Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT) scanning is a specialized retinal and anterior segment scan that is vital in determining the presence of macular degeneration and can pick up glaucoma before vision loss can be detected. This is recommended especially if there is a family history of macular degeneration or glaucoma. It may also be necessary if the comprehensive examination indicated further testing/investigation. OCT pre-testing for surgery can also reduce risk of complications post-operatively.VF
Visual fields (VF) testing is used to show vision loss or reduction in vision sensitivity. It is often a test for glaucoma, it may also show evidence of compressive disorders in the brain such as brain tumors. Although OCT can initially diagnose glaucoma earlier, VF is tested in conjunction and is very sensitive in progression especially in the later stages of glaucoma.CT
Corneal topography (CT) is used to map the curvature pattern of the front of the eye. This test is necessary for prescribing some of the tailored specialty contact lenses. It is also used to diagnose corneal pathologies such as keratoconus. It is also necessary to show progression in some corneal pathologies, which is required to determine referral for surgical intervention.Digital Imaging
Digital retinal imaging and slit-lamp imaging is often common practice for better recording of retinal conditions or to keep a record to show clear unremarkable retinal fundus. It is often a component in the testing of diabetic retinopathy. Images are often sent to GP’s and endocrinologists to indicate areas of complication to better manage treatment of diabetes.
Medicare covers some examinations completely, partially or not at all. As a general overview Medicare now covers a comprehensive examination by an optometrist of your choice once every 36 months (this previously was every 24 months).
If you are now 65yrs or older, it will cover a comprehensive examination every 12 months. You may still be covered for subsequent (or short) examinations within this time frame or if you have symptoms requiring urgent attention.
If you are uncertain of your eligibility you may inquire with the HIC (health insurance commission) or we can find out on your behalf to ascertain if there is a gap to pay for the consultation. Short/subsequent consultations are limited to 15 minutes and range of testing. Medicare may be billed no more than once per day.
Health Funds - Health Insurance
- We claim from ALL health funds.
- We will claim on your behalf the entitlements from your health insurance policy.
- We will claim the maximum entitlement on your policy.
- The amount claimed will be deducted from your account.
- The claim amount is dependent on your policy with the health insurer.
- Different health insurers may pay differently towards your claim.
- You may be eligible for no gap spectacles or contact lenses depending on your policy.