(Closed) Need an eye exam but have no insurance

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Often an eye exam is provided for free if you purchase your frames/lenses from the same place.  That said, it’s a vision exam, not a full eye exam, which are really important. 

At my last appt, they located a small tumour inside my eyeball, that wouldn’t have been caught with a regular vision test.  Thankfully further tests showed that it’s not cancerous, but just saying that’s the type of extra stuff a full exam looks for, other than just what your new prescription should be.

Post # 4
133 posts
Blushing bee

Is there a Costco near you? I went there to get contacts when I had no insurance and it was decently priced. Good luck!

Post # 5
143 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Lee_Ann: I know it sounds really unappealing, but WalMart does have cheap eye exams, and their optometrists are actually pretty good – they my dad’s glaucoma & sent him to an opthamologist (hopefully you won’t need that!). They will want you to purchase through them, but you can tell them you just want your prescription & you are going to order online – it shouldn’t be a problem.

Good luck!

Post # 6
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Eye exams are not that expensive.

I don’t have eye insurance either, but I go to Lens Crafters. They are really nice and are always having some kind of sale on their glasses.

Post # 7
217 posts
Helper bee

I second Costco. I *THINK* my last exam was $9o-ish for contacts. I know often times it’s cheaper to have an eye glass exam than contact exam. I was freaking out because I didn’t have insurance at the time and it wasn’t a financial burden like I thought it would be. 

Post # 9
1398 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

You should call around and find the cheapest place to get your exam, then if you need new glasses you should order them online. I have bought my last three pairs of glasses through this website http://www.zennioptical.com/

Zenni Optical is super cheap, and I initially went through them to get a pair of prescription sun glasses. I have ordered a couple of pairs of sunglasses, and then I ordered a pair of frameless glasses to wear at my upcoming wedding. I didn’t pay a cent over $25.00 for any of the glasses I ordered. My brother needed a pair of prescription goggles for his job, and bought them through this website as well and loves them. One thing you do need to know is the pupillary distance. Just make sure that this info is on your prescription when you get your eyes examined.

Post # 10
2103 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Walmart, Target, Sears, etc. Check for specials for eye exams in your area at some of the bigger chains like Lens Crafters, ForEyes, and Pearl Vision. Sometimes, they have coupons in the paper or online. You should be able to get an eye exam for under $150. Walmart usually has them for about $99.

Also, sign up for LivingSocial and Groupon deals. I saw one in my area recently for an eye exam.

Post # 11
1729 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I also no longer have vision coverage and will be paying out of pocket for my exam in a couple weeks. It’s not as much as you would think it would be. When I lived on the mainland, I remember seeing that Walmart charged I believe $99 for one. I am paying $150, but it’s probably slightly higher because I am seeing a behavioral optometrist specializing in vision therapy and undercorrection (something you may want to look into actually since your vision keeps worsening). And you can definitely tell them that you’ll be purchasing your lenses elsewhere if that’s what you want to do. If you get contacts they are almost always cheaper online.

ETA: hah oops I started writing this then left to go make dinner and like eighteen people beat me to it.

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