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

Updated December 8, 2023 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.

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

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 Accept 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.

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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

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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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jayce

On March 2, 2023, I ordered replacement lenses (frame and original lenses had been purchased at same WM vision center). The replacement lenses were same prescription, progressive polycarbonate without transition feature. The total cost was $195.

Shanda

Was that with or without insurance??

Lisa Hunter

Does Walmart vision check for high pressure

diane

Yes, the Independent optometrist at your local Walmart checks Intraocular pressure as part of the routine eye exam.

Kristy

Just went for $88 frames and they charged us 57.50 PER lens for the bottom line regular poly lens (script only -2) and they charged $20 for the year warranty, which doesn’t appear to cover most things Only accidents that aren’t in anyway negligent. Who decides what accidents are due to negligence? $223 for -2 prescription seems expensive.

Sheila

Was this price using insurance?

MeMe

Progressive lenses alone cost me $130 for each pair. Frames were a separate expense.

kevin c loyd sr

I BOUGHT THREE PAIR OF GLASS’S ONE FOR WIFE TWO FOR ME WALMART TOLD US THAT ARE INSRU DOES COVER THE LENS ONLY THE FRAME ,SO I CALLED THEM FOUND OUT THERE DEAD WRONG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MY INSRU DOES PAY DEPEDING ON THE TYP OF LENS . I MADE 4 CALLS TO THE INSRU ALL SAID THE SAME THINK WALMART IS BAD ABOUT NOT TELL THE THERE CUSTOMER ABOUT THE COST THEY PAY ON DIFF TYPS OF LINS WELL I WAS CHARGED 390.00 AND WHEN I TOLD THE VISION MARGAER HE TOLD ME JUST HOW WRONG I WAS AND THEY DIDNT KNOW WHAT THERE TALKING ABOUT (INSRU )

OK SO DO I HAVE TO STOP GOING TO WALMART !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WAS SO OVER CHARGE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TURNS OUT THEY PAY ANY WHERE FROMM 100.00 TO PAY IT IN FULL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND EVEN IF I HAD THE CHEAPIST PLAN ITTHEY STILL CHARGED ME 200.00 TO MUCH TO THE FULL AMOUNT.

Last edited 9 months ago by kevin c loyd sr
Kevin A. Crybaby

sounds like you’re a cry baby

Tam

You are a sad sad man.

Last edited 8 months ago by Tam
Vermont

A cry baby? What if it was you that was over charged that much would that make you a cry baby too. Grow the hell up

Ms Jo

My experience has not been good and will no longer be buying glasses through WalMart optical. Once you buy the thin lenses and frames which are moderately priced you’re still spending around $400. What happened to me was after a scratched lens replacement they had trouble getting the one replacement lens in the frame and warped the frame so it no longer sits on my nose and digs into the side of my nose and out of level no matter how they try to adjust it. Not my fault. I bought them in February and this is September. Truthfully I would be better off stepping on them and breaking them completely for a full replacement because of THEIR MISTAKE especially now since I found out they no longer carry the same frame.

dano

I have brand new pair paid a lot for can’t get smears off.no matter how many times you clean.

John Williams

I would not describe Walmart’s lens prices as competitive. In fact, in my area, they are among the most expensive: $275 for advanced progressive lenses versus $185 at local competitors with comparable frame prices.

John Williams

Your description if Walmart’s frame warranty does not comport with what I was told last week. It is an extra $20 at purchase to ads a 1 year frame warranty.

Kristine

I have enjoyed the vision center at Walmart over ten years until now. The currant manager is a bit of a bully and overtalks customer questions, a very uncomfortable encounter each time in for help. All employees in the past have had great customer service. There is still over a year on my protection plan that now disregards scratch repair. The buyout of N.V.C. this Feb is showing signs of less customer appreciation and valued service. I have recommended this center for the last ten years as quality. I am sad to see an end to excellence and will no longer do word of mouth referrals and end affiliations at end of my prescription renewal.

Woudgie Wu

Turns out I HATE my frames. I paid for progressive, transition etc high end lenses but absolutely hate the frame. Do I have any recourse? I didn’t buy the insurance with the glasses.