Statewide Eyesight Preschooler Screening In NSW

By October 10, 2020
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NSW is offering all 4-year-old children free vision screening.

NSW Health strongly advises all children to have their vision screened before they start school and the STEPS initiatives enable all 4-year-olds to participate in the vision screening program.

Why would my child need their vision screened?

  • Children rarely complain of eye problems
  • Children may not realise they can’t see well
  • Some children can see well with one eye but have very poor vision in the other eye
  • Children’s eyes may look OK and parents/carers might think that their child can see well but some children might still have a vision problem
  • The only way to tell if a child has a vision problem is to have the child’s vision tested one eye at a time.

Did you know?

  • If a child has a ‘lazy eye’ it may lead to severe vision loss or blindness in that eye if not treated
  • If a child has a vision problem, the earlier the problem is detected and treated the better the vision outcome
  • If parents wear glasses or had vision problems as a child their children are more likely to have vision problems too
  • After a certain age, some childhood vision problems cannot be treated and the child will have poor vision for the rest of their life - glasses won’t help
  • Low birth weight babies and children with neurological problems are at a greater risk of developing eye problems

The local health district will visit preschools and child care centres to offer all four-year-old children a free vision screening.

A child can also have their vision tested at a catchup StEPS clinic if available or at an NSW Health Child and Family Health service. Family GP's are also able to test your child’s vision or refer your child to an eye health professional.

For more information: Statewide Eyesight Preschooler Screening

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