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 cataracts, glaucoma or retinal detachment which occur particularly as a result of premature birth and eye tumours. We are part of the Alder Hey division of Surgical Care.
- 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 or eye drops)
- 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
Mr Jose Gonzalez-Martin
Jose underwent postgraduate ophthalmology training at the Tennent Institute in Glasgow, Yorkshire, St. Paul’s Eye Unit, Alder Hey Children’s and other hospitals in Merseyside.
In 2006, he was appointed Consultant Ophthalmologist in Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust and an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at the School of Medicine, University of Liverpool. Since 2015, he has been Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and has been Clinical Director of ophthalmology since 2016.
He has special interests in visual development, strabismus, childhood cataracts and uveitis. Jose has also a keen interest in ophthalmology teaching and training, having completed a Diploma in Clinical Education, and is an examiner with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. He is also the College Tutor and Fellowship Director. Jose has a practice in adult general ophthalmology where he looks after patients with cataracts, glaucoma, and ocular motility conditions.
Mr Damien Yeo
Damien joined as a Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist in March 2019. He completed his ophthalmology training in Wales before undertaking two fellowships in paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus where he trained at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, Bart’s Health NHS Trust, and Moorfields Eye Hospital.
Damien has special interests in general paediatric ophthalmology, cataracts, strabismus, developmental disorders, ophthalmic genetics, and paediatric retinal disease. He also works for the neonatal unit in the Liverpool Women’s Hospital looking after patients with retinopathy of prematurity. He is part of the team that was the first in the country to use the PANOCAM Pro for ROP screening as well as the first in the country to use the Visisure system for anti-vegf injections in neonates. Damien also works in St Paul’s Eye Unit at the Royal Liverpool Hospital where he treats adult ocular motility patients. He was a previous examiner for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and was also on the faculty as a trainer for the Royal College’s microsurgical skills course. Currently, he is also an NHS Clinical Entrepreneur with a keen interest in developing paediatric visual health solutions.
He is passionate about a sustainable future, which he strongly believes will involve teleophthalmology, artificial intelligence, digital solutions and the upskilling of all allied health professionals.
Mr Ankur Raj
Ankur also joined the department as a Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist in March 2019. He has undertaken ophthalmology training in East Midlands, Cambridge and Taunton, prior to completing his training in the Mersey deanery.
He undertook a fellowship in paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus in Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. Ankur has special interests in cataracts, strabismus, paediatric anterior segment and oculoplastic conditions.
He also runs a special clinical-research clinic in cerebral visual impairment which is the first ever clinic of its type in Alder Hey. He also has completed a MD in Ophthalmology from the University of Liverpool. One of his passions is teaching, and he has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education (PGCME) from the University of Dundee. Ankur also works at St Paul’s Eye Unit with special interests in neuro-ophthalmology and adult ocular motility.
Mr. Arvind Chandna
Arvind was a previous full-time consultant up till 2015. He completed his paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus fellowship at Bascom Palmer in Miami and the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, San Francisco. He is now a senior clinician-scientist at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute but remains as an honorary consultant in our department and is our research director. His current research includes investigating the relationship of accommodation and vergence, visual function loss in amblyopia and cerebral visual impairment.
Mr Harish Nayak
Harish was a previous full-time consultant until 2018. He has moved his practice to India but is still a part-time consultant with us. He is a keen educator and has an interest in all aspects of paediatric ophthalmology including strabismus, cataracts, and neuro-ophthalmology.
Mr Austin McCormick – Paediatric Oculoplastics
Mr Dave Assheton – Paediatric Neuro-Ophthalmology
Miss Rutika Dodeja (Locum) – General Paediatric Ophthalmology
Mr Ivan Yip (Locum) – General Paediatric Ophthalmology
Jodie Pendlebury – Specialist Nurse
Judith Gray: Head of Optical Services
Susan Foster: Lead Orthoptist
Julie Senior: Orthoptist
Caroline Fanning: Orthoptist
Giles Pullan: Orthoptist
Rebecca Molyneux: Orthoptist
Eve Lynch: Orthoptist
Lowri Jones: Orthoptist
Amber Griffin: Orthoptist
Chloe Zheng: Orthoptist
Ian Cunningham: Lead Optometrist
Derek McPhee: Optometrist – Low Vision Lead
Claire Kershaw: Optometrist – Contact Lens Lead
Michelle Corrin: Optometrist
Kathy Steer: Optometrist
Tamara Hasan: Optometrist
Rachel Macauley: Optometrist
Emma Bennett: Optometrist
Andrew Tompkin: Optometrist
Valerie Tompkin: Optometrist
Richard Hagan – Head of Visual Electrophysiology Services
Jane Marshall – Service Manager
Stevi Farmer – Assistant Service Manager
Susan Mcdonald – Pathway Co-Ordinator
Alison Stewart – Pathway Co-Ordinator
Kirsty Ford – Pathway Co-Ordinator
Jenni Higgins – Pathway Co-Ordinator
Patients can be referred to us from other Ophthalmology departments or specialities, GP services, school nurses, health visitors and community Optometrists, amongst others.
If you have concerns and feel your child needs referral to our service, please contact your GP, health visitor or school nurse.
If you have an appointment you need to rearrange or cancel, please contact our Appointment Centre.
Our Ophthalmology department is based in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Outpatients level 2.2.
Our department has support from a designated Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO), who offers advice and practical and emotional support to patients with sight loss. Our clinicians can refer children who may benefit from this service and can discuss this with you in your clinic appointment. Please get in touch with the department if this is something you feel your child would benefit from.
Our departmental values:
1. Always ensure our patient experience is a positive one.
2. Ensure clinics start and run-on time to the best of our abilities.
3. Work as a team.
4. Inform patient’s family: What will happen during appointment, diagnosis, and future management. Communication is Key!
5. Treat patients, families and colleagues the way I would like my family and I to be treated.
What is the difference between an Orthoptist and an Optometrist?
Orthoptists diagnose and treat defects in eye movement and binocular vision (how the eyes work together as a pair). They may provide treatment including eye patches to treat amblyopia (reduced vision), exercises or prisms, and work alongside optometrists and ophthalmologists to assess children’s visual development. They are also involved in the care of patients with neurological conditions such as brain tumours or multiple sclerosis.
Optometrists examine and diagnose eye disease, injuries, or other disorders, and carry out glasses tests (refractions). Optometrists can prescribe glasses or contact lenses for children who need them and work closely with orthoptists and ophthalmologists to treat a range of eye or vision disorders. Our optometrists also provide a low-vision service.