Eye Exam Costs in the USA

How much does an eye exam cost? Well, the average cost for a basic eye exam is $85 without insurance. This average is based on more than 9600 prices collected by OkCopay from optometrists across the United States.

Use our interactive map below, to see how the out-of-pocket costs for eye exams varies widely across the country. The lowest average cost for eye exams with dilation are found in Milwaukee, WI for $64. Eye exams in Seattle, however, will set you back an average of $150.

To use the map hover over a city with your mouse to see the cost range and average (median) prices.

Procedure Details

The costs listed for Vision Exam procedure includes the following:

  • Basic Eyeglass Exam
  • Eye Dilation (unless noted)

Eye Exam Costs by City

Methodology

Our prices are the estimated costs you can expect to pay for an eye exam without using any form of insurance. Prices shown include all applicable "cash-pay" and uninsured discounts. The primary source of cost data is from first-hand surveys with optometrist offices gathered by OkCopay.  The data is further supplemented by publicly available claims data and provider websites. When going for your exam, there are also additional potential costs to consider. For instance, some offices offer digital retinal scanning normally costs an additional $20-50.

Eye Exam Costs by City

RankCityLowest cost eye examHighest cost eye examAverage cost
1Milwaukee$ 19$ 197$ 64
2Miami$ 35$ 350$ 65
3Tampa$ 59$ 265$ 65
4Denver$ 45$ 500$ 69
5Detroit$ 35$ 265$ 69
6Louisville$ 29$ 185$ 69
7Salt Lake City$ 39$ 317$ 70
8St Louis$ 51$ 200$ 72
9Philadelphia$ 40$ 165$ 74
10Atlanta$ 45$ 380$ 75
11Cleveland$ 49$ 414$ 75
12New Orleans$ 60$ 250$ 75
13Kansas City$ 51$ 230$ 78
14Columbus$ 50$ 215$ 79
15Phoenix$ 49$ 400$ 79
16Cincinnati$ 40$ 258$ 80
17Nashville$ 45$ 164$ 84
18Baltimore$ 39$ 253$ 85
19Chicago$ 45$ 205$ 85
20Washington DC$ 39$ 300$ 85
21Minneapolis$ 50$ 342$ 88
22Portland$ 49$ 300$ 88
23Houston$ 49$ 325$ 90
24Charleston$ 54$ 285$ 94
25Memphis$ 50$ 220$ 94
26Austin$ 50$ 205$ 95
27Birmingham$ 60$ 195$ 95
28Indianapolis$ 49$ 220$ 97
29Oklahoma City$ 60$ 190$ 97
30Las Vegas$ 65$ 275$ 98
31New York$ 30$ 410$ 98
32Richmond$ 60$ 241$ 98
33Charlotte$ 60$ 200$ 99
34Dallas$ 55$ 270$ 99
35Raleigh$ 60$ 300$ 99
36Los Angeles$ 45$ 300$ 100
37San Diego$ 58$ 360$ 105
38Boston$ 65$ 535$ 115
39San Francisco$ 49$ 360$ 129
40San Jose$ 50$ 575$ 129
41Seattle$ 60$ 375$ 150
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