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Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Orthoptic Department
Main department telephone no: 01473 703663
Head orthoptist:
Dawn Avery
Nearest car park:
Nearest entrance:
Directions from entrance to department:
Car Park F. View car parking information.
Entrance 6
From entrance 6, follow the signs to the Eye Clinic. View hospital map.
What is an orthoptist?
We diagnose and manage disorders of binocular vision. We assess and manage patients of all ages and work in various settings - independently and in multidisciplinary teams.

Orthoptists specialise in:
  • assessing babies and children for defects of vision including children with special needs;
  • treating adults with double vision associated with other conditions such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis; and
  • ensuring speedy rehabilitation of patients who have suffered stroke and acquired brain injuries and have vision problems.
Orthoptists are ideally placed to ensure effective services for patients. Our versatility provides exceptional value for money as part of the eye healthcare team. We work closely with ophthalmologists, optometrists and eye care providers. We receive referrals from consultant ophthalmologists, other hospital consultants, GPs, health visitors, school nurses, optometrists, eye casualty and neurology departments.

At Ipswich Hospital we aim to offer continuity of care to patients whenever possible We are an accredited training site for Orthoptic students on placement and are involved in training other health professionals including GPs and optometry students. At Ipswich Hospital all of our orthoptists are involved in national and departmental research projects, keeping up to date with current practices and recording work activities as part of continuing professional development.
Services offered: Childrens vision assessment
Strabismus (squint) assessment and measurement
Assessment and management of eye movement disorders
Assessment of specific learning difficulties
Assessment of children with additional needs
Paediatric vision screening
Stroke
Neuro-ophthalmology
Neurological visual field assessments
Conditions we treat include: Amblyopia
Squint
Defective binocular vision
Abnormal eye movements
Diplopia (double vision)
Specific learning difficulties
What to expect at your appointment:
Adults
At your first appointment you will see two people in the Eye team: an orthoptist who will test your vision and assess your eye movements and an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) who will examine your eyes and make a decision regarding your management.

Your appointment will last approximately one hour.

Please bring to your appointment your current spectacles, your current spectacles prescription and a list of the medication you are currently taking.

If the appointment you are given is not convenient please contact us on 01473 703663 as soon as possible and ask for a new appointment.

Children
Your child may see three people in the Eye team: an orthoptist who will test your child’s eyes and vision and assess for a squint, an optometrist who will measure if glasses are required and an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) who will examine your child’s eyes to see if they are healthy and make a decision regarding your child’s management.
 
Your child's appointment will last approximately one and a half hours, as we may need to put eye drops in. These take 20-30 minutes to take full effect but usually wear off in 12 hours.

Information about eye drops.

Please bring to your appointment your child's current spectacles, his or her current spectacles prescription and a list of the medication he or she is currently taking.

If the appointment you are given is not convenient please contact us on 01473 703663 as soon as possible and ask for a new appointment. If you or your child is ill on the day of the appointment, please telephone 01473 703663 to inform us and you will be sent a new date.
Community screening:
Children where a squint or vision problem is suspected as well as those with a strong family history of squint or glasses wear in childhood they may be offered a screening appointment in one of twelve locations throughout East Suffolk. Appointments last about 15 minutes. If a problem is found your child may be referred into the Eye Clinic at Ipswich Hospital. If you have any queries regarding your screening appointment please contact us on 01473 703839.
Links:
British and Irish Orthoptic Society

Health and Care Professions Council

Squint Clinic

The Eye Five at Moorfields Eye Hospital

 

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