Friday, September 10, 2010

Making glasses in Japan is lean

First of all, my apology for late submission of blog posts.  I have been very busy getting ready for a major Asia trip and had to put the blogging on hold for almost a week.  The good news is that I am now in Japan and will be blogging short insights.  I am off to China on Sunday so I will continue to blog some thoughts during my visit there too.

Making prescription glasses in North America is a hassle

In North America, it takes so long to make glasses that it;s a hassle, not to mention how expensive it is to get one made.  The trips to optometrist or ophthamalogist and a visit to your local eyewear store takes a couple of days of my time typically, and my glasses often cost more than $500.  My solution to this expensive and time consuming activity?  - make glasses in Japan. It took no more than 20 minutes today to get my eyes checked (at the eyewear store here in Tokyo), and then just 30 min to make new glasses. The entire cost? - about $70 for basic glasses.  High prescription and high index lens will increase that price to about $150, but it's still about 80% lower than in Canada or the US.  The frames are great designs and superb quality too, so I always make new glasses here in Tokyo.

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