Paediatric Ophthalmology is the care of children and young people with eye and visual problems. The Ophthalmology department specialises in the assessment and management of eye disease and disorders of visual development in children. Our experienced staff use the very latest diagnostic equipment and techniques.
These problems range from common disorders such as squint, when one eye is not aligned with the other and amblyopia or lazy eye, when the vision in one eye is reduced because the eye has had a blurred image during childhood and the normal connections have not been made between eye and brain, to more severe conditions which can lead to lifelong poor vision, such as cataract, glaucoma, retinal detachment particularly as a result of premature birth, and eye tumours.
The Ophthalmology department at Alder Hey sees on average 17,443 patients per year and receives referrals from Merseyside, the North West, Wales and the Isle of Man, with a catchment area population of around 7 million people. We also provide an Orthoptic service at 4 community based clinics throughout the Liverpool and South Sefton area.
Investigations and services provided by our department include:
- Diagnosis and treatment of strabismus (squint)
- Investigation, diagnosis and management of binocular vision problems
- Investigation, diagnosis and management of refractive errors
- Treatment of amblyopia (e.g. patching)
- Congenital Cataract
- Cranio-facial clinic
- Uveitis screening and treatment
- Low vision services
- Contact Lens services Dry/watery eye service
- Electro-diagnostic testing
- Visual field testing
- Ocular Coherence Tomography
- Call the Eye Clinic: 0151 252 5215
- To change appointments – please contact the Patient Access Service on 0151 252 5358
- Write to: Ophthalmology Department, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Eaton Road, Liverpool, L12 2AP