Healthy eyes and good vision are important to all of us for daily life, education, employment and community and family participation. That is why the Victorian Department of Health, through the Victorian Eyecare Service, provides funding to help people who are disadvantaged or on low incomes to access low cost optometry services and subsidised glasses.
Refugees and asylum seekers can be referred to the Australian College of Optometry (ACO) Clinic by welfare or social support agencies. A Medicare card is not required if a person has a letter from the referring agency confirming their refugee or asylum seeker status.
More information on eye health and eye examinations, and the locations of ACO primary care optometry services, including regional Victoria, are available in this document.