FAQ's

Looking for answers? Find frequently asked questions here or call us for more information.

FAQ's

Looking for answers? Find frequently asked questions here or call us for more information.

FAQ's

Looking for answers? Find frequently asked questions here or call us for more information.

FAQs

Are Eye Tests Bulk Billed?

Eye Tests at Lynbrook optical are bulk billed that means there are no out of pocket costs for a comprehensive
eye examination. If you are not registered with Medicare the eye test will cost $68.85 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 test every 3 years for under 65 years old and once 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 Lynbrook optical before this time.

What Tests Are Not Covered By Medicare?

Medicare will cover the cost of a comprehensive eye examination, however retinal imaging, contact lenses, glasses and additional tests such as contact lens fitting will be additional. We will always discuss any additional costs with you before your examination or procedure and you may be able to utilize your private health insurance to cover these costs.

How Long Does An Eye Test Take?

A comprehensive eye test can take up to 30mins, a little longer if you need dilating eye drops for a broader retinal check.

What Does An 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.

Will I Be Able To Drive After My Eye Test?

In most cases you will be able to drive home after a routine eye test, however there are some circumstances that require we use dilating eye drops for a wider retinal check. Your optometrist will inform you on the day if you need any drops which will temporarily impair your vision or ability to drive. If you can’t have them on the day, we can always organise a review appointment to have the procedure done.

Do I Need A Referral To See An Optometrist?

No you don’t need a referral. Just call or book online. 

Can Optometrists 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.

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.

Are Contact Lenses Safe To Wear?

Contact lenses are very safe to wear when prescribed by a qualified optometrist, especially these days with the latest lens materials in the market many patients wear contact lenses regularly without a problem. Your eyes are delicate and sensitive, if you experience red eyes, sore eyes or blurry vision it’s important to discontinue lens wear until you have an examination with your optometrist. 

What Is Involved In A Contact Lens Assessment?

During a contact lens assessment your optometrist will begin by discussing your lifestyle and visual needs. This is followed by assessment of vision, prescription, corneal curvature, tear film stability and more to determine the best lenses for you. The final part will be a discussion and demonstration around contact lens hygiene and handling before taking home your new trial lenses. Please allow 30mins for a full assessment.

How Much Does A Contact Lens Assessment Cost?

To prescribe contact lenses further examinations are required and these are not generally covered under Medicare. A contact lens assessment will cost $95 for first time wearers and $49 for experienced wearers. This includes the initial assessment, take home trial lenses and unlimited aftercare appointments for 1 year.

Are Contact Lenses Safe To Wear?

Contact lenses are very safe to wear when prescribed by a qualified optometrist, especially these days with the latest lens materials in the market many patients wear contact lenses regularly without a problem. Your eyes are delicate and sensitive, if you experience red eyes, sore eyes or blurry vision it’s important to discontinue lens wear until you have an examination with your optometrist.