Ensure Your Child has a Clear View of the World

Low Income Subsidy

Children with vision problems, aged 15 years or under, may qualify for the glasses subsidy from Enable New Zealand. The subsidy applies to children whose families have a community services card or children with high health user cards.

Children aged 15 years and under are entitled to $287.50 per year. The subsidy can be used for examination fees, lenses, frames, eye patches, and some repairs.  Children who require adult size frames may be able to claim an extra $51.

We have ENABLE packages which include frames, lenses and the examination for this price.

Talk to us today to find out if your child qualifies for Enable assistance

Visual problems in children include:

- Myopia – near sightedness which means your child can see objects in the distance very well
- Hyperopia – long sightedness which means eyes can become tired and sore when trying to do things close up
- Astigmatism – blurred vision
- Amblyopia - `lazy eye’- this is where one eye can turn inward or outward. It needs to be treated early – if left
  untreated after the age of 6 this can become a permanent condition
- Colour deficiency – means that some colours cannot be seen clearly, affecting 1 in 12 boys and 1 in 200 girls


Lazy Eye (Ambloyopia)

Amblyopia is a condition that occurs in children in whom one eye has poorer vision than the other. If amblyopia is left untreated, a child’s vision will not develop correctly and as the brain matures, one eye will remain with poor vision. The brain actually ‘ignores’ the image coming from the bad eye, causing the vision in this affected eye to become even worse and be permanently diminished as the child becomes a teenager.

Because amblyopia can have serious, permanent effects on your child, it is important that he or she is regularly tested.