University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Health professionals who may see your child

During your visit, there are three main different health professionals who may see your child.


The orthoptist is involved in the diagnosis and treatment of abnormalities of eyesight and eye movement such as a squint or lazy eye. She will check your child's eyesight so please bring any glasses your child may have with you.

The orthoptist will also ask you questions about your child's medical and family history, and any previous eye treatment your child may have had.

Eye drops are usually then given after the orthoptist has examined your child's eyes if  they are seeing the doctor as well. 

Paediatric nurse

The paediatric (specialist children's) nurse will answer any queries or concerns you may have and administer the eye drops to your child.


This is a doctor who specialises in eye problems. They will carry out a full eye examination on your child which will involve testing to see if your child needs glasses, and examining the inside of the eye to see if it is healthy, using a bright light. If necessary they will then prescribe glasses.

If you child's condition requires other treatment, this will then be discussed fully with you.