An ophthalmologist is a doctor who specialises in diagnosing and managing disorders of the eye and visual system.
- Diagnosis, treatment and management of disorders of the eye and visual system
- Eye surgery
- Prescription of glasses and contact lenses
You need a referral from a doctor to see an ophthalmologist.
How to access
Ask your doctor about how to make an appointment with your ophthalmologist.
Ophthalmologist services may be partly or fully covered by Medicare.
Ophthalmologist fees are covered by some private health funds, but the amount will depend on your insurance policy. Contact your insurer for more information.
RegulationAustralian Health Practitioner Agency
RegistrationOphthalmologists must be registered through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), with the Medical Board of Australia.
Minimum qualificationsThe minimum education requirement for an ophthalmologist is Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.
- Take results of any tests with you (such as x-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs).
- Write down a list of questions to ask while you’re there.
You can check if your ophthalmologist is registered via the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).