Eye Exam Costs and
When To Have an Eye Exam
Common questions about eye exams include: How much does an eye exam cost? How frequently should I have my eyes examined? What should I bring with me to my exam?
These guidelines can help you prepare for your next (or first) eye exam.
Eye Exam Costs
Eye exams are available through several different venues, including an independent eye doctor's office, the eye department of a multidisciplinary medical clinic, a group eye care practice (optometrists, ophthalmologists or both), and at an optical retailer or optical shop that also offers eye exams by an affiliated optometrist.
Also, large retailers like Walmart, Costco and Target have optical departments where you can undergo an eye exam.
The cost of an eye exam can vary significantly, based on where you get your exam and other factors, including:
- Whether the exam is performed by an optometrist or an ophthalmologist
- The tests that are included in the exam
- Whether the exam includes a contact lens fitting or other contact lens-related services
Generally, eye exam costs can range from less than $50 (usually at a retail store or optical chain) to $100 or more (usually at a medical clinic or private eye doctor's office). Also, eye exams for contact lenses nearly always cost more than routine eye exams to update your eyeglasses prescription.
When comparing how much an eye exam costs, be sure you are comparing "apples to apples." A comprehensive eye exam should include at least the following:
May 2013 When we asked our site visitors when they had last undergone an eye exam, here's what we learned:
Of all the respondents, 65.6 percent said their last eye exam was during the past two years. That sounds pretty good, doesn't it?
But the true picture may not be so rosy. After all, people visiting this website are probably more interested in their eye health than the rest of the population and may be more likely to have had a recent exam.
Unfortunately, 12.2 percent of those polled said their last eye exam was more than five years ago, with 8 percent saying they had never had one.
Often people say that vision is the most important of the senses. If that's true, why do so many of us not take good care of it?
Note: Poll results shown here are from 12,068 respondents from late October 2010 through May 2013. L.S.