The Red Eye Clinic provides services for patients who experience acute ocular signs or visual symptoms. Appointments for patients will be scheduled depending on urgency of presentation, with most patients being seen on the same day.
Examples of what we manage:
- Sudden changes in vision
- Foreign bodies
- Swollen eyelids
- Painful eyes
- Ocular allergies
- Contact lens related problems
Will there be any fees?
Examinations are available to UNSW staff, students and the general public at no cost to patients during term. You do NOT need a Medicare Card.
Do I need a referral?
Referrals are not necessary but we welcome referrals from other health care providers, as the Red Eye Clinic provides a fast and responsive alternative pathway for acute eye care.
Our service will help to indicate whether further referral to other appropriate medical practitioner or hospital is required.
How long will the appointment take?
The time taken for your comprehensive eye examination may vary depending on the type difficulties you are having with your eyes. As a general guideline we allow 40minutes – 1 hour, which includes the initial testing as well as discussions about treatment options and recommendations. Review appointments are usually shorter.
What else should I bring with me?
Your current spectacles (and/or spectacle prescriptions)
A list of any regular medications, eye drops and any known allergies
Will I need eye drops during my examination?
In order to comprehensively evaluate your eye health, your eye examination may include the instillation of eye drops. Some may cause temporary blurry vision which will affect your ability to drive for up to four hours after the examination.
What if I need eyedrops for my treatment?
As part of our complete service, the UNSW Optometry Clinic has a wide selection of eyedrops. We have experts to advise you on the most eyedrops to suit your condition and circumstances.
When are appointments available?
This service is available Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm, when an optometrist will be available during these hours. The clinic remains open all year, except during compulsory university shut-down period during Christmas breaks.
To book an appointment:
Red Eye Clinic inquiries:
Telephone: (02) 9385 4624