4 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?

In this article, we’ll take a look at Costco eye exams, the cost of eyeglasses and the options for sunglasses, contacts and more. Plus, read on for real customer reviews from Clark.com readers who’ve bought eyewear from Costco Optical.

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?

A Costco 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. That way you can read reviews of them online before making an appointment for your Costco eye exam.

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.

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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. Costco Carries a Wide Variety of Designer Sunglasses, Too

Ray-Ban sunglasses at Costco
Ray-Ban sunglasses at Costco.com

In addition to a wide range of traditional eyeglasses, Costco Optical offers a variety of top names in sunglasses like Ray-Ban, Kate Spade, Vera Wang and more. The Ray-Bans you see above start at $69.99.

Costco Optical also offers the following designer sunglasses at similarly reasonable prices:

  • Balmain
  • Furla
  • Hobie
  • Maui Jim
  • Oakley
  • Serengeti
  • Swarovski
  • Vera Bradley
  • XOXO

4. Costco Has Great Prices on Top-Selling Contact Lens Brands

The selection at Costco Optical doesn’t stop at just eyeglasses and sunglasses! You can also buy a variety of contact lenses through the warehouse club.

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

BrandProduct CountPrice
1-day Acuvue Moist Multifocal 30$44.99
Air Optix for Astigmatism6$43.96
Biofinity Toric6$49.98
SofLens daily disposable for Astigmatism30$22.97

All prices from Costco.com and accurate as of December 6, 2019

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.


Costco Optical Reviews

Turns out our readers have a wealth of experience with both getting Costco eye exams and purchasing eyewear through Costco Optical.

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While the majority of comments we received were positive, we strive to give a sense of both the good and the bad aspects our readers reported.

Here’s what our readers had to say:

L H: Love Costco Optical! Our Optometrist has significantly better tools and detailed exams than other opticians I’ve seen. His rates are beyond reasonable and cheaper than “in network providers ” so much so, I dropped optical coverage at work. The frames are fabulous, too.

Lorilu: I’ve been very happy with Costco Optical and their prices/service, even having glasses repaired at a Costco far from home while on vacation. The selection of inexpensive frames is extensive, and I’ve had great luck with the Kirkland frames. I’ve been using Costco Optical for about 20 years, but I have never used the Optometrist, preferring my own ophthalmologist.

SamRay: I got a couple of eyeglasses from Costco. I am not sure how much time passed before one pair broke, but I think it was less than a year. We took them back and we were told they cannot be fixed. I treated them well; they must have been defective (definitely at least a poor design).

Dawn Scire: Worst glasses I’ve ever owned – from Costco! The lenses had tiny scratches / pitting within 2 months; 6 months later I can hardly see through them! I went with them because everyone raved at how cost effective they are… not so much if they must be replaced every few months!


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

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