What’s that? An entire year? Ummm…whoops? But seriously, sorry. Life gets away from you. I intend to try better. Anyways, onwards!
I got new glasses! Yay for getting new glasses for the first time in like 5 years. Mostly this is because my past experiences in Camada told me that glasses were expensive and not something to get often. I can’t remember exactly how much I spent the last time in Canada but it was a lot.
Things in Japan are different. Glasses are fairly popular in Japan and you see them everywhere. Since they are so popular there are quite a few discount glasses stores, some of the more well known being Zoff and JINS. A lot of these places advertise that you can walk in and get glasses within 30 minutes. Now there are, of course, exceptions to that but it holds out for the most part.
Anyways, yesterday I went to Kyoto with the goal of new glasses because I have been meaning to do it and now that school is done for the year I have the time. I went to a Zoff for my new glasses. The procedure was very easy though a little different from what you might experience overseas.
Step 1: Choose your frames.
The first thing you need to do is choose what frames you want. For Zoff, in particular, they tend to have four different prices for glasses: 5000, 7000, 9000, and a few 12000 yen. So just go through and try things on until you find something you like.
Step 2: Eye Test
After you choose your glasses they will test your eyes. It’s not quite as intense as going to an optometrist but it gets the job done. The first machine is the one that shows you the picture of the hot air balloon. Then you move on the vision test part. Now in Canada, from my experience, everything is your classic alphabet chart. Obviously, in Japan, that isn’t the most likely (although they did use it at times). The main kind of chart they used was one with a variety of C’s with the opening pointing in different directions and then you say the direction, preferably in Japanese. They used a few others as well including one that was red and green, as well as one with nine dots.
Step 3: Choose your lenses.
After they have checked your eyes they will show the lens options to you. The frames include the basic lenses, which are rather thick but if your prescription isn’t too bad then go for it. If you are blind, like me, then you want to get the higher index lenses. Depending on the type it will be 5000 to 9000 extra for the lenses. There are also special coatings you can get like one that cuts down on blue light from computer or one that stops your glasses from fogging up as much.
Step 4: Get your glasses.
The last step is paying for your new glasses and then waiting for them to be ready. If they have the lenses on hand it will be about 30 minutes but if they don’t it may be up to 4 days. If you are traveling in Japan and intend to get glasses than definitely do it within the first few days in case it does take time.
My glasses, in total, cost me 17000 yen and my lenses are thinner than I think I’ve ever had. So, overall a great experience in getting new glasses and I’m not sure I’ll ever not get glasses hear again because it’s just so cheap.