This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks.
Anyone who wears glasses or has a child who wears glasses knows how expensive it can be to get a pair of stylish frames and good lenses. You can imagine how pricey it gets at my house where all THREE of us need vision correction! Jay has progressive lenses, Josh has basic corrective lenses and, since I have a really strong prescription, I need high index lenses. That’s why I was really excited when I had the opportunity to visit Walmart’s Vision Center. (I received glasses for my family as well as compensation for sharing our experience with you.)
We’ve gotten glasses from Walmart in the past and I’ve always been really impressed with the quality of their products and the really reasonable prices. We used to get our glasses at an optical boutique and glasses for the three of us would be the equivalent of a house payment plus some. Add on those extras like AR coating (anti-reflective) and anti-scratch coating and you could throw a car payment in there too. Since Josh has had a major growth spurt, I figured he was going to need new glasses before school starts back up. Jay was waaaay overdue for a checkup and I never turn down the chance to get a new pair of fashionable glasses so we decided to take advantage of Walmart Vision Center’s 20% off offer. (You get 20% off when you buy more than one pair of glasses.)
I think most folks know that it is important for kids to get their eyes checked every year as their eyes can change often as they grow. But it also important for adults to get their eyes checked yearly too. As I’ve gotten older, my vision has actually gone through some fairly significant changes, including my now needing reading correction. But beyond just vision changes, a yearly eye check can catching things like glaucoma or other eye diseases and even offer a hint of other issues going on elsewhere in the body.
The first time we shopped at Walmart Vision Center a few years ago, I was blown away by the number of frames they have to choose from! I’m pretty picky about my glasses and I was able to find a pair I loved right away. The associate was really helpful making sure that everything was going to fit well and that the lenses would sit properly for the best vision. For me, having a knowledgeable associate helping me out is a must. One of the problems with buying glasses online is that there is no one there to measure your pupil distance and make sure the lenses are centered perfectly for where your pupil sits. This is even more important for people like me with strong prescriptions as well as those getting progressive lenses.
Throw in that glasses from Walmart are covered for breakage or damage for a whole year and you can get lifetime cleanings and adjustments? I’m sold!!
The other thing you really need to be careful about is making sure that you are getting glasses with quality lenses. Your eye doctor spends a lot of time finding your exact prescription. (That’s what the whole “Is it clearer with one or two?” process is about.) It’s equally important that you choose lenses that accurately translate that prescription into the lenses in front of your eyes. Walmart offers both Transitions® lenses (the ones that adapt to changing light automatically!) and Nikon Eyes® lenses in their glasses. Nikon Eyes® lenses are crafted with digital technology to ensure a wide field of vision, crisp clear edges and the most precise vision possible. The lenses also include a high quality no-glare coating that improves appearance as well as cuts down on smudges and scratches which help with vision. No matter what your family needs – single vision, no line progressives– Nikon Eyes has got you covered and they are exclusive to the Walmart Vision Centers. Not only do Transitions Lenses look super cool, they also filter out harmful blue light from digital devices and LED lights. Outdoors, they reduce exposure to the sun’s harsh glare and UV rays.
If you can’t already tell, I’m kind of obsessive when it comes to having quality glasses for my family and for me. Part of that stems from having been a teacher and knowing the difference being able to see well makes for kids when they are learning, part of it comes from being someone who easily gets headaches if my vision is even a little “off” and some comes from having actually worked in the glasses business for a bit. I know how much better I feel when I can see clearly and easily and I want that for my family as well!