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New program to slash the cost of glasses for South Australians on low incomes


Pensioners, people living with disability and the unemployed are among those to benefit from a new program that provides low income South Australians with quality, affordable glasses.

Glasses SA, a partnership between the State Government and Optometry SA, will see participating optometrists provide very low cost glasses to the most disadvantaged in the community.

Good vision is important for living a healthy, happy and productive life. About 90 per cent of blindness or vision impairment is preventable or treatable, and it is vital that people see an optometrist to be diagnosed and treated as early as possible.

However, some people needing treatment may avoid seeing an optometrist because they are embarrassed about not being able to afford glasses.

Under the Glasses SA program, eligible people will pay a maximum of $25 for glasses with single vision lenses, $50 for those with bi-focal lenses and $100 for glasses with multi-focal lenses.

Children who are dependants of people who qualify for the Glasses SA scheme will also be eligible for glasses, meaning that many children will have access to low cost glasses.

Eligible people can get a new pair of glasses through Glasses SA every three years.

People who receive a full Centrelink pension, such as an age pension or a disability pension, or receive full Newstart Allowance are eligible for Glasses SA.

Currently, 65 optometrists are delivering Glasses SA, with more expected to sign up over coming months. Participating optometrists have a Glasses SA sticker displayed in their window.

For more information go to, visit a participating optometrist or call Glasses SA on 1300 762 577.

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