Paediatric ophthalmology is the care of children and young people with eye and visual problems. Our ophthalmology service specialises in the assessment and management of eye disease and disorders of visual development in children, and we see more than 17,000 patients each year.
Our experienced team uses the very latest diagnostic equipment and techniques to care for patients with a range of common eye and visual problems like a squint, to more severe problems like cataract, glaucoma or retinal detachment which occur particularly as a result of premature birth and eye tumours.
Investigations and services provided by our department include:
- Diagnosis and treatment of strabismus (squint: when one eye is not aligned with the other)
- Investigation, diagnosis and management of binocular vision problems
- Investigation, diagnosis and management of refractive errors
- Treatment of amblyopia (e.g. patching)
- Congenital Cataract
- Craniofacial clinic
- Uveitis screening and treatment
- Low vision services
- Contact Lens services
- Dry/watery eye service
- Electro-diagnostic testing
- Visual field testing
- Ocular Coherence Tomography
We also provide an orthoptic service - find out more in the tabs below.
Please find our patient information leaflet here
If you are already a patient and you need to contact us, please call one of the below numbers:
0151 293 3595
0151 252 5961
0151 252 5839
0151 252 5828
If you have an appointment you need to rearrange or cancel, please contact our Appointment Centre.
What to expect when you visit us
On 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 Orthoptic clinics
We currently offer new and follow up Orthoptic clinics for patients at:
- Everton Family Centre – Spencer Street, Everton, L6 2WF - call
0151 233 1969
- South Liverpool NHS treatment centre, 32 Church Road, Garston, Liverpool L19 2LW. 0151 295 9000.
- May Logan Centre – 294 Knowsley Road, Bootle, L20 5DQ - call
0151 922 8588
These clinics typically accept new patient referrals from school nurses or health visitors and also accommodate follow up appointments generated from this.