When I went for contacts, I expected the experience to be different from America. For example, I am not the -1.00 prescription that I am in America, but a 0.3 prescription in Japan. The eye chart is not a series of random letters, but different C shapes with the hole facing in different directions. I expected different brand names. What I didn't expect was this:
When the guy came over to ask me about what brand of contact I wanted, I thought the differences were over at this point. I waited for him to get my brand and prescription out. I watched as he washed his hands and then ripped open the contact case. Just as I was about to ask him, "Hey, can I wash my hands too before I try to put these contacts in? I work with middle schoolers and you can never be certain where those kids have been," the man disappeared behind me. There was a slight pressure on my left temple as he tilted my head back slightly. With the contact resting on his middle finger, he pulled up my top eyelid with his index finger and pulled my bottom eyelid down with his ring finger. Then he said, "Open your eyes all the way," and boom, the contact was in. I blinked. And blinked again. Yeah, the contact was in but... did that guy really just stick his finger in my eye?! Did he really just put that contact in my head for me? You may be a license practitioner, but get outta my eyeballs dude!
Apparently this is how all appointments go.