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 specialised 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. 


All initial primary care consultations are bulked billed through Medicare.




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, irrespective of circumstance, can attend the Children’s Clinic at Carlton.


For children to be seen at other Clinic locations, they must be listed on a Health Care Card.  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 consultations in the Children's Clinic are generally bulk billed to Medicare.  Specialized developmental and perceptual vision assessments are not covered by Medicare. Information on the price for the consultation is available at the time of making an appointment.


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