Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (834)

Emer Higgins

Question:

834. Deputy Emer Higgins asked the Minister for Health if children under 12 years of age are entitled to an eye examination and voucher to cover the cost of glasses; and if so, how often. [38224/20]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

In accordance with the Health Act 1970, the HSE provides vision screening for children up to the age of six at child health examinations and for children of primary school age under school vision screening programmes. Ophthalmic treatment and appliances in respect of defects noticed at these examinations are provided by the HSE.

As the HSE's approach to the provision of optical services is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly as soon as possible.