University of Melbourne EyeCare

February 11 / 53

The Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences operates the University of Melbourne’s EyeCare practice, which offers patient care primarily for University staff and students, but is also open to the public and for specialist referral by other practitioners.

The clinic is on Swanston Street, immediately opposite University Gate 3.

Eye care assessments are provided free for University students, and staff and their direct families receive a substantial discount (20-30 per cent) off retail prices for contact lenses, prescription spectacles and sunglasses.

The clinic carries glasses frames for men, women and children, and fits all types of contact lenses and prescription sunglasses.

Head of the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences Professor Neville McBrien said the practice was opened because the University wanted students to gain experience with a broader range of patients, and in a real-world practice environment.

"The EyeCare teaching practice gives later-years students exposure to the diverse aspects of the profession,” he said.

"Students will graduate with greater knowledge, and will be better equipped to contribute to the successful running of an optometry practice."

Melbourne EyeCare runs consultations rooms which house equipment regularly found in private optometric practices.

EyeCare clinic manager Amal Zidan said the clinic was a win-win.

"Our final-year students get invaluable experience,  patients get free examinations, and the fee for contact lens fitting and after-care visits waived in all teaching clinics," she said.  

Staff can also salary package their spectacles and/or contact lenses for savings in addition to the staff discount.

To make an appointment, staff can contact the practice on 9347 1714 or email uni-eyecare@ unimelb.edu.au.

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