Walmart Eyeglasses and Eye Exam - How much does it cost?

Getting the best value for your money when it comes to eyeglasses, sunglasses, eye exams, and contact lenses.

Postby george » Sun Sep 20, 2009 8:45 pm

As part of my search for finding the best place to purchase cheap eyeglasses, I looked into Walmart.

I checked out my local Wal-Mart. They said they have frames starting as cheap as $18 and they go up to $140.

They charge $49 for the eye exam.

Their cheapest lenses are plastic (as expected) for only $30. The $30 lenses have no coatings on them. They charge an extra $10 for UV coating and $35 for anti-reflective coating.

They also offer the polycarbonate lenses (impact resistant and lighter) with UV coating, scratch resistant coating, and anti-reflective coating for $118.

Based on people's comments on Walmart Vision Center, people are generally very pleased with the customer service and quality of the product they've received. The one complaint that came up several times was the wait time.

If you have any comments, complaints, or questions about Walmart's Vision Center, feel free to post those thoughts in this thread.
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Postby girly » Thu Dec 02, 2010 2:10 am

i went to walmart to purchase eye glasses, paid for the eye exam and they charge me for each lens. i asked why do you pay for each lens he said thats the way it is you pay separately for each lens.
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Postby george » Thu Dec 02, 2010 9:38 pm

Do you mean that they charged $15 per lens? That does seem very odd that they would break their price down by each lens. I can't imagine why they did that unless you were buying two different types of lenses. I'm guessing that would be extremely rare though.
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Postby raju_bheemam » Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:20 am

Thanks for your detailed explanation on glasses. I ordered glasses from walmart.
Polycarbonate lenses with UV coating, scratch resistant, and anti-reflective coating : 50$ for each glass
Total cost is 296$ ( $100 for both glasses+ 196$ for Titanium frame)
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Postby george » Wed Dec 15, 2010 11:42 pm

raju_bheemam,

Thanks for sharing your experience. The price you paid for lenses is very similar to what they quoted me over a year ago ($118 vs the $100 that you paid) for polycarbonate lenses with UV coating, scratch resistant coating, and anti-reflective coating. They had told me their frames only went up to $140, so the titanium frames you selected must have been near the top end of what they have available.

Please let us know how you like your glasses and lenses and how they hold up over time. I always enjoy hearing about other people's experiences.
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Postby alexis » Mon Apr 04, 2011 7:58 pm

The reason they charge for each eye is because each eye can have a diffrent prescribtion!
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Postby eagleeye » Fri Dec 16, 2011 3:15 am

When the first poster stated that cheapest lens is plastic...indicating it is no good, actually that cheaper CR39 plastic has better optics than the polycarbonate lenses. If you looks at the ABBE number on CR39 plastic it is 43...much better optically than the ABBE of 31 for polycarbonate, and the CR39 is much cheaper...albeit somewhat thicker plastic. The higher the index you go...i.e. getting thinner and thinner polycarbonates up to an index of 1.7 or so, you will actually get more distortion in the lens, and chromatic aberrations. Go to Wikipedia and educate yourselves before buying lenses. I don't work for Walmart but I will say that the lenses at Walmart are no worse than those from other major chains and the prices are much better and you will have more selection of materials than at other chains. Crown glass is the best material optically, it is also much cheaper than polycarbonate but it is heavier than the plastics. That's not really a problem if you have small lenses.
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Postby jonas » Tue Jan 03, 2012 5:58 pm

I just found out my husband spent $456.00 dollars at Walmart yesterday for some Digimax progressive lenses. He's at work and that's all the girl would tell me on the phone. No more detail than that. I can't believe any glasses would cost that much!! And that's with insurance paying $100.00 dollars!
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Postby george » Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:51 pm

Jonas,

It would be very helpful if you could find out the breakdown of how much was spent on frames and how much on each feature those lenses have.

I moved your post to this thread as the one you posted in is for discussion related to antireflective coatings. Someone in that thread did mention they got Digimax HD single vision lenses with crizal alize antireflective coatings and Transitions lenses for only $131. That seems like a very good value for a crizal alize coating and Transitions lenses, but I'm pretty sure that didn't include the frames.

I'm guessing the high cost of your husband's lenses was for the frames.
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Postby Arroyo Toad » Sat Mar 24, 2012 4:54 am

We bought some lenses yesterday at Walmart. They charged $319 for the lenses. The reciept only says Type LN, SKU 00980tracr, H: small fit activelite Tran br, price $319. On top of price was a $20 pattern fee because we used or own frames. The pattern fee is reasonable since I didn't buy their frame. The lens price seems extreme and I would like to know how we can tell if we were overcharged?
We didn't request anything special except progressive lens which they said the only lens they could put in the "short height lens" our frame had happened to also be a transition lens material. OK, so most expense value lens, progressive with transition (no anti-glare) and scratch coating. $159 per lens?
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Postby george » Sat Mar 24, 2012 5:50 pm

I'm not familiar with the specifics listed on your receipt, but I am guessing that must be a high index (thinner) lens.

At my local Walmart Vision Center, polycarbonate progressive lenses are $125 and it is an extra $70 for transitions and an extra $50 for ant-reflective coating, which you said you didn't get.

The price you paid would be more in line with the thinner high-index lenses. You should ask what index your lenses are to better see if you got overcharged.
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Postby arroyo toad » Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:43 am

Hi George,

Thanks for responding to this concern. It took well over an hour for the sales person to write up this order. Measure PD should take less than a minute but they fumbled around and the girl had to keep going to the back to talk to her supervisor. Incompetance is not my complaint, it should be expected at Walmart, but, price gouging should not. I will ask them to show me how they arrived at their figures. I'm sure it will cost me another hour of my time because they will have to come up with some numbers that add up. I believe this is what happened. They are told to make sure that all glasses cost $300 minimum, so when I showed up wanting lenses only that through the employee a real problem. It would explain the 4 or 5 trips to her supervisor. I"ll post what I find out for everyones benefit.

Thanks again.
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Postby gladiolus » Thu Jul 05, 2012 10:03 am

I checked our WalMart Optical to price a pair of glasses for my husband. I asked for Digimax, progressive, Transition, antiglare lenses and was told they would be about $498. I can't remember if that is with or without the frames, but they had some nice frames for about $49. They also had some $8 glasses for men, women, and children that didn't look too bad. I had asked for an estimate and the employee just told me without writing anything up.

The same lenses at America's Best in Tallahassee, Fl., would be about $371. They had frames starting at $49.95. We haven't ever bought from either store, so we would appreciate any info on the quality from both stores.
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Postby Shipmom » Sun Jul 08, 2012 3:17 am

I had a great experience with the optometrist themselves but the associates in the vision center have been not so enjoyable. They even questioned the dr in front of me about the change in script. The doctor changed my script in one eye for glasses from -.75 to -1.00 and the associate said its so small a change it won't make a difference to have changed in my glasses. They argued and finally she complied and sent my glasses out to fix the strength.

They charged me $75 per single vision Nikon polycarbonate lens and $58 for my frames. In addition they charged me $14 for my exam and $35 for contact exam. They didn't bill my insurance for that which they are covered in network covered in full. But my receipt shows I was charged for my exams. Plus I've had to re send back my glasses to get a lense fixed. The also came scratched. I'm not happy.

My exam was June 9th 2012 and received my glasses on June 21, 2012. They have a 60 day refund/exchange policy with receipt. If I feel as unhappy as I do, and they currently have my glasses. Sent out as of Thursday 7/5/12 for a lens strength change and I'm in my 60 day should I be able to go in for a refund???? I suggest use the optometrist, they are great but do NOT buy their glasses.
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Postby Harold » Thu Jul 12, 2012 4:19 pm

My wife and I went to Walmart yesterday. They charged us each $144.00 for and eye exam. Rip off! Plus they charged us $15.00 apeice for a printout of our prescriptions. Another rib off! Other places we went to in the past was $49.00 for exam and free print out of prescrption. I guess thats why they say Walmart is cheap. I will say there glasses were a little cheaper.
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Postby haaylee » Fri Sep 21, 2012 2:37 am

I have 2 questions, the first one is not really related to cost but I need my glasses by the 26th of this month as I'm going away and would rather not have my headaches while I'm gone, does Walmart fast track glasses by any chance? And if they do how much extra would it cost? I would hope they have fast track because some people experience bad migraines if they don't have glasses and need them or else the person would be in agonizing pain for days
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Postby george » Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:28 pm

haaylee,

Sorry that my reply is a bit late for you, but I'm guessing you already know the answer. My local Walmart Vision Center said they usually get glasses back in 7-10 days. They said they can put in a rush request but there is no guarantee they will get them any faster.
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Postby specs » Mon Dec 10, 2012 1:04 am

I went to walmart to buy glasses. I thought i got a great deal. The price for everything was $215 frames, lenses. I didn't go for the most expensive frames in the store. and a lot of the add-ons aren't necessary. I just want to see. not see into the future. I also didn't do my exam there, it was too pricey for the exam, so I went somewhere else for that.
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Postby sloppy joe » Sun Dec 30, 2012 10:23 am

alexis wrote:The reason they charge for each eye is because each eye can have a diffrent prescribtion!



Another reason is that some people are blind in one eye or missing an eye and only need one lens.
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Postby terresa7277 » Thu Jan 03, 2013 4:17 pm

I, also was charged $150 per lens! I got home and wondered why it was so crazy expensive and thought I was double charged. I went into the store yesterday and the same woman was working. She said that she didn't make a mistake and that they charge per lens! CRAZY! My frames were only cheap $28 ones! I called For Eyes and a complete set of progressive lenses were $298. Top of the line lens pair!
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Postby george » Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:45 pm

Teresa,

Did you get any additional options on your lenses, like Transitions or high index? I checked with my local Walmart recently and their progressive lenses were $240 for high index and $180 for polycarbonate, both of which include anti-reflective coatings. Transitions are an extra $60, which is why I asked if your lenses are high index with Transitions?
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Postby Nita » Sun Jan 06, 2013 9:41 pm

Question!


Can I just go to the walmart vision center and just get an eye exam and nothing else? pay for the eye exam then walk right out without them trying to get me to buy frames..?
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Postby Nita » Sun Jan 06, 2013 9:45 pm

Also,.... At walmart was it $49 even,, or was there tax also? Im asking because my budget is a little tight for this month.
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Postby george » Tue Jan 08, 2013 12:30 am

You can get an eye exam without buying glasses or contacts. They shouldn't give you any problems.

Maybe it depends on what state you live in, but I know where I live there are no taxes on eye exams. I would think most states don't have taxes on services, but you would have local sales taxes on goods like glasses..
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Postby melissaRF » Fri Mar 01, 2013 5:39 pm

I already have a pair of frames. How much does it cost for the eye exam and the prescription to go into the glasses. I am near sighted. have a stigmatism. I can see just not read anything. Or driving I will see what looks like a cat and ends up being a bag. At night my vision is worse. I prescription lenses prices changes depednging on the prescription, please give me that average...with scratch/glare proof. Roughly what cost am I looking at?-thank you Melissa
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Postby george » Tue Mar 12, 2013 10:41 pm

Melissa,

You will want to check with your local Wal-Mart as I wouldn't be surprised if they each have their own prices / policy on lens replacements. I called my local Wal-Mart and they said they charge a $10 "lens processing fee" if you don't buy your frames at their store. The eye exam is $49 near me and probably would be the same or very close near you. You can get basic plastic lenses for $30, but then add $45 for anti-reflective coating and UV coating. You can also get thinner, lighter polycarbonate lenses with anti-reflective coating, scratch resistant coating, and UV protection for $118.

So - you'd be looking at between $130 and $173 for basic lenses with anti-reflective coatings, including an eye exam and the $10 fee for using your own frames. If you need a very strong prescription, they will probably encourage you to get a high index lens, which is thinner. That will cost you more.

I plan on posting updated prices for most of what Wal-Mart offers in their optical department very soon.
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Postby george » Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:58 pm

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Postby Mookie » Wed Aug 07, 2013 11:11 pm

Two years ago for tri focal lens it cost me $298 for lens and $25 for frames.
Dr was some where else .
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Postby plyder12 » Sat Aug 17, 2013 7:01 pm

Harold wrote:My wife and I went to Walmart yesterday. They charged us each $144.00 for and eye exam. Rip off! Plus they charged us $15.00 apeice for a printout of our prescriptions. Another rib off! Other places we went to in the past was $49.00 for exam and free print out of prescrption. I guess thats why they say Walmart is cheap. I will say there glasses were a little cheaper.

I work for Wal-Mart and have for 5 years in a little town called Cheboygan in Michigan. Just so you know the Vision Center like the Pharmacy and the Hair Salon are not really Wal-Marts, however, when you have a problem with any part of our store, management is still the same.

I'm not sure where this store is, state and town but the prices you have listed above are outrageous. Unless there are some special circumstances that have lead to these costs, there is a problem.
The eye doctor unfortunately is not a Walmart associate and can charge what he wants. However, Walmart go to great lengths to insure you get the best for the least. Save Money, Live Better

Please go to management. Ask for the Store Manager. Walmart store managers really do care about their customers and will do whatever it takes, within reason, to make things right. It is very important that you bring your receipts and printouts. Tell him/her about your experience and your dissatisfaction. Be clear and concise.( No anger or bad language will help your case. )
They will do something to help.
Should you not get a satisfactory result contact the district manager and then the president of the company. Believe me when I tell you that they care and will do something if at all possible.
thank you, patrick lyd Walmart, store # 2100
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Postby drmark0359 » Wed Aug 21, 2013 11:42 am

In many (most) states, Optometrists cannot be employed directly by an unlicensed corporation. Thus, in those States, Walmart cannot employ the Optometrist working at the Vision Center. They can only lease space to them. In some states, you even have to have a separate outside entrance to get to the Doctor's exam area.

Since this is the case, prices and quality will vary. An eye exam for $125 to $175 (not taking into account any insurance discounts) is not unusual for private practice Optometrists. Therefore, in states in which Walmart cannot employ the doctor, these prices are not out of line. In my state, for example, it is illegal for Walmart to have any control over the doctor's hours, number of patients he sees per hour, or what kind of care he gives. Thus, complaining to the Walmart manager will have little to no effect on the cost of exams.

I do know of cases where Walmart attempts to skirt State laws by threatening doctors: "If you don't charge less, we'll cancel your contract." "If you don't see so many patients per hour, we'll cancel your contract." "If you don't tell patients they should get anti-reflective lenses, we'll cancel your contract." etc. This sort of thing happens, but it is technically illegal (in those states).

In States where corporate practice is allowed, Walmart (and Costco, and Lenscrafters, etc) can set the doctor's hours, and tell him what quality of exam he will deliver. If they don't want patients dilated, the doctor won't dilate (except when he thinks its absolutely necessary).

It's a trade-off, in some ways. To a degree, you get what you pay for. Do you want quality eye care, or do you want cheap eye care? Do you care if you get glaucoma and it is undiagnosed, or do you want the doctor to catch it?



*Note: I am an eye doctor and my bias is against corporate practices.
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Postby rampartone » Wed Aug 21, 2013 1:24 pm

I just paid $125 for a routine eye glass exam at Walmart Waynesville NC :shock:
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Postby barbieq » Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:48 pm

I went to Wal-mart to get my prescription filled. Did not use their doctor even though I had in the past because never could get anybody to answer the phone or call me back to set up appt. Picked out the frames I wanted and gave the associate my insurance card. I was told then that my coverage had changed from before and I was going to be paying a lot more out of my pocket this time than before . 2 yrs ago my glasses with insurance costed me $36 this year they charged me $259.00 and this is what I was going to have to pay out of pocket because my plan had been changed from EQ to AF what ever that means. I decided to call my insurance and ask questions. They told me they had not changed anything on my plan and that all I should have paid was the Co pay plus this time I added the transition and that was $50.00 according to Walmart. So all I should have had to pay was $60.00. So I go back to Walmart with a printed copy of what was covered and they told me in order to get what the insurance covered I was gone have to downgrade to a smaller field of vision. So they credited me back $159.00 and now I am to pay $110.00 out of pocket with a smaller vision field plus now I am going have to wait another week to get my glasses because they are going to have to send the others back and I haven't even gotten the first ones them yet. The total price of the first PR was$363. 22 now it is $317.22 a difference of $46.00 but even so I do not have the option of keeping the ones that will be coming in tomorrow and just paying the extra 46.00 + the $110.00 I was gone have to send those back and get downgrade ones. This all sounds like fuzzy math to me and I can tell you right now I have not had a happy customer experience at the Walmart vision center. I don't think I am gone be happy with my new glasses whenever I do get them because I believe somebody {Walmart] is lying and are just trying to pull a fast one and I think they do a lot of folks that way. I think I will be asking for my $110.00 refund back and just take my business elsewhere in the future.
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Postby Ugh » Mon Sep 30, 2013 1:55 am

Okay, people.

Walmart Optical, Visionworks, America's Best, etc. are all the 'cheaper' optical chains around, however if you are choosing upgrades you HAVE to know you will be paying for it. Basic CR39 lenses are generally covered through insurance and frames up to a certain amount. This means, you are usually to pay a minimal copay for this and then ANYTHING and EVERYTHING you choose over and above that will cost you out of pocket. Anti-Reflective, Polycarbonate, Trivex, Digital, many progressives, transitions...EVERYTHING! And these add up quick. $80 for AR, $75 for transitions, $55 for Trivex, the list goes on and on. And those frames you love? Oh, they're $100 over what you're insurance covers. This adds up to over $200 in out of pocket expenses! Please be aware of what your insurance covers so you are not getting scammed by these salespeople, but at the same time do not go out to eat with your family for one night and spend over $150, but throw a fit when you are paying $150 to buy a pair of glasses so you can actually see the world around you. Rant over.
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Postby helen623 » Mon Sep 30, 2013 6:27 pm

I was going to order there as well, earlier this year, but refused to pay that kind of price when you can get them online from California for peanuts. I use ZenniOptical dot com, measure my prior frames to know what size I want, take a picture of my prescription and email it to them. I get tons of choices, different colors, different sizes, they fill the prescription, then send them over to me. The only downside I would say is that the case that comes free is really a cheap plastic jobby, but hey, I just paid $39 for my full pair of glasses, including frame, lenses, coatings, etc. Transition and progressives, etc are extra, as expected, but still a lot cheaper than Walmart. Check it out and see if that would work for you, instead of paying a fortune for them at Walmart.

Good luck! :P
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Postby Belle » Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:52 pm

I went for the exam and to get eyeglasses at Walmart. The exam only took five minutes and they charged me $85. I paid for lined bifocals and hated them. I also paid cash. I brought the glasses back b/c I didn't like them and they said that I would not get my refund for 30 days AFTER I left the glasses!

What a rip off! I won't go to any Walmart vision center again.
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Postby Daniusa86 » Thu Oct 31, 2013 7:19 am

Just a note for those reading these post's. The Doctors in the Wal-Mart store's are all independent, they do not work for wal-mart and so they all have different prices for exams. THe glasses are basicaly all the same.

I know in my town, Pulaski, TN, Dr. Smith is a wonderfull doctor and here are his prices

eye exam $49.00
dialation $10.00
First time contact patient or wearer $89.00
Every contact visit after $75
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Postby Tazotj » Tue Nov 19, 2013 12:28 pm

Get the exam for 50-75 dollars and then get the prescription and buy online. My single vision with polycarb lenses and frames were 19 bux TOTAL with free shipping using a promo code i picked up online for glassesusa.com. Coastal.com is another one with frequent promos. I am dropping my vision insurance because it is actually more expensive than doing this!
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Postby WIDoreen » Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:45 am

I just got my new glasses 3 weeks ago. I had the prescription. My glasses are lined bi-focal, polycarbonate lenses, and I picked out a flexi-frame which was $98. I paid a total of $216, which is a lot less then Ihave paid in many years. They were ready in 5 days. I used no coupons or discounts. The salesassociate was friendly, helpful, and informative. I love the glasses and will definitely buy from them again. :D
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Postby srbush » Thu Jan 09, 2014 6:01 am

I purchased my first set of glasses from Walmart many years ago before finding out they weren't covered by my insurance. Since then I have purchased glasses from Wing and Pearle Vision, both were covered by my insurance , but very unsatisfactory.

Returned to Walmart 5 years ago and am actually going again tomorrow. Even though Walmart isn't covered by my insurance, they have provided me with the most accurate prescription eyeglasses than the one's covered by my insurance!

Very Satisfied with their Optometrists/Eyewear, etc.. I am by-passing "Insurance" and paying out of pocket in order to get the best presciption.
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Postby sasmoak » Thu Jan 09, 2014 7:52 pm

I just purchased eye glasses from walmart. Today they were ready and I picked them up. I cannot find my return policy. Nothing is broken or scratched , I am not satisified with how lens fit my face. Can I return these? I cannot find Walmarts return policy for eye glasses.
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Postby george » Thu Jan 09, 2014 11:36 pm

I will check with the current return policy at my local Walmart, but I wouldn't be surprised if each one has some individuality to determine their return policy. It also may depend on what the issue is. What exactly is it about the lenses that you don't like? Is it that they don't seem to be in focus or you decided that you don't like the style of the frames and how they sit on your face?

I would suggest you talk to the Walmart where you purchased them and see what they are willing to do. If your vision is not clear, have them check the glasses to make sure they were made correctly to the your prescription.

Please update us here with how they handle it.
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Postby honeygirl » Thu Mar 20, 2014 5:09 pm

Went today ....I have no insurance. I received a complete exam from a great doctor, and purchased nice frames for 25 dollars. No line plastic bifocal lenses were 40 dollars each. Exam was 50 dollars plus 10 dollars for the pupil dilation exam. My total was 167. Very satisfied. Highly recommend.
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Postby taz » Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:39 pm

I just went to Walmart and they said an eye exam would cost $80.00, but I read on one of the posts it was $50.00. Which one is it?
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Postby george » Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:30 pm

taz,

There must be some regional differences between the various Walmart stores. I know that in another thread here where I had updated prices, someone from Alberta, Canada reported the eye exam was $80, but that could also be the difference in currency. I know by me the cost was $50, plus an additional $15 for pupil dilation.

I'm curious, where are you located? If they told you $80, then obviously they charge $80 in your area. Assuming you are in the US, I'm guessing for whatever reason, eye doctors charge more for exams in your area. I wish I had a better explanation for you.
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Postby tblades0324 » Thu Apr 10, 2014 6:32 am

I went to Wal-Mart 2or 3 days ago and was told that the eye exam is 70 I live in las vegas nv
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