GlassesSA is a new scheme that helps South Australians to obtain low cost glasses or, for those with serious eye conditions, low cost contact lenses. GlassesSA replaces the South Australian Spectacles Scheme.
If you are eligible for glasses, the maximum you will pay for a complete pair of glasses from a participating optometrist is:
Optometrists will offer a selection of frames for you to choose from, but cannot offer to upgrade to more expensive frames or packages, nor can the benefit under GlassesSA be used as a discount against other frames, lenses, products or services.
If you are prescribed contact lenses under GlassesSA by Flinders Medical Centre, the Women’s and Children’s Hospital or the Royal Adelaide Hospital your lenses will be at no cost to you.
If you are eligible for contact lenses prescribed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist in a country location, you will pay $20 for your lenses. 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.
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.
You may be eligible for a pair of glasses through GlassesSA if you live permanently in South Australia and you:
You may be eligible for contact lenses through GlassesSA if you live permanently in South Australia and you:
* A country optometrist is an optometrist whose business address has a postcode greater than 5200. If you have been prescribed contact lenses by a country optometrist, your residential address must also have a postcode greater than 5200.
Apply through a participating GlassesSA optometrist or ophthalmologist (eye specialist).
To apply for glasses, you must provide a copy of your Centrelink Income Statement to the optometrist or a member of the optometrist’s staff. The Centrelink Income Statement must be dated within the last month, and can be hard copy or electronic.
To apply for contact lenses, you must display your Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card to the optometrist or ophthalmologist or a member of the optometrist’s staff.
Whether applying for glasses or contact lenses, you also need to present your ID, such as a valid and current driver’s licence, Centrelink card or passport.
If you are eligible for glasses through GlassesSA, you pay a fixed low price for your glasses.
Glasses or contact lenses can only be provided to eligible customers under GlassesSA by an optometrist or ophthalmologist who is authorised under the scheme, or a member of their staff.
The GlassesSA brochure has more information about the scheme.
Use the Concessions finder to find out about other concessions you may be eligible to receive and for information about how to apply.
Phone GlassesSA on 1300 762 577, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday or email GlassesSA@sa.gov.au
If you have a hearing or speech impairment, please use our text telephone service on TTY 8226 6789.
To arrange for an interpreter or translator please call Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) on 131 450.
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Phone: GlassesSA on 1300 762 577, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday