Information for patients2019-01-31T09:45:14+00:00

Who should see an orthoptist?

  • All children under 7 who have glasses or eye abnormalities
  • All children or adults who have a turn in one eye (misalignment of the eyes)
  • All children or adults who have uncontrolled movements of the eyes

  • Anyone who experiences double vision
  • Anyone who has visual symptoms affecting their education or employment which is not corrected by glasses

How can an orthoptist help me?

  • The orthoptist will offer treatments which include; eye patches, eye exercises, prisms or glasses.

  • The orthoptist will offer advice to help you and others understand your condition and to adapt to any visual difficulties.

How do I get to see an orthoptist?

  • For an appointment you can ask your GP, health visitor, school nurse, optometrist or hospital consultant

The following groups of people have a higher incidence of eye problems and should be seen by an orthoptist

  • Children and young people with special educational needs

  • Children born prematurely or of low birth weight

  • People with neurological conditions eg stroke, brain tumour, multiple sclerosis
  • People with endocrine disorders e.g. over active thyroid, diabetes

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A big thank you to Rachel Clarke and Joe Smith for producing these documents.