4 Things To Know Before You Buy Glasses From Costco Optical (2024)

If you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, you may often wonder how to save money on your costs. There’s one area in the Costco warehouse that may make it worth it for you. Costco Optical offers a full range of eyeglasses and related eye exam services right inside the warehouse clubs.

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

This article was updated in April 2024 and I review it every three months. Detailed notes on all updates can be found here.

Costco Optical: A Great Choice for Eyeglasses, Eye Exams, Contacts and More

Costco Optical was named the best place to buy eyeglasses, according to a 2022 Consumer Reports survey of more than 11,000 CR members.

4 Things To Know Before You Buy Glasses From Costco Optical (1)“What you’re getting at Costco is a good price, and hopefully, really good customer service,” says money expert Clark Howard.

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

Here are details on what to expect if you shop at Costco Optical.

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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 $79 to $100, depending on where you live. Most major insurance plans are accepted.

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

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 about them online before making an appointment for your Costco eye exam.

2. What Is the Cost of Eyeglasses at Costco?

When we checked prices over the phone at Costco Optical locations across the country in April 2024, we found that single-vision lenses start at $63 on average and frames start at around $58 on average. Based on these numbers, you can get a basic pair of prescription eyeglasses from Costco starting at around $121.


Atlanta, GeorgiaLexington, KentuckyDenver, ColoradoSeattle, WashingtonChicago, IllinoisQueens, New York
Single Vision Lenses$65$60$60$60$65$66
Frames Starting Price$50$55$60$60$60$60
Eye Exam$100$79$85$100$65$105

Of course, prices will vary based on where you live, the style of frames you choose and how complicated your prescription is. To get a better idea of how much your glasses will cost at Costco, call or visit your nearest Costco Optical and have your prescription details available.

3. Costco Carries a Wide Variety of Designer Sunglasses

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In addition to a wide range of eyeglasses brands, Costco Optical offers a variety of top names in sunglasses including Ray-Ban, Maui Jim, Oakley and more. The Ray-Bans you see above start at $84.99.

Costco Optical also offers the following designer sunglasses:

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.

Here’s a look at a selection of major brand names and prices as of April 2024.

BrandLens TypePrice
Acuvue (Moist)Daily (30-pack)$32.87
AquaComfort Plus (Dailies)Daily (30-pack)$32.85
Acuvue (Vita)Monthly (6-pack)$55.87
Air OptixMonthly (6-pack)$48.87
BiofinityMonthly (6-pack)$32.87
ProclearMonthly (6-pack)$39.87

Costco also offers its own brand of contact lenses. The Kirkland Signature Daily Disposable 90-pack costs $58.99 per box and includes 90 disposable lenses.

Meanwhile, you can see how Costco’s prices compare to a variety of other sellers, including1-800 Contacts, Lens.com and LensDirect.com, in our comparison of the best places to buy contact lenses.

Costco Optical Reviews

I recently went with my dad to purchase new glasses, and he decided to check out the selection at Costco Optical. In the past, he’s typically bought new frames and lenses from Walmart. However, he was surprised by the selection and prices at Costco. After talking to a specialist in the optical department, he decided to order the glasses.

When the glasses came in the following week, he noticed something wasn’t exactly right with the prescription. After investigating, he discovered his optometrist (not at Costco Optical) had made a mistake with the written prescription. After getting it corrected, he went back to Costco Optical and they re-ordered the glasses for him with the right prescription and replaced them free of charge. Between the low prices and excellent services, he hasn’t stopped raving about Costco Optical since.

While this is only his first pair of glasses from Costco, Clark.com readers have a wealth of experience with getting Costco eye exams and purchasing eyewear through Costco Optical.


When we asked readers to share their personal experiences with Costco Optical, the majority of comments we received were positive. However, 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 ever purchased eyeglasses from Costco? Share your experience in our Clark.com Community!

Article Updates
  • April 2, 2024: Updated exam, and lenses pricing from 6 different locations across the US.
  • April 2. 2024: Updated offerings for sunglass lenses. Also updated contact lens pricing.
  • December 29, 2023: Updated the cost of eye exams and the starting prices for single-vision lenses and frames across six different locations throughout the U.S.
  • December 29, 2023: Updated Costco’s currently-available selection of designer sunglasses
  • December 29, 2023: Updated prices on contact lenses
4 Things To Know Before You Buy Glasses From Costco Optical (2024)


What are the benefits of buying glasses from Costco? ›

1. Costco Optical accepts most major vision insurance plans. You'll often hear that it's a good idea to buy your glasses at Costco or get your eyes checked there if you don't have insurance, because you might get to spare more cash for your savings account compared to going elsewhere.

What is Costco's policy on prescription glasses? ›

Costco has a 100% member satisfaction guarantee. If the prescription eyeglasses are unsatisfactory for any reason, you may return them to the Optical Department in your local Costco Warehouse for a repair, replacement, or refund.

How does optical work at Costco? ›

If you need to schedule an exam, please call the Independent Doctor of Optometry directly or call your local Costco Warehouse, select the Optical Department when prompted, and your call will be transferred to the Independent Doctor of Optometry's office. Costco Warehouses accept most vision insurance plans.

How much does an average pair of glasses cost at Costco? ›

Average cost of glasses without insurance at Costco was a median $184. Average cost of $400 for frames and lenses at eye doctors and independent eyeglass shops.

How much do Costco Progressive lenses cost? ›

Costco charges $130 for high-definition progressive lenses, which, as with all Costco lenses, include an anti-reflective coating. That's about half what you'd pay at many walk-in stores. But if you need basic, plastic single-vision lenses, you can pay as little as $29 at Walmart, about half as much as at Costco.

Does Costco membership include an eye exam? ›

However, please keep in mind that while you do not need a Costco membership to see an independent doctor of optometry located in or near most Costco warehouses, only members can purchase optical items including glasses and contacts from Costco (just another reason to join!).

Will Costco adjust glasses for free? ›

You should also know that if your glasses arrive and don't fit as well as you'd like them to, Costco will adjust your frames for free. And here's something cool -- it will do the same for non-Costco frames if you're a member.

Does insurance cover glasses at Costco? ›

Costco Optical generally accepts a wide range of vision insurance plans, making it convenient for members to access affordable eyecare services. Common vision insurance providers like VSP (Vision Service Plan), EyeMed, and Davis Vision are often accepted at Costco Optical locations.

Can I look at glasses at Costco without a membership? ›

Yes, you need to be a member to purchase glasses or contacts at Costco Optical centers. However, you do not need to be a member to make an appointment with our in-house optometrist. For more information, visit our dedicated optical site here. Or, locate your local optical center at a Costco warehouse location near you.

Does Costco eye exam include dilation? ›

If they are just prescribing glasses they don't. But if they find evidence of another problem they may to dilate your eyes and look inside them to see what is going on in there.

Is Costco Optical better than LensCrafters? ›

While Costco is generally less expensive than LensCrafters, consider that higher pricing often accompanies higher quality. If you're at a stage in your life when your prescription is still changing, you might lean toward a cheaper pair of frames — you'll just have to replace them in a year, anyway.

Who makes Costco's glasses? ›

Savings is the name of the game at Costco, and that goes for its optical department, too, with Kirkland Signature-branded glasses and contacts.

Who has best prices for glasses? ›

Founded in 2008, GlassesUSA.com offers more affordable options for buying prescription eyeglasses and designer eyeglasses online than sites like Warby Parker and Roka, with full prescription glasses starting at $19.

What lenses does Costco use? ›

Kirkland Signature high-index lenses bring quality and value to Costco Optical.

Does Costco have designer eyeglass frames? ›

Costco is known for selling their products at a discount, especially when it comes to their Kirkland Signature products. It also sells designer eyeglass frames, sunglasses brands, contacts, and other eye care products at a lower price than other retailers on glasses and contacts.

Does Costco have good quality lenses? ›

Costco Optical: A Great Choice for Eyeglasses, Eye Exams, Contacts and More. Costco Optical was named the best place to buy eyeglasses, according to a 2022 Consumer Reports survey of more than 11,000 CR members.

Can I use vision benefits at Costco? ›

In addition to dedicated vision insurance plans, Costco Optical may also accept major medical insurance that includes coverage for eyecare services. Some major medical insurance plans provide benefits for routine eye exams, prescription eyeglasses, and contact lenses.

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