Shattky Optometrists

Visique Shattky Optometrists has been serving the people of Hawke's Bay with trusted expert eyecare and eyewear since 1906. We continue a proud history of family ownership with successive father & son teams Ernest & Derek Shattky, Neil & Phil Donaldson plus Mark & Tim Eagle. Using the very latest technologies and systems we specialise in Glaucoma tests, Retinal photography, Diabetic management, Therapeutic drugs, dietary supplements and Behavioural Optometry. We are ACC primary eyecare providers and CAA certificated examiners. Our speciality Orthokeratology and Keratoconus contact lens services are very successful. Using Zeiss, Nikon & Essilor quality lenses, High Fashion frames and sunglasses we excel in providing award winning choice. We provide Irlen and Cellfield specialist services for 3D, binocular problems, Amblyopia and reading problems.

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ENABLE subsidy for eye exams & spectacles


The Disability Support Services ENABLE Funding Programme has now been extended to include children of up to 15yrs of age.

From October 2007, families with a Community Services Card or children with High Use Health Card now qualify for subsidised optometrists visits and a subsidy toward the cost of glasses for their children up until the day before their 16th birthday.

From Jan 2015 the terms have been sigificantly tightened down, such that this scheme is much less likely to fund spectacles of lower powers. We can cover this with you in more detail as it may apply to your child.

If you qualify, then you owe it to your child to act, this scheme will meet most, if not all of the initial costs.


The five areas that can be accessed under the subsidy are:
          * Examination
          * Frames
          * Lenses
          * Eye patches
          * Repairs

The subsidy amount is usually $287.50 (including GST).

There is a further $51.11 available (including GST) for children that require an adult size frame.

You may be able to access extra funding if your child's Shortsightedness is changing very quickly or if he or she has Amblyopia (lazy eye) or Strabismus (squint).

Talk to us for more information about this extra funding. 

The subsidy is available again after 12 months, if needed, for each child in your family who can get the subsidy.

We fill out a form with your help, and send it with your bill to Enable New Zealand.
You will need to pay any balance.

 If you can't get the subsidy talk to your optometrist, doctor or school about other help that may be available.
Other options may include:

         * recoverable loans from Work and Income
         * support from local community groups.