Walmart Vision Center: 8 Things You GOTTA Know Before You Visit

Updated March 11, 2022 by Kyle
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Getting an eye exam and a new pair of eyeglasses doesn’t have to be expensive if you play your cards right. Enter the Walmart Vision Center where you can get an eye exam (from a board certified optometrist) and a new pair of prescription glasses for under $100. Even less if you’re not super picky about frame style and brand. So I went out and did the research to figure out exactly how the eye center at Walmart works and here are all the things you GOTTA know before you show up.

1. What Type of Frames Does Walmart Offer?

Walmart Vision Center: 8 Things You GOTTA Know Before You Visit

Walmart offers many name-brand frames like Ray-Ban, Guess, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Nike, Lacoste, and Armani Exchange.

But where Walmart separates themselves is in the great deals on generic frames and frames for kids.

They have a terrific selection of both with prices starting below $10.

If your family is on a tight budget, I’d definitely shop for frames at Walmart and AVOID buying them at an eye doctor’s office or specialty retailers like Lens Crafters or Vision Works.

The cool part is that Walmart claims they can have your eyeglasses ready to be picked up (or delivered) in 7-10 days.

2. What Does an Eye Exam Cost? 

If your local Walmart has a vision center with a doctor of optometry within, you can expect to pay around $75 for an eye exam.

The last time I checked this was a little more expensive than Costco which charges $65 for an exam.

Talking to folks that have had an eye exam at Walmart they’ve been happy with the service overall but did say to expect less face time with the doctor compared to a regular optometrist office.

See Also: Costco Optical: 10 Things To Know Before You Buy Your Next Pair of Eyeglasses

3. Do I Need an Appointment for a Vision Exam?

Yes, and you CAN’T make the appointment online.

You need to call your local Walmart eye center and schedule your vision exam.

4. Do They Except All Types of Insurance?

Most.

I dug around on their website and discovered that Walmart Vision Center takes most major insurance providers.

Apparently only the following providers are considered “Out-of-Network” which means they’ll cover less.

  • Cole Managed Vision
  • Davis Vision
  • EyeMed
  • Spectera
  • VSP

I’d contact your local Walmart eye center if you have any specific questions related to your insurance.

5. Does Walmart Hire Only Experienced Optometrists? 

Yes, they’re highly trained, but keep in mind that Walmart DOES NOT actually hire most them.

The vast majority are considered self-employed eye doctors who simply lease space in the store right next to the vision center.

Not all vision centers have an optometrist within, so check with your local Walmart first.

Keep in mind that you can visit any Walmart in your area, so if you don’t like the Vision Center staff at a particular Walmart, try a different one.

Once you find a center that you really like, just make that your “home” eye center.

6. Are Walmart Eyewear Prices Competitive?

Yes.

The online Walmart Vision Center currently has 137 different frames priced under $50 and 20 priced under $20 and many are brand names like Vera Wang, Fendi, and Nike.

Obviously the brand and materials used is going to influence the price of the frame, but overall the prices are very competitive.

Lens prices also vary with “single-vision” lenses available for FREE and “progressive no-line lenses” coming in at $50.

You also have the following cool options available:

– Basic Tint: $41

– Clear Lenses: Free

– Polarized Tint: $65

– Transition Lenses: $65

See Also: Walmart Pharmacy: Your 7 Burning Questions Finally Answered

7. Does Walmart Also Sell Contact Lenses?

Yes.

They sell popular contact brands like Acuvue, Air Optix, Bausch+Lomb, and Dailies.

They range in price from $40 a box up to about $80.

They’ll even mail them for FREE and let you set up a “Auto Lens Subscription” where Walmart will automatically mail you new contacts when you need them.

8. Can I Bring in my Eyewear Prescription from Another Doctor?

Yes.

If you don’t need an eye exam, and already have a prescription in-hand, you can walk-in whiteout an appointment.

A Walmart vision center associate will help you find the best frame and lenses for your needs.

Bonus: What Type of Return Policy Comes with my Glasses?

This is where the Walmart vision center gets an A+ in my book.

Not only do you get a 60 day return policy (no questions asked), but you also get a 1 year warranty for the frame and the lenses.

So if you get a deep scratch in a lens within the first 365 days, you can bring them back for a full replacement lens.

Likewise if you sit on, step on, or break the frame any other way, you can bring them back for a free replacement as well.

Walmart will even pay the return shipping charges which is kinda epic.

Ask the Reader: Have you ever bought eyeglasses or contacts from the Walmart vision center? Would you recommend it? Let me know.


By Kyle James

Photo by Mike Mozart.

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P B Spencer

I have gotten glasses 4 times thru the years, no complaints. Took one pair back, my ophthalmologist had written the prescription wrong. They told me to bring another prescription and they replaced it no charge. They were tri focal, tinted, scratch proof, so I think they lost a little on this deal.

Cherie

I called a Joplin MO Walmart vision center. Their exam fee is $55 and progressive lenses START at $185.

Junk

Just an FYI, Walmart refused my insurance on my glasses charging me $400, and they won’t honor the 1 yr warranty on the lenses after 5 months they are so scratched I can no longer use them. Will NEVER go back. Junk, pure junk.

Jan Eitzen

I’m confused. The service persons at Walmart say if I have one cataract surgery, Walmart will pay for glasses on the first surgery of one eye, but will not pay for the glasses needed after the second surgery done some months after the first. Is that correct?

I understand the surgeon can’t do surgery till a certain criteria is met to satisfy Medicare’s protocol to pay for the surgery. I’m assuming my second eye doesn’t meet the criteria at the same time as the other one which is why it’s postponed to a later date when Medicare finally approves the surgery.

If this is true, then you’ve got the patient between a rock and a hard place. Right? Do you just pay for only one pair of glasses, period? And the patient is out of luck if the surgeries come at different times? Or do you at least pay for just the new lense after the second surgery?…Which would make sense. As you can see, it’s pretty confusing to the Medicare patient. Please explain. Thanks

Bob

I had cataract surgery and went to Walmart for glasses. After getting them I complained they weren’t right. I went back to my eye doc and they revised my scrip. I went back to Walmart to get them changed and they said they would let me know when they came back. I called after a month and they told me they wouldn’t replace the lens because of scrip change. They didn’t even call me to tell me anything. So no their guarantee isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.

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