The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) will open its eighth clinic, Knox Eye Care, in Melbourne’s East this September.
Iris Huang, Site Manager and Optometrist at the new Knox Eye Care clinic said the new clinic will improve access to the College’s service for Victorian Eyecare Service (VES) patients as well as patients with complex ocular history.
“Our focus on eye health education, regular eye check promotion, optometry teaching and collaboration with other professionals and hospitals will allow patients living in the far east to have more options accessing high standard and affordable eye care,” she commented.
With ‘Caring for our community’ at the forefront, the ACO has been committed to providing vital, affordable eye care and optometry services to individuals and families across Australia for over 50 years.
Wyndham Eye Care, located in Hoppers Crossing, opened in June to help meet unmet demand for accessible and affordable eye care in Melbourne’s West. The clinic is staffed by Clinical Receptionist King Lay as well as Site Manager and Optometrist, Michael Yen who commented, “Patients love the convenience of our new location. They appreciated the eye care services the ACO provides and the affordable spectacle range but for many in the West, Carlton was too far to travel.”
ACO Director of Clinical Services, Neville Turner said “These two new clinics are located in areas of identified need to support access to the VES. The Wyndham clinic is located in one of the largest growing communities with a culturally diverse population, whilst the Knox service is accessible to the Yarra Ranges, Knox and Maroondah populations. With state-of-the-art equipment and our focus on excellence in patient care, the aim of these clinics is to improve access to eye care for the local community and to support people who may not have been accessing care in the past.”
The ACO is a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to improve the eye health and well-being of communities through innovation, partnership and leadership. The ACO is committed to providing culturally appropriate services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, asylum seeker and refugee communities, people with disabilities and those experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
The Victorian State Government made funds available for the establishment of these new services which will support improved access to the Victoria Eyecare Service (VES).
For more information regarding clinic locations and the VES, please visit: www.aco.org.au.