GlassesSA helps South Australians obtain low cost glasses or, for those with serious eye conditions, low cost contact lenses.

About the scheme

If you are eligible for glasses, the maximum you will pay for a complete pair of glasses from a participating optometrist is:

  • Glasses with single vision lenses - $25
  • Glasses with single vision grind lenses - $30
  • Glasses with bi-focal lenses - $50
  • Glasses with multi-focal lenses - $100.

Optometrists will offer a selection of frames for you to choose from, but cannot offer to upgrade to other frames, lenses, treatments or packages, nor can the benefit under GlassesSA be used as a discount against other frames, lenses, products, treatments or services.

Only basic frames and either standard single vision, single vision grind, bi-focal, or multi-focal lenses are provided under GlassesSA. Lens prescriptions that are incompatible with the basic frames and standard lenses, and any treatments, services or upgrades that are additional to the basic frames and standard lenses, cannot be provided.

If you are prescribed contact lenses under GlassesSA your lenses will be at no cost to you. Optometrists or ophthalmologists cannot offer to upgrade to more expensive contact lenses, nor can the benefit under GlassesSA be used as a discount against other contact lenses, products or services.

How often can I get glasses or contact lenses?

If you are eligible for glasses, you are entitled to one new pair every three years. You may be eligible again during the three year time limit if the glasses are clinically necessary.

If you are eligible for contact lenses, you are entitled to them as often as they are certified as being clinically necessary by the optometrist or ophthalmologist for one of the prescribed eye conditions.

Eligibility for glasses

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • live permanently in South Australia


  • receive one of the following maximum rate Centrelink payments:
    • Carer Payment
    • Aged Pension
    • Disability Support Pension
    • Newstart Allowance
    • Parenting Payment (single or partnered)


  • receive a maximum rate pension from the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA)


  • be under the age of 18 years and are the dependant of a person receiving an eligible payment.

People not eligible for glasses

These payments and cards are not eligible for glasses under GlassesSA:

  • Centrelink Carer Allowance
  • DVA pensioners who are eligible for the DVA optical scheme
  • DVA Gold Card holders.

Eligibility for contact lenses

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • live permanently in South Australia
  • hold one of these cards:
    • Pensioner Concession Card
    • Health Care Card that has been valid for a continuous period of at least 12 months, or be a person who is listed on a Health Care Card as a qualified dependant
  • have been diagnosed with a prescribed eye condition for which contact lenses are the only means of vision correction
  • have contact lenses that have been prescribed by:
    • Flinders Medical Centre
    • the Women's and Children's Hospital
    • the Royal Adelaide Hospital
    • a country optometrist (a country optometrist is an optometrist whose business address has a postcode greater than 5200 - your residential address must also have a postcode greater than 5200).

Prescribed medical conditions for contact lenses

You may be eligible for contact lenses if you have been diagnosed with one of these prescribed medical conditions:

  • unilateral or bilateral aphakia
  • keratoconus
  • corneal pathology requiring therapeutic soft lens
  • aniridia and iris coloboma
  • ametropia (myopia or hypermetropia) of +/- 8 dioptres or more
  • anisometropia of 6 dioptres or more
  • other pathology that an optometrist or ophthalmologist certifies necessitates the prescription of contact lenses.

Before you begin

Glasses or contact lenses can only be provided by an optometrist or ophthalmologist who is authorised under the scheme, or a member of their staff.

How to apply

Apply through a participating optometrist or ophthalmologist (eye specialist).

Evidence required

You will need to present your ID, such as a valid and current driver's licence, Centrelink card, DVA card or passport.


To apply for glasses, you must also provide a copy of your Centrelink income statement or DVA income statement to the optometrist or a member of their staff. The statement must be dated within the last month, and can be hard copy or electronic.

Contact lenses

To apply for contact lenses, you must also show your Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card to the optometrist or ophthalmologist or a member of their staff.




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