An Ophthalmologist is an eye specialist (specialist doctor) who specialises in diagnosis and surgical or medical treatment of diseases of the eye. Ophthalmology training equips eye specialists to provide the full spectrum of eye care, including the prescription of glasses and contact lenses, medical treatment and complex microsurgery.
In Australia and New Zealand, an ophthalmologist is required to have undertaken a minimum of 12 years of training, including:
To see an eye specialist at Wollongong Eye Specialists Centre, all you need to do is call 02 4227 6388 and make an appointment. Please remember that you will require a referral from your Optometrist or General Practitioner. You or your referrer may send this referral to us prior to the day of your appointment by:
Postal: PO Box 5488, Wollongong NSW 2520
Fax to: 02 4227 6399
The time of your examination will depend on the condition of your eye but it would be wise to allow at least 90 minutes for your appointment.
If you experience sudden increase in floaters or flashes or these symptoms increase quite suddenly, then you should consult our eye specialist to ensure that you do not have a serious eye problem.
Pull your lower lid down to make a pocket for the drop and then squeeze the bottle gently to release the required number of drops ensuring that the bottle does not touch your lower lid or eye. Close your eyes without squeezing them and keep them closed for around 30 seconds to allow the medication to stay in contact with the eye for longer. Lightly blot any excess medication away with a clean tissue while your eyes are shut.
Yes, South Coast Eye Specialists do participate in Medicare. Our receptionists will endeavour to inform you of any costs associated with any procedure you might be required to undertake at the time of booking your appointment.
Yes, you will be required to fill a Patient Registration Form which will require you to complete your name, contact details, details of your Medicare and health funds, if any. The information that you provide is kept confidential.
Yes, you can find a copy of a form on our website by clicking here. You may print a copy of this form, complete it and bring it with you. Alternatively, you can fill the form when you arrive to see your eye specialist.