Here, at Tony Han Optometrists, we are passionate about providing professional eye care for all ages. We start our vision assessments for children from the age of 4 - we recommend that you get your child's eyes tested at an optometrist as soon as they start school.

See below for what is involved in a children's vision examination at Tony Han Optometrists and whether your child may be eligible to get the Enable Spectacles Subsidy to get his/her eye exam and the spectacles for free! 

1. Is your child 15 years or younger?
2. Do you or your child hold a current Community Services Card or High Health Use Card?

If you can answer yes to the two questions above then your child is eligible for the Enable New Zealand Spectacles Subsidy. This means that the cost of your child's vision assessment at Tony Han Optometrists, can be covered at no cost to you and if your child requires spectacles, the cost of the spectacles can be covered as well, also at no cost to you!

Phone us on 07 576 8899 today to learn more about the Enable New Zealand Spectacles Subsidy and Children's Eye Care at Tony Han Optometrists.

What's the difference between school vision screening and a children's vision examination at Tony Han Optometrists?


Children's vision is normal to them - how do they know if it isn't?Our Children's Vision Examinations include:
• Family history check
• Distance vision 
• Near vision 
• Eye coordination
• Eye movement
• Peripheral awareness
• Lazy eye (Amblyopia)
• Misalignment of eyes (Strabismus)
• Focusing ability (Accommodation)
• Depth perception (Stereopsis)
• Inability to maintain eye alignment when reading    
  (Convergence insufficiency)
• Colour vision test
• Complete eye health check


Government funded vision screening is carried out before a child starts school and will not be checked again until your child reaches Year 7 (the first year of intermediate).

The first testing (the b4 school check) mainly involves screening for amblyopia (lazy eye).  According to the Health Ed government website:

"Some children who passed this screen may have other vision problems or could develop a vision problem later...Your child will NOT have their vision checked again until they are in Year 7, so if you are concerned about your child’s vision or eyes it is important that you visit an optometrist or ophthalmologist.  If your child does have a vision problem, finding it early is good for their learning and development."

In year 7, children are only tested for their distance vision and boys are screened for colour-blindness.  It is important to realise that this vision test does not test their near vision or astigmatism, amongst the many other causes of poor vision (see our vision examinations above) which could affect their learning in these vital years. 

The video above is a perfect example of some different eye conditions that are not picked up in the b4 school check or the year 7 vision check. In the video, teachers from a school are fitted with glasses and contact lenses that mimic different eye conditions which would affect learning.