Medicare and health funds

Medicare bulk-billing

Most eye tests are bulk-billed through Medicare, which means there are no out-of-pocket expenses for the eye test itself. Certain services, such as digital retinal imaging may incur an additional cost. If these are recommended, any relevant costs will be explained to you prior to the service being undertaken.

Note: Optometrists co-located in Optical Superstore locations are independent practitioners conducting their own optometry businesses. If you are experiencing any sudden vision loss, pain or seeing flashing lights, please contact your optometrist immediately.

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Can my eye test be bulk billed?

Yes, that’s right optometrists bulk bill most appointments to Medicare. Which means there are no out of pocket expense to you for most eye appointments. You do not need private health insurance to see an optometrist located at The Optical Superstore.

Optometrists consulting at The Optical Superstore premises offer Bulk Bill eye tests for most appointment types! This means Medicare will pay for you to have an eye test every 3 years if you are below the age of 65 and every year if you are over 65, isn’t it great to be over 65!

If you have an underlying medical condition such as diabetes, glaucoma or are at a higher risk of vision problems due to your family history, you may be entitled to more frequent bulk bill eye test and consultations through Medicare.

Optometrists not only test your vision and can prescribe glasses or contact lenses but can also assess the health of your eyes. Some eye conditions are treated or monitored by an optometrist, while sometimes a referral to an ophthalmologist (specialist eye doctor) is required.

Some eye conditions do not have early symptoms and you may not notice them without the use of the special optometrist equipment. However, if you ever notice any changes in your vision, pain or discomfort, blurred vision, seeing double, floaters, flashes, spots or specs in your vision or any other changes in your eyes you should book an appointment immediately as time is a sometimes critical to ensure the health of your eyes and your vision.

Don’t forget to bring your Medicare card to your appointment. If you are a new patient remember to come 10 minutes early to fill out the new patient record card information. And remember during busy times of the year, like school holidays and Christmas to leave enough time to find a car park before your appointment as optometrists need to dedicate appropriate time to you.

Although most appointments will be covered by Medicare there are sometimes additional advanced diagnostic eye tests that fall outside the Medicare schedule which may be clinically appropriate and charged separately.

I do not have Medicare can I still book an eye test? 

If you do not have Medicare, you can book an eye test. The cost of a consultation with an optometrist may vary depending on the consultation type. Please call your nearest store for more information.

Note: Optometrists co-located in Optical Superstore locations are independent practitioners conducting their own optometry businesses.

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