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Ophthalmology department at Alder HeyOn your child’s first visit to Ophthalmology, it is likely that they will be seen by a variety of professionals in the department, and you may be here for several hours. Once you have booked in at reception, your child may have their eyesight tested by a nurse or healthcare assistant, or they may need to see an orthoptist.

Orthoptists are concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of ocular motility disorders and problems relating to children’s visual development. The orthoptist will assess what your child can see, the position of the eyes, the ocular motility and the state of binocular function (use of the two eyes together).Any findings will be explained to you.

Your child is likely to need eye drops. These dilate the pupils so that the optometrist or doctors can view the back of the eye and assess if there is a need for glasses accurately. The drops do sting a little at first but this wears off very quickly. Your child will have blurred vision for close vision and may be sensitive to bright light, these are normal side effects and wear off usually after a few hours but may last up to 24 hours. You will then be directed back to the waiting room to allow time for the drops to take effect, which may take at least 30 minutes.

Your child may not need to attend all departments within Ophthalmology each time you visit, and may not need drops every time.

Community services

We currently offer new and follow up orthoptic clinics:

  • Everton Family Centre – Spencer Street, Everton, L6 2WF Tel: 0151 233 1969
  • Breeze Hill Neighbourhood Health Centre – 1-3 Rice Lane, Walton, L9 1AD Tel: 0151 295 3500
  • May Logan Centre – 294 Knowsley Road, Bootle, L20 5DQ Tel: 0151 922 8588

These clinics typically accept new patient referrals from school nurses or health visitors, and also accommodate follow up appointments.

Parent support websites

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