About the Artificial Eyes Subsidy

Note: You should not rely solely on the answers provided here. The full rights and liabilities applicable to any service provider or funder must consult the contracts applicable to each provider and all relevant legislation.

When a patient has their eyes removed, the first artificial eye is included in the cost of the surgery and is the responsibility of the hospital where the procedure is performed.

This artificial eye cannot be claimed for under this subsidy.

Only the supplier of the second artificial eye can claim this subsidy.


Payment will be made within 20 business days of receiving a valid claim.


How to make an Artificial Eyes Subsidy claim

Claims should be made to Sector Operations by the supplier, and accompanied by supporting receipts.

How much you can claim

These subsidy amounts take effect as of 1 July 2022.

Under 6 years

  • Full cost of the replacement (Approx $5000)
  • Not accrued, payable up to once every two years

Children 6–17 years

  • Full cost of the replacement (Approx $5000)
  • Not accrued, payable up to once every three years

Adults 18 years and over

  • $750 a year from 1 July 2022
  • Accrued annually from the time of the loss of the eye

Where to send your claims

Send all completed claims to:

Artificial Eyes Subsidy
Sector Operations
PO Box 1043
Wellington 6140

Get in touch

Call the Sector Operations Contact Centre: 0800 855 066 – option 2 – Claims

Email: customerservice@health.govt.nz

Operating hours

Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 8am – 5pm
Wed: 9.30am – 5pm