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

Updated September 26, 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 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.

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.

Joe

400 for glasses, OMG.

Gavin Rowley

OH, YEAH. That’s very close to what I’ve been paying for a looong time. If you need bifocal lenses in the light weight, high refraction, scratch resistant lenses, …are there more kinds of surface protection? Well, anyway, lenses come in a very wide level of quality. The ones at the bottom aren’t worth it because they’ll be more trouble than they’re worth. The scratch resistant coatings and light weight lenses that are light in weight because they refract the light at such a high angle you don’t need thick lenses. So it’s simply less material, less weight. Plus, the border isn’t noticable, even with a high strength prescription, because it’s a thin lens. The materials have changed so much over the past 50 years I laugh at my old glasses, and probably were glass. They’re just so “Coke bottle” bottom looking. High prescriptions are not an issue these days. Anyway, my point is that it’s darn expensive to get glasses. I’ve tried to get as few as I possibly can. Still, I have about 10 old glasses. It’s going to cost ya. Therefore, I’m a big fan of those titanium spring frames. No, they aren’t entirely Ti. Just the parts you need to take bending without breaking at all, like the ear grabbers (I don’t know the proper name). There’s a Titanium piece between the lenses. They’ve got amazing little welding sleeves to strengthen the stressed ends of this Titanium arc. I’ve rolled my body over these so many times. The worst damage is the nose pieces might be pressed down if I was wearing them when rolling over. The nose bits just bend back with small needle nose pliers. If the lens pops out it’s 99% the lens was pressed or twisted out of the fishing line loop that holds the lenses up. The top of the lens slides off the metal part on top, and it’s how you put them back together. Sorry this is long. It’s something I did wrong once and the results were awful. So I don’t want anyone else to have trouble. First, never go to lenscrafters. place the lens and glasses on something flat and firm, in the correct orientation before you go for it. It’s like stringing a bow. Get the line into the bottom of the lense and while you can, press the lense down and under the top, with a rolling motion with both thumbs on the lens pushing down, and with your fingers on both hands, pull the frame up and over the lens and get it settled. It should find its groove and fall in. I just lost a plastic centering gizmo that holds the lens in the center of the frame, I don’t know what this frame is made of because the side that didn’t loose its part has no magnetic properties but the one that’s messed up sticks to a magnet. I remember this plastic piece fit the frame profile which is a channel ( [ ) shape with longer legs. In the center of the plastic part there’s a thin slice. In order for these parts to hold the lens in firmly, I need another part that goes into this channel slit, and fit into the center groove in the center of the edge of the lense, that’s how the frame holds the lens firmly when most of the lense is held by fishing line. If you’ve got more pieces, even that plastic piece, Just stop, put everything in a Hefty brand zip lock bag (with the zipper). You don’t want to risk losing any part. Put the lens in a separate bag, roll it up and stuff it in the main bag to prevent scratches, unless you’ve got a better idea. I don’t want you to lose parts because that’s why I’ve gone to all this. These type of frames last a long long time. They can take punishment but the lens can fall out if you sit on them. Situations like these would break any other frames. This means you don’t have to pay much OVER TIME for lenses. Get the expensive lenses and they’ll repel scratches to a point but these have lasted over 15 years, maybe 20. I’ll have to dig these papers up. So the summary here is that it’s easy to spend $400 on lenses alone. These spring Titanium parts in the stressed areas prevents breakage and it makes it hard to bend them to your liking, Haha. They don’t stay where you bend them. These aren’t the kind you can tie a knot with. I can’t think of a purpose for that idea. These simply use it where it helps them last decades. Sure if you’re 20, then get what looks the best and take your time looking through these springy types because the goal is never to go back to the eye doctor or buy new glasses. I’m taking it to the extreme position because I’m not interested in loosing more time and money for these things. Another fact of eyesight to complicate and annoy, is the way that when you get higher strength lenses, I studied, worked in close quarters, on a computer or books and that stress make me nearsighted in 4 weeks. It’s noticeable but it’s really hard to be in the back of the room in a chemistry class. Especially if her handwriting is as bad as mine. I had the same teacher 2 years in a row. She alphabetizes seating, no modifications. Consequently, I couldn’t see what was going on. If you can’t read the superscripts and subscripts, Chemistry has a lot of small notations like this, even + and – electric charges and if you look at a periodic chart, there are tiny numbers with many decimal places all around it and they’re the result of extremely smart people working very hard over a long time. But it’s all essential and you’ve got to see it. This requires glasses. I got better glasses but in just a few weeks, I couldn’t see again. I’ve gone through this routine for a few times and though I couldn’t see, I could easily see this pattern. The dilemma is that it’s not hard to strengthen muscles but to keep a sharp image in the distance, I’ve got to relax eye muscles. How do you practice relaxing a muscle without stopping using the muscle? Answer that and you may have the secret to becoming a quick billion bucks. I’ve gotten lasik and it put horizontal lines on my cornea. He said look up. He didn’t say how hard. I did it as hard as possible. That made my muscles shake. So, obviously, Lasik doesn’t work. It didn’t take long for me to get glasses and go through so many that I’m back to even worse eyes than what I started with. However, I need some kind of muscle relaxer or some way to relax my eyes. They hold onto soreness like every other muscle I have. If only there was a solution for this pattern. I’ve never met an eye doctor who even acknowledges the problem. What weiners. “Where’s the proof?” “Right in front of… Read more »

jdvillains

haa haa, well you do bare some responsibility for your glasses scratching! seriously, Ive had same pair 14 years…so that is on you not Walmart! I always buy high end but I treat them extremely carefully..I am going to Walmart tomorrow to get a spare pair. so next time, maybe clean them, keep them in a case and I am sure you throw them around,

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.

Joe

I went to my local Walmart Optical expecting to walk out with contacts, and the optometrist showed me photos of people whose eyes were ruined from contacts. I really wanted to get light brown contacts.
Anyway, the eye appointment was 75 and the total for the glasses was 245. All I needed were reading glasses. My appointment was on a Friday afternoon, and I called first thing on Saturday to cancel and they said it was too late.
I had no idea I could buy glasses at the dollar store, I also feel pushed into buying glasses when I only wanted to change my eye color.’
Such a pushy experience, and just ridiculous to pay all that money when I only need reading glasses.

jdvillains

you get what you pay for!

Gavin Rowley

If you get a prescription at WalMart but I just want the same frames I have, but I need new frames because I lost a piece. Maybe they can be repaired. If I find the frames, will WalMart make lenses and fit them into new f¹ rames? Do they only do this in certain WalMarts or it it the same everywhere?
If I want the same frames I have now but new and not broken (of course), can Walmart find the nearest frame from FLEXON that can be found? I see the same design in different colors from Amazon. But I’d rather have an optician call them with the numbers on my frames and see what the same manufacturer can come up with, maybe the top 6.. Then I’ll pick the frames and get them from, …., (Why get the frames from Amazon? just because they carry similar styles in the same manufacturer?)
That’s a logical pretzel. I don’t know why I thought that was a solution to get these frames that I like, for losing th why I wanted to get a prescription But there isn’t necessarily any benefit. Wouldn’t it be best if I just get Walmart to order them, and make lenses to fit?if they can. Right? Can they just take over and get the frames in maybe 6 closets colors and get frames like these:? And lenses to fit?
I’m trying to read the manufacturer naming:

FLEXON 64A by MARCHON 140
51Π 20↓140 GEP
Wow it’s hard to read with bad eyes. The Π is supposed to be a ⬜, an empty square. I can’t find a square on the Google keyboard. I think I got all the numbers and letters correct. Could GEP be “gold electroplate”? They are gold..ish.
Anyway, is Walmart able to find these frames and put in lenses made from a Walmart prescription?
Thank you all.

Benjamin Hernandez

I would like to know on the Walmart Vision Center policy if the warranty is good and can I get replacement lenses if my lenses were shattered?

Rocky Levi

Thanks for this information!

Last edited 2 months ago by Rocky Levi
Paul Nicholas

Don’t Ever get your glasses here when I got mine I told them that I could see better out of my 6 year old glasses then I could the new ones they told me my eyes needed to get used to the new prescription and it could take 2 months after 2 plus months they still haven’t when I took them back they told me that there was nothing they could do about them so unless you want to throw away 350.00 dollars don’t go to Walmart they are thieves and just want to steal your money.

Kathleen

Thanks for info. (Please correct your grammar on #4. ACCEPT not except.)