Specialty services

Paediatrics (Kids Vision)

Children's eye care is of utmost importance for several reasons, as it directly impacts their overall well-being, development, and quality of life. Here are some key reasons why children's eye care is crucial:

  • Visual Development: The early years of a child's life are critical for visual development. Proper vision is essential for children to learn, explore their surroundings, and develop various skills. Any vision problems, if left unaddressed, can hinder a child's ability to develop properly.
  • Academic Performance: Good vision is essential for academic success. Children who have undiagnosed or untreated vision problems may struggle in school, which can lead to academic underachievement and frustration. Regular eye exams can detect and correct vision issues that might be affecting a child's performance.
  • Social Interaction: Clear and comfortable vision is vital for children's social development. It enables them to engage with their peers, make eye contact, and interpret facial expressions. Poor vision can lead to difficulties in social situations and affect a child's self-esteem.
  • Early Detection of Eye Conditions: Regular eye exams can help identify eye conditions and vision problems in children at an early stage. Conditions like amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (crossed eyes), or refractive errors can be treated more effectively when detected early, often preventing long-term vision impairment.
  • Visual Comfort and Well-Being: Children who experience visual discomfort, such as eye strain or headaches, are less likely to enjoy reading, studying, or engaging in activities that require sustained focus. Identifying and addressing these issues can enhance a child's overall well-being and enthusiasm for learning.
  • Developmental Milestones: Vision plays a vital role in achieving developmental milestones, such as hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. Poor vision can slow down a child's progress in these areas.
  • Preventing Long-Term Vision Issues: Some vision problems in childhood, if left unaddressed, can lead to permanent vision impairment or more challenging treatment later in life. Early intervention through regular eye care can help prevent long-term vision issues.
  • Parental Awareness: Children may not always express their vision problems, as they might assume that everyone sees the way they do. Regular eye exams create awareness among parents and caregivers about their child's visual health and prompt them to seek necessary care.
  • Confidence and Self-Esteem: Good vision contributes to a child's self-confidence and self-esteem. When children can see clearly and comfortably, they are more likely to be confident in their abilities and more engaged in their activities.

In conclusion, children's eye care is essential for their overall development, safety, and well-being. Regular eye exams and early intervention can help ensure that children have the best possible vision, allowing them to thrive in all aspects of their lives. Parents and caregivers should prioritize regular eye care as a fundamental part of their child's healthcare routine.

Frequently asked questions

What does an optometrist do?

In NZ an optometrist can calculate the prescription for glasses, fit contact lenses, diagnose and treat eye conditions and infections with medication. They can also manage ocular injuries including removing foreign objects. If surgery or specialist treatment is required they can refer to an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon), hospital, or other health care specialist. NZ-trained optometrists must complete a 5-year degree at the University of Auckland before becoming registered.

What is a dispensing optician (sometimes called a “dispenser”)?

A dispensing optician has formal training in optical dispensing. They are qualified to help a client choose frames, read a prescription, discuss lens options, take measurements, order and fit glasses.

What is an ophthalmologist?

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who has specialised in the treatment of serious eye disease and ocular surgery such as cataract removal. They do not typically prescribe glasses or contact lenses.

What payment options do you have?

While payment is generally required on the day of appointment, we do offer a number of payment options including Afterpay, Genoapay, QCard, and GoCardless.

Do you accept payment cards from the Ministry of Social Development (MSD/WINZ)?

Yes, we do.

I am with Southern Cross. Can I access my member benefits with you?

Yes, you can.

Do you accept a Community Services Card?

Yes, if you are under 16 years of age you may be eligible for a subsidy for glasses. MSD criteria apply.

Are you open on public holidays?

No. We are closed on public holidays and long weekends as we believe our staff should have the chance to enjoy this time with friends and family.

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