One group that falls through the cracks the most is children, and that is where our first pursuit begins.
Amblyopia, also known as lazy eye - is a vision development disorder that begins during infancy or early childhood. Left untreated, lazy eye can cause serious visual impairments to the affected eye and could even result in blindness.
We know that there is a group of families that do not qualify for the government subsidy, but the cost of glasses is still a significant financial burden to bear. Which is why, over the next 12 months, we aim to identify children with the greatest risk of permanent vision impairment due to Amblyopia living in Auckland, and fund 400 eye examinations with a subsidy towards glasses of up to $250 a pair.
Once the 400 subsidies are distributed, the Trust will review the programme to see if more funding is required. It is anticipated that if the program is successful then it will hopefully roll out nationally.
We look forward to working with families, teachers and optometrists in helping improve the lives of many young children.
Please download and review the criteria form below to ensure a child is eligible for funding
For us to determine the eligibility of a child to receive funding, an optometrist will also need to fill out the referral form below confirming the criteria has been met.
If you are a parent or teacher, you can send these forms to any Auckland optometrist for an assessment.