What is the StEPS program?
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Can you tell if your child has a vision problem? No. Some vision problems cannot be detected by family history or observing a child's behavior or appearance. The Statewide Eyesight Preschoolers Screening program known as StEPS is a free population vision screening program for all four year old children in New South Wales. It aims to detect these potential vision problems before a child starts school. If a vision problem is detected, these children are referred for further assessment.
As their vision is still developing, it is crucial that these children get treatment as soon as possible, as their vision problem may not be treatable when they get older. New South Wales Health highly recommends all four year old children to participate in the StEPS program. If you would like any more information about the steps program, please refer to the New South Wales kids and families StEPS webpage.
Now you have booked
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Thank you for booking your StEPS screening session. Your local StEPS team will send you out the relevant documents in preparation for your StEPS screening session. This will include a letter to be sent to parents or carers informing them about the StEPS program and a consent form. It is very important that the StEPS form is completed by the child's parent or carer only and returned to you before on the day of screening. A child will not have a StEPS screen completed if they do not have a completed consent form. If you have any queries about our StEPS session please contact your local StEPS team. If you would like any more information about the StEPS program, please refer to the New South Wales kids and families StEPS webpage.
Understanding results from StEPS
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You have been sent a StEPS notification letter about your child's StEPS vision screening. What do these results mean? Vision screening results indicate what visual acuity your child has achieved. The StEPS program has a referral criteria based on expected visual acuity for four year old children. Accordingly, your StEPS screener has ticked the appropriate course of action based on your child's results.
If you are unsure about what these results mean, or need further clarification, please contact your local StEPS team. Additionally, if your child requires further assessment, you will be contacted by your local StEPS team.
Please note that the Statewide Eyesight Preschoolers Screening program is for screening purposes only. Screening tests, checks and examinations can never be one hundred percent accurate. Sometimes the screening may cause a false alarm or miss a problem. Occasionally a new problem may occur after your child has had a screening test. For this reason, if you have any concerns about your child's eyesight now or at any time in the future, please see an eye health professional.