Eye examinations for children are important to ensure your child's eyes are healthy and their vision does not interfere with their learning. While all children in New Zealand undergo vision screening at the age of four and in Year 7, these screening checks are not a substitute for a comprehensive eye examination.
Vision changes in children can occur without you noticing them, so your child should have an eye examination at least once every two years, and more often if they require glasses. The earlier vision problems are detected and treated, the more likely treatment will be successful in children.
Enable Spectacle Subsidy
If your child is 15 or under and has vision problems, you may be able to access the Enable spectacle subsidy, set by the Ministry of Health. This subsidy helps towards the cost of eye examinations, spectacle frames and lenses.