The Orthoptic department is part of the eye unit
Orthoptists have specialist knowledge and training in the diagnosis and treatment of eye muscle imbalances, squints and lazy eye (amblyopia). We work closely with Ophthalmologists (eye specialists), and Optometrists (opticians).
We see patients of all ages from babies to the elderly who have a range of eye conditions whether they are longstanding or sudden onset. We use specialist equipment, special games and techniques to investigate vision and eye muscle function. It is not necessary for our patients to be able to read or respond verbally for an assessment to be made. We can confirm the presence of a squint or lazy eye and will relieve any symptoms such as double vision. We will also investigate how your brain interprets your vision which can be different in individuals. We offer a range of treatments in the management or correction of these conditions. This may include eye patches or drops, eye exercises, prisms or glasses and in some instances an injection or an operation. They will always discuss the options with you to determine the best treatment plan for you or your child.
Whilst a lot of our patients are children we also work with adults who have a range of general health issues which may cause eye conditions for e.g. stroke or multiple sclerosis. We may need to perform visual fields or various other specialist tests to aid in diagnosis of potential eye and neurological conditions. Some patients may also need an appointment with an Ophthalmologist and or an Optician. They assess and check the health of the inside of the eye, prescribe glasses and arrange further investigative tests if necessary. Regular attendance is required to treat your eyes condition effectively.
Members of our orthoptic team have also undertaken further specialist training to work in extended roles. These include working in the Glaucoma service, Stroke service and low visual aid clinic. We also train the vision screeners who go into the schools in the Bolton area to ensure a high standard of testing is achieved when they test the children in reception class. We have also developed a service to assess the vision and visual function of children who attend special schools in the Bolton area at school. Testing them in a familiar environment has been found to help them feel more comfortable.
What to bring to an appointment
Appointments last between 20 to 60 minutes but may be longer if you need to see additional clinicians. Please bring with you any glasses you may wear, a list of any / all medications and details of any previous eye treatment.
Nicola Beere – Principal Service lead for Orthoptics, non- medical lead for glaucoma services
The orthoptic clinics run at the hospital but we also provide community clinics at Lever Chambers, Breightmet Health Centre, Horwich clinic and an adult clinic at Royal Salford hospital. To find out more about our community clinics please contact us.
- GP / Heath visitor
- Health professional