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The cost and level of funding for a new prosthetic eye can vary depending on where you live. The medical industry is more often than not a hard thing to navigate which makes it difficult to get a straight answer.

For example, New South Wales, Australia has full funding if you know where to go, whereas Queensland has very limited funding depending on your situation. 

Artificial eye cost should not be the reason that keeps you from getting the best product and service available. We have worked out the best possible pricing for your needs to try and keep it affordable. Private health insurance in Australia will cover a portion of the prosthetic eye cost. However that portion is quite often out weighed by the extra premium you will pay just to get that cover. Medicare and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will not cover the cost of an eye as they deem it to be a non-supportive device as this point in time. Hopefully this will change soon.

Artificial eye cost varies drastically around the world. In the United Kingdom the NHS will fund an eye prosthesis and privately you will pay around $1700 pounds. In the USA you can pay from $1800 right through to a Rolls Royce $8500. (That doesn’t even come with an engine). In Australia you can expect to pay anywhere from $1900 through to $2700.

As you can see we are quite lucky here in Australia. We are able to keep costs down so the end user pays a fair price for the product they are purchasing.

Oculus Prosthetics offers two flexible payment plans to help make life that little bit easier.

Article updated: May 2021

Dwayne Collins

Ocularist Dwayne Collins specialises in adult and pediatric prosthetic eyes. Dwayne knows firsthand the challenges individuals and families face as a result of eye injury or loss. Read More


  • William A. Danz says:

    Glad to see that you are presenting articles on prosthetic eyes. Good information

  • Herbert Howard says:

    I haven’t had a glass eye in my eye socket for over 10 years . I’m 65 . I can’t afford it . Does it take more eyes to get fit to open up socket . I have no muscles in the socket. Are there payment plans available.

  • Tommy Charley says:

    Does Medicaid or medicare pay for a prosthetic eye?

    • Dwayne Collins says:

      Hello Tommy. Here in Australia, Medicare does not cover a eye prosthesis. We have finance available if needed.

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