As I continue to find out information about different retailers that are popular for eyeglasses and eye exams, I add them to my thread on where to buy cheap glasses
. Today I managed to get a fairly complete list of costs at my local Sam's Club optical department.
Here's a summary:
Standard Eye exam: $49 plus $15 for optional pupil dilation
Contact Lens Exam: $84-$115 - the higher price is apparently if you have astigmatism or other special circumstances, and this includes a standard eye exam
Eyeglass frames range in price from $47 up to $160
Plastic - $30 + $45 if you want anti-reflective coating
Polycarbonate $130 (includes anti-reflective coating) + $50 for Transitions (photochromic lenses that darken when in the sun)
High Index 1.67 $130 (includes anti-reflective coating) + $50 for Transitions (I asked to confirm that these are the same price as their polycarbonate lenses, and they insisted the price was accurate - not sure if this is a special or their standard price)
Zeiss Progressive Bifocal lenses - $198 + $60 for Transitions
Nikon Progressive Bifocal lenses (referred to as Nikon HD progressives by the staff, saying they are "digitally mapped") - $340 + $65 for Transitions
I asked if they offer Crizal anti-reflective coatings, as someone had mentioned in the anti-reflective coating thread
that someone got Crizal lenses at Walmart Vision Center
(Walmart is the parent company for Sam's). The person at Sam's club I spoke to insisted that Crizal coatings are not offered at any Walmart or Sam's locations, so I'd appreciate if anyone else has found out differently. She said that they other than their Nikon HD progressive lenses, they use Zeiss lenses which have the anti-reflective coating already applied. When I recently spoke to Walmart, they said they refer to their anti-reflective coating as "Platinum", which is a name used with some of the Zeiss coatings, but Zeiss seems to frequently change their coating names and composition (from what I have seen on their website) so I'm not sure what coating Walmart and Sam's actually uses, but it is probably a pretty good quality treatment.
Overall, it seems people are mostly satisfied with Sam's club and their prices are very reasonable, especially compared to many of the standard eye care chains like Lenscrafters
. I personally think the prices and quality are likely a little better at Costco Optical