In 2005, optometrists in Queensland were granted the right to prescribe a range of medications for the treatment of eye conditions. Optometrists are required to complete a post graduate course of pharmacology and disease processes, in order to be therapeutically qualified. All our Optometrists at Somerville and Merrin, have a therapeutic qualification and are able to prescribe antibiotic, antiviral and anti-inflammatory drops, as well as medications for allergy symptoms. The benefit to you is that you will no longer have to see both your optometrist and your doctor to have your eye conditions treated!
Some optometrist prescriptions are also covered by the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme (PBS), and so are subsidised by the federal government.