University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Children's eyes and vision

Children's eye services are based within Southampton General Hospital's eye unit, rather than the main children's outpatient department.

Separate clinic rooms ensure privacy while your child is tested, and there is a dedicated children's play area and easy access to baby changing facilities in the main outpatient department.

We are proud to have a paediatric family support service (PFSS). The service gives parents and families the extra support and information they need when their child is diagnosed with a serious eye condition.

If you have a query about your child’s eye appointment please contact the opthoptic department on 023 8120 4789. Please do not ring the main children's outpatient department booking office.

Coming to the department

When visiting the Eye Unit it is advisable to allow anything from an hour to approximately two hours for your visit. This will allow enough time for your child's eye examination, for any eye drops that need to be given to take full effect (30 to 40 minutes), and to discuss the results of the eye examination and your concerns with the doctor.

Please check in at the orthoptic department reception desk first, so all your details such as your address and GP can be checked.

See also Children’s orthoptic appointments.