Fees

Fees

Everyone’s eyes are different. The cost of an eye consultation is determined by the procedures completed, similar to a visit to a doctor or a dentist. 

In summary, the most common types of eye examination are shown below, broadly based upon age related eye health needs.

How much does an eye test cost?

Up to 40 minutes. As a guide, this is the recommended complete eye health and vision examination for patients aged 40-65. It includes high resolution digital retinal imaging and full thickness OCT macular scans.

Full fee:

 $124.00

Estimated Medicare rebate*:

 $57.70

Minimum net  cost:

 $66.30

 

Up to 60 minutes. As a guide, this is the recommended complete eye health and vision examination for patients aged over 65. It is also recommended for patients with clinical signs of eye health conditions such as Macular Degeneration and Glaucoma. It includes high resolution digital retinal imaging and detailed, 3D OCT scans of the macula and optic nerves.

Full fee:

 $177.00

Estimated Medicare rebate*:

 $57.70

Minimum net  cost:

 $119.30

 

Up to 40 minutes. As a guide, this is the recommended complete eye health and vision examination for patients aged 16-40.

Full fee:

 $81.00

Estimated Medicare rebate*:

 $57.70

Minimum net  cost:

 $23.30

 

This is a complete eye health and vision consultation for children under the age of 16yrs. To keep it simple, this consultation gives the Optometrist the freedom to do what is required, without incurring any additional consultation, testing or procedure costs. So as a parent, there’s cost clarity, without compromising your children’s eye care needs.

Full fee:

 $57.70

Estimated Medicare rebate*:

 $57.70

Minimum net  cost:

 $Nil

 

Up to 40 minutes. A long consultation is required for a complete eye health and vision examination. In short, this is the consultation for new patients and those due for a full checkup.

Full fee:

 $81.00

Estimated Medicare rebate*:

 $57.70

Minimum net  cost:

 $23.30

 

Up to 20 minutes. A short consultation is suitable for a follow up visit or where only a brief or minor problem exists.

Full fee:

 $43.00

Estimated Medicare rebate*:

 $28.90

Minimum net  cost:

 $14.10

 

This is an additional imaging procedure. A high definition digital image of the retina allows the Optometrist to view and accurately record the important features on the back surface of your eye.  Digital retinal imaging is automatically included as part of our complete eye consultations.

Full fee:

 $43.00

Estimated Medicare rebate*:

 $Nil

Minimum net  cost:

 $43.00

 

Up to 40 minutes. This is an additional test and includes a detailed Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) examination using a Zeiss HD-OCT. This test may be required by the Optometrist or an Ophthalmologist where specific clinical signs are found and require further, more detailed investigation. A common example is where Glaucoma or Macular Degeneration are suspected.

Full fee:

 $96.00

Estimated Medicare rebate*:

 $Nil

Minimum net  cost:

 $96.00

 

Up to 40 minutes. This is an additional test and includes a detailed visual field examination using a Zeiss Humphrey Field Analyser. This test may be required by the Optometrist or an Ophthalmologist where specific clinical signs are found and require further, more detailed investigation. A common example is where Glaucoma is suspected.

Full fee:

 $75.00

Estimated Medicare rebate*:

 $55.05

Minimum net  cost:

 $19.95

 

How much does a contact lens consultation cost?

Up to 20 minutes. Recommended for all current contact lens wearers who have not had a corneal health check or prescription review within the last 12 months. Please note: strict eligibility criteria are applied by Medicare to contact lens wearers wishing to claim a Medicare rebate. Medicare may not provide a rebate for contact lens specific consultations.

Full fee:

 $43.00

Estimated Medicare rebate*:

 $28.90

Minimum net  cost:

 $14.10

 

Up to 60 minutes, plus follow up visits. This is required for all first time contact lens wearers or previous wearers who would benefit from a completely fresh start. A once off fee covers all required visits for a 12 month period, including initial fitting, trial lenses, wearing lessons and follow up visits. You can return for support as often as you like for a period of 12 months. Please note: strict eligibility criteria are applied by Medicare to contact lens wearers wishing to claim a Medicare rebate. In many cases, Medicare does not provide a reba

Full fee:

 $199.00

Estimated Medicare rebate*:

 $143.00

Minimum net  cost:

 $56.00

 

te for contact lens specific consultations. 

Medicare

The estimated Medicare rebates above are for a patient eligible to receive the full schedule rebate from Medicare for the service provided. Medicare rebates are set by Medicare and all rebates are paid directly to the patient’s bank account as registered with Medicare.

We are a Medicare online claims practice. This system ensures that all eligible Medicare and DVA card holders receive their maximum Medicare rebate on consultation fees according to the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).

Billing

The standard billing and Medicare claims procedures for appointments are as follows:

  1. The patient pays us for all completed Optometrist consultations, tests and imaging procedures.
  2. We automatically process the patient’s Medicare claim on their behalf, via Medicare online claiming. There is no need for the patient to lodge a Medicare claim.
  3. The patient’s Medicare rebate is paid directly into the patient’s bank account as registered with Medicare.

We offer “no gap” consultations in specific circumstances. A “no gap” consultation means you will receive a 100% rebate of the consultation fee from Medicare. This is not “bulk billing”, however the net cost to you will still be zero dollars.

We currently offer no gap consultations for:

Children under the age of 16 yrs – It is important that all children have access to comprehensive and thorough eye health and vision testing. We also provide a free Children’s Vision Screening (CVS) Program through participating local schools. Both these services ensure that children under 16 yrs will incur no net cost for a full eye test and vision checkup.

Vision Certificates & Prescriptions – If you urgently require a vision certificate or spectacle prescription (e.g. driving licences), we will schedule you a brief consultation which we may bill as a “no gap” consultation. Your regular eye health checks will be completed at a different consultation which we’ll schedule at a later date with you.

We bill DVA directly for all eligible Department of Veteran’s Affairs (DVA) gold card holders. You must present your DVA gold card at the time of your consultation to receive a DVA funded eye test.

Medicare provides a rebate towards eye consultations with an Optometrist. Medicare does not pay us directly. Medicare rebates are paid directly into the patient’s bank account. So, the patient must pay us for the consultation.

Generally no, because Medicare does. If you are covered by an overseas or visitor’s private health insurance policy, you may be able to claim a rebate. It’s best to check with your policy.

We are not a bulk billing practice. However, you will still receive a Medicare rebate. In specific cases, we will charge a fee that results in a net zero cost to the patient. For example, children under the age of 16 years receive no gap consultations.

In short, no an eye test is not free. Some locations may use the term “free eye test”, however this is misleading as the cost of the eye test will be covered indirectly. We’d strongly encourage anyone considering a “free” or cheap eye test to re-assess the value they place on their long term eye health and vision.

Imaging

To properly diagnose and record your eye health, imaging is required. We recommend imaging for all new patients to the practice who are over 40 and all patients with an eye health condition.  Imaging is included in our complete eye consultations for over 40’s above.

If you are a current patient, imaging may not be required at every visit.

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