Primary school students in St Albans schools will receive free vision screening and if needed, further testing and glasses, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP today visited St Albans East Primary School to see the Glasses for Kids program in action, that provides testing and glasses to address students’ vision impairment issues.

Children with undiagnosed vision problems often find it hard to concentrate at school, which can affect their learning capabilities if left unaddressed. The Glasses for Kids program helps alleviate this problem by providing an onsite service to children at their school to address vision impairments in children who otherwise may have gone undiagnosed.

More than 40,000 Prep to Year 3 students at 340 schools will be invited to participate in the program which is delivered by State Schools’ Relief.

The Victorian Government has invested $1.3 million to extend the Glasses for Kids program. This builds on the $800,000 the Victorian Government has already provided for this program.

The program has offered free vision screening, follow up eye testing and glasses for 20,651 students at 323 schools since the program started in 2015. During this time, 2,370 students have received free glasses.

Providing the Glasses for Kids program is about putting Victorian students and their families first to make sure every child has access to a great school and the opportunity to succeed in life.

Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP

“We’re making sure students in St Albans get the support they need to achieve their potential in school by providing free eye tests and glasses.”

“We are providing free eye testing and glasses for kids at our schools – so every child has the opportunity to thrive in the classroom.”