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Vision (Eyesight) Screening

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 information 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.

Screening Clinics

2021 Dates and Locations

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

For an appointment please call (02) 4924 6656.

Abermain (Kaludah)
School of Arts Building

By appointment only.

13 January 
20 January
12 April


Belmont Child and Family Health
Belmont Hospital Campus

By appointment only.

18 January


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

By appointment only.

18 January
19 April
21 June
16 August
18 October
13 December


Edgeworth Child and Family Health
5 Minmi Road

By appointment only.

19 January


Medowie Community Centre
44 Ferodale Road

By appointment only.

21 January


Morisset Multipurpose Centre
143 Dora Street

By appointment only.

18 January


Nelson Bay
Tomaree Hospital - Marlin Daycentre

By appointment only.

19 January


Raymond Terrace Health Centre
4 Jacaranda Avenue

By appointment only.

20 January


Singleton Child and Family Health

By appointment only.

12 January 
19 January


Toronto
Westlakes Community Centre

By appointment only.

21 January


Wallsend Health Campus

By appointment only.

14 December
13 April
05 July
22 September
14 December


Waratah Child and Family Health
149 Turton Road, Waratah

By appointment only.

22 January
19 March
21 May
16 July
17 September
19 November

The eye test for superheroes
Contact the StEPS Coordinator

Alison Boehme: StEPS Coordinator

Phone:               (02)65 385071

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