Eye Care on Low Incomes

The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) delivers high quality, low cost eye care services to the Victorian community through a network of clinics and practitioners in Melbourne and rural Victoria.Glasses_on_Chart

The Victorian Department of Health has funded the Victorian Eyecare Service (VES) since 1985 providing Victorian pensioners and Healthcare Card holders with access to low cost eye care and visual aids. Today the ACO provides over 75,000 services each year throughout Victoria.

The College employs over 30 full time staff optometrists and 60 sessional optometrists who contribute to the delivery of eye care services. In rural Victoria the ACO engages a network of over 150 privately practicing optometrists supporting and participating in the VES.  The ACO provides general and specialist services so the most complex of patients can be seen at our clinics.

To be able to attend an ACO clinic you will need to be a permanent resident of Victoria who:

  • holds a Pensioner Concession Card in your own name, or
  • holds a Health Care Card in your own name, or is listed on a Health Care Card,  for at least 6 months continuously