If you are a gold card holder, DVA will pay for your optometrical services if your doctor states you have a clinical need.
If you are a white card holder, DVA will pay for optometrical services if you have a clinical need and the services are to treat:
- an accepted disability
- or malignant cancer, pulmonary tuberculosis or post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorder or depression if DVA has granted treatment benefits for these conditions
- treatment benefits for these conditions will be granted if DVA is provided with a confirmed diagnosis from a suitably qualified medical practitioner
- treatment benefits for these conditions are granted whether or not they have been accepted as being causally related to eligible VEA service
You can make an appointment direct with you optometrist without a referral.
Spectacles, contact lenses and low vision aids will only be dispensed by optometrists or optical dispensers who have agreed to apply under DVA arrangements.
In a two year period you may only receive one initial and one subsequent consultation, unless there is a clinical need. In a two year peiod you may receive:
- one pair of spectacles with either bifocal, trifocal or progressive power lenses
- one pair of reading and one pair of distance spectacles
Note: You may have your lenses replaced within the two year period if you have undergone a significant change in visual function (eg. a change in refraction) or a change in your clinical condition. Where possible, the new lenses should be fitted to your existing spectacle frames.
DVA has a fact sheet HSV18 which describes how you can access optometrical services.