Colour Vision Clinic

Colour vision assessments are conducted in the colour vision clinic for both congenital and acquired colour vision deficiencies.

Congenital colour vision deficiencies affect approximately 8% of males and 0.5% of females.

Congenital colour vision deficiencies are genetic (the colour vision gene is carried on the X-chromosome) and are generally stable throughout life. Acquired colour vision deficiencies are not genetic and may occur as a result of an illness or an eye disease, or occur as a side effect of a medication. The severity of the colour vision deficiency may change with time.

At the UNSW Optometry Clinic, optometrists can measure the type and, depending on the client’s age, the extent of colour vision deficiencies. Once this information is known, clients can discuss with the optometrist the occupational and practical consequences of their colour vision.

Examinations are also conducted at the UNSW Optometry Clinic to assess the suitability of clients for tasks requiring precise colour discrimination, for example colour matching and quality control work. 

Reports of colour vision assessments are provided on request.

Colour Vision Clinic inquiries:
Email: optomclinic@unsw.edu.au
Telephone: +61 2 9385 4624

For further Information on the Colour Vision Clinic:
Email: Vanessa Honson 

Frequently Asked Questions

There is a $150 fee charged for a colour vision assessment.

You do not require a formal referral to attend our clinic. However, if you have been given a written referral to the UNSW Optometry Clinic by your local optometrist, medical practitioner or other health care professional, please forward a copy of the referral to reception at least 48 hrs before your scheduled appointment either by fax +61 2 9313 8604 or email optomclinic@unsw.edu.au

The time taken for your colour vision assessment will take approximately 1.5 - 2 hrs, which includes the initial testing as well as discussion.

  • Your current spectacles (and/or spectacle prescriptions)
  • A list of any regular medications and any known allergies
  • Any reports or visual field tests from other health care professionals that you might have
  • Any workplace reports that need to be completed

No, a colour visions assessment does not include a dilated examination of your eyes. If required, you might be referred to another clinic for further assessment of your ocular health.

As part of our complete service, the UNSW Optometry Clinic has a wide selection of fashionable frames.  We have experts to advise you on all the factors to consider, including the type of lenses and frames most suited to your vision, comfort, and the intended use of the spectacles. 

We also offer sunglasses, occupational eye protection as well as contact lenses and solutions.

Our prices are well below retail prices, and then discounted by up to 20% if you attend our student clinics. We also have competitively priced package deals.

The UNSW Optometry Clinic acts as an agent for the free spectacle schemes operated by the Department of Community Services and the Department of Veteran Affairs. Patients who may be entitled to free spectacles may obtain their spectacles through the UNSW Optometry Clinic.

Colour Vision clinics run every Tuesday and Thursday morning.