National Framework for Vision Screening for 3.5-5-Year Olds

Vision screening programs vary widely across the states and territories and could benefit immensely from a National Framework for children’s vision screening.

This document outlines a National Framework for Vision Screening for 3.5-5-year-olds. This age range represents an important opportunity as vision can be screened reliably, and identification and treatment of visual problems occurs prior to the commencement of school. The Framework draws on available evidence from local screening programs and protocols such as the New South Wales Statewide Eyesight Preschool Screening Program (StEPS).

There are three core concepts that underpin this Framework. Firstly, that children between 3.5-5-years-old represent an age young enough for the visual system to be amenable to the treatment of significant visual conditions such as amblyopia, strabismus and refractive errors. Secondly, that existing screening systems should be leveraged, and the screening workforce should be flexible and broad to maximise access. Finally, post-screening follow up measures must be embedded in all vision screening programs, as this helps to ensure that children in need of treatment and/or monitoring receive appropriate and timely intervention.


Vision 20/20 Australia


Vision 20/20 Australia
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