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.

 

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

All clinics 9am - 12pm

28 March
23 May
27 June
25 July
22 August
26 September
24 October
28 November


Cessnock Hospital
View Street Clinic

All clinics 9am - 12pm

18 April
08 July
15 July
02 October
10 October

 

East Maitland Community Health
58 Stronach Avenue, East Maitland

All clinics 10am - 1pm

16 April
23 April
09 July
16 July
01 October
08 October

 

Singleton Hospital
58 Stronach Avenue, East Maitland

All clinics 10am - 1pm

30 September
09 October


Waratah Child and Family Health 
149 Turton Road, Waratah

All clinics 9am - 12pm

15 March
17 May
21 June
19 July
16 August
20 September
18 October
15 November



Contact the StEPS Coordinator

Alison Boehme: StEPS Coordinator

Phone:               (02)65 385071

Email:                 Alison.Boehme@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au