Children’s Services

Child_PatientGood vision is essential for a child to reach their full potential. Vision problems can severely impact on a child’s educational, physical and social development.Having regular eye examinations is the best way to detect any underlying vision problems a child may have.  At the ACO we have dedicated, skilled staff available to test young patients.  We offer full eye examinations to all children under the age of 18.  Our main clinic is based in Carlton with additional sites located in Community Health Centres around Melbourne.

In our Paediatric primary care service we offer comprehensive examinations that consists of: vision assessment (including refraction, clarity of sight, whether short-sighted, long-sighted, or have astigmatism) ocular muscle assessment (eye movement) binocular vision assessment and ocular health assessment. 

In our advanced children’s vision services we provide services that include diagnostic assessment and treatment of eye turns, lazy eyes, and binocular vision problems as well as learning related vision problems. The emphasis of the specialised services is on a multi-disciplinary approach to care. Vision problems identified will be treated in consultation with referring and other professionals. 



Carlton*, Braybrook, Broadmeadows, Dandenong East Reservoir, Frankston


*Please note that Carlton offers an extended range of specialist paediatric services.


All children under 18 years of age can attend the ACO Children’s Clinic 


If the child is covered by a Health Care Card, glasses may be prescribed at a subsidised rate.  Please refer to our eligibility criteria for further information.  


No referral is required unless under the care of another eye care practitioner.


General eye care in the ACO children’s clinic is bulk billed to Medicare if the child is:
• a Health Care Card holder (or listed as a dependent)
• an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person
• a refugee or asylum seeker

Other patients will no longer be bulk billed for eyecare in our children’s clinic. This means that you will be required to pay an out of pocket fee of $35 (in most instances). Full payment of your consultation fee will be required on the day (from $91.80 to $120.25) and our staff will process your claim with Medicare so that you will receive your rebate within two working days.


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