We look forward to looking after your eye healthcare needs at The Ballarat Eye Clinic. To make your visit as thorough and professional as possible, we request to take note of the following:
What do I need to bring to my visit ?
A current and valid referral (from an optometrist or another medical practitioner)
Your medicare, DVA & health fund card(s)
Your current glasses (distance) and your old glasses if your current ones are less than 12 month old
A list of all information about your medical history, especially eye related conditions & surgeries
A list of all current medications, including eye drops, injections or tablets
A list of any allergies you may have to medications & injections
Completed new patient registration form & medical questionaire (download here BECPatientReg.pdf, BECMedicalOcularQ.pdf )
Sunglasses as you might find glare problematic after the use of dilating drops
A driver – you are likely to be dilated and this may affect your ability to drive for several hours
A form of payment (cash, credit card, EFTPOS, cheque) as payment is required on the day
How long will my appointment take ?
Please arrive at your appointment time (no earlier) and allow at least 60 – 120 minutes for your appointment. We ask that only the patients attend their appointment due to limited space in our clinic Extra time may be required if further diagnostic tests or minor procedures are performed on the day. We are able to issue medical cerificates for both patients and carers.
Do I pay on the day and how much?
Yes, payment is required on the day of the consultation. We accept cash, EFTPOS, VISA, Mastercard, Bankcard and personal cheques. we will claim your account through medicare and then medicare will pay your benefit directly into your bank account.
The cost of the consultation will vary depending on the nature of the visit and whether you have any concessions. Please ring the rooms for an estimate on fees for your appointment.
Any extra diagnostic tests or minor procedures required by your ophthalmologist on the day may in curadditional costs. Some of these fees are not claimable from Medicare. Please ask our staff or your doctor if you would like more information on these costs prior to any procedures being done.
Standard consultation fees may apply for failing to attend your appointment. Please note, all charges and discounts are at the doctors’ discretion. We are a private specialist practice and do not routinely bulk bill.
Surgery Quotes: We will provide a full estimation of costs and details for all surgery bookings, however it is your responsibility to check with your healthfund what they will cover. We can provide you with the item numbers to aid in this process.
Do you have interpreters ?
No, we do not have any in-house interpreters, please bring along a relative or friend who may be able to assist with any communication difficulties.
Can I drive after my appointment ?
This depends on whether you need dilating drops during your visit. Most patients will require this to allow your doctor to have an unobstructed and clearer view of your retina. We do advise you to have a driver or arrange an alternative transport solution as it may be difficult for you to drive after the dilating drops. You may notice a lot of blur and glare as the drops may take several hours to wear off. We also advise you to bring sunglasses to assist with glare.
If you are here for a minor procedure or an injection, be aware you may have a pad on your eye afterwards, therefore you should not be driving.
The Ballarat Eye Clinic does not have any parking on site, metered parking is available on Drummond St. North or surrounding streets
If you have any other questions, please do not hesistate to call us and we will endevour to address your query or concern.
Please download a new patient information leaflet here :BECNewPatientInfo.pdf