Clinic Listing

The UNSW Optometry Clinic offers comprehensive eye examinations in addition to a variety of clinics listed:

Primary Care Clinic

Our initial comprehensive eye examinations are available to UNSW staff, students and the general public at no cost to patients during semester during the following times:

Session 1, Ends Friday 3 June 2016

Session 2, Monday 1st August to Friday 28th October 2016

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

9.00am

9.15am

 

9.30am*

9.00am

1.00pm

 

1.15pm

1.00pm

1.15pm

2.30pm

 

 

2.30pm

 

6.15pm

 

6.15pm 

 

 

* Not available every week

During Session break, examinations are available with Staff Optometrists between 9.00am and 4.00pm, Monday to Friday for a fee. If you have any special requirements, contact us and we can try accommodate your needs.

The following may be included when you attend a Primary Care Clinic comprehensive eye examination:

  • Taking a careful ocular and medical history
  • A discussion of symptoms and assessment your visual requirements
  • Assessment of Visual Acuity, Binocular Vision (the way your eyes work together), the focusing ability of your eyes and peripheral vision
  • Evaluation of ocular health and age related changes in vision
  • Comprehensive examination of the internal eye facilitated by Mydriatic eye drops which make your pupils larger
  • Photography of the internal and external eye

Where appropriate, you will receive a comprehensive examination of your internal eye by Mydriatic eye drops which make your pupils larger. Photography of the internal and external eye is also available for patient management. At the conclusion of your examination, a discussion of the results and the appropriate course of action will occur and a prescription issued if required.

Please note that in order to evaluate your eye health, your comprehensive eye examination may include the instillation of eye drops which may cause temporary blurry vision. This will affect your ability to drive for up to four hours after the examination.

As all student examinations are extremely comprehensive and checked by a supervising optometrist, the consultation may take between 1.5 to 2.5 hours.

As part of our complete optometric service, we offer a wide selection of fashionable frames and sunglasses as well as contact lens solutions. We provide expert advice on spectacle lenses, contact lenses, low vision aids and occupational eye protection. 

The UNSW Optometry Clinic acts as an agent for the free spectacle schemes operated by the Department of Community Services and the Department of Veteran Affairs. Patients who may be entitled to free spectacles may obtain their spectacles through the UNSW Optometry Clinic.

To make an online appointment request click here

General Clinic enquiries:
Email: optomclinic@unsw.edu.au
Telephone: (02) 9385 4624 or (02) 9385 4627

Primary Care Clinic inquiries:
Email: optomclinic@unsw.edu.au
Telephone: (02) 9385 4624

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Contact Lens Clinic

Many people who require spectacles may also be able to wear contact lenses. Contact lenses have lots of advantages such as when playing sports, if you don’t like wearing glasses or would just like a change of your look.

Contact Lens Clinic provides a complete range of contact lens designs, materials and lens care products; and has considerable experience in the fitting of complex lens forms to challenging patients with access to advance equipment. 

A general eye examination must be conducted in our Primary Care Clinic prior to a contact lens evaluation. 

To minimize any possible problems induced by contact lens wear, patients must attend scheduled follow-up appointments after the contact lenses have been prescribed and dispensed.

To make an online appointment request click here

Contact Lens Clinic inquiries:
Email: optomclinic@unsw.edu.au
Telephone: (02) 9385 4624

For further Information on the Contact Lens Clinic:
Email: Lily Ho lily.ho@unsw.edu.au

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Express Contact Lens Clinic

Express Contact Lens Clinic inquiries and appointments to:
Email: optomclinic@unsw.edu.au
Telephone: (02) 9385 4624

For further Information on the Express Contact Lens Clinic:
Email: Lily Ho lily.ho@unsw.edu.au

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Advanced Contact Lens Clinic

Advance Contact Lens Clinic provides services to patients requiring complex contact lens care for their eye conditions. For example, keratoconus post corneal grafts and tinted lenses for opaque corneas.

The Clinic has experienced practitioners who have access to an extensive range of contact lenses specifically designed to fit these complex cases, and to provide the patients with the best possible vision.

Initial discussions with patients regarding their condition may take up to 2 hours whilst all options for management and visual correction are discussed.

Co-management for our patients with their local optometrist is an option, so the patient may return to their local optometrist for continuing care after we have performed the task requested of us.

Advanced Contact Lens Clinic inquiries and appointments to:

Email: optomclinic@unsw.edu.au
Telephone: (02) 9385 4624

For further Information on the Advanced Contact Lens Clinic:
Email: Lily Ho lily.ho@unsw.edu.au

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Colour Vision Clinic

Colour vision assessments are conducted in the colour vision clinic for both congenital and acquired colour vision deficiencies.

Congenital colour vision deficiencies affect approximately 8% of males and 0.5% of females.

Congenital colour vision deficiencies are genetic (the colour vision gene is carried on the x-chromosome), and are generally stable throughout life. Acquired colour vision deficiencies are not genetic, and may occur as a result of an illness or an eye disease, or occur as a side effect of a medication. The severity of the colour vision deficiency may change with time.

At the UNSW Optometry Clinic, optometrists can measure the type and, depending on the client’s age, the extent of colour vision deficiencies. Once this information is known, clients can discuss with the optometrist the occupational and practical consequences of their colour vision.

Examinations are also conducted at the UNSW Optometry Clinic to assess the suitability of clients for tasks requiring precise colour discrimination, for example colour matching and quality control work. 

Reports of colour vision assessments are provided on request.

To make an online appointment request click here

Colour Vision Clinic inquiries:
Email: optomclinic@unsw.edu.au
Telephone: (02) 9385 4624

For further Information on the Colour Vision Clinic:
Email: Vanessa Honson v.honson@unsw.edu.au

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Low Vision Clinic

The Low Vision Clinic provides a service for people who have permanent visual impairment. These people have reduced vision that cannot be corrected to normal levels by standard spectacles or contact lenses. The most common causes of low vision are macular degeneration, cataract, glaucoma and diabetes.

The purpose of this clinic is to assess the level of functionality and useful vision and to help inform the person about their eye condition. The Low Vision Clinic provides advice on how their vision might affect their life and to suggest appliances and strategies to maximise their visual abilities.

A Low Vision appointment can take up to 2 hours and involves a detailed case history as well as an assessment of functional visual acuity and field of vision. We can recommend appropriate low vision devices including, magnifiers, filters, electronic magnifiers, lighting and non optical aids.

We can provide referral and advice on activities of daily living and independent and we work closely with other professionals including Guide Dogs NSW/ACT and Vision Australia.

Low Vision Clinics run every Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, and involve Optometrists that are experienced in Low Vision as well as final year Optometry students. Our clinic has been designed to match the needs of people with low vision. Your visit will not be rushed and you will have ample time to talk about your needs and concerns to a professional who understands your problems.

To make an online appointment request click here

Low Vision Clinic inquiries :
Email: optomclinic@unsw.edu.au
Telephone: (02) 9385 4624

Myopia Clinic

The Myopia Clinic is a new clinic which provides a specialty service to any patients who are short-sighted (myopic), or at risk of development of short-sightedness (myopia). This clinic will offer various treatment options which have been shown through research studies to reduce or stop the progression of myopia including specialty glasses, contact lenses and eye drops.

Appointments can take up to 2 hours and involves detailed case history as well as an assessment of the eyes ability to focus and align, various biometry measurements, and ocular imaging.

Co-management of patients with local optometrists is an option; we will perform testing specific to myopia development and recommend individualised treatment options.

Myopia Clinic inquiries and appointments to:

Email: optomclinic@unsw.edu.au
Telephone: (02) 9385 4624

For further information on the Myopia Clinic: Email: Pauline Kang p.kang@unsw.edu.au

 

 

Red Eye Clinic

The Red Eye Clinic provides services for patients who experience acute ocular signs or visual symptoms.This service is available Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm, when an optometrist will be available during these hours. Appointments for patients will be scheduled depending on urgency of presentation, with most patients being seen on the same day. The clinic remains open all year, except during compulsory university shut-down period during Christmas breaks.

Referrals are not necessary but we welcome referrals from medical practitioners, as the Red Eye Clinic provides a fast and responsive alternative pathway for acute eye care. Referral pads and information packs are available for medical practitioners upon request. 

Our service will help to indicate whether further referral to other appropriate medical practitioner or hospital is required.

Examples of what we manage:

  • Conjunctivitis
  • Keratitis
  • Sudden changes in vision
  • Foreign bodies
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Painful eyes
  • Ocular allergies
  • Contact lens related problems

Red Eye Clinic inquiries:
Email: optomclinic@unsw.edu.au
Telephone: (02) 9385 4624

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Dry Eye Clinic

Dry Eye Management is a service offered within the Red Eye Clinic. After a preliminary Red Eye Clinic assessment where dry eye assessment and a treatment plan may be initiated, further consultation (Dry Eye Evaluation) using additional specialty instrumentation(s) such as the LipiView Ocular Surface Interferometer, TearLab Osmolarity, and meibography may be recommended in order to determine the best individualised treatment. Dry Eye Evaluation will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. At the end of the Dry Eye Evaluation, individualised treatment option(s) that are available and most appropriate will be discussed. This may involve in-office treatments which require a subsequent appointment, e.g., LipiFlow (1 hour).

Without a preliminary Red Eye Clinic assessment, patient may be referred directly for Dry Eye Evaluation by an external eye care practitioner.

As Dry Eye Management requires access to state-of-the-art dry eye instrumentations not covered by Medicare, fees will apply. Further information is available on request.

Dry Eye Clinic inquiries:
Email: optomclinic@unsw.edu.au
Telephone: (02) 9385 4624

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Ocular Pathology Clinic

The Ocular Pathology Clinic is primarily a referral clinic where patients at risk of certain eye conditions or those with existing eye conditions are examined. 

The Ocular Pathology Clinic also allows access to a number of state-of-the-art eye imaging technologies, such as photos and various scans of the front and/or back of the eyes. 

During the university teaching year, this clinic also serves as a means for final year Optometry students to see interesting conditions under the guidance of highly experienced practitioners, including both Ophthalmologists and Optometrists.

Examples of common conditions seen / monitored in this clinic include:

  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Age related Macular Degeneration
  • Retinal Changes due to diabetes.

To be examined in the Ocular Pathology clinic, individuals must be referred either through any of the other clinics in the UNSW Optometry Clinic or through their ophthalmologist.  

Consultations conducted in the Ocular Pathology clinics are at no charge to the patient during the teaching semester.

Ocular Pathology Clinic enquiries to:
Email:
optomclinic@unsw.edu.au
Telephone: (02) 9385 4624 / 9385 4627

For further Information on the Ocular Pathology Clinic contact Anna Delmadoros via email A.Delmadoros@unsw.edu.au

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Children's Vision Clinic

Many serious visual problems are preventable if detected and treated early.

From our first days of life, our visual system is used to take in and process information. It is well known that if a child does not see clearly or if there eyes do not work effectively together then a child's development, performance in learning and classroom tasks may be affected. Therefore the management of visual problems at an early age provides the child with clear, single and efficient binocular vision, allowing them the capacity to function to the best of their ability. Consequently, all children should be examined by three years of age.

Children may be examined in the Children's Vision Clinic where the examination can be designed to meet the needs of the young child.

Special testing procedures for this age group will put your child at ease and assist the clinician to obtain accurate and valuable information.

If your child has an eye or vision problem which cannot be assisted with standard treatment, a referral to one of our clinics will be made.

Children's Vision Clinic appointments to:
Email: optomclinic@unsw.edu.au
Telephone: (02) 9385 4624 or (02) 9385 4627

For Further Information on the Children's Vision Clinic:
Email: Rosemary Paynter
Telephone: (02) 9385 4349

Children's Vision Clinic inquiries and appointments to:
Email: optomclinic@unsw.edu.au
Telephone: (02) 9385 4624

For further Information on the Children's Vision Clinic:
Email: Rosemary Paynter r.paynter@unsw.edu.au

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Vision Training Clinic

This clinic provides for the assessment and treatment of problems which arise when your eyes do not work together efficiently or effectively.

Emphasis is placed upon the best procedure to correct eye muscle co-ordination imbalances, with individual eye exercise programmes designed to develop co-ordination of the two eyes for most efficient and comfortable viewing.

Visual conditions such as eye strain and double vision may also be assessed in this clinic, as well as visual and visual perception dysfunctions which may result in learning difficulties.

Vision Training Clinic appointments to:
Email: optomclinic@unsw.edu.au
Telephone: (02) 9385 4624 or (02) 9385 4627

For Further Information on the Vision Training Clinic:
Email: Rosemary Paynter
Telephone: (02) 9385 4349

Vision Training Clinic inquiries and appointments to:
Email: optomclinic@unsw.edu.au
Telephone: (02) 9385 4624

For further Information on the Vision Training Clinic:
Email: Rosemary Paynter r.paynter@unsw.edu.au

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Learning Difficulty Clinic

Learning Difficulties Clinic inquiries and appointments to:
Email: optomclinic@unsw.edu.au
Telephone: (02) 9385 4624

For further Information on the Learning Difficulties Clinic:
Email: Rosemary Paynter r.paynter@unsw.edu.au

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Visual Stress Clinic

Visual Stress Clinic inquiries and appointments to:
Email: optomclinic@unsw.edu.au
Telephone: (02) 9385 4624

For further Information on the Vision Training Clinic:
Email: Rosemary Paynter r.paynter@unsw.edu.au

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Vision Education Centre

The School of Optometry and Vision Science established the Vision Education Centre in 1990 to offer a science excursion and health service to primary school children.

From our first days of life, our visual system is used to take in and process information. It is well known that if a child does not see clearly or if their eyes do not work effectively together, then a child’s development, performance in learning and classroom tasks may be affected. Therefore the management of visual problems at an early age provides the child with clear efficient vision, helping them to function to the best of their ability.

The excursion to the Vision Education Centre includes a one hour health and science lesson on eyes and visual science plus a comprehensive eye and vision examination, all tailored for the children’s age. The science activities are led by the Outreach Centre for Sciences at UNSW with Optometry students who act as buddies to small groups of 3-4 school children for the hands-on activities. Refreshments are provided between the activities and the eye examination. An activity book with diagrams, word games and
home-based projects is given out to reinforce terms and concepts covered during the visit.

Parents are given questionnaires before the visit to indicate particular visual or educational concerns and after the visit are sent a report of findings of the eye examination.

Vision Education Centre inquiries and appointments to:
Email: optomclinic@unsw.edu.au
Telephone: (02) 9385 4624