Post # 1
Basically as the title says, I’m in desperate need of an eye exam. I haven’t had one in about 5 years, maybe even longer. And as I’ve had glasses since i was 5 years old and my eyes get progressively worse every couple years, I know I def need stronger lenses. Howwever, I have no insurance. Does anyone know of any cheap yet decent places to go for an eye exam? My sister said Walmart but I dunno how I feel about that, I suppose if I have to as a last resort. It would be better than nothing. Also, if I get an exam, will they expect me to purchase glasses through them? (walmart, or anyone), Because my Brother-In-Law bought his really cheap online and said they are pretty decent. So I’m really hoping I can go somewhere just for the exam and then buy glasses elsewhere.
Any thoughts/opinions/advice/words of wisom are welcome!
thanks in advance!
Post # 3
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
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
@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.
Post # 6
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
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 # 8
@SapphireSun: ohhh thank you for clarifying that there is a difference! I didn’t know that. Goes to show that I didn’t really pay attention at all the eye appts i had when i was a kid! I’m glad to hear all turned out well for you!
@ImHungry247: yes there is! And i’ve been meaning to become a member. Do you have to be a member to make an appointment? I keep hearing such great things about costco and I really want to check it out.
@bmarie12: My Brother-In-Law went there and he liked it, but I just googled and i read so many negative things. Makes we wary, but I’m sure not all Walmarts are terrible.
@noritake22: Thanks for the tip! I’ll google and see if there’s one near me, i’m sure there is.
I really want to get engagment pics done this summer, and the glasses I have now are terrible! I wouldn’t want to have professional pics while they are on my face! They are so crooked, it makes my face look lop-sided lol. As soon as I get my tax refund my plans are to get glasses, and start looking for a wedding dress!
Post # 9
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
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
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.
Post # 12
@SandyThePoet: Thanks the site my sister was talking about! The only thing that makes me nervous is getting glasses that i don’t know how they look on my face! I know you can upload a pic so you have an idea, but its still not the same. But I could always order ones very similar to what i have now and something different and then i’ll have my bases covered. I kinda want a new look. I have had the exact same style glasses for the past 10 years. But I’m still hesitant. lol
@RayRayFurious: ahh, good call on the groupon/living social. Now that you say that i remember seeing something like $25 for $100 worth of services a few weeks ago. too bad I wasn’t thinking abot it then 🙁 Hopefully that deal will come around again in a few weeks. The deals seem to repeat a lot.
@littlemissmango: it’s ok if 18 people beat you to it, I appreciate all perspectives and opinions! everyone has had something a little different to add : )