We have designed our services specifically help children
Parents face a number of barriers to getting good eye care for their children, after 13 years looking after kids and families with eye problems we’ve found creative ways to beat them:
- Child & parent focused and specific services
- Clever, cutting edge technology
- Providing high-quality kids glasses ourselves: tough, good looking, light (the best lenses)
- Making sure every family can access free or very reasonable care
This funding is there to make sure that children who need glasses to prevent life-long poor vision, or to make sure they can function at school, get the care they need. It therefore covers a full eye test if your child may have a problem, and the provision of glasses.
Children with poor vision in 1 eye, strabismus (squint) or increasing short-sightedness can receive extra “Higher spectacle subsidy” funding because they often require frequent follow-up visits and glasses replacement or patches to treat their problem.
Here are some common problems parents have trying to find eye care
Your child seemed to have good vision, then ‘failed’ a pre-school eye test – why?
You don’t know whether what you have seen or are worried about is a concern or not
Someone has told you that the problem will go away on it’s own, or that it isn’t treated until the child is older
A teacher at school thinks your child has a ‘tracking’ problem or some eye reason that they may be finding reading difficult
What options does my child have to fix their vision? Can it be done with surgery, are glasses really necessary?
Can a child wear a contact lens?
An Optometrist has seen your child and diagnosed a vision problem that requires bifocal lenses in glasses, reading glasses, coloured glasses, or “vision therapy” – will this help, and should I spend hundreds of dollars on the glasses they have recommended?
You have seen an Optometrist who didn’t really seem to know what to do about your child’s eye problem, their eye may still be turning or their vision poor in 1 eye, or there is no clear plan – what should you do?