The NSW Government Spectacle Program provides spectacles to people in need. The Spectacle Program is administered by Visioncare.
Max Astri Optometrists is a participating Provider practice. This means that Max Astri Optometrists can, if required, provide eye examinations to patients wanting to apply to Visioncare for spectacles. We can provide patients with information about the Spectacle Program and then forward the patient’s application for spectacles to Visioncare on behalf of the patient.
On receipt of a patient’s application form, Visioncare NSW determines if the patient is eligible for free spectacles.
Under the Program, spectacles may be provided free of charge once every two years (if required) to financially disadvantaged people and low income earners who are Australian residents living permanently in NSW.
Applicants must meet all criteria of an income and assets based means test.
If eligible, patients receive free frames and lenses (single vision or bifocal) from a schedule of approved frames and lenses. Multifocals are not included.
If a person believes that they are eligible to receive spectacles through the Spectacle Program, they will be given a Program Application Form (which includes eligibility information details), to complete and sign.
Applicants must provide the following personal details on their application form: Name, address, age, sex, Medicare Number, identification of Centrelink benefit received, the amount(s) paid as a Centrelink benefit including Family Payments, any other additional income source (if applicable) received, together with a Declaration regarding their assets
All applicants who receive a Centrelink payment, must submit a current Centrelink Income Statement with their application. For all applicants who are married or in a de facto relationship, a Centrelink Income Statement is required for both the applicant AND their partner.
A current prescription is required (not older than 12 months) when applying for spectacles.
Under the terms of the Spectacle Program patients can elect to pay a ‘patient-to-pay’ fee for non-contract lens items (e.g.transition lenses or Multifocals) if that is their preference.