At your initial consultation you will need to report to the reception desk so that your can have your relevant information entered into the computer data base. You will be asked to fill in a patient information sheet. Details we require include your Pension (or Veteran Affairs) and Medicare Numbers, Private health insurance details, any medical problems and your current medications.
You should bring your current eye drops/treatment and most recent distance (TV) and reading glasses. Glasses should also be brought to all subsequent visits.
You will have computerised testing for glasses conducted by the orthoptist or nurse and your visual acuity measured prior to seeing the doctor.
You may need to have dilating eye drops to enlarge the pupils. This may blur your vision and make you very sensitive to sunlight. It is advisable to bring sunglasses and have a companion to drive you. It can take an extra 30 minutes or more in addition to the consultation time so ALLOW AT LEAST 1½ HOURS FOR THE VISIT.
Best Practice Eyecare do not bulk bill, however, there is a reduced fee schedule for aged pensioners.
Fees are payable at the time of consultation by cash, cheque, EFTPOS, Mastercard or Visa. Some services attract charges that cannot be claimed from Medicare, however, you will be advised of this in advance. The receptionist will advise you at the time you book your consultation of the likely charges. Subsequent visits attract a lower fee than initial consultations.
To promote eye health for indigenous patients Dr Michael Karpa is taking on the RANZCO recommendations that ophthalmologists Bulk Billed the Medicare rebate for ophthalmology services provided by Best Practice Eyecare.
Based on the Sunshine Coast, we provide ophthalmologist, eye care and surgical services of the highest standard. We treat and manage a wide range of eye conditions including cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration and more.
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