Your First Appointment.
What to bring.
In order to book an appointment with Dr Charles Su, you will need a referral from another medical practitioner; usually either your GP, or optometrist.
For your visit, please bring your Medicare, Pension and Private Health Fund cards, a list of any health issues, current medications and allergies, any glasses that you normally wear, as well a valid referral letter if you have one (necessary if you wish to claim a Medicare rebate). If you do not have a referral letter, please contact the health professional who referred you and ask them to send a copy to us directly to email@example.com.
The fee for the first consultation with Dr Su is $200.00, with a rebate of about $81 claimable from Medicare afterwards. Depending on your condition, additional procedures will incur extra fees. For example, if your problem is that of wateriness of the eye, the ADDITIONAL cost of the consultation is likely to be about $260, with about $148 claimable from Medicare with a valid referral. If your problem relates to a lump or lesion of the eyelids which needs removal or biopsy, the cost of the consultation may include an extra charge of about $210 per lesion, with about $77 Medicare rebate. Depending on the nature of the lump, treatment of the lump may necessitate a separate booking, either in the clinic or at a hospital.
What to expect.
If it's your first time seeing Dr Su, you'll have an opportunity to fill out our Patient Registration Form, which can be downloaded here.
At your consultation, you may see the orthoptist first, before seeing Dr Su. The orthoptist is a health care professional who will conduct a series of investigations to aid Dr Su in making the correct diagnosis, and in determining the most appropriate therapeutic or surgical approach. Tests can include but are not limited to a vision check, subjective refraction, eye pressure, colour vision, eye movements, or visual fields. (Some of these tests can sometimes cause blurry vision for an hour or two, so it's helpful to bring sunglasses, and someone to drive you home.)
The orthoptist strives to make patients feel at ease in reporting their visual problems, and discuss briefly with them potential surgical or therapeutic expectations after considering all of their issues and current daily function. Information collected from patients is then relayed to Dr Su.
Your first appointment with Dr Su is likely to be a preliminary conversation, discussing possible treatment options for your problem. On the occasion that Dr Su decides to treat immediately, there may be an extra charge for whatever treatment he provides.