Does My Child Need Glasses?

Does My Child Need Glasses?

If your child seems to be having trouble seeing clearly, they need a vision check.


What are the signs of a vision or eye problem?

If your child does have a vision problem, finding it early is good for their learning and development.

You might like to check the KidsHealth page on signs of vision or eye problems in children.

Who should I see if I think my child needs glasses?

If you are concerned about your child's vision, it is important to visit a doctor or optometrist.

Your doctor may recommend visiting your hospital eye clinic. This is free but you may have to wait before you get an appointment.

What will it cost if my child needs glasses?

There is a spectacles subsidy for children aged 15 years or under. To get the subsidy, you need to have a Community Services Card or your child needs to have a High Use Health Card.

The subsidy can help some families with the cost of:

  • eye tests
  • glasses (frames and lenses)
  • eye patches
  • repairs

If you can't get the subsidy, you will need to pay for your child's eye tests and glasses. 

For more information about this subsidy see the Whaikaha | Ministry of Disabled People website. 

You can also contact Enable NZ (0800 362 253).

This page last reviewed 28 May 2024.

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