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Is your school signed up to the Smart Eye Start program?

What is the Smart Eye Program?

The Smart Eye Start program is an initiative from Optometry QLD/ Northern Territory that encourages all parents to take their children to have a full eye examination with an optometrist prior to Prep school.

As the Prep year delivers the foundations to children’s education, visiting a local optometrist prior to schooling will ensure their best chance at reaching their full potential.

The program provides comprehensive eye examinations by member Optometrists for children entering school. This comprehensive eye examination will ensure the one in four children with significant eye conditions do not go undetected.

Without early detection, eye conditions can negatively impact on a child’s social and educational development, and in some cases, increase the risk of total blindness in adulthood.

Hundreds of optometrists, schools and kindergartens have already signed on to promote and advertise the initiative.

How does it work?

A Smart Eye Start form should have been included in all prep enrolment packs by participating institutions. OQNT will list the participating optometrists on the forms that will be circulating – noting whether bulk billing is available.

Alternatively contact details on our range of optometrists in your local areas are available here.

Why be involved?


Early intervention can mean identifying serious vision problems and rectifying them before it starts to affect your child’s learning. Children’s vision is important for their educational, physical and social development. Especially as children learn more from vision than all other senses combined. Good vision ensures better learning outcomes.

How do I become a Smart Eye Start parent?

OQNT is calling on all parents to take their child to have a full eye examination before they start Prep. This will help to ensure they are ready for their best start to what will be the foundation to their education. We have readily available contact details on a range of optometrists in your local area who provide professional, comprehensive eye exams. Bulk billing practices are available.

Please find more resources here or read our blog for more information on eye health, eye care and vision problems in children here.

Envision Optical is a member of the Smart Eye Start program and has 3 convenient locations across the Gold Coast. All Envision Optical optometrists will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your child’s vision. Envision Optical can also provide specialty children’s vision care for those with more complicated learning problems.

For more information on the Smart Eye Start program go to

Make an appointment today even if your school is not a member.


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