I work in the optical industry so just thought I'd throw my two cents in
The eye test should be bulk billed to medicare. You are more then welcome to ask the optometrist for a copy of the spectacle prescription if you want to shop around. Depending on the prescription, kids glasses shouldn't be any more expensive then adults. The only exception is if the power is quite high and the lenses need to be thinned down to look nice. I work for specsavers and the kids frames are always included in the same deals as the adult ones, so 2 for 1 etc. And unless everyone in the family needs glasses, private health insurance extras often aren't worth it (unless you need it for a lot of other stuff, dentists, physic etc.).
Word of warning: don't buy spectacles off the internet. There is no quality control, especially if they come from overseas then they aren't covered by the same standards we have to adhere to (by law) in Australia. And a pair of glasses should always be properly fitted and adjusted by experienced optical dispensers, especially for little faces.
Good luck with it all
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03-02-2012 17:27 #11
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03-02-2012 18:16 #12
We didn't have phi for my sons first pair and they were around 400. We paid a deposit to have them ordered and paid off the balance. We tried the specs avers 2 for 1 offer but the quality of the glasses wasn't that flash. We went back to our normal optometrist and got the more expensive (better quality) pair third time round. He has been wearing glasses for around 5 years now! Good luck! Best to try find a store/optometrist that you are comfortable with.
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04-02-2012 00:59 #13
Took DD1 to opthamologist ( $150....120 back medicare) rang up about PHI they said $500 per annum and a pair of free glasses. Instead took script to spec savers and got 2 pairs for $150...far better deal than PHI... 2 years on and she doesn't need them any more ( long sighted)
04-02-2012 01:18 #14
My DS's glasses were first quoted as $620 - I just looked at the cost and nearly started crying - as I knew we didn't have that cash - immediately she went to find a cheaper option - still got transitions, polycarbonate lenses and the frames DS likes - same stuff - but amazingly was $200 cheaper.
I had no idea about glasses -but obviously I'll haggle for the next set.
04-02-2012 01:35 #15
Not sure what state you're in (I'm SA) but I used to work for OPSM and they had kids glasses starting from $59 (frame and lenses)
04-02-2012 02:06 #16
Wow - that sounds cheap mo1e2.
I'm concerned about my DS's glasses - as he first got them 5months ago - then went for a review yesterday - and apparently his vision has deteriorated.
His first script was for 6.5+ and I have no idea about that - but I've been told - it's quite a severe correction.
I'm thinking of getting a referral to an opthamologist - as I have no idea about these things.
04-02-2012 07:53 #17
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04-02-2012 11:19 #18Junior Member
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I haven't read through the other comments, But, Let me add my two cents apologies if it is repeated.
Most Optomistrists do offer a layby system, but then on top of that you will have the week or two wait for the lenses to be made up.
There are some Private health insurers that do have a claim now once you Join which might be worth looking into. which means you wont have much if any out of pocket costs.
04-02-2012 16:24 #19
We went to OPSM for my dd's glasses, as was recommended by the Opthamologist and I thought it was quite reasonable what we paid for her glasses.
A few parent friends had told me to steer clear of Specs savers and their '2 for 1' offers due to the quality of the frames etc.
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04-02-2012 18:04 #20
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