Targeted eye exams can offer a convenient and affordable way to keep up with your vision prescription and eye health.
If you’re used to having your eyes tested at a private doctor’s office, objective optics may look a little different. Here’s what you need to know before you schedule an eye exam.
how much does an objective eye exam cost?
The cost of an eye exam will vary from store to store, as most target ophthalmologists operate independently and set their own fees.
You can find out how much your target optometrist charges by checking with them ahead of time, either by phone or website, or by asking in person.
at target, you can generally expect an eye exam for glasses to cost between $60 and $100, without insurance. if available, most vision insurance plans will reduce this cost (but call ahead to verify your coverage).
According to our 2020 survey of exam costs in the United States, the average targeted ophthalmologist charges $81 for a comprehensive eye exam for eyeglasses.
Services such as eye dilations and contact lens fittings can increase the final cost of the visit for patients who need them.
Some places include the dilation in the exam fee, while others charge extra (usually $20-$30). however, a contact lens fitting will always incur an additional cost.
what does an eye exam at a targeted eye center include?
For the most part, a comprehensive eye exam at target optical (or the attached optometrist’s office) will be the same as at any other eye center or optical office.
An ophthalmologist uses an eye exam not only to update your vision prescription, but also to check the health of your eyes. Routine checkups are critical to maintaining your long-term vision care and overall well-being, even when you don’t think anything is wrong.
During this exam, an ophthalmologist will perform several painless tests, which can vary based on factors such as age and family medical history.
The optometrist will test any or all of the following:
visual acuity (sharpness)
refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism or presbyopia)
fluid pressure inside each eye
how well the eyes move together
peripheral (side) vision
color vision deficiency (color blindness)
see related: what tests are part of an eye exam?
Is an objective optometrist the same as any other optometrist?
yes, an optometrist at target is just as qualified to examine your eyes and provide an eye prescription as an optometrist at any other store, eye center or doctor’s office.
All optometrists, including those associated with Target Optical, are licensed Doctors of Optometry. Like other practicing physicians, they are highly educated and must meet strict requirements to practice in their state.
eye doctors at target and other stores are best suited for routine checkups. You may want to consider scheduling your eye exam at a group vision office (with more than one ophthalmologist) in these scenarios:
You are actively experiencing eye-related symptoms, such as pain, redness, or discharge.
has an existing eye condition(s) that requires monitoring and/or management. this does not include common refractive errors unless they are severe.
have a personal or family health history that puts you at risk of developing eye problems.
Physicians in a group practice or medical setting often have better resources and equipment to evaluate, diagnose (and treat, if necessary) more serious eye conditions.
schedule an appointment with an objective ophthalmologist
Some targeted optometrists offer walk-in eye exams, but this policy may vary by location.
To schedule an appointment, you will need to call the specific destination optical location or the independent optometrist on site.
Most target eye centers also offer online appointment booking. To find out if your location offers online scheduling, visit the eye exams page on the destination optical website and enter your zip code. if appointments are offered online, you’ll see a calendar showing the dates the doctor is available.
alternatives to target vision center
Like the stores themselves, Walmart Eye Centers provide a close alternative to the eye exam experience at Target Optics.
Wholesale clubs like Costco and Sam’s Club also offer a similar vision center setup. But these places are a little different: You can get an eye exam without a membership, but you won’t be able to buy glasses, contacts, or eye care supplies without one.
Please read below: Can I get an eye exam and glasses on the same day?
page published on Wednesday, March 17, 2021
page updated on Wednesday, July 27, 2022