I haven't had my eyes checked...well, since we left Hawaii in 2001.
When I got my eyes checked in Hawaii, my doctor would put a gadget up to my eye and look into it, and he was so close that I was looking into his eye...I used to end up laughing a lot during those check-ups.
A couple of months ago, I finally got my eyes examined here and was amazed at how the process has changed.
You choose the glasses which range from 3000 yen (about US$30) to 9000 yen (about US$90).
They then take you to look into a machine (I think a refractor) and it tells you your eyesight within seconds.
After it determines your eyesight, you move to another machine and they tweak the lenses.
If they have the lenses that match your glasses in stock, you can receive your glasses within an hour.
The best part of this is that the glasses you choose usually is the total price for your glasses. So, if you pick a pair that is 3000 yen, then usually that would be all you pay.
Only if you want "special options" like sun protection or thinner lenses, then the price would be a bit higher.
I need these for "close-up"...hopefully I can get back into beading now.