Are eye tests for children free?
Enable New Zealand gives government funding for eye tests and glasses for children. This subsidy will cover the full cost of an eye examination for children 15 years and under. To be eligible families must have current Community Service Card, or High Health User Card.
The subsidy extends to prescription glasses if these are needed, with some clinical criteria.
Currently the majority of Kiwi children are screened for lazy eyes at 4 years of age, through the B4 School Check. This screening is not the same as our comprehensive eye exam but it will identify some vision problems. The next screening check for children's vision is at school in Year 7, for children about 11 years of age.