The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Refraction

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Optometrists provide a diagnostic refraction service for adult and paediatric patients of the Ophthalmology department and other specialities.

Refraction is examining your eye to find out if a spectacle prescription will improve your vision.

We can issue spectacle prescriptions and optical vouchers if we think it would be helpful to a patient's care. The optical prescriptions issued by us or members of the Ophthalmology team can be dispensed by our spectacle dispensing section, based at the main eye clinic at St. James's University Hospital, where a wide variety of spectacles are supplied and repaired.

There is more information on our dispensing service web page

Our refraction and dispensing service can be extended to In-patients.

All our patients are free to take their optical prescriptions and vouchers (where appropriate) to their own optician.

How do I make an appointment with this service?

To be seen in the clinic you must be referred by your GP, or by an ophthalmologist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust or another hospital. 

 

Clinics

Adult refraction clinics run throughout the week from Monday to Friday, mornings and afternoons, in the main eye clinic at St. James's University hospital.

Paediatric refraction clinics run alongside the paediatric Ophthalmology clinics on Tuesday and Friday mornings  in the Orthoptic department, Multi Speciality Outpatients at St. James's University hospital.

Orthoptic/Optometry clinics run on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons  in the Orthoptic department, Multi Speciality Outpatients at St. James's University hospital.

There is more information on our Orthoptic/Optometry clinics web page 

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Waiting times

Please be aware that your refraction appointment usually takes about thirty minutes but may take up to an hour to be completed from the time your appointment is booked.