Use it or lose it (your private health insurance that is) - Eyecare Plus Ashgrove
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Use it or lose it (your private health insurance that is)

Use it or lose it (your private health insurance that is)

Use it or lose it

Use it or lose it (your private health insurance that is)

Some private health funds roll over at the end of the financial year rather than the end of the calendar year, and if you don't use your benefits, you lose them.  

You can check here to see when your fund resets, and if you haven't been in to see us for a while, book in an appointment soon.  Read on to find out more in this post put together by our head office team.

Fewer Australians have been getting their eyes tested compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Medicare there has been a significant drop in the number of people seeing their optometrist.

Optometry consultations dropped by 7% due to COVID. And, alarmingly, amongst some of the most vulnerable people who need eye health assistance, low vision consultations fell by 20%.

These drops in eye health care are concerning to Optometry Australia, the peak optometry group in Australia.

Patients put off important eye health appointments during COVID but now that we're through the worst of it and out of lockdowns, continuing to put optometry appointments on hold could be placing your eye health at risk.

Whilst many eye conditions have subtle symptoms, the seriousness of a potentially vision threatening disease can only be seen during an eye examination.

Any changes to your vision need to be discussed with your optometrist.

Use your health cover

If you haven’t seen your optometrist this year so far, or during COVID and you are one of the nearly 50% of people who have private health cover, you have an even greater incentive to get your eyes checked as majority of private health fund benefits may expire at the end of June, or at the end of December.

You have been paying the premiums, so take advantage of the benefits your health fund makes available to you. Now is a best time to focus on your eye health and take advantage of your optical benefits.

Health funds do not allow us to roll over our benefits each year. Once 1 January, or in some cases 1 July, rolls around the benefits that you did not use the year before will lapse.

It is important to have your eyes checked every two years because your prescription can change. And, as we get older our eyes are prone to eye conditions such as presbyopia, cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. The earlier these conditions are found, the more expedient the treatment.

See clearer

If you have not had your script checked in a while you will be surprised to discover how much lens technology has improved. Today, lenses are much thinner and lighter with a wide choice of lens coatings.

Lenses not only help you see the world more clearly, but they can also be personalised to your individual needs. Aside from being thinner and lighter they come with anti-reflective and scratch resistant coatings. They can reduce the effect of harmful UV rays, block out blue light glare from computer screens and photochromic lenses can transition from clear to dark when you walk outside.

How to use your rebate

There are many ways to use your health fund rebate.

Who doesn’t need a spare pair of reading glasses at home! Now is the best time to get that extra pair so that you don’t spend another afternoon turning the loungeroom upside down looking for your reading glasses.

What about a pair of prescription glasses for sport? What about contact lenses? If you have yet to try on a pair of contact lenses now is a good time. Did you know that you can try a trial set of contact lenses at no charge?

There are many eye health services and ‘no gap’ frames you can claim on your private health insurance.

The first step is to book an appointment with us for your next eye test.

All health funds are welcome at our practice.

Ready to book an appointment?

Online bookings available or call us on (07) 3463 0349.

This website does not provide medical advice.  It is intended for informational purposes only.  It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment.  If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately dial Triple 0 (000).