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GlassesSA Program Expanded

The South Australian Government has announced a decision to expand the GlassesSA program, as outlined in the SA State Budget 2024–25.

The GlassesSA program helps South Australians obtain low-cost glasses or, for those with serious eye conditions, no-cost contact lenses.

From 1 January 2025, the SA Government will simplify and extend access to subsidised glasses by offering eligibility to all holders (and their dependents) of the Pensioner Concession Card, Health Care Card, and Low Income Health Care Card. Currently, only those receiving the maximum rate of certain Centrelink or Department of Veterans Affairs payments are able to benefit from this program.

Timothy Lo, President of Optometry Victoria/South Australia (OVIC/SA) said the decision “is a significant and much-needed development in vision care accessibility for South Australians”.

The SA Government’s decision to expand the GlassesSA program demonstrates its continued commitment to updating the scheme to meet community needs

“By broadening the eligibility criteria, a much larger group of people can now be reached. This ensures more South Australians can access the essential eye care services they need, ultimately improving their quality of life.”

Mr Lo also extended his gratitude to the SA Government for prioritising eye health in the State Budget.

“It’s estimated over 90% of blindness and vision loss is avoidable, and vision loss can have devastating impacts on the health and overall wellbeing of affected individuals and their families.

“The SA Government’s decision to expand the GlassesSA program demonstrates its continued commitment to updating the scheme to meet community needs. We are grateful it has recognised the importance of vision care and have made it a priority, and we look forward to working together to improve eye health outcomes for all South Australians.”

The SA Government has confirmed that when the changes are made, GlassesSA will operate in the same way – optometrists carry out a simple online check of a customer’s Centrelink details and claim through the portal for swift EFT reimbursement. Existing additional program subsidies, including free standard glasses for eligible Indigenous customers and optional out-of-pocket upgrades will remain.