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Old 02-03-2013, 07:55 PM   #1
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Question Do you get your eye exam and glasses at the same place?

My eye insurance only allows us one place to go for our exam and we get a $60 per year discount on our lenses. But when I went to the Vision place in Wal-Mart, I found some new frames I really liked and spent quite a bit of time talking to them. They took my current lenses and read the prescription and priced out getting the new frames and lenses and I get a discount of 20% based on where I work. The amount is SIGNIFICANTLY less so they told me to go to the place I have to go for my exam, but ask them for my lense prescription written out and then bring it to them. Will I have any problems doing this? I've never done it before but this would have me hundreds.

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Old 02-03-2013, 07:58 PM   #2
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To my knowledge - you have a legal right to your prescription. I don't think it will be a problem at all. Take a friend if you tend to get shy. My daugter orders her soft contacts different places- she never had a problem with the eye doc giving her the prescription.
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:06 PM   #3
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Absolutely no problem. They have to give it to you. Walmart can also call them and they can fax it over to Walmart if you have a current prescription. I do it all the time. Walmart frames are so much cheaper than the ones at my Optometrist's office. I got a pair at Walmart for under $50 and paid over $300 for a pair at my Dr's office. Guess which ones I like better?
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:30 AM   #4
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I had my eye exam last week. I had to ask for my prescription, but they gave it to me with no questions asked. I ordered my new glasses from Zenni Optical online. DH needed new glasses, too, and we got 4 pair for $76 shipped. We also have a Walmart vision center here. We both found frames there we liked, and if we dislike the Zenni glasses, we'll go to Walmart for them. All the frames we liked at the optometrist's were over $100, just for the frame, plus $75 or more for the lenses.
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:17 AM   #5
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The problem we run into is that if I get my glasses at a different place, both places must honor the insurance.
I have vision benefits of America and while my doctor takes that insurance places like lenscrafters does not.
My optometrist has never given me a problem giving me a prescription though.
I get all my contacts on line.
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:34 AM   #6
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I prefer to go to an ophthomologist for my exam, but I take my prescription and go somewhere cheaper to get my glasses. My health insurance covers the exam. Unfortunately, I no longer have insurance that covers lens/frames.

I would ask for a copy of the prescription even if I did get the glasses there.
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:34 AM   #7
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My eye insurance only allows us one place to go for our exam and we get a $60 per year discount on our lenses. But when I went to the Vision place in Wal-Mart, I found some new frames I really liked and spent quite a bit of time talking to them. They took my current lenses and read the prescription and priced out getting the new frames and lenses and I get a discount of 20% based on where I work. The amount is SIGNIFICANTLY less so they told me to go to the place I have to go for my exam, but ask them for my lense prescription written out and then bring it to them. Will I have any problems doing this? I've never done it before but this would have me hundreds.

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No you should not have any problems as others have said, by law they have to give you your prescription. If they do give you problems, then that is a sign to find another place to have you exam done.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:47 AM   #8
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I actually work for Walmart Vision and people bring in prescriptions all the time from other doctors. Perfectly ok to ask for a copy of it from the prescribing dr. And usually you can get it faxed over to walmart if you give the dr a call.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:54 AM   #9
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I always get my perscription and take it to Costco.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:06 AM   #10
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DH and DD's glasses prescription is written right on the receipt we get for their exam. I was more than a little miffed at her doctor last time who walked her from the exam room to the attached glasses place and started picking out frames for her. DD is extremely picky about her frames and felt put on the spot to have to say no. (I "rescued" her.) I like her as a eye doctor, but that really ticked me off.

(For the record, the frames she liked best were at Walmart.)
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:45 PM   #11
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You should always get the script

even if you get them there. (We have gone other places as well.. only had one Dr. be stubborn about giving it to me until I showed him paperwork that said he had to..)

Anyway, you should have it with you when you are travelling. If you have a "glasses emergency" like I did, your Dr. can fax it to the place you are, but it's good to have a copy. Not being able to see on vacation is a real drag..
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