Step 1: Scope out your students glasses (about 80% of my students have them) to determine which styles or colors you want. Color glasses are normal in Korea.
Step 2: Walk into one of the hundred glasses shops in the immediate area.
Step 3: Pray that the optometrist speaks English. If not, repeat step 2.
Step 4: Sit in front of some medical contraption that jumps from unfocused to focused for 30 seconds while the guy says nothing.
Step 5: Do the usual eye-exam in half the time. Then he magically picks the right prescription the first time. Step 4 and 5 take 10 minutes.
Step 6: Spend the next 30 minutes figuring out which of the ₩10,000 ( $9.27) frames you want, while sipping on a Korean soda he randomly gives you. If you can’t choose, pick three.
Step 7: Listen to the man tell you that lenses with UV protection are ₩70,000 ($65) and “no reflection” lenses are ₩100,000 ($92.86).
Step 8: Pay the man the amount you paid for one pair of glasses in the States for three pairs of glasses.
Step 9: Come back the next day and pick up the glasses after he makes sure they fit properly.