering an aging society. Her role in our efforts to help Thai people see and live better starts with informing patients of the steps to take upon experiencing symptoms of eye conditions and diseases, along with measuring vision acuity, conducting eye exams and screenings, and prescribing appropriate spectacles. As a provider of primary eye care, she also diagnoses and treats eye conditions. Of course, all these activities including preparing a care plan and follow-up exams rely heavily on patient-doctor cooperation.

Specialty Clinical Optometry, Contact Lenses

Education
O.D., Optometry, Rangsit University (2021)
President of the Federation of Optometry Students of Thailand (2021)

Experience
Optometrist, Sornthai Optometrists (2021 - Present)
Trainer, Optician Development Club (2018-2019)

Dr. Paphawee Vanichgoon (Jan), O.D.

Talking to patients shed light on the improvements optometrists can make to Thailand's very own public healthcare system. Throughout the years, Jan has met several individuals living with undiagnosed chronic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure, and overworked adults, who have high risk for early macular degeneration. She has also met several young children who struggle with reading comprehension for seemingly no reason. Her experience showed her the importance of eye health and vision screenings for all. And knowing that all of us at Sornthai contribute to the prevention of long-term illnesses, improving Thai people's health and quality of life--Jan finds that incredibly inspiring.

Specialty Clinical Optometry (Geriatrics), Contact Lenses, Myopia Control

Education
O.D., Optometry, Naraesuan University (2017)

Experience
Optometrist, Sornthai Eye Center (2017 - Present)

Dr. Atchara Chaidech (Mam), O.D.

Mam had myopia growing up, but she always thought that was how other people see things.  She did not know she had a problem until her myopia got so bad it significantly impacted her schoolwork and daily life.  After her first eye examination, she got her first pair of glasses, and it was life changing!  At that moment, Mam came to the conclusion that good life starts with good sight.

Thailand is still in need of specialists in the field of optometry, and since Mam wants to pass on good vision and good ocular health the everyone around her, she decided to pursue her career in this field.  She wants to be the first contact for patients with any visual difficulties or ocular health problems.  From refraction to ocular health examination, from prescribing spectacles to contact lenses, from consultations to referrals to ophthalmologists, Mam is happy to be a part of her patient’s journey from beginning to end.

Specialty Clinical Optometry, Contact Lenses

Education
O.D., Optometry, Rangsit University (2022)
President of the Federation of Optometry Students of Thailand (2022)

Experience
Optometrist, Sornthai Optometrists (2022 - Present)


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ศูนย์ตาศรไทย
Sornthai Eye Center

55/5 Romklao Road,
Khlong Sam Prawet,
Lat Krabang, Bangkok 10520

Thursday - Tuesday
(Closed On Wednesdays)
10:00 - 20:00

096-914-5854, 064-925-9826

แว่นตาศรไทย แจ้งวัฒนะ
Sornthai Optometrists Chaengwattana

59 Moo 3 Chaengwattana Road,
Khlong Glua, Pak Kret,
Nonthaburi 11120

Open Everyday
10:00 - 18:30 (Until 17:30 On Sundays)

086-309-4522

แว่นตาศรไทย ชิดลม-ราชดำริ
Sornthai Optometrists
Chitlom-Rajdamri

22 16-17 Soi Rajadamri 2, Lumphini,
Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330

Open Everyday
9:30 - 18:00 (Until 17:30 On Sundays)

02-254-3873, 086-375-4728

ศูนย์ตาศรไทย
Sornthai Eye Center

55/5 Romklao Road,
Khlong Sam Prawet,
Lat Krabang, Bangkok 10520

Thursday - Tuesday
(Closed On Wednesdays)
10:00 - 20:00

096-914-5854, 064-925-9826

แว่นตาศรไทย แจ้งวัฒนะ
Sornthai Optometrists Chaengwattana

59 Moo 3 Chaengwattana Road,
Khlong Glua,
Pak Kret, Nonthaburi 11120

Open Everyday
10:00 - 18:30 (Until 17:30 On Sundays)

086-309-4522

แว่นตาศรไทย ชิดลม-ราชดำริ
Sornthai Optometrists
Chitlom-Rajdamri

22 16-17 Soi Rajadamri 2, Lumphini,
Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330

Open Everyday
9:30 - 18:00 (Until 17:30 On Sundays)

02-254-3873, 086-375-4728


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Sornthai proudly provides essential primary eye care to children and adults. Our comprehensive eye examinations go beyond the norm of just measuring visual acuity or clarity of vision.