You really never have any idea what it will be like going to a medical provider for the first time in another country. I’ve mostly been to broken foot doctors and orthodontists overseas and we still need to get an ortho lined up here (and please, let this be the last country where we need one) but I have no intention of needing a broken foot doctor every again. But I haven’t been to eye doctors outside the US since those visits can easily be done during the summer. So I can’t compare today’s experience to Mexico or Kyrgyzstan or Saudi except generally.
We arrived, checked in, paid, and sat down to wait. The appointment cost 250 geneh, or 14 dollars to get the eye exam and prescription. There were lots of people there so the appointments were sort of assembly line style. They’d call people back to get the air puff test done, then you’d go to the waiting room again. Then you would see the eye doctor who chatted a bit to find out why you were there. Then he sent us back to the waiting room until we went to the third room where they had the woman who checked his eyes and wrote out the prescription. The whole thing took about 90 minutes which was long but we both had books to read so neither of us minded. And we couldn’t complain when it cost so little and was so close to home. It really worked out very well and we made it home just in time to meet a friend who was coming over to play games.