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Autism Centre

Autism Spectrum Disorder affects almost 230,000 Australians 

Visual problems can easily be overlooked (particularly in children with a recent diagnosis), so the Flinders Vision Autism Centre provides a setting for eye tests, where those on the spectrum can come and be seen by staff who are understanding of the specific communication and social difficulties people with ASD face every day

How does it work?

Prior to your appointment, so everyone can familiarise themselves with ‘what will happen’ before you actually arrive, you can view the facilities using the "virtual 3D video" link below and also get to know the people and what happens during your visit by using the "visual timeline" link below.

About the service

It is a free optometry service for children and adults on the autism spectrum – bulk billed under Medicare.

The waiting room and tailored consulting room are autism-friendly, with toys that are very tactile, with order and visual cues, so that children have their own space and feel a sense of belonging. 

Consultations aim to make a visit to the optometrist a more positive and anxiety-free experience for those on the spectrum by tailoring the consultation to the communication level of the individual.

This is the first optometry service of its kind in Australia. 

The Flinders Vision Autism Centre is run by Flinders University Optometrist and senior lecturer, Dr Paul Constable.

Paul has a personal connection to the condition, with his son on the autism spectrum. Paul is passionate about providing services that aim to improve the lives of those with ASD.


Appointment Availability

Appointments are available on Thursdays between 9am and 11am or 3pm and 5pm. Please let us know if you would to be seen on a different day as we can also accomodate appointments at other times.

For an appointment at the Flinders Vision Autism Centre, phone (08) 7221 8700 or email us at

More info

For diagnosis and treatment of ASD in South Australia – contact Autism SA