There is a clear link between a child’s ability to see well and his or her ability to learn and succeed in school.
Children learn mostly with their eyes. Reading, writing, blackboard work, computers, playtime and sports are all hard work if you cannot see clearly. Many everyday tasks for children involve seeing quickly and using visual information.
Parents need to understand the basics of children’s eye health so they can detect problems early and address them before they become serious.
Good vision includes seeing well at a distance and also for close work. Good vision depends on good eye health and good eye function. Good eye function involves visual integration and visual skills such as using the eyes together, focusing the eyes properly and changing focus appropriately, and moving the eyes when needed.
From the NZ Assoc of Optometrists
Our optometrists love helping kids. We make the eye exam experience as pleasurable as possible.
Subsidy for eye exams and glasses
If your child is 15 years or under and has vision problems, you may be eligible for a subsidy to cover the costs of the eye exam and glasses. Families with a Community Services Card or children with High Use Health Card qualify.
Call us if you would like to know more about the subsidy on 06 878 8960.