The Children’s Eye Service monitors and treats children with reduced vision and related eye conditions.
It is staffed by four Orthoptists and a Paediatric Optometrist. Children are referred by Health Visitors, School Nurses, GPs, Paediatricians and other health professionals for orthoptic assessment, as a result of community screening or professional or parental concern or because of the family history.
The children are invited for a full orthoptic assessment including vision test, assessment for squint, stereopsis, fusion range and auto-refraction. Some children are then seen by the Paediatric Optometrist. Many of the children have amblyopia caused by refractive error or squint. If amblyopia treatment is not completed by aged seven, then it will not be effective. Others have eye conditions such as ocular albinism, cataracts and nystagmus.
Children can be referred on to a tertiary hospital for further tests or for squint surgery. Children with Special Needs are especially vulnerable to vision problems and are screened for a variety of eye problems. Their treatment plans are mostly the same as other patients, but the incidence of squint, refractive error and ocular problem is greater.
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