FAQ

FAQ 2018-03-24T20:54:48+00:00

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

We understand your concerns when visiting an optometrist and have answered many of the common questions our clients have.

How much does an eye examination cost?

Since the federal government Medicare changes came into effect on 1st January 2015 our fee structure has altered.

For a standard consultation (45 minutes) the cost is $86.  Depending on your age and when you last had your eyes examined your Medicare rebate will be between $28.45 and $56.80.  The $86 fee covers you for your standard consultation, Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) screening, digital retinal imaging and corneal topography (if needed).

If the optometrist feels that a full consultation is not needed then you will be billed $58 for a short consultation.  The medicare rebate for this is $28.45.

We have Medicare Easyclaims available to process your Medicare claim meaning your rebate can be automatically placed back onto your EFTPOS Cheque or Savings account.

Please note Eyefix Optometrists continue to bulk bill pension card holders, centrelink health care card holders, DVA Gold card holders, children and full time students.

How much will my private health fund pay?

As a general rule, private health insurance will pay somewhere between $150 and $300 towards any optical goods (frames, spectacle lenses and contact lenses) depending on your level of cover and the fund that you’re insured by.

In some cases this will be enough to cover a basic frame and lens package. However, generally health funds do not cover the cost of high quality frames, latest technology lenses or coatings – although they will pay a certain amount towards your eyewear purchase.

How much time do I need to allow for my consultation?

In order to provide you with the very best eye care, and to ensure that we can deliver a personalised eyewear dispensing service, we will spend around 45 mins on your comprehensive eye examination. You may also wish to spend an additional 30-45 mins choosing your eyewear options.

At what age should I have my eyes tested?

At Eyefix Optometrists, we examine people of all ages – and we believe that it’s never too early to have an eye examination.

We recommend that all children are examined at age 4, or before they start their prep year at school.  Prior to this age, most issues such as turned eyes or difficulty seeing will be noticed by parents and an appointment with our optometrists should be arranged. If you notice anything unusual when it comes to your child’s vision, it’s extremely important to arrange an appointment at your earliest convenience.

After 4 years of age we recommend an examination every two to three years to ensure that your eyes are not only seeing clearly, but more importantly, are still healthy.  At age 40 it becomes necessary to have your eyes examined every two years – however some people may need to be seen more regularly if advised by our optometrists.