Contact Lenses In Asia

It was time again to get some new contacts. After a visit to the ophthalmologist, I went to the nearest shop conveniently located next door.

I have astigmatism on top of myopia. General purpose contact lenses don’t work I had been wearing my monthly throwaway lenses for almost a year. It’s not recommended, but I finally got my health card and went through the motions.

The guys at the shop couldn’t really speak English. They didn’t have any astigmatism lenses, so I bought some general purpose Acuvue from Johnson & Johnson.

Remember a few years back, there was a scandal.

Basically what this means is that the 1 day disposables are the same as the 2 week disposables or the 1 month disposables. There have been a lot of lawsuits and settlements because of this.

I’ve been wearing the new lenses for a few days and I’m noticing some spherical distortion. Actually, it’s just a bit of blurred vision, but it gets annoying after a while. I therefore went to another shop. It wasn’t easy to find. I was told to look near Taipei Main Station (台北車站). I drove around, was stopped by a cop for burning a red light, let go because I was a foreigner looking for an eye shop. It was true. I was driving at around 5kph and looking at the shops. I drove around some more and found one near Shin Kong Mitsukoshi (新光三越). The First Optical Shop. It was pretty small, but the owner spoke decent English and assured me that the lenses would arrive the next day.

The next day.

Last time I got lenses in 2006, it took 2 weeks to get them from Sears Optical in Montreal, Canada. This time, 1 day. I paid $42US (1400NT) for two boxes of 15. I had to choose between 1 day disposable and 2 week disposable. There was a $15US (500NT) price difference per box. On top of that, the 2 week disposables came with only 6 per box. Which means it’s almost 100% more. Keeping in mind what I had just told you, I bought the daily disposables.

Author: range

I'm mathematician/IT strategist/blogger from Canada living in Taipei.