Children's Spectacle Subsidy
Help paying for eye tests and glasses for children 15 years and younger who have eyesight problems
The New Zealand Ministry of Health can help pay for eye tests, glasses and eye patches for children aged 15 years and under who have eyesight problems. This is called the children’s spectacle subsidy. Enable New Zealand manages the children’s spectacle subsidy on behalf of the Ministry of Health.
The children’s spectacle subsidy is a payment to help families with the cost of vision services (as above) for eligible children 15 years of age and under. The subsidy also covers repairs to glasses.
Applying for the children’s spectacle subsidy: What you need to know
- Whānau, family, parents or guardians can apply for the subsidy.
- The Ministry of Health has guidelines about who can receive the subsidy.
- You apply for the subsidy when taking your child to an optometrist or eye specialist (ophthalmologist) for an eye test.
- The optometrist or eye specialist must be registered with Enable New Zealand to claim the subsidy for your child.
- Enable New Zealand pays the subsidy to the optometrist or eye specialist.
- If the subsidy does not cover the full cost of the eye test and glasses, you will need to pay the difference to the optometrist or ophthalmologist.
You can find more information below.
Ministry of Health children’s spectacle subsidy guidelines and manuals
Children’s spectacle subsidy | Ministry of Health NZ (www.health.govt.nz)
Enable New Zealand FAQs and children’s spectacle subsidy brochure for whānau, family, parent or guardian
Enable New Zealand Children’s Spectacle Subsidy Brochure (PDF, 2.31MB, 2 pages)
Disability funding information about the children’s spectacle subsidy
Finding an optometrist
New Zealand Association of Optometrists (www.nzao.co.nz)