Free glasses for kids
As part of our Vision for Kids program, we’re offering free glasses for our members’ kids 12 years and under. Since launching in 2019 we have helped over 2,200 South Australian kids, but we’re just getting started.
Whilst getting kids tested is up to you, providing kids with free glasses is the least we can do to give each child a brighter outlook on life. All you need to do to access the offer is hold a current family membership with National Pharmacies and have your child (12 years and under) listed on the membership. Read on below for more information.
Frequently asked questions
When do the free glasses end?
Our commitment to children having the best sight has no end date, it is an ongoing part of a family membership with National Pharmacies.
How many free pairs does my child receive?
As a family member of National Pharmacies, each child 12 and under covered by the membership is entitled to one pair of glasses per year. This includes the frame and a ZEISS UVProtect lens. ‘Each year’ is determined by the date the first pair of glasses is supplied.
How do I make an appointment?
You can make an appointment online for a store location convenient to you. Alternatively, you are welcome to contact your closest store directly.
What about Medicare and Health Insurance?
You will need to have a Medicare card number for your child’s eye exam, but you do not need to have health insurance to qualify for the free glasses.
What lenses are in the glasses?
Optical by National Pharmacies uses UVProtect lenses from ZEISS. These lenses offer your child the highest level of protection possible from UV light. They are like wearing sunglasses, but with a clear lens.
Why we choose ZEISS for your children?
Children’s eyes don’t filter UV radiation the same way as adult eyes do making them more vulnerable to UV light. Currently, up to 80% of clear lenses do not offer full UV protection but, ZEISS lenses do! All ZEISS clear plastic lenses come standard with ZEISS UVProtect Technology, giving sunglass-level UV protection to the eyes and surrounding skin.
How do I qualify?
You need to have a current financial family membership with National Pharmacies and the children need to be listed on the membership. All children listed on the family membership that are 12 and under are eligible.
How do I sign up for a family membership?
Please click here to sign up online, alternatively you can join in-store or by phone 1300 667 676. If you currently have a single membership this can be upgraded in-store at any time.
What if my child doesn’t need glasses?
That is great news however, we would still recommend that your children have regular eye tests as their eyes develop to monitor their vision and also their eye health.
Does my child have to have the eye exam?
Yes. Your child will require a valid prescription to qualify for the free glasses. This can come from an eye exam with one of our experienced optometrists or you may use an existing prescription from an external optometrist who has tested your child’s eyes.
What age can my child have an eye exam?
Our optometrists can help with an in-store eye exam for children of any age however, in some cases, your child may need to be referred to a specialist.
What is the warranty on the free glasses?
Standard 12 month manufacturing warranty that applies to all frames and lenses. This does not cover user damage.