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Our specialist eye clinics will help you diagnose, manage and treat eye conditions and support ongoing good eye health.
What happens at the appointment?
At the appointment you will meet your specialist eye doctor. They will:
talk to you about your medical history and your symptoms
answer any questions that you have
conduct an eye examination
refer you for blood tests, an x-ray, CT scan or a lung function test, if relevant.
Who else will you meet?
You may meet a range of specialist and support staff when you come to the Eye and Ear, including:
Administrative staff: You will be met and checked in by our professional administrative staff. They can help answer your questions you have and direct you to the facilities you may need.
Ophthalmologists: These medical doctors, specialising in eye and vision care
Ophthalmic nurses: These nurses are trained to provide care to people with vision disorders. They will answer any of your questions, conduct your tests and provide support throughout your stay
Optometrists: These registered health professionals who measure eyesight errors and then prescribes glasses to improve vision.
Orthoptist: These allied health professionals work with ophthalmologists who specialise in visual disorders and eye movements.
What should you bring?
Please bring your:
pension, social security, veteran affairs or private health insurance cards, if relevant
medications in their original containers
If you are having tests, you may be required to remove some of your clothing. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing that you can remove easily.
How long does it take?
Allow at least two hours for your visit. If additional testing is needed you will be at the hospital for longer.
Can someone come with you?
Please check any relevant COVID-19 visitor restrictions that may be in place.
Find out more about current COVID-19 restrictions.
Can you have an interpreter?
Yes. Interpreters are available to everyone who needs them.
Find out more about how to book an interpreter.
How do you get here and where can you stay?
We can provide information and advice on accommodation in the local area and transport support services to and from the hospital. Contact us to find out more. For more information, please contact our Transport and Accommodation Coordinator on 03
9929 8234 on receiving your appointment letter.
Where should you go when you arrive?
Your letter will advise you of the appointment time and location: either Eye and Ear on the Park (St Andrews Place, East Melbourne) or the main hospital (32 Gisborne St, East Melbourne). Please double check your letter to confirm the correct location of your appointment, and if unsure of location consult these maps.
Please go to reception when you arrive.
Find out more about how to get the hospital.
Please do not drive yourself, as eye drops may be used that could blur your vision.
How can you change your appointment?
Please contact the Specialist Clinics Bookings Unit on 09929 8500 between 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday (except public holidays).