will blur your close-up vision but have little effect on your distance
vision except that glare from bright light will be far more disturbing.
It is possible to drive after dilating the pupil but it is preferable
that someone drives you home from this initial visit. Your pupils will
remain dilated for up to 3 hours.
Having assessed your vision and the state of your eyes,
your specialist will discuss your problem with you. If surgery is
suggested, we will provide you with written information about any
procedures, hospitals and costs, which you must read before surgery.
Will I need a Referral?
makes no difference to us whether you have a referral or not but
Medicare gives patients rebates at specialist rates only if you have a
current referral. If not, you will be given a rebate from Medicare at
GP consultation rates ie you will be out of pocket far more if you do
not have a valid referral.
In general, referrals from GPs and optometrists are valid for 12
months, referrals from another specialist are valid for only 3 months.