The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Orthoptics and Children’s Eye Clinic

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Welcome to the Orthoptic and Children’s Eye Clinic

The Orthoptic and Children’s Eye Clinic is based at St James University Hospital, providing a range of Orthoptic services and doctor led adult motility and children's eye clinics within the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) and for Leeds Community Healthcare.

What we do

Orthoptists form part of the eye care team working alongside Ophthalmologists and Optometrists. Being part of a multidisciplinary team we also support other hospital based departments offering our specialised knowledge in order to help diagnose and manage complex cases.

Orthoptists are autonomous professionals who provide direct patient care for adults and children, monitor specific eye conditions and initiate therapies where appropriate.

 In children's eye clinics you may need to see an orthoptist, optometrist and an ophthalmologist.



We are gradually increasing the number of patients we are seeing as part of our COVID-19 response.

When you attend the department you will be given a surgical mask to wear in the clinical area and the clinical team will be wearing personal protective equipment in line with current guidance. Babies and young children will not be required to wear a mask but older children will where possible.  

The Ophthalmology consultants and senior orthoptists have been identifying and prioritising patients who need to be seen first as services re start. Contact will be made to arrange appropriate appointments.

If you are an existing patient and feel you have an urgent problem please ring 0113 2064736 to discuss your situation with an orthoptist.


A small amount of elective surgery is restarting. Current guidance means that you, or if for a child, your child and a parent/carer will need to isolate for 2 weeks and undertake a COVID swab 24-48 hours prior to the surgery.

Contact us

For general enquiries please contact

Clinic Office 0113 206 4736



Our service is based in the Multi Speciality Outpatient Building at St James University Hospital