Optometrists are healthcare professionals who diagnose, test and correct vision problems. They examine your eyes, test your vision, prescribe and dispense glasses and contact lenses and look for eye abnormalities or problems. Some optometrists are licensed to prescribe medications to treat common eye diseases. Optometrists also offer information and advice on how to protect your eyes from eyestrain and injury, including how to protect your eyes at work.

Some optometrists specialise in contact lenses, sports vision, colour vision or in caring for children, the elderly or people who need visual aids.

Services provided

  • Diagnosis and treatment
  • Eye care
  • Information and advice
  • Referral
  • Prescription of glasses and contact lenses


Appointments can be made directly without a referral.

Your doctor or other health professional may also refer you to an optometrist.

How to access

To find an optometrist near you, enter your postcode or suburb below.


Contact your local optometrist for clinic opening hours.


The cost of optometric services varies depending on the treatment. Contact the clinic before you attend if you are unsure of the cost.

Optometric fees may be partly or fully covered by Medicare.

Private health funds
Optometric fees are covered by some private health funds but your coverage will depend on your insurance policy.