4 Major Memberships That Get You a Discount on Eye Care

The benefits of these common memberships include savings on vision-related products and services -- even insurance.

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Savvy shoppers tend to know that membership in an organization like AAA or AARP comes with a wider variety of benefits than most folks realize. But even the savviest among us may not know that some seemingly unusual benefits are commonplace.

Take discounts on optical services and products for example.

Members of several nationwide nonprofits and clubs are eligible for price breaks on everything from eyeglasses to vision insurance. These groups include:

1. AAA

This federation of automotive clubs helps its members keep a sharp eye on the road by offering them vision-related discounts.

These benefits may vary from one regional AAA club to another. But AAA members in my area, for example, can save as much as 30 percent at optical retailers like LensCrafters, Pearle Vision and Target Optical.

2. AARP

Perhaps you already know that the benefits of an AARP membership include discounts on everything from dining to auto insurance. But what about vision-related savings?

The benefits of this $16 annual membership include discounts on optical products and services at a host of locations — including LensCrafters, Pearle Vision and Target Optical. The benefits may even include access to exclusive vision insurance plans, depending on your state.

3. Costco

You generally don’t have to be a member of Costco to see an optometrist at a Costco optical department. But the ability to buy optical items is reserved for members.

Members also get access to discounts on top of the warehouse club’s already low prices. For example, Costco Optical is currently offering $30 off each additional complete pair (frame and lenses) of prescription eyeglasses if you buy one pair.

4. Sam’s Club

You don’t have to be a member of Sam’s Club to see an optometrist at this warehouse club chain, either. Only members can buy optical items there, though.

Members also get access to discounts. Folks with the more expensive Sam’s Plus membership, for example, get $50 off their first pair of glasses with the purchase of a yearlong supply of contact lenses.

Have you ever taken advantage of vision-related perks that came with a membership? Tell us what you thought of the perk by commenting below or on Facebook.

Karla Bowsher
Karla Bowsher
I’m a freelance journalist and former newspaper reporter who has covered both personal and public finance. I've worked for a top 50 major metro daily and a community newspaper as well as ... More

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