As consultants with many years of experience with children's eye conditions, we can provide your child with the best possible eye care, whatever the problem may be.
Why bring your child
For parents who suspect that their child has an eye problem, a timely consultation with a paediatric specialist can provide peace of mind and much needed information. We provide consultations and treatments which will fit around you and your child.
When a child has more complex eye problems, parents find it reassuring to know that the right expert is caring for your child from the outset.
Our child friendly approach means that we get the most from children of all ages. This ensures that the experience is enjoyable rather than stressful for your child.
Your first appointment
The first appointment is the most important. For some it will be the only appointment that is needed. We aim to provide a one-stop appointment wherever possible and so for most children, the first appointment will include the following steps:
What happens next?
For many children the initial appointment will be the first and last. For some we will prescribe glasses or other simple treatments. For others the future might include additional tests, regular follow-up appointments, medical treatments or surgery.
Childrens Eye Conditions
As many as 1 in 6 children have a visual impairment of some kind. For many, this can be as simple as requiring a pair of glasses. For others, this can include squint (misalignment of the eyes), amblyopia (lazy eye), allergy, complex inherited eye problems and many other conditions. The vast majority of children can be cared for with simple supportive treatments but others will need much more complex care over many years.
Where will my child be seen?
We aim to prove a one-stop first appointment wherever possible, in a timely fashion, within a uniquely equipped and child friendly facility. For these reasons, most children are seen in the paediatric department of eye unit at University Hospital Southampton. Appointment times are flexible and can often fit around other commitments such as child-care and school runs.
There are many good resources for information on childrens eye conditions; we recommend the American Association for Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus information database as well as Moorfields Eye Hospital Patient information leaflets which include ones written for teenagers and younger children. Please click on the logos below to access them:
Alternatively, please contact our secretary Mrs Sarah Ripley on 02380 082 295, who will be happy to help.