Your child should have their eyes examined at an early age as early detection of vision problems is important.

A child who cannot see well is at a learning disadvantage. The optometrist will test for excessive or unequal amounts of nearsightedness, far sightedness, or astigmatism, eye movement ability and assess general eye health. Our children’s vision clinic aims to provide solutions for learning challenges caused by an unbalanced eye system. We have optometrists that specialise in behavioural optometry and regularly receive referral from teachers, Irlen screeners and SPELD assessors from around the Waikato. We offer vision therapy services for children of all learning abilities,

What is Behavioural Optometry?

Behavioural optometry is the term that is used by teachers and specialists in learning for optometrists that specialise in children’s vision or eye muscles and learning.


Symptoms that may indicate a child is experiencing vision problems include:

  • Rubbing eyes repeatedly
  • Dislike and avoidance of close work
  • Holding head at an angle when looking at an object
  • Shutting or covering one eye to focus
  • Excessive blinking
  • Holding books close to the face
  • Using a finger as a place mark when reading
  • Sitting too close to the television
  • Developing red eyes
  • Either eye turning in or out

Children 15 years of age and under in a family with a Community Services may qualify for subsidised optometrists visits and a subsidy toward the cost of glasses.