Our vision service offers free eye sight tests to preschool children
to make sure they can see well.
What we do
This service is part of the StEPS (Statewide Eyesight Preschooler Screening) program. The StEPS program offers all 4 and 5 year old children free vision screening.
Children rarely complain of eye problems or don’t know 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.
If a child has a problem with their eyesight they will have a better outcome if the problem is found and treated early.
Who we care for
Children aged 4 and 5 years.
How to access this service
We target preschools and child care centres in our local area.
You can also ask for this service by calling (02) 8759 4150.
If you are worried about your child’s eyesight at any other time, contact your Child & Family Health nurse or your GP.
Service Providers please refer your clients using our referral form. We will confirm acceptance of your referral following receipt and review of eligibility.
Frequently asked questions
Where is the service provided?
We provide the StEPS program at local preschools, child care centres and our Community Health Centres.
Is there a cost for this service?
Who will I meet at my appointment?
What can I expect at my first appointment?
When you arrive at the Community Health Centre, a receptionist will greet you. The receptionist will let your vision screener know you have arrived, and will ask you to wait in the waiting area.
During your appointment your vision screener will talk with you about your child’s health. They will explain the vision test, then they will test your child’s vision.
After your child’s test is completed, your vision screener will talk to you about the results.
What do I need to bring to my appointment?
- your child’s Blue Book (My Personal Health Record)
What is the Blue Book (My Personal Record)?
Your child’s Blue Book (My Personal Health Record) is given to you in the hospital after you’ve had your baby.
Notes about your child’s health and progress can be made in the Blue Book by you, a Child and Family Health nurse, your doctor or any other health professional your child sees.
The Blue Book has helpful information - look in the ‘Useful contacts and websites’ section and on the back cover.
The Blue Book is also available in other languages.
Do I need a referral from my GP?
No. Referrals from a GP are not required.
Do you speak a language other than English?
A free and confidential interpreter service, including Auslan, is available. Ask staff to arrange an interpreter for you.
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