Back in 2009, I made a post about the prices for Walmart eye exams and eyeglasses
. A lot of people have visited that thread and posted their thoughts and comments on Walmart's eyeglasses. I figured it was time to update the information with current prices, so here goes:
Eye exam cost: $50 for a basic eyeglass exam, plus an addition $15 to get your pupils dilated
Contact Lens exam cost: $89
Eyeglass frames cost anywhere from $9 to $100
Plastic lenses cost $28, but have no anti-reflective coating. They do have a scratch resistant coating and a UV protective coating.
Polycarbonate lenses include all coatings - anti-reflective, ultraviolate, and scratch resistance - for $110. They said that their polycarbonate lenses are made by Nikon or Zeiss.
Their high index (single vision) lenses including all coatings (anti reflective, UV, scratch resistant) for $140. The high index lenses are made by Zeiss.
Interestingly, they told me that the lined, old-fashioned bifocals are the same price as single vision - $110 for polycarbonate and $140 for high index.
It costs a bit more for the progressive lenses at $180 for polycarbonate and $240 for high index.
For any of their lenses, they will add a transitions (photochromic - light darkening) for $60.
I asked if they use a particular brand for their anti-reflective coating, and I was told that the coating is proprietary to their Walmart lab, and they called it a Platinum anti-reflective coating.
Based on responses in the other thread, it seems like most people are pretty happy with the value of the glasses from Walmart. I think it is a reasonable choice for most people. Personally, I still favor Costco for my eyeglasses
, but you need to be a member which many people aren't.