Free eye exams welcomed by NZ kids and parents


Since the Specsavers Kids Go Free health initiative launched in June 2015 more than 23,000 New Zealand children have received a free comprehensive eye examination. This equates to a $1.4 million investment in the eye health of New Zealand children.

The permanent Kids Go Free offer enables all New Zealanders under the age of 16 to have their eyes tested for free at any Specsavers store throughout the country as often as required. According to the 2013 Census, a total of 930,000 New Zealanders are eligible, which means more than 900,000 children are yet to take up the offer - is your child one of them?

The start of the new school year is a great time to book an eye exam. New Zealand schools offer basic eye screening of children at the age of four and in Year Seven, however they do not comprehensively test for all vision problems.

The aim of Kids Go Free is to help improve the eye health of children and enable them to progress and learn by picking up any vision difficulties at a young age, as after eight years old it can become more difficult to reverse such problems.

Tell-tale signs that indicate if a child may be having trouble with their sight and should be booked in to see their local Specsavers optometrist for an eye exam include: ·

  • Are clumsier than usual for their age
  • Squinting or tilting of their head to see or focus 
  • Poor handwriting 
  • Child bringing reading material close to their eyes or moving their head closer to the book
  • Sitting too close to the television
  • Rubbing of eyes or have frequent headaches

It is important that parents keep an eye on their child’s vision and if in doubt book an eye exam.

Parents can request an appointment for a free comprehensive eye exam for their child at any of the 51 Specsavers stores by going to or phoning their local store.

Although there is no obligation to purchase glasses following an eye exam, the Specsavers eyewear range includes glasses for infants, children and teens, with complete glasses including SuperTough lens upgrades and 100% UV protection, starting from $99 for one complete pair. The children’s range includes more than 70 styles from Moshi Monsters, Disney Princesses, Marvel, Star Wars and Winnie the Pooh. 


To find out more information or to request an appointment for your child or children, visit

This article was written for Specsavers and Kidspot NZ

This article was written for Kidspot by Specsavers

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