The Ocular Pathology Clinic is primarily a referral clinic where patients at risk of certain eye conditions or those with existing eye conditions are examined. Patients are seen by referral only from any of the other clinics in the UNSW clinic, or from their ophthalmologist.
During the university teaching year, this clinic also serves as a means for final year Optometry students to see interesting conditions under the guidance of highly experienced practitioners, including both Ophthalmologists and expert Optometrists.
Why have I been referred to this clinic?
Certain findings at your initial examination at the UNSW Optometry clinic warranted a second opinion or further investigation.
What tests will be conducted?
Some of the tests conducted at your initial appointment may need to be repeated. Several additional tests may also be required. Tests may include scans of the front and/or back of your eyes with state-of-the-art eye imaging technologies. These tests have the potential to detect eye disease much earlier and record eye structures with great precision. Photos of your eyes may also be taken
The instruments used for these tests are located at the UNSW Optometry Clinic or at the Centre for Eye Health (CFEH). The CFEH is located within a short walking distance from the UNSW Optometry Clinic.
Will I need eye drops?
Yes, unless advised otherwise, further testing in this clinic usually requires instillation of two types of eye drops:
- A local anaesthetic to numb the front part of your eye, used for tests such as eye pressure
- A dilating drop (mydriatic) to enlarge the pupils of the eyes for an enhanced view of the back of the eyes.
The dilating drops cause blurry vision and affect your ability to read and drive for at least 3-4 hours after the examination, and in some instances up to 12 hours. Hence please do not drive after the examination and bring sunglasses with you to assist with the glare.
Please also advise us if you have a history of a previous reaction to either of these types of eye drops, are pregnant or have heart problems.
Who will I see?
If you are seen during the teaching term, a final year Optometry student will usually conduct the preliminary tests and instil the eye drops (if needed), under the supervision of a qualified practitioner.
After the eye drops have taken effect (approx. 30-45 minutes after completion of the preliminary testing), you will be taken in to thebe examined. The examination includes answering relevant medical history questions the practitioner on duty may ask. This will be conducted in the presence of a group of final year Optometry & Vision Science students, who will be observing only.
Outside of the university teaching year, the examination will be conducted by our Principal Optometrist, Dr Anna Delmadoros.
Is there a cost for this appointment?
During teaching periods, this consultation is free of charge. You do NOT need a Medicare Card.
During session breaks, there may be a charge for the consultation. Patients with a concession card may be eligible for bulk billing under Medicare.
Reports are available on request however a fee applies (from $30 depending on the complexity of the report). There is no charge for referrals and reports back to referring practitioners.
Why may there be a wait time?
There are only effectively two ocular pathology clinics per week and the demand for these is high.
On the day, there may be a wait time to see the expert practitioner in the Ocular Pathology clinic. Wait time may be up to 2 hours.
What happens next?
An appointment will usually be arranged for you at the completion of your first consultation. Otherwise our reception staff will contact you to arrange a convenient appointment time.
Please ensure you bring your current spectacles with you and a list of the medications you are currently taking. If you wear contact lenses, please do not wear these on the day of your appointment.
When are appointments available?
During the teaching semester, these clinics run on the following days:
Occasional Mondays at 9.15am
Every second Tuesday at 1.15pm
Every Friday at 9.30am
To book an appointment:
Ocular Pathology Clinic enquiries to:
Telephone: (02) 9385 4624 / 9385 4627
For further Information on the Ocular Pathology Clinic contact Anna Delmadoros via email A.Delmadoros@unsw.edu.au