Wal-Mart Vision Centers typically charge around $60 for eye exams, as of 2015. This cost generally doesn't cover examinations for contact lenses or progressive or bifocal lenses, however. Optometrists who work in Wal-Mart Vision Centers often charge less than their independent counterparts, mostly due to lowered office rental costs.
Though some beginning optometrists set up shop with Wal-Mart Vision Centers right out of school as Wal-Mart employees, many have years of experience, own their own equipment and operate independently of the big-box chain. A central location with lots of foot traffic, access to wholesale accessories and supplies, and limited reliance on insurance plans for solvency all help Wal-Mart Vision Centers achieve lower price points than many of their competitors, both chain and independent.