Aboriginal Services

Eye examinations and eye health

Vision loss from diabetes, cataract and refractive error (the need for glasses) is common in Aboriginal communities in Victoria and 94% of vision loss is unnecessary as it is preventable or treatable.  Regular eye examinations, early detection and treatment of eye problems helps prevent vision loss.  An eye examination with an optometrist generally takes about 40 minutes and allows investigation of all aspects of how your eyes are functioning.  Your eyes will be tested for eye diseases such as cataract, diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, glaucoma, dry eye, binocular vision problems (how the two eyes work together) and your glasses prescription.  Drops to dilate the pupil are usually used (especially if you have diabetes) to allow the optometrist to check the health of the retina, macula and optic nerve at the back of the eye.  If cataract surgery or laser treatment is needed, the optometrist will arrange a referral to an eye specialist (ophthalmologist) in a public hospital eye clinic or you may choose to see a private specialist.


Children’s eye examinations will help to find any eye problems that affect your child’s ability to see clearly and comfortably for near vision and long distance vision.  



Any person who identifies as part of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community is welcome to attend any of the ACO services and can access the Victorian Eyecare Subsidy.  There is no requirement to hold a Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card.



Services are available in Melbourne and regional Victoria.  


Contact Details

For more information regarding eye care services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities please contact:

Genevieve Napper  Lead Optometrist Aboriginal Services, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 9349 7400



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