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Patient and Clinical Services


The Australian College of Optometry provides low cost eye-care services to eligible Victorians through clinics in Melbourne metropolitan areas, outreach programs or by a network of private optometrists in rural Victoria.

You are eligible to attend our clinics if you have:

  • a Pensioner Concession Card, or

  • a Health Care Card

If you have an enquiry or would like to make an appointment please contact us on 03 9349 7400.



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Latest News

The ACO Celebrates 75 years!

The ACO is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2015 and to celebrate we would love to hear your anecdotes and stories! We would greatly appreciate your recollections, photos and more. To contribute and for more information please download the recollection form or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for more information.

April 2015 Intake of the ACO Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics - Applications open!

This is the first online course in Australia that enables scheduled medicines endorsement for registered optometrists.  Course content will be delivered by an expert team of both national and international presenters, via flexible methods including online lectures, webinars, forums and local clinical placements. The next intake will commence in April 2015, an application form and further information can be found on the ACO-COT webpage.  

Leader in the field of bionic vision from Japan visits Melbourne

Professor Takashi Fujikado of Ossaka Unversity Medical School recently visited Melbourne as a part of his organisation's collaboration with Bionic Vision Australia.  At a presentation at Melbourne Town Hall on 15 October he shared his experience of testing the bionic eye in patients with the attendees at the public lecture in the Melbourne Town Hall last Wednesday. Our NVRI PhD student, Matias Maturana thanked Professor Fujikado in fluent Japanese.

Professor Fujikado

Furlong Park School for Deaf Children

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The ACO's yearly visit to Furlong Park School for Deaf Children occurred in mid September.  Lead Optometrist Paediatric Services, Dr Nellie Deen, and Staff Optometrist, Hee Wei Yii, saw around 30 children for comprehensive eye examinations.  Of the children seen at Furlong Park 35-40% had vision related problems, compared to another local primary school where the ACO usually detects around 16% with problems. This is testament to the fact that there is an increased prevalence of significant vision impairment in children with other disabilities, making these visits even more important.