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Simple, fun eye test for children in StEPS program

Date posted: 23 May 2014

Children at Victoria Street Children's Centre have had their eyes tested as part of the Statewide eyesight preschooler screening (StEPS) program - an initiative of NSW Health. Four year old children from the child care centre participated in the program which aims to detect any vision problems early in a child’s life.

If you have any concerns about your child's vision you are recommended to have your child's vision tested fully by an eye health professional.

Michelle Gibbons (Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Health Practitioner) said as children’s eyes continue to develop until approximately eight years of age it is important to ensure every child’s vision develops normally throughout these formative years. Michelle covers a large area of Western New South Wales incorporating some 20 towns.

'I see children mucking up in class and getting treated for all sorts of disorders, when the problem may actually be a vision or hearing difficulty,' Michelle said. 'The test is a simple and fun one which follows a protocol to achieve pass, borderline, general referral or high priority outcomes'.

Donna Eye (Victoria Street Children’s Centre Manager) said the program was a fantastic initiative and a great way to bring awareness to vision problems in young children. 'All of our families are happy to be involved in the program and the children were looking forward to it, as most of them have never had their eyes tested before,' Donna said.

Source: Parkes champion post


Last updated: 23 May 2014
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