The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Paediatric ophthalmology clinics

Ophthalmologists, Orthoptists and Specialist Optometrists assess and manage children with eye and visual problems in the Paediatric Ophthalmology clinics.

These problems range from common disorders such as squint (when one eye is not aligned with the other) and 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 Paediatric Consultant Ophthalmologists are Mr Evangelos Drimtzias, Mr Ashish Kumar, Mr Vernon Long and Mr Ian Simmons.

There is more information on the Orthoptic department on the Orthoptic department web pages


Recovery plan

Routine ophthalmology outpatients appointments were cancelled from Monday the 23rd of March 2020 and restarted from Tuesday the 26th of May 2020 and we are now seeing a reduced number of routine patients . 

We have been accepting routine referrals again from July 2020.

The Ophthalmology consultants continue to identify and prioritise new and follow up patients on the basis of clinical need. 

We are contacting patients to arrange appropriate appointments in order of their clinical need.

Please be aware that, due to the backlog caused by the COVID-10 response, this means that our less urgent new and follow up patients will regrettably have a longer wait for an appointment than usual.

All elective ophthalmology surgery and non urgent procedures remain limited due to the coronavirus.

Ophthalmology and Optometry have now moved back into the eye clinic in Chancellors wing having temporarily moved out from Monday the 6th of April 2020 to release space for the emergency department.

The Ophthalmology team continues to provide emergency eye care, in the Acute referral clinics (ARC) which are being delivered from the refractive unit (St. James's Laser Vision) next to the main eye clinic at the St. James's University hospital site at present.

The Paediatric ophthalmology and orthoptic team are delivering care in reduced clinics throughout the week from the Orthoptic and Children's eye clinic at St. James's University Hospital (St. James's Multi Speciality Outpatients).

The Paediatric ophthalmology and orthoptic team are reviewing the records for their patients affected by the COVID-19 response and identifying those who need to be seen urgently as part of their management.



How do I make an appointment with this service?

To be seen in the clinic you must usually be referred by your GP, optometrist or ophthalmologist.


Normally these clinics run throughout the week in the Orthoptic and Children's eye clinic at St. James's University Hospital (St. James's Multi Speciality Outpatients).

Waiting times

Please be aware that you may have a series of examinations from a range of clinicians and your appointment may take up to two hours to be completed from the time your appointment is booked.