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Question DetailsAsked on 12/11/2014

are there optometry offices that offer cash discounts for eye exam/services for those without vision insurance?

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In some states that is a illegal kickback. In almost all, the insurance carries will drop that provider if he gives cheaper rates to people than to them.

Your cheapest viable place is usually a chain like Vista Optical in a box store, where they have an optometrist and the eyeglass store combined. Where they kill you is the frames and the special services - sunglass or coated or photogray lenses, bifocals, and especially transition lenses - both the frames and the special services or coatings are generally way more than the lenses themselves even if the frames are cheap plastic, so pay attention to each component of the pricing. And a good way to get savings is get distance and reading glasses, or two pairs of one or the other as needed, at the same time - commonly 1/2 off the second pair bought at same time.

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