Statewide Eyesight Preschooler Screening (StEPS)

The StEPS program is a free population based vision screening program and is designed to identify childhood vision problems which cannot be detected by observation, behaviour, family history or vision surveillance. StEPS screeners are trained in Vision Screening, and given an awareness of eye abnormalities. They screen all 4 year olds for Vision Acuity.

The program identifies childhood vision problems early, during the critical developmental period, so treatment outcomes are optimised. It provides active follow-up for children identified with significant vision problems, avoids preventable vision impairment and blindness later in life by treating childhood vision problems early. It also provides a universal point of access to children in NSW prior to school entry.