Wal-Mart offers money-, time-saving contact lens options

April 15, 2009

Wal-Mart Stores, along with 1-800 Contacts, have a new program that will save customers as much as 12% to 50% on the costs of a yearly supply of contact lenses. Additionally, Wal-Mart is offering frame-and-lens packages for children age 18 or under for as low as $39.

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Bentonville, AR-Wal-Mart Stores, along with 1-800 Contacts, have a new program that will save customers as much as 12% to 50% on the costs of a yearly supply of contact lenses. Additionally, Wal-Mart is offering frame-and-lens packages for children age 18 or under for as low as $39.

"Working with our suppliers and 1-800 Contacts, we have found a way to help our contact lens customers spend less and save more," said John Agwunobi, MD, senior vice president and president of Wal-Mart's Health and Wellness division. "By offering greater accessibility and affordability, we believe the customer savings could reach $400 million during the first 3 years of this alliance."

The contact lens program follows a successful pilot program that involved about 1,000 Wal-Mart Vision Centers. The program, along with the youth eyewear offering, will be available in 1,500 stores by the end of the month and will be expanded to 3,000 locations.