5 things to know before you buy glasses from Costco Optical

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Costco Optical offers a full range of eyeglasses and related eye exam services right inside the warehouse club chain.

When it’s time for a new prescription glasses or even sunglasses, is there any reason you shouldn’t pick up a pair at the place that offers you savings on just about everything else in your life?

Costco Optical: A great choice for eyeglasses, eye exams, contacts and more

Costco Optical has been named the No. 1 place to buy glasses in America, according to a Consumer Reports survey of 91,000 respondents.

The warehouse club chain’s optical department received winning marks on price, follow-up service after the sale, quality of frames and lenses and more.

It’s that combination of right price and great service that creates an experience that keeps customers coming back. If you’ve never tried the optical department at the Costco Wholesale, here’s what you need to know…

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1. How much is an eye exam at Costco?

The cost of an eye exam will generally run you somewhere in the neighborhood of $75 or $80, depending on where you live. Most major insurance is accepted.

Costco Optical employs independent doctors of optometry who are located within the store or next to it in most states.

Because the doctors are independent contractors, several posters on this Reddit thread suggest finding out the doctor’s name at your local warehouse club and reading reviews of them online before making an appointment.

2. What is the cost of eyeglasses at Costco?

According to Consumer Reports, the median price for a complete pair of eyeglasses (frames and lenses) at Costco Optical is $184.

When we checked the price over the phone, we were quoted $201 for an exam and an entry-level pair of single-vision glasses at a metro Atlanta location.

Either way, that’s a savings when you compare it to what Consumer Reports says is the median price of eyeglasses from a national chain like LensCrafters — a whopping $369!

Here’s another thing to note: The nice thing about Costco’s business model is that nothing in the store is sold at more than 15% above cost, so that really helps hold down the price of expensive designer frames.

3. You’ll get $30 off a second pair of eyeglasses at Costco

When you buy one complete pair of prescription eyeglasses, Costco will give you $30 off each additional pair with a current prescription.

The transaction must take place on the same day and be a second pair for the same person. The offer is valid at your local Costco warehouse only, not online.

4. Costco carries a wide variety of designer sunglasses

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In addition to top names like Kate Spade, Vera Wang and Ray-Ban, Costco Optical also offers the following designer sunglasses at a reasonable price:

  • Badgley Mischka
  • Balmain
  • Bolle
  • Champion
  • Furla
  • Hobie
  • Karen Kane
  • Maui Jim
  • Oakley
  • SPY
  • Serengeti
  • Trussardi
  • XOXO
  • Zeal

5. Costco has great prices on top-selling contact lens brands

In addition to eyeglasses, Costco Optical also sells a variety of contact lenses.

The following top-selling brand names are offered in addition to Costco Wholesale’s own Kirkland Signature brand of contact lenses:

Brand/size Price per box
1-DAY ACUVUE MOIST MULTIFOCAL 30-pack $35.99
AIR OPTIX for Astigmatism 6-pack $43.96
Biofinity Toric 6-pack $49.98
Frequency 55 Aspheric 6-pack $22.87
SofLens daily disposable for Astigmatism 30-pack $22.97

Prices from Costco.com and accurate as of December 2018

Meanwhile, you can see how Costco’s prices compare to a variety of other sellers like 1-800 Contacts, Lens.com and LensDirect.com in our comparison here.

Have you had an experience with Costco Optical? Let Team Clark know how it went in the comments section below! 

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Theo Thimou About the author:
Theo has co-written several books with Clark Howard, including the New York Times #1 bestseller Living Large in Lean Times. As a single widowed parent of two young children, he strives to bring unique savings tips to men and women like him who must face life without their spouses. He can be reached at [email protected]
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