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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are eye tests Free?
All eye examinations at Allied Eye Care are bulk billed. This means that we bill Medicare directly, so you don’t have to pay any out of pocket costs. What if I don’t have Medicare, I hear you say. In that case, the eye test will cost $71 and we will provide you an invoice to claim this back through your private health cover.
How often can I get a test with Medicare?
Medicare will cover the cost of a comprehensive eye exam every 3 years for under 65 and every year for 65 and over. If you notice any changes to your vision before the recommended time frame or you have existing conditions you can still get a bulk billed eye test at allied eye care before this time.
How bad is my eye prescription?
Eye prescriptions are measured in diopters and increase in 0.25D steps, generally the larger the number, regardless if its plus or minus, the worse the prescription. So prescriptions from 0.25DS – 3.00DS are considered mild 3.00DS-6.00DS are moderate and over +/- 6.00DS are considered severe.
Can an eye test detect diabetes?
It sure can. Diabetes affects the small blood vessels in the retina of the eye, a careful eye examination including retinal imaging can show signs pointing to abnormal blood glucose levels. If your optometrist detects any signs of diabetes a prompt referral to an ophthalmologist is necessary to control diabetes and prevent further damage.
What does eye test involve?
We start by getting to know you and taking your eye and medical history so we can determine the appropriate tests for you. Then we conduct a complete examination and testing including visual acuity checks, binocular vision assessment, refraction to determine your prescription, tonometry to check eye pressure, slit lamp to check the front of eye health and retinal imaging to check back of eye health. We then discuss the results and a management plan with you.
When should my child have their first eye test?
Most kids have an eye screening as part of their developmental checks through the maternal and child health nurse which is great for picking up signs of a problem early. However, a more thorough check by an optometrist is recommended at age 3 and then before starting school to ensure your child’s optimal learning and development.
Will I need eye drops during my eye test?

In most cases you wont need drops to dilate the pupils during a routine eye exam, however there are some circumstances that require we use mydriatic eye drops for a wider retinal check. You optometrist will inform you on the day if you need any drops which will impair your vision or ability to drive. If you cant have them on the day we can always organise a review appointment and a family member to drive you.

How long does an eye test take?

A comprehensive eye test can take up to 30mins, longer if you need to select prescription glasses or have eye drops for a broader retinal check.

What are photochromic lenses?
Photochromic lenses also known as transitions lenses go dark in the sun and become clear indoors within a matter of seconds. Photochromic lenses are activated by UV light so they don’t work well in the car (most cars now have UV coating on the windscreen preventing the transitions from activating). A pair of polarised sunglasses are recommended for driving.
Do I need a referral to see an optometrist?
No you don’t need a referral.
Can you prescribe medication?
Yes. Our Optometrists are therapeutically endorsed to prescribe schedule 4 topical medication to treat eye conditions including infection, allergy and glaucoma. This also means we can use drops to dilate the pupil for the recommended yearly eye exam for all diabetics.

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Eye tests are bulk billed. That means no out of pocket costs for you with a valid Medicare card. All tests include FREE digital retinal imaging valued at $60. You can even claim your health insurance rebate on the spot.

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