You will need a valid referral to see one of our doctors.
Please see your GP, Optometrist, or other medical Specialists to obtain a referral.
Your referring GP or Optometrist will send your referral to our rooms.
Most appointments can be made within a month of contacting our rooms. However, if you require urgent attention, please ask your referring physician ( GP, Optometrist or Specialist) to ring our rooms directly to discuss your case.
When you first visit us, you will be asked to have these with you:
A valid referral letter (GP or optometrist referrals are valid for 12 months. Specialist referrals are valid for 3 months.)
Your medicare card
Details of your private insurance, if applicable
A list of all your medication and eye drops
It is best if you can find someone to drive you to and from the appointment, as your eyes may be too blurry after the appointment for you to drive yourself.
Be prepared for your appointment to take 1-2 hours.
On the day
Upon your arrival, please notify our administration team that you have arrived.
They will complete a new medical record for you, and you will be asked to sit in one of our two waiting rooms.
Then, you will be seen by one of our ophthalmic assistants to discuss the reason for your consultation, and perform some basic visual checks.
Drops will be instilled into your eyes as part of your examination.
It is common for your eyes to be blurry for a few hours afterwards. Hence it is important that you do not drive yourself to the consultation.
It takes time to perform a thorough examination. Please allow up to 2 hours for your appointment as there could be tests or procedures required.
If this is not possible, please notify our team. If a procedure is required, an additional appointment will be scheduled to allow sufficient time and resources.
After you have been seen, you will need to see reception staff, as a follow-up appointment may be required.
We schedule appointments up to six months in advance. Should your follow-up be longer than six months, we ask that you call us three months prior to your required check-up.
Prior to your next visit, please ensure that your referral is valid, our team can help check that for you.
Most appointments can be made within a month of contacting our rooms.
However, if you require urgent attention, please ask your referring physician ( GP, Optometrist or Specialist) to ring our rooms directly to discuss your case.
We ask for your understanding as we seek to serve all our patients.
For emergencies outside of business hours, please call Wollongong Emergency Department on (02) 4222 5000.
Illawarra Ophthalmology is a private billing practice. Payment is required on the day of your appointment.
Please phone our administration team to obtain an estimate of fees.