Average cost of an eye exam.

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  1. Felicity

    Felicity Well-Known Member

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    I have insurance, but did not elect vision coverage.

    My doctor is going to be starting me on a medicine
    that requires an eye test beforehand.

    I called today and the price without insurance is
    $89.00. That sure seems high to me!

    What do you pay for your eye exams? Just needing
    to know if this is the average cost these days or the
    quote is way above average.

    Thanks!
     
  2. mamita

    mamita Well-Known Member Supporter

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    that's about what I paid for a routine eye exam. I was shocked, too, as a couple years prior I had paid somewhere around $40.
     

  3. New Mexican

    New Mexican Well-Known Member

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    We just paid $35 in El Paso, TX. It was at a Costco eye place...the office is adjacent to the store. GREAT service!
     
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    It depends on the exam. Walmart offers an eye exam for $39.00, but that just tests your vision to see if you need glasses. If you want a good exam where they dialate and look inside your eyes, then $80-120 is the norm. I pay $95.00 and get a very thorough exam for that price.
     
  6. Irish Pixie

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    My DH has an app't tomorrow and it's $44, we have insurance but it's between times that they will pay.
     
  7. suzyhomemaker09

    suzyhomemaker09 Well-Known Member

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    There's a chain of places that has a location near me....

    http://www.twopair.com/

    For $69.95 you get an exam and 2 pair of glasses...this does not include specialty lenses ( tint...progressives..bifocals etc. )
     
  8. CarolT

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    My daughter went to America's Best (twopair.com). After the exam, they told her it would be $280 at the cheapest!!! She's a student and had $200 to make it to the end of March. She had to pay about $85 for just the exam and didn't get any glasses :(

    We had used them before a couple of years ago and knew they never actually came through on the $69.95, but that was a major rip-off! And they really got mad about giving her the prescription and would not write down her pupillary distance.
     
  9. jamala

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    $280 here for a new patient at the clinic we use for my son for an opthomologist. The local place for just an optomotrist is around $125.
     
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    When I got my eyes checked at Costco with dilation and a glaucoma check it was $60...they would not bill insurance you had to get that done yourself.
     
  11. salmonslayer

    salmonslayer Well-Known Member Supporter

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    That is very reasonable. Last time I had mine checked and got glasss it was almost $800....
     
  12. Joshie

    Joshie Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Sounds cheap to me. Why don't you call Walmart or Sams? I know that I pay a whole lot more than but. You really should have your eyes checked regularly.
     
  13. Felicity

    Felicity Well-Known Member

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    Well, I guess it does seem then more like an
    average price for an opthomologist. I was
    really surprised though when she said $89.00,
    as I was figuring it would be $45 to $50.

    I am not getting glasses. I am going to be
    starting the medication Plaquenil and need
    to have a starting base to compare to while
    I am on the medication. I think you get your
    eyes checked every 6 months.

    This doctor also diagnoses and treats eye
    diseases.

    Thanks for your replies! I feel a bit better
    about it now knowing that some of you pay
    around the same amount.
     
  14. HoofPick

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    Do you have any America's Best in your area? Last summer I got glasses/contacts for the first time and they were pretty cheap. You get your eye exam, and up to 2 pairs of glasses for just under $70. If you join their eye care club you get a free exam per year with a 3 or 5 year plan. This is what I paid and I don't have insurance.
     
  15. suzyhomemaker09

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    It would seem that your daughters prescription was for something more than a single vision lens....On the paper copy of mine they did not write a pupilary distance either but that was quickly remedied by a phone call...
    Sorry your family had a bad experience with them...DH went and was told he needed bifocals...his were expensive as well. I just ordered 2 pair of single vision glasses for him from Zenni Optical and am very pleased with them.
     
  16. Chixarecute

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    That sounds reasonable for an opthamologist (specializes in eye health.) An optometrist exam is going to be cheaper.
     
  17. luv2farm

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    I had the very same test ran last week for the very same reason! My regular exam was 90$, and the ADDITIONAL test for the Plaquenil was $60.

     
  18. Rainy

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    Yes that sounds about right.. our's are $90 each. very hard to give that up sometimes, and that doesn't include frame and new lens if needed
     
  19. Gregg Alexander

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    My wife works for a Eye Dr and she said they charge $69 for a basic test, special test adds more to the price up to $100 with out copay. If you have insurance then test re less.
     
  20. mnn2501

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    We have insurance so its only $10, however the Ophthalmologist charges $159 for a full exam. Being DW and I are both diabetic we need the full exam, not just the cheapo one you can get anywhere.