Eye tests and out-of-pocket expenses

Are eye tests bulk billed?

Worried about the costs of getting your eyes tested? We’ve got good news. They’re usually bulk-billed* if you’re covered by Medicare – which means no out-of-pocket expenses to you.

Anyone holding a current Medicare card can have:

  • One comprehensive eye test every three years (f you are under 65-years-old).
  • One comprehensive eye test every year if you're 65 or older.
  •  An eye test as required if you have an eye condition like glaucoma.

Extra eye tests don’t have to mean extra costs

While all optometrists and optical stores are different, Bupa Optical won’t charge you any more if you need additional eye tests – even if you’re under 65. In fact, we’d recommend everyone has a test at least every 2 years (or more regularly if your optometrist recommends it).

We’re happy to bulk bill and cover the gap if it means more Australians are getting their eyes tested – and staying healthy.

Are all eye tests covered by Medicare?

They’re not. More specialised eye tests, or consultations for contact lenses, visual fields or dry eye may cost you more.

Digital Retinal Photography isn’t covered by Medicare either, but is free at Bupa Optical – so every customer can access the tool to help detect any potential diseases that could threaten their vision.

What about private health insurance?

Private health insurance doesn’t usually cover eye tests – but they can cover up to 100% of the costs of prescription lenses, frames or contact lenses (depending on your policy).

Bupa Optical offers exclusive benefits and discounts to Bupa members. See our range online, or visit your local store.

*Bulk billing is available for eligible Medicare card holders and eligible services.

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