Please bring to your appointment:
- Your most recent glasses for near and distance
- A list of current prescription medications
- Medicare Card
- Pension Card or Health care card
- Sunglasses and hat (optional)
- Relevant CT scans, xrays etc
For children suspected of having an eye turn, a recent photo depicting this may be helpful.
Your eyes may require dilating at each appointment so that the specialist can thoroughly examine your eyes. Drops are used to dilate your pupils and can take approximately 20–30 minutes to take effect. You should allow at least 1.5 hours for your appointment and where possible arrange for someone to bring you. The dilation drops can take up 30 minutes to 1 hour to wear off and will affect your driving vision. Sunglasses will help alleviate the glare caused by the dilating of your pupils. It can take up to 3 hours for your eyes to return to normal.
Delays can occur if extra tests need to be performed, emergency cases are fitted in or the doctor decides to do a minor procedure. Wherever possible additional tests are performed on the day of consultation. Please notify our staff if you are concerned.
You will receive an account at the end of your consultation. Settlement is requested on the day. Payment can be made by cash, cheque, credit card or EFTPOS. If there is difficulty meeting this requirement, the gap between the fee and the Medicare rebate can be paid and the balance claimed from Medicare. Fees in this practice do not exceed the AMA recommended fee. A discounted rate is offered to patients on a full pension. These discounts are provided as a service by our practice, NOT by the Government or Medicare.
A current letter of referral from a Doctor or Optometrist is required if the full specialist rebate is to be claimed from Medicare Australia. In most cases, a referral is valid for a 12 month period, whilst referral from a specialist covers a 3 month period only.
Wherever possible, our staff will notify you if a new referral is required at time of your appointment.