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Registering with the Ministry of Health’s Children’s Spectacle Subsidy service: Information for Optometrists and Ophthalmologists


Enable New Zealand administers the Children’s Spectacle Subsidy service on behalf of the New Zealand Ministry of Health. Optometrists or Ophthalmologists who wish to use the Children’s Spectacle Subsidy service must be registered with Enable New Zealand:

  • as an Approved Assessor under the Ministry of Health Equipment Modification Services (EMS) Assessor Accreditation Framework, and
  • to use Enable Online with RTL to claim for payment.


The Children’s Spectacle Subsidy is a Ministry of Health contribution intended to help families with the cost of certain vision services for eligible children 15 years of age and under. Visit the Ministry of Health website for more information.

Children’s spectacle subsidy | Ministry of Health NZ

Register as an EMS Approved Assessor

EMS Approved Assessors are authorised to apply for Ministry of Health funding for equipment for people eligible for disability support services. To register as an EMS Assessor you will need to apply via EMS Assessor Online. This is a database managed by Enable New Zealand.

EMS Assessor Online - Login/Register | Disability Funding Information

Access to Enable Online with RTL – payment request system

Once you have registered as an EMS Approved Assessor you will receive a login and password to access Enable Online with RTL (Round Trip Logistics). This web-based service allows you to claim the spectacle subsidy for your client. It also ensures that spectacle subsidy claims meet Ministry of Health eligibility criteria.

Enable Online with RTL | Disability Funding Information

Ministry of Health Spectacle Subsidy Manual and Clinical Guidelines

Visit the Disability Funding Information website page below to download copies of the:

  • Spectacle Subsidy Manual for service users and providers
  • Spectacle Subsidy Clinical Guidelines for Optometrists and Ophthalmologists.


Spectacle Subsidy Manual & Clinical Guidelines | Disability Funding Information

Children’s Spectacle Subsidy brochure for parents, family, whānau, or guardian

Download a copy of Enable New Zealand’s Children’s Spectacle Subsidy brochure.

Enable New Zealand Children’s Spectacle Subsidy Brochure (PDF, 2.31MB, 2 pages)

Spectacles Subsidy Brochure Image

Contact Enable New Zealand for more information

Contact us if you would like more information about the Children’s Spectacle Subsidy service.

Contact Us | Enable New Zealand

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