Vision (Eyesight) Screening - Hunter Region



The StEPS (Statewide Eyesight Preschooler Screening) program offers all 4 - 5 year old children free vision screening. NSW Health advises all children have their vision screened before they start school and strongly recommends that all 4-year-old children participate in the vision screening program.

Why have your child's vision screened?

Children rarely complain of eye problems or realise that they can't see well. 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.

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.

How can your child access the StEPS program?

Hunter New England Local Health District will target preschools and child care centres to offer all four-year-old children a free vision screening. You will need to complete a consent form and return it to your child's preschool/childcare centre.

If your child is unable to make the vision screening day you can also attend one of our drop-in clinics above.

For further informaton please contact the StEPS coordinator below.

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 eight years of 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.

If you have a newborn baby, read the 'Your baby's eyes' fact sheet to learn more about your baby's developing eyes.

Drop In Clinics

The StEPS vision screening program is an initiative of NSW Health and offers all 4 - 5 year old children free vision screening.

For further information please call (02) 4985 3401.


School of Arts Building
Cnr of Maitland Rd & Orange Street

All clinics 9am - 12pm

23 April

Child & Family Health Centre
16 Croudace Bay Rd (Belmont Hospital)
Clinic 9am - 12pm

10 December

Cessnock Hospital Grounds
View St, Cessnock

All clinics 9.30am - 12.30pm

05 October
08 October

Charlestown Community Health
Charlestown Square (Level 2 'Secret Garden')

All clinics 9am - 12pm

27 September
25 October
22 November
12 December

East Maitland Community Health
Community Health Building
58 Stronach Av, East Maitland

All clinics 9am - 12pm

02 October
04 October
09 October

Edgeworth Child & Family Health Centre
5 Minmi Rd, Edgeworth
Clinic 9am - 12pm

11 December

Medowie Community Centre
44 Ferodale Rd
Clinic 9am - 12pm

13 December

Morisset Multipurpose Centre
143 Dora St, Morisset
Clinic 9am - 12pm

14 December

Nelson Bay CWA Rooms
Cnr Achilles St & Gowrie St, Nelson Bay
Clinic 9am - 12pm

11 December

Raymond Terrace Health Centre
4 Jacaranda Av, Raymond Terrace
Clinic 9am - 12pm

12 December

Singleton Hospital (main entrance)
Boonal Street, Singleton
Clinic 9.30am - 12pm

03 October
10 October

Westlakes Community Centre
6 James St, Toronto
Clinic 9am - 12pm

13 December

Wallsend Child & Family Health Centre
10 Longworth Avenue (Harker Building)
Clinic 9am - 12pm

10 December

Waratah Child and Family Health 
149 Turton Road, Waratah

All clinics 9am - 12pm

31 August
21 September
19 October
16 November
14 December

Contact the StEPS Coordinator

Alison Boehme: StEPS Coordinator

Phone:               (02)65 385071