La Trobe Orthoptic Eye Clinic
Covid-19 patient information
The La Trobe Orthoptic Eye Clinic makes every effort to ensure we can provide a safe environment for patients, staff and students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of our safety measures, we ask that you do not attend the clinic if you:
- Are feeling unwell or experiencing cold/flu like symptoms e.g. runny nose, fever, sore throat, cough or body aches.
- Have come into close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus or
- Have been overseas recently and have not been self-quarantined for the specified 14 days as per the Australian Government Department of Health.
Please also note that in line with government regulations the wearing of face masks is mandatory for all patients and visitors to our clinic. Exceptions include those who have a medical reason or children under 12 years of age.
We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause and thank you for your patience.
The La Trobe Orthoptic Eye Clinic offers a range of evidence-based assessments and interventions for disorders of vision, eye alignment and binocular vision in children and adults.
The clinic operates on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and assessments are performed by students who work under the supervision of a qualified and experienced orthoptist.
Our mission is to provide high quality patient centred care to the community which is grounded in evidence-based orthoptic practice.
We aim for our graduates to be leaders in their discipline and to be skilled, innovative and reflective orthoptists with a commitment to excellence in eye health care and ongoing professional development.
The clinic offers a wide variety of comprehensive services for children and adults with ocular motility and vision related disorders and aims to maximise patient outcomes whilst also optimising the student learning experience.
The La Trobe Orthoptic Eye Clinic also includes a collaborative service with the Royal Children’s Hospital. Eligible patients of the Royal Children’s Hospital are co-managed by the university clinic and the hospital under an agreed set of protocols.
Meet our team
Clinic Manager: Kim Holmes
Clinic Receptionist: Helen Dixon
Orthoptist/Clinical Educator: Kylie Gran
BOrthOphthSc, AOBR, MOA
Kylie Gran qualified as an orthoptist in 2002 and specialises in ocular motility and binocular vision disorders. She has extensive experience in evaluating children, young people and adults and has a special interest in learning difficulties. Kylie has experience working in both the public and private sector, working at the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne, Oslo University Hospital Norway and in several private eye clinics within Australia and overseas. She is also actively involved in clinical education, teaching and training the next generation of orthoptists.
The La Trobe Orthoptic Eye Clinic is located in Bundoora. It is situated within the Health Sciences Clinic (HSC) near a major metropolitan road (Plenty Road) and easily accessible by car and public transport.
Tram: 86 Tram Bundoora RMIT – Waterfront City Docklands, stop 60.
Bus: Routes: 250, 350, 548, 550, and 551, La Trobe University Bus Terminus.
Car: Enter the north entrance of La Trobe University, at Kingsbury Drive. Drive through Car Park 9and follow the road to the turnoff to enter Car Park 9C. You will see Health Sciences Clinic signs. Parking at this location is free for patients.
For further information visit our Melbourne Campus transport webpage.
Frequently asked questions
What does an orthoptist do?
Orthoptists are allied health professionals who detect, diagnose and manage eye conditions in children and adults. This includes ocular motility disorders (problems with the alignment of the eyes or eye muscles), vision defects including amblyopia (lazy eye) and disorders of binocular single vision (the ability of the eyes to work together as a pair). Orthoptists are also involved in the care of patients with low vision and neurological vision impairment.
What will the orthoptic eye assessment involve?
The orthoptist will carry out a series of diagnostic tests. This assessment generally takes between 20 minutes and 1-hour dependent on the eye condition. Orthoptists implement management plans, where relevant, and will monitor eye conditions and treatment progress. Orthoptists may also refer you to an ophthalmologist for medical and/or surgical management.
When should I take my child to see an orthoptist?
An ophthalmologist, GP or other health professional may refer you to an orthoptist if you or your child has an eye turn, amblyopia (lazy eye), problems with the coordination of your eyes or a vision impairment.
Referrals to the clinic should be no older than 12 months.
What should I bring to an eye assessment?
Please bring your glasses to the appointment, if you have been prescribed a pair.
Making an appointment
Clinic appointment times
The La Trobe Orthoptic Eye Clinic is open on:
Monday 9.00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 6.00 pm
Friday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
The clinic will be closed from 21 December 2020 until 1January 2021.
Making an appointment
Please call clinic reception on (03) 9479 5831 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment or enquiry.
When you arrive for you appointment you will be asked to complete a patient information form and consent form.
If you cannot attend your appointment, please call the clinic to change your appointment. Failure to attend a session without notice or cancellation within 24 hours' notice will incur a cancellation fee.
Referring a patient
The clinic accepts a wide range of referrals, including self-referrals and referrals from GPs optometrists, ophthalmologists, allied health professionals, parents, and schools.
To make or discuss a referral, please contact the clinic. A referral may be faxed or emailed.
Tel: +61 3 9479 5831
Fax: +61 3 9479 5036
Maternal Child and Health Referrals
Please complete the below form to refer an infant or child (0-5 years) for an orthoptic assessment at the La Trobe Orthoptic Eye Clinic. The clinic will contact the parent/guardian to make an appointment within 7 days.
Orthoptic services offered by La Trobe University are not refundable through Medicare or private health insurance. The fees are as follows:
Orthoptic Consultation (First & Subsequent)
The Orthoptic Eye Clinic accepts cash, cheque (payable to La Trobe University), EFTPOS, Visa/MasterCard & American Express. Fees will be charged for cancellations within 24 hours or failure to attend a session without notification. Cancellation within 24 hours of session will incur 50% of session fee and failure to attend without notification will incur the full session fee.
Please contact the clinic via phone or email for all enquires.
Telephone: (03) 9479 5831
Fax: (03) 9479 5036