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Walmart Makes Eye Care More Affordable for Millions of Americans
Date:3/19/2009

Retailer Provides Dramatic Savings on both Contact Lenses and Youth Eyewear

BENTONVILLE, Ark., March 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Committed to helping Americans save on out-of-pocket health care costs, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. today announced it has sharply reduced what customers pay for both contact lenses* and youth eyewear.

In an effort to further drive down health care costs, Walmart and 1-800 CONTACTS, the world's largest retailer of contact lenses, are working together to help more Americans save as much as 12 to 50 percent on the costs of a yearly supply of contact lenses. Additionally, Walmart has lowered its prices on glasses and frames for children and teenagers** to make quality eyewear more affordable for families across the nation.

"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 Dr. John Agwunobi, senior vice president and president of Walmart's Health and Wellness division. "By offering greater accessibility and affordability, we believe the customer savings could reach $400 million during the first three years of this alliance."

Walmart's program with 1-800 CONTACTS offers the convenience of high quality care provided by some of the nation's finest independent eye doctors combined with world class customer support offered by 1-800 CONTACTS' 24-hour online and telephone customer service representatives to all Walmart customers. Walmart and 1-800 CONTACTS estimate that customers have already saved more than $25 million since the program began rolling nationwide in January.

"At a time when every penny counts, contact lens wearers want to save money and get brand name contact lenses conveniently," said Jonathan Coon, chief executive officer at 1-800 CONTACTS. "We are proud to be working with Walmart. Together, we have eliminated the hassle of mail-in rebates and replaced them w
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