What to pay when you visit your optometrist
Seeing your optometrist every two years is essential for keeping your eyes and vision healthy, but how much will it cost? We are fortunate in Australia to have access to Medicare, which usually covers eye examinations.
Below is a summary of what you can expect to pay when you visit your optometrist.
Eye exam costs
All Australian optometrists charge the same fees. Unlike doctors, optometrists have an agreement with the government that says they cannot charge more than the agreed fees. This ensures that you know what you’ll be paying no matter where you see an optometrist.
The only key difference between optometrists is that some bulk-bill and others you have to pay up-front, but you can then claim most of it back through Medicare.
Are eye exams covered by Medicare?
In Australia, those that have a Medicare card are entitled to a free eye examination every two years. If your optometrist bulk bills then you won’t need to pay anything up front, otherwise you can simply claim back 85% of the cost of your eye exam at your local Medicare branch.
If you have visited an optometrist more than once over two years you may receive some Medicare rebate, but it is typically less than 85%.
If you don’t have a Medicare card you will need to pay for your eye exam. The cost will vary depending on the type of consultation you are having. To give you an idea of cost, a standard first eye exam costs around $65.
What doesn’t Medicare cover?
Generally, Medicare doesn’t cover contact lens consultations. Some extra tests are also not covered by Medicare, including retinal photography. Ask your optometrist for more information.
Medicare doesn’t cover the cost of spectacles or contact lenses.
What if I have private health insurance?
If you have private health insurance you may be covered for the cost of items that are not covered by Medicare. Private health insurance with optical extras may allow you to receive back the cost of contact lens consultations, spectacles and other optical aids. Call us today here at Outlook Eye Centre Toowoombba for more details.