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Optical health cover

Most extras policies include optical, to help you get glasses with insurance. You can get optical cover from around $5 a week*.

What you need to know:

  • Prescription glasses and contact lenses aren't covered by Medicare.
  • An extras policy with optical cover can help pay for the cost of glasses and contact lenses from around $5 a week*.
  • Optical insurance policies will all have a maximum annual benefit, as well as a 2-month waiting period.

*Prices are based on a single person living in Sydney earning less than $93,000 a year.

Extras policies that cover optical

Here are some extras policies with optical cover from Finder partners. All prices are based on a single individual with less than $93,000 income and living in Sydney.

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Name Product Treatments Price Apply
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Psychology
  • Remedial Massage
  • Hearing aids
  • +1 other treatments covered
$17.42
per month
Frank Easy Extras
Extras cover
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Psychology
  • Remedial Massage
  • Hearing aids
  • +1 other treatments covered
$21.34
per month
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Psychology
  • Remedial Massage
  • Hearing aids
  • +1 other treatments covered
$22.32
per month
Basic Extras
Extras cover
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Psychology
  • Remedial Massage
  • Hearing aids
$26.80
per month
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Psychology
  • Remedial Massage
  • Hearing aids
  • +1 other treatments covered
$27.10
per month
Simple Extras
Extras cover
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Psychology
  • Remedial Massage
  • Hearing aids
  • +1 other treatments covered
$28.24
per month
HCF FLEX MY EXTRAS
Extras cover
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Psychology
  • Remedial Massage
  • Hearing aids
  • +1 other treatments covered
$29.33
per month
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Psychology
  • Remedial Massage
  • Hearing aids
  • +1 other treatments covered
$32.19
per month
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Psychology
  • Remedial Massage
  • Hearing aids
$34.04
per month
Value Extras
Extras cover
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Psychology
  • Remedial Massage
  • Hearing aids
  • +3 other treatments covered
$34.38
per month
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Are glasses and contact lenses covered by health insurance?

Australian private health funds provide cover for a wide range of optical services and treatments through their extras cover policies. some of these include:

  • Prescription glasses and contact lenses
  • Rebates on prescription sunglasses and prescription swimming goggles
  • Eye check-ups

Health insurance for major eye surgery

If you want insurance for major optical procedures, you'll need a more comprehensive plan that you would need for basic optical. If you want health insurance for cataract surgery, you’ll need to take out hospital cover. Specifically, you'll need a gold-tier hospital policy.

If you want health insurance for laser eye surgery, you'll need a specific top-tier extras package that covers laser eye treatment. There are only a handful of products on the market that cover this, mostly because the cost of laser eye surgery is so high. Be sure to check our guides on this before you make a decision.

What should I look for in a health insurance policy?

There are some terms and conditions you should look out for when finding an insurance policy.

Exclusions

Exclusions are the things that aren't covered by your private health fund. Some frequently encountered exclusions are:

  • Treatment outside of Australia. If you want to head abroad for cheaper laser eye surgery, for example, most health funds won't cover that. You might consider medical tourism insurance instead.
  • No cover unless there is a specific, named health issue involved.
  • No cover for additional costs like administration fees.

Limits

These are the maximum amounts your policy will pay in benefits, or how much you can claim before your benefits cap out. Your policy may have yearly or lifetime limits for a number of treatment sessions or an amount of money paid out.

  • If the cost of a treatment is more than the limit of your policy, you will only be covered up to that limit and must pay the rest yourself. This is sometimes refered to as the 'gap'.
  • In the case of family or couple policies there may be limits for individuals as well as limits for the group as a whole.
  • Some no-gap optical policies do exist, if you would prefer not to pay any extra.

Excess

A health insurance excess is an additional amount you must pay when making a claim. If more than one excess applies, you must pay the total sum of all applicable excesses. Generally, excess' are only a feature of hospital policies, as well as combined policies.

  • Age related excess. The older you are the higher your risk levels. Certain age groups have this additional excess.
  • Hospital excess. If someone on your policy goes to hospital this excess will apply to cover the additional costs involved.
  • Special excess. Pre-existing conditions, ongoing health issues or a history of making many claims will drive up your special excess.

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