External Services and products

Indigenous eye health

A comprehensive resource kit has been developed by ICEE to assist optometrists who regularly work with Australian indigenous communities. There are resources to assist in explaining what to expect at an eye health examination in addition to explanations of common eye health issues.

Click here to take a look.

Lantern tests

The only practitioner currently offering lantern testing in South Australia is:

A/Prof John Crompton
277 Melbourne Street
North Adelaide SA 5006

Ph: (08) 8267 3211
Fx: (08) 8267 1678

Low vision services

There are two low vision clinics in South Australia that provide low vision assessments for your patients, as well as a variety of low vision aids, training and resources.

Guide Dogs (SA/NT)

Royal Society for the Blind

RSB Tech Fest 2014 - a showcase of the latest in adaptive technology that can assist people who are blind or vision impaired.

Locum Services

Click here to download PDF listing optometrists currently available for locum services.

Prescribing contact lenses for public patients

For adult patients from metro areas eligible for contact lens prescribing, please send a referral to the Eye Clinic at either the Royal Adelaide Hospital or the Flinders Medical Centre (details below).

Children and infants from metro areas should be referred to the Women’s & Children's Hospital (details also below).

In country areas, any optometrist may supply these lenses to eligible patients.

To enable assessment for eligibility, the referral should include:

  • patient details
  • clinical details
  • refractive and/or keratometry data

Patients who satisfy the criteria will have an appointment time sent to them by post.

Patients will be charged $20 administrative fee per order and the remainder of the cost of a pair of contact lenses will be met by the SA State Government, irrespective of type.

Disposable contact lenses are not available through this scheme.

Eligibility criteria:

In addition to holding a pension card or having a health care card which has been valid for at least 12 months, the patient should exhibit one or more of the following:

  • Ametropia of +/- 8 dioptres
  • Anisometropia of 6 dioptres or more
  • Aphakia
  • Keratoconus
  • Aniridia and iris coloboma
  • Corneal pathology requiring a therapeutic soft lens (e.g. bandage)

Hospital contact details:

Royal Adelaide Hospital

Mr Gavin O'Callaghan (optometrist)

Eye Clinic
Level 5
Royal Adelaide Hospital
North Terrace
Adelaide SA 5000
(Fx) 8222 2741

Flinders Medical Centre

Mr Tony Phillips (Optometrist)

Flinders Eye Clinic
Level 2
Flinders Medical Centre
Bedford Park SA 5042
(Fx) 8404 2040

Women & Children's Hospital

Eye Clinic
Women & Children's Hospital
72 King William Road
North Adelaide SA 5006
(Fx) 8161 6246

Prosthetic eyes

For patients requiring referral for prosthetic eyes, go to:

Adelaide Artificial Eye Clinic

226 Melbourne Street
North Adelaide SA 5006
Ph: (08) 8367 0533

Adelaide Ocular Services
Level 6, North Terrace House
19 North Terrace
Hackney SA 5069
Ph: (08) 8132 1616

Second-hand spectacle donations

Click here for a copy of the full association position statement on second-hand spectacles. A summary of the key points is outlined below:

Historically, many overseas eye care aid programs have relied on the use of donated recycled glasses to correct refractive error in populations provided with testing or care.  More recently, there has been a trend away from this. Some significant developments mean that it has become more affordable and practical to provide new glasses and vision aids. Increasingly, aid programs are supporting projects to produce these items in the countries in which the eye care programs are being conducted. This encourages modest infrastructure development and provides local employment opportunities.

Guidelines for donation of used spectacles

The following guidelines have been developed to assist members who want to donate used spectacles.

If members want to donate used glasses, please bear in mind that it actually makes more work for the aid agencies unless members take the time to prepare the spectacles properly.

  • Before sending a donation to any organisation, members are encouraged to confirm that the organisation accepts them. Unsolicited donations where there is no clear mechanism for their efficient distribution may cause unnecessary administration for the organisation, and sometimes end up being thrown out.
  • Spectacles or frames should be clean, intact, in good condition, and not too old.
  • The spectacles should be reasonably attractive, and likely to fit. The lenses should be intact, without scratches or any other damage.
  • Spectacles should be clearly labelled with full information about the prescription, to assist in sorting.
  • Ideally, we suggest you seek information about the setting or settings in which the spectacles will be used. You may be able to get this from optometrists participating in that setting, who are likely to understand local needs, and any government policies. However, discussion with participating optometrists across a range of aid programs tell us that:

          - ¼ Prescriptions with large cyls should be discarded
          - Progressive lenses should be discarded

  • Some particular prescriptions might be very useful, if the spectacles are in otherwise good condition as described above. An example might be spectacles with very high correction, as these may be harder for programs to source ready-made or by other means.

Where to take your used spectacles

Your local Lions Club

The Lion’s Club is the most likely agency to take used spectacles, through their “Recycle 4 Sight” program. Click here for details.

A local Luxottica store

Luxottica has a formalised recycling protocol through its “One Sight” program. Click here for details.

Spectacles for Down Syndrome children

Click here to access a company that sells these specialist frames.