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.
Acknowledgement of Country
|We acknowledge the traditional custodians
of country throughout Australia and pay
our respect to their culture and their past and
present Elders. We also pay respect to Indigenous cultures and Elders from other
CBA Grant Improves Access to Eyecare for Disadvantaged Youth
The Australian College of Optometry has been awarded a Commonwealth Bank Community Grant for the second year in a row. The grant of $10 000 will be used to develop specialised youth eyecare education material and a portable children’s vision testing kit. The education material (posters and brochures) will be distributed to community centres, schools and youth service providers. The vision testing kit will allow expansion of the ACO’s youth outreach program which targets youth who are homeless, have a disability, are from a disadvantaged or refugee background, are in juvenile detention or are indigenous community members. An example this work occurred this week when the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency arranged for ACO optometrists to visit Reservoir High School and provide eye care services to indigenous students.
Museum Gains a Piece of Political History
The Cyril Kett Optometry Museum and Archive at the Australian College of Optometry recently requested donations of spectacles worn by past (and the present) Prime Ministers of Australia. We have now received our first donation, from the Honourable Kevin Rudd!
Low Vision Clinic Welcomes Referrals
The ACO's new Low Vision Clinic at Carlton, operated in partnership with Vision Australia, opened in October 2013. All new patients are seen by both an optometrist and occupational therapist, ensuring a thorough assessment is made. The ACO Low Vision Clinic is open to all Victorians, and subsidised glasses and aids are available to those with a Pensioner Concession Card or Health Card Card. Referrals are welcome from optometrists, ophthalmologists, GPs and others. Referral pads and brochures are available by contacting the ACO or a referral pad can be downloaded here.