Request Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People children's spectacle subsidy services

Last updated on 05 July 2022

Our guide for optometrists, ophthalmologists and on behalf users claiming the Ministry of Health funded children’s spectacle subsidy. 

Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People guidelines

The Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People (formerly Ministry of Health) manual provides guidelines for accessing the spectacle subsidy service.  It includes clinical guidelines that are intended to show the typical range of prescribing spectacles for most children.

Download the Spectacle Subsidy Manual and Clinical Guidelines (PDF, 768 KB, 10 pages)

Making claims

Use the Enable Spectacle App to make these claims: 

  • Spectacle subsidy towards the cost of eye examinations, frames, lenses, eye patches and repairs  
  • Extra payment for adult size frames (rationale required) 
  • High level subsidy for children with more complex vision needs 
  • Claims under genuine and exceptional circumstances. 

If you make claims on behalf of an optometrist or opthalmologist you will need to an 'on-behalf user' account.

How to apply for an 'on-behalf' user account


To get you started making a claim, we've created some tutorials. 

Access our spectacle claims tutorials


You cannot cancel an application because once the application is processed the subsidy amount is allocated automatically. However, you can request a credit.

How to request credits

Download our brochure

We have a brochure for parents, guardians, family or whānau. 

Enable New Zealand Children’s Spectacle Subsidy Brochure (PDF, 1.4 MB, 2 pages)

More information

Contact Enable New Zealand