What's the cost to safeguard my child's vision?
You may be surprised — giving your child the opportunity of better eyesight costs less than a coffee a day.
An initial consultation for myopia control for your child is bulk billed at this clinic. That means if you have a Medicare card there is no out-of-pocket cost. We believe myopia control should be a standard of care for all children with myopia. This initial consultation includes a detailed assessment of your child's vision, prescription, visual functions and eye health, as well as a discussion of the treatment options available based on our assessment. For those without Medicare, the consultation fee is $70.
Orthokeratology (Ortho K)
Our Ortho-K Fitting Program starts at $1600 for a new wearer. This is all inclusive of the custom design work, one pair of Ortho-K lenses, a starter accessories kit, and all consultations required within the first 12 months. More complex eye shapes and prescriptions may attract a slightly higher fee. After the first year, replacement Ortho-K lenses are priced at $500-$700 per pair, depending on complexity. This equates to just over $4 a day in the first year, and less than $2 a day in subsequent years. Part of the cost of the Ortho-K program and lenses is rebatable if you have private health insurance.
Dual-Focus Soft Contact Lenses
A one-year supply of MiSight 1 Day myopia control soft contact lenses is $1000, equating to $2.75 per day. For a new wearer to contact lenses, we offer a consultation package including lens fitting, tuition and aftercare appointments in the first 3 months for $150. Optical rebates from private health funds can be used on the contact lenses.
Atropine Eye Drops
The cost of low-dose atropine eye drops is around $40 per bottle, per month. The eye drops are obtainable from compounding chemists. Atropine treatment costs roughly $1.30 per day. Please note that while on atropine treatment, a regular form of vision correction with either glasses or contact lenses is required. One year of atropine treatment with a good pair of regular glasses will cost about $2 per day. Atropine eye drops are not claimable on private health insurance.
Specialty glasses lenses for myopia control range between $200 and $500, depending on lens design, material and additional lens features, plus the cost of frames. Thin lens options, blue light filter coatings and Transitions photochromic lens technology are available. Optical rebates for glasses is available from private health cover.
We recommend children with progressive myopia are reviewed every 6 months, to monitor their rate of progression closely and evaluate effectiveness of any treatments prescribed. These ongoing vision reviews are covered by Medicare, with no additional fees.
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