How Long Does It Take to Get Glasses from Costco? Answered

Costco processes eyeglass orders in about seven days. Members can schedule an eye exam or bring in a current prescription to order glasses. For more information about how long it takes to get glasses from Costco, see below.

How Long Does It Take to Get Glasses from Costco?

Costco eyeglasses orders are ready to pick up in about one week, a corporate customer service associate said. Members have the option to bring in a current prescription or to make an eye exam appointment with the optometrist. If your prescription shows an expiration date, the prescription must still be current — Costco will not be able to use an expired prescription. If there is no expiration date on your prescription, Costco will use two years from the original date of the prescription as the expiration date.

Eye exams take from 30 minutes up to an hour, Costco optometrists’ receptionists in Delaware, Michigan, Minnesota, and Tennessee said. Each location will differ as to how busy its exam schedule is but will work to schedule your appointment as soon as possible.

The optometrist does routinely perform eye dilation as part of the exam, so if you don’t want your eyes dilated, mention it when you schedule your appointment. When you arrive for your exam, it is a good idea to confirm again that your eyes will not be dilated.

Following your exam appointment, you can use as much time as you wish to browse and try on frames until you find the perfect one. Once you choose the frames you love, you’ll have your facial measurements taken and lens order documented. There are various types of lenses, coatings, and features available to add to your order. The ordering process usually takes under thirty minutes.

If you take a current prescription to Costco, plan on spending a least an hour to browse the frames and complete your order. Members needing an exam should expect to be at the optical center up to two hours or more.

Whether you are making your first eyeglass order with Costco or reordering, there is no difference in the time it will take for your order to arrive. Customer service associates at the many locations we called told us that there is no “rush” order option available. It will take about a week to get your glasses after ordering, and there is no way to expedite this process.

Costco is a warehouse retailer that sells groceries, apparel, housewares, and more. A yearly membership is required to shop at Costco or use other store services, including the optical center. To find a Costco with an optical center near you, check the “Optical” box under “Show Filter Options” at the Costco store locator.

See our article for information on whether your Costco eyeglass order will include a warranty. If you don’t have a Costco membership or are interested in comparing Costco optical services with another retailer, see our article detailing the Walmart optical experience.

In Summary

Costco completes orders for eyeglasses in about seven days. A current prescription can be used, or you can schedule an eye exam. Plan to be at the optical center anywhere from about an hour if you are taking in a prescription, up to several hours if you need an exam.

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  • Pam Markle says:

    The women’s sport-ish sunglasses — will they take a prescription strength? How about bifocal? Or are they just “style” glasses. Going hiking in a desert so I will need good sun protection for 8 hours. Thank you.

    • Lindsey Desmet says:
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      Hello, Pam! The sunglasses available at are non-prescription. You can get prescription sunglasses at a Costco Optical location, but note that Costco is currently reducing services due to COVID-19; you’ll want to call your local store to find out whether the optical center is open and, if so, at what hours. Best of luck with your purchase!