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Frequently Asked Questions

The most common questions we’re asked are listed below. If you’d like to ask a different question, please contact us and we’ll provide an answer.

How long is an eye test?

Comprehensive eye tests will take 30-40 minutes. More complex investigations will take as long as required, or require a further appointment. A short, straightforward eye test can take less than 20 minutes.

How often should I get an eye test?

Typically, everyone should get a complete eye health and vision checkup every two years, starting from birth. In some cases, more frequent visits are recommended. Your Optometrist will advise you on the frequency of checkups based on your eye health.

Do I need a referral for an eye test?

No. If you have a problem with your eyes or your vision you do not need to see a doctor first, make an appointment with one of our Optometrists. All eye health issues should be seen by an Optometrist. A full-service Optometrist will investigate, diagnose and initiate treatment of your eye health condition. Think of us like a GP for your eyes.

Do you check for Macular Degeneration?

Yes. Checking for Macular Degeneration is part of all our routine eye appointments. Should we find evidence of macula changes, we’ll recommend further imaging so that we can investigate your macula more closely.

Do you check for Glaucoma?

Yes. Checking for Glaucoma is part of all our routine eye examinations. If you are found to be at heightened risk, we will recommend further, more detailed glaucoma tests. This can be completed in-house without the need for referral.

Do you check for Cataracts?

Yes. We will diagnose and monitor the development of cataracts. When treatment is required, you will be referred to an eye surgeon (Ophthalmologist) for treatment.

How much does an eye test cost in Australia?

The cost of an initial eye test in Australia starts from around $60, however, the cost will typically be higher for more comprehensive consultations. Eligible Medicare cardholders will receive a rebate on the cost of an eye test in Australia. A full list of our fees is published here.

Are eye tests covered by Medicare?

Sometimes. Medicare provides rebates for eye tests completed by registered Optometrists. You can expect a small out-of-pocket cost for a detailed and comprehensive eye test. We provide no-gap eye tests for children up to 16 years and bulk bill eligible DVA gold card holders.

Are eye tests bulk billed in Australia?

Sometimes. Medicare provides rebates for eye tests completed by registered Optometrists. You can expect a small out-of-pocket cost for a detailed and comprehensive eye test. We provide no-gap eye tests for children up to 16 years and bulk bill eligible DVA gold card holders.

Are eye tests free in Australia?

No. Medicare subsidises eye tests provided by registered Optometrists to eligible Medicare card holders in Australia. Optometrists will charge a fee based on the services they provide to the patient, similar to a GP. If you are not charged a fee by an Optometrist, they will bill Medicare directly for your eye test or subsidise the cost of your eye test with the sale of other products, such as glasses.

Does private health insurance pay for eye tests?

Generally, no. Medicare subsidises eye tests provided by registered Optometrists to eligible Medicare card holders in Australia. Overseas patients may be able to receive a rebate from private health insurance.

How much do glasses cost in Australia?

Glasses can cost as little as $10 for readymade magnifiers from the pharmacy. Prescription glasses will cost from around two complete pairs for $199. In Australia, the average complete prescription spectacle costs around $400. The most costly frames we’ve personally had the privilege to inspect would set you back around $30,000! As with most things, you often get what you pay for! We’re happy to talk you through all options.

Are you a Medibank Private member’s choice provider?

No. You don’t have to visit a member’s choice provider to receive your optical benefits. You can still use your optical extras rebate through our HiCaps machine. We support all health fund members equally and without prejudice.

Are you a BUPA member’s first provider?

No. You don’t have to visit a member’s first provider to receive your optical benefits. You can still use your optical extras rebate through our HiCaps machine. We support all health fund members equally and without prejudice.

Are you a HCF preferred provider?

No. You don’t have to visit a preferred provider to receive your optical benefits. You can still use your optical extras rebate through our HiCaps machine. We support all health fund members equally and without prejudice.

Do you have contact lenses in stock?

Yes. We keep a range of contact lenses in stock.

Can I wear contact lenses?

Almost everyone can wear contact lenses. It is important to have a proper eye health examination before wearing contact lenses. There are some eye conditions that will make contact lens wear difficult.

Do you do laser eye surgery?

No. We only provide an initial assessment for you. If you are suitable for laser eye surgery, you will be referred to an eye surgeon (Ophthalmologist) for treatment.

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Noosa Optical

Suite 2 & 3 Noosa Professional Centre
1 Lanyana Way
Noosa Heads QLD 4567

Opening hours:

Monday - Friday | 9:00am - 5:00pm

We're closed for weekends and public holidays.