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Bionic Eye Preclinical Trials 

The Australian College of Optometry's research division; the National Vision Research Institute, is in partnership with the University of Melbourne and IBionics to undertake further research into the Bionic Eye.  The research is expected to benefit people with age-related macular degeneration, the major cause of blindness and vision impairment in people over 50 and retinitis pigmentosa, the most common cause of blindness in the young. 


The Herald-Sun reported on Saturday that a $1M federal grant from the NHMRC will enable the University of Melbourne and the National Vision Research Institute in conjunction with IBionics to progress work on a high resolution electrode device to enable the vision impaired see faces and read. 

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Herald Sun Nov 2016 Print

Recognise Outstanding Achievers

The nominations for the 2017 ACO Member Award for Outstanding Service and the ACO Honorary Life Membership Award are now open. ACO members, we encourage you to support your colleagues and those that have made an exceptional contribution by submitting a nomination for one or both of these awards. Nominations close 30 November. More information and application form.


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Patient and Clinical Services

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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 lands.