Eye examinations are available to the general public as well as the University community.
The clinic welcomes specialist referral by other practitioners. Most consultations are covered through Medicare and similar arrangements. In some circumstances there are some charges that apply to examinations or ancillary testing. Staff will advise of these charges prior to the examination.
The services that we offer include:
- Contact lens consultations;
- Low vision examination;
- Occupational eye care;
- Paediatric and Vision Therapy clinic;
- General optometric examination.
How treatment works
Consultations are conducted by final year students fully supervised by experienced practicing optometrists who are staff of the University of Melbourne. Supervising optometrists hold therapeutic endorsements and as part of the therapeutic teaching program for current optometric students the clinic is able to prescribe medications available to therapeutically endorsed optometrists.
Please note that as we are a teaching clinic, our appointments may sometimes take longer than at other optometry service providers, up to 90 minutes for a full initial consultation. When making an appointment you can be advised as to the expected length of your visit.
Depending on the reason for your eye examination, we may use dilating drops at the consultation. These drops make the pupils bigger so we can get a much better look at the back of the eye. Your vision may be a bit blurry for 4 - 12 hours afterwards and you may be more light sensitive. We recommend you bring sunglasses just in case.
Frames, contact lenses and sunglasses
UMeyecare carries a wide range of designer and budget frames for men, women and children. Frame brands include: Armani, Diesel, Gucci, Dior, Carrera, Porsche and Kenzo.
All types of contact lenes are fitted.
Sunglasses are also available.
What should I expect to pay on the day?
Most consultations are covered under Medicare arrangements or through OSHC insurance. There may be a small gap fee. There may also be small fees for items that fall outside the Medicare system, such as some contact lens fitting and some auxiliary testing. These fees will be discussed with you before testing.
University staff and students and their direct family are offered a substantial discount (10-30%) off retail prices for contact lenses, prescription spectacles and sunglasses.
(No gap options are available for selected Health Funds)