The NSW Spectacles Program provides glasses and visual aids to eligible recipients who might be at risk of a preventable decline in their eye health.
If you're eligible, in any 2-year period you can receive free of charge:
- one pair of single vision glasses, or
- one pair of bifocal glasses.
Contact lenses, tinted lenses or low vision aids may be provided in certain circumstances.
To qualify for the subsidy you must:
- receive a full Centrelink pension/benefit
- have no other income other than the Centrelink payments
- have financial assets less than $500 (if single) or $1000 (if married/partnered, or parent/guardian)
- be a low wage earner who earns less than:
- the Newstart Allowance if you're under 65, or
- the aged pension if you're over 65.
Note: People living in regional/remote areas and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people may also qualify for the subsidy. At your appointment, your provider will use the information you've supplied to check your eligibility, using the program's online portal.
What you need
- your personal and contact details
- your Medicare number
- a Centrelink income statement no more than 3 months old if you're receiving Centrelink payments, or
- a payslip and bank statement that are no more than 3 months old if you're a low income earner
- a prescription no more than 3 months old (if requested by your provider).
How to apply
- Check you meet the eligibility requirements.
- Select a registered provider from the NSW Spectacles Program List of Providers – PDF.
- Make an appointment with your chosen provider.
- Check whether the provider will need to conduct an eye examination, and if so, that they'll bill through Medicare.
- Note: If you won't need an eye examination, take your prescription with you.
- Attend your appointment. The provider will enter your details into the program's online portal and lodge your application.
- Once your application is approved the provider will order your glasses or visual aids and let you know when they're ready to collect.
- Centrelink income statements can be obtained by phoning or visiting a Centrelink branch, or online by linking Centrelink to your myGov account.
- You can choose to pay an additional fee for items the program doesn't fund, such as:
- multifocal or progressive lenses
- transition or photochromatic coatings
- non-standard frames.