Costs and Benefits

The ACO provides quality affordable eye care for all Victorians.

We are proud to work with the Victorian Government who fund the Victorian Eyecare Service (VES), providing subsidised glasses and contact lenses to Victorians who are
• a Pensioner Concession or Health Care Card holder (or listed as a dependent)
• an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person
• a refugee or asylum seeker

 

 

 Prices start from

Subsidised glasses (VES)

Single Vision (Reading or Distance)  from $42.00
Bifocal  from $57.00
Multifocal from $101.00
Contact lens ** from $57.00

 Prices are correct from July 2018 and subject to change.

 From June 3rd 2019, the ACO will only bulk bill the following patients
Pensioner Concession or Health Care Card holders (or listed as a dependent)
• Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander persons
• Refugees or asylum seekers
For these patients their consultation will be bulk billed to Medicare and no out of pocket fee will be charged (with some exceptions for specific services not supported by Medicare).

For other patients, your consultation fee will no longer be bulk billed to Medicare. What this means is you will be required to pay your consultation fee in full on the day of your appointment. Our staff will process your claim with Medicare and you will be reimbursed your eligible rebate from Medicare. In most instances, this will result in an out of pocket fee (what you pay) of $35. Please see the table below for more details.

 
Clinic Type Patient pays on day After Medicare billing you will be out of pocket
General & Ocular Disease  $91.80-$146.00  $35.00- $89.20
Children's $91.80-$120.25   $35.00- $100
Low Vision $120.25  $35.00
 
For patients without a concession card, glasses start from $102.
 
VES Fine Print
  • VES benefits are only available to eligible patients.
  • VES benefits are available only if glasses or a change of glasses is clinically necessary. Clinical need will be determined by the practitioner.
  • Only one pair of reading glasses and one pair of distance glasses, or one pair of bifocal, or one pair of progressive glasses may be subsidised by the VES every two years. Progressive glasses can only be provided when there is clear clinical indication determined by the practitioner and only a limited and basic range of progressive lens designs is available through the VES.
  • Glasses with photochromic lenses and antiscratch lens coatings are not generally available with VES lenses and tints may only be provided with specific clinical indication. Non-spectacle low vision aids and ultra-violet coatings are also not available.
  • If you wish to use your present glasses frame it must be of suitable quality and in very good condition to be used with new lenses.
  • Lenses cannot be fitted to rimless or nylon rim frames in the VES.
  • A surcharge of $19.00 is payable for the replacement of lost or broken glasses or lenses within two years of previous Victorian Eyecare Service subsidy and is limited to one pair of replacement glasses every two years.
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