Short Answer: Eye exams are available at BJ’s Wholesale Club locations with BJ’s Optical departments. BJ’s Optical charges about $60 to $70 for routine eye exams for glasses and $110 to $130 for contact lens eye exams. You must have a BJ’s Wholesale Club membership to use BJ’s Optical services. For more details of the BJ’s eye exam costs, see below.
BJ’s Eye Exam Cost Explained
BJ’s Wholesale Club offers eye exams for glasses at all locations with BJ’s Optical eye care centers. Exams for contact lenses are also available at most BJ’s Optical centers, a corporate customer service representative said. Prices at BJ’s Optical vary by location, but in general, you can expect to pay between $60 and $130 for an eye exam at BJ’s. You must have a membership to BJ’s Wholesale Club to get an exam or purchase glasses and contacts at BJ’s Optical.
BJ’s Wholesale Club previously partnered with U.S. Vision to offer eye exams, but now owns and operates its own optical departments in cooperation with independent optometrists. To gather more information about the available services and costs you can expect when visiting BJ’s Optical for an eye exam, we contacted BJ’s Optical locations in Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, and Ohio.
Eye Exam Costs
Routine eye exams for glasses usually cost around $60, though prices vary by store. Pupil dilation is not regularly included in the routine eyeglass exam; you can request it for about $10 extra.
Contact Lens Exams
Contact lens exams range from around $110 to $130, with prices varying by location and by the type of contact lens you will need. Spherical soft lens exams usually cost around $110; toric and astigmatic contact lens exams cost about $120, and multifocal lens exams cost about $130.
All contact lens exams include pupil dilation, and in addition to your new contact lenses you will receive an updated prescription for glasses.
Additional Products and Services
All BJ’s Optical locations offer single-vision and progressive lenses from the BJ’s-owned brand Berkley Jensen lenses, plus a wide assortment of eyeglass frames. Eyeglass frames are available for men, women, and children, and BJ’s also offers prescription sunglasses.
As noted above, contact lenses are not available at all BJ’s Wholesale Clubs. Corporate representatives for BJ’s were unable to provide information about what portion of its stores offer contact lenses. However, most BJ’s Optical locations seem to offer them, as all of the locations we called said that contact lenses are available.
When you purchase glasses or contact lenses at BJ’s Optical, your lenses and frames will be professionally fitted to your eyes and face before you complete your purchase. Keep in mind that your exam cost does not include contact lenses or eyeglasses; you will select and purchase these items after receiving your prescription.
BJ’s Optical accepts insurance, HMOs, and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). BJ’s Optical locations are operated by independent optometrists, so acceptable insurances vary by location, but typically include Medicare and Medicaid plans along with various national and regional insurance providers.
Contact your local BJ’s Optical or use your insurance company’s care finder to be sure that BJ’s Optical is in-network before visiting. Also, be aware that you may be required to pay a co-pay and/or additional fees in-store.
In addition to medical benefits, BJ’s Optical accepts the following forms of payment:
- Credit cards (American Express, Discover, Mastercard, and Visa)
- Debit cards
Hours and Availability
You will need a BJ’s Wholesale Club membership to get an eye exam at BJ’s Optical. While BJ’s allows members to shop with guests, only card-carrying members have purchasing privileges.
None of the locations we called said that they take walk-ins, so it is best to call ahead and to schedule your appointment. Hours at BJ’s Optical vary by store, but eye care services are generally available during the following hours:
- Monday: 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Tuesday through Friday: 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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