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Can I drive after my appointment?

  • Many patients require drops to dilate the pupils; these drops also blur the vision and make it difficult to drive for 1-2 hours.
  • Dr. Athanasiov can review your referral and usually advise you as to whether you will need any investigation or treatment that is likely to blur your vision. 

How long do appointments take?

  • Our receptionists can often provide an accurate assessment according to which services you require on the day of the appointment.
  • Standard times to allow for each appointment (including waiting room time):
    • New appointments: allow 90 minutes for a full assessment
    • Review consultations: allow 30 minutes 

What are the costs involved for appointments?

  • Most patients will incur a small fee for the consultation, which is not covered by Private Health Funds or Medicare. 
  • Any additional costs that arise during the appointment will be made apparent prior to the test or procedure being performed.

How much does surgery cost?

  • All costs are made apparent when planning a procedure. 
  • The "out of pocket" cost varies according to your particular health cover and the planned procedure:
    • Your insurance company may have an excess for hospital admissions and this needs to be discussed with them.
    • Cosmetic procedures and some Premium Refractive procedures are not covered by Private Health or Medicare and a formal quote will be established prior to booking the surgery.
    • Minor procedures can often be performed at the rooms and may therefore not require private health cover. 

Post-operative emergencies

  • Please the clinic on 08 8239 0118: Dr Athanasiov receives all messages directly on his mobile phone and will call you back as soon as possible. If you do not hear back within 30 minutes, you should call the Royal Adelaide Hospital and ask for the Eye Registrar. 
  • Emergencies:
    • Loss of vision
    • Increasing pain (it is common to have some pain a few hours after surgery as the anaesthetic wears off; increasing pain thereafter, or pain which is not relieved by the analgesia provided to you may require an urgent review).
  • What is normal after most eye surgeries:
    • Foreign body sensation or grittiness
    • Redness
    • Stinging sensation when putting in the eye drops; try putting in a lubricant drop such as Optive one minute before using the other drops.