It’s vital to have your child’s eyesight tested to detect potential problems as early as possible so they can receive appropriate diagnosis and if required treatment. 

The earlier that a vision problem is detected, the better the chance of successful early intervention, preventing future vision problems or even permanent sight loss.  

Because children rarely complain of eye problems and often don’t realise they can’t see properly, the only way to tell if your child has a vision problem is to have their eyesight tested. 

Make sure you have your four- year old’s eyesight checked before they start school because this is an important time to detect and treat any potential problems affecting their vision, some of which could impact their school performance and development. 

Your child’s vision can be tested for free by the NSW Health Statewide Eyesight Preschooler Screening program – better known as StEPS.  

StEPS screeners visit preschools and early childhood education centres.  

Your child can also have their vision tested at a catchup StEPS clinic or at a NSW Health Child and Family Health service. 

You can also ask your GP to test your child’s vision or refer your child to an eye health professional. 

Current as at: Wednesday 7 October 2020