Primary Care Clinic

Our initial comprehensive eye examinations are available to UNSW staff, students and the general public at no cost to patients during the term.

The following tests may be included when you attend a Primary Care Clinic comprehensive eye examination:

  • Taking a careful ocular and medical history
  •  A discussion of symptoms and assessment your visual requirements
  • Assessment of Visual Acuity, Binocular Vision (the way your eyes work together), the focusing ability of your eyes and peripheral vision
  • Evaluation of ocular health and age-related changes in vision
  • Comprehensive examination of the internal eye using eye drops
  • Photography of the internal and external eye

Frequently Asked Questions

 Primary care examinations are free. You do NOT need a Medicare Card.

 If you require a spectacle prescription and do not want to purchase from us, then a $15 administration fee applies. Reports are available on request however a fee from $30 applies.

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 up to 1.5 -2 hrs, which includes the initial testing as well as discussions about treatment options and recommendations.  Review appointments are usually shorter.

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 (02) 9313 8604 or email

Your current spectacles (and/or spectacle prescriptions)
A list of any regular medications 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 which may cause temporary blurry vision. This will affect your ability to drive for up to four hours after the examination.

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 (See our Contact Lens Clinic for more information).

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.

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Telephone: (02) 9385 4624