FAQs

Can I fly after surgery?

It is advised that you remain close to your surgeon for up t 7 days. When flying please remember to use your eye drops.


How long before I can go for a swim?

Two weeks before swimming is allowed. Please do not swim in the ocean if your eye wound is not healed properly.


Can I go overseas after surgery?

We suggest staying close to your surgeon until your 2 week post operative check.


How long before l can drive?

We suggest 1 week from driving for most eye procedures. If and lesion or skin procedure then you can drive as long as you have clear vision.


Is Valium given on the day of surgery?

If you are having an in-room operation then we can give you Valium at the surgeons discretion.For in hospital procedures the anaesthetist will give you a light sedation.


Will l be wake for the procedure?

Yes, but with a light sedation given by the anaesthetist.


How long do l need off work?

We suggest having 1 week off work for all procedures where possible.


How long will my consultation be?

Please allow up to 2hrs- 3hrs as there are many tests to be performed.


How long will my surgery take?

Depending on the procedures some eye surgeries can take 15 minutes up to 90 mins.


Do l need to go to hospital?

Several procedures can be performed on site at Kotara and Nelson Bay but for the most part you will be required to go to a day hospital.


Do l fast prior to surgery?

For In room operations – we suggest you come on a full stomach to theatre as you will be here for up to 2hrs. And no Valium can be given on an empty stomach.  For in hospital procedures you will be required to fast.


Can l use my drops or other medication on the day of surgery?

Please check that your drops are fine to use at your initial consult. Most medication is fine but please speak with your surgeon prior to surgery.


Can l be bulked billed for the procedure?

No, as this is a private facility all procedures are charged either to the patient or the health fund. In most cases there are rebates from medicare. Please ask for a rough estimate of fees when booking in for your consultation.


Can both eyes be done on the same day?

Most eye issues do not occur in both eyes. But if you require bilateral cataracts then this can be discussed with your surgeon. We do suggest doing your eyes one week apart.


How much is my first consultation?

Initial consults are at a fee of $150 to see the surgeon and you may be required to have additional testing and will be quoted on the day by our clinical staff member.


Why do I need a referral?

Medicare legislation requires that you must have a valid referral when seeing one of our Ophthalmologists in order to obtain a rebate for the consultation fee. The referral may be from your General Practitioner or Optometrist and is valid for 12 months (or 3months if referred by another specialist medical practitioner).

If you are a new patient to our clinic, the referral will inform the Doctor of the reason for your consultation.

If you forget your referral, you can still be seen by the Ophthalmologist, but will not be able to claim your rebate until we receive the referral.


I need surgery, how much will it cost?

The cost of surgery depends on the procedure needed. Once you have been examined by the Ophthalmologist they will discuss with you the best options for treatment. You will then be quoted by one of our friendly front desk staff about all costs involved.

If you have Private Health Insurance, most costs will be covered by your health fund (depending on your level of coverage).

Our Ophthalmologists regularly operate within the Public Healthcare System & we have an on-site operating theatre at our Broadmeadow Clinic for cost efficient surgery for uninsured patients.


Can I claim money back from Medicare & my Health Fund?

If you have a valid referral, you may claim a portion of your consultation fee back from Medicare alone – NO rebate from your health fund. Your health fund will however cover costs of any procedures performed in Hospital (depending on your level of cover).

For your convenience, if you have your bank details registered with Medicare we are able to claim online for you.


Is there parking?

Kotara

There is limited parking available within the car park.

Nelson Bay

There is limited car parking at the rear of the building. Please use the left hand side drive way to enter.


What are Eye Specialists trading hours?

8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday


What if I have an eye Emergency after trading hours?

It is recommended that you attend John Hunter Emergency Department and ask to see the Eye Registrar.

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