The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

What we do

Orthoptists specialise in the diagnosis, treatment and management of ocular motility (eye movement) and binocular vision disorders in all age groups. As we are highly skilled in paediatric vision assessment much of our work involves monitoring the development of vision and treating reduced vision (amblyopia) in children.

A squint may prevent the eyes from working together as a pair (binocular vision) and in some cases can affect eye sight in children. An Orthoptist will determine the presence of a squint and discuss the treatment options available depending on the type of squint diagnosed.

Many adults including a number of elderly people suffer from eye movement disorders, which may be caused by injury or disease resulting in symptoms of double vision. The Orthoptists role in such cases includes carrying out tests in order to diagnose which eye muscle(s) is responsible and to help with the relief of symptoms.

In addition to routine Orthoptic clinics for adults and children we provide the following specialist clinics and services:

  • Assessment of Stroke Patients
  • Cerebral Visual Impairment Clinic
  • Goldmann Visual Fields
  • Maxillofacial Referrals
  • Neurology and Neurosurgery Referrals
  • Ocular Motility Clinic
  • Children's Oncology Clinic
  • Children's Eye Clinic
  • Children's Orthoptic/Optometry Clinic
  • Research
  • Teaching and Training
  • Thyroid Eye Disease Clinics