Frequently Asked Questions
Making your appointment
Do I need a referral?
Yes, you need a current referral from your local doctor or from an optometrist. Generally referrals are valid from 9-12 months from a General Practitioner and Optometrist and 3 months from a Specialist.
How long will my first appointment take?
Please allow up to 2 hours for your appointment. It may take a little longer if your doctor organises tests or treatments for you on the day of your visit.
What do I need to bring to my appointment?
* A current letter of referral from a General Practitioner, Optometrist or Specialist
* Medicare Card
* Pension or Health Care Card
* If you wear distance or reading glasses, please bring these with you.
* Sunglasses to minimise the sensitivity to glare that may occur from the dilating drops or laser procedures.
Presenting for your appointment
Assessment with Orthoptist
Assessment with Ophthalmologist
After your orthoptic assessment, you will see your ophthalmologist who will address your problems, provide a diagnosis when appropriate and advise treatment for managing your ocular condition.
At the end of your consultation
Is the cost of my consultation covered by private health insurance?
No, however Medicare pays 85% of the schedule fee.
What will my consultation cost?
Melbourne Eye Specialists is not a Bulk Billing practice. Fees are dependant on the clinician you see and whether or not you have a procedure, investigation or test performed on the day. Discount rates are offered to pensioners and health care cardholders.
Can I drive to my appointment?
There is a chance you may have drops put in your eyes to dilate your pupils. These drops can blur your near vision for up to 3 hours at most although this can vary with each individual. We would therefore recommend you don’t drive during this period. If you have any concerns or are unable to arrange alternative transport, please let our staff know prior to your appointment so we can inform your doctor.
How can I pay my account?
If I need laser for glaucoma or after cataract, can it be done on the day?
Yes, this type of laser is available at our main branch in Fitzroy and at our branch at Latrobe University Medical Centre.
All surgery patients of Melbourne Eye Specialists will be provided with an information pack that will provide details about the surgery procedure and pre and post-operative instructions. Our theatre bookings department can be contacted on 9417 1055 to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
If I have a cataract will it be removed on the day?
No. We can take measurements for your intraocular lenses and organise a surgery date suitable for you, but the procedure will be scheduled for another date to be performed in hospital.
When will I need to see the doctor again after my surgery?
A post-operative review time will be set relating to your procedure. The review may be the following day, within a week or even in a few weeks. You will be advised after your surgery about your post-operative appointment details.
How long will I need to wear a patch over my eye?
Can I go home by myself after the surgery?
How long will the surgery take?
We recommend you allow approximately 4-6 hours from the time of your admission till the time you leave the hospital.
Where will my surgery be performed?
Our operative facilities are at St. Vincent’s Private Hospital, an exceptional private hospital and exceptional day surgery facility, V.P.S.C and the Eye & Ear Hospital which is associated with our branch practice.
I also have Glaucoma. Is Cataract surgery safe in this circumstance?
Cataract surgery is generally useful in glaucoma, in fact it can form part of the strategy to controlling the disease. Cataract surgery rarely makes glaucoma worse but it depends on how much control is exerted over the glaucoma before the cataract surgery. Mostly cataract surgery is a good thing for glaucoma and should make the glaucoma a bit easier to control.