Children's orthoptic appointments

Please report to the orthoptic reception on B level in Eye Unit outpatients department.

You should bring details of any glasses your child may already have and any medication they are taking.

They will first be seen by an orthoptist who will take your child's case history and examine their eyes. They will have some eye drops put in, which take about 30 to 45 minutes to work. These dilate the pupil and can last for up to 24 hours. They can make near vision a little blurry and it is useful to bring sunglasses or a baseball cap with you for your child to wear afterwards.

Your child will then be examined by a doctor who will give you a diagnosis and go through any treatment which your child will require.

You should allow at least an hour and a half for this first visit. Follow-up visits should take less time.