Orthoptics and optometry are branches of ophthalmology.
The two teams work closely together and also with the
ophthalmology (eye) team.
What orthoptists do
Orthoptists investigate, diagnose and treat vision problems and
eye movement disorders such as:
The majority of our work is with children under eight, as this
is when the visual system is developing and will respond more
readily to treatment.
After this age adults can develop ocular motility problems.
This can be longstanding but only becoming troublesome at a
Ocular motility problems can also be associated with diseases
We have a dedicated stroke clinic when we can also assess visual
fields, including an Esterman (driving standards) visual field.
We provide a Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) clinic where
we look for eye signs that may be associated with reading
difficulties in conditions such as Dyslexia.
This can include the use of colour, tracking and visual
The patient must be at least 7.5 years of age to be able to
undertake these tests.
The Orthoptic service is provided by a team of fully-qualified
and state registered Orthoptists based at the Great Western
Hospital in Swindon, who also provide outpatient services to
Savernake and Fairford Hospitals.
We also work closely with the School Nursing Team to provide a
vision screening service to all reception-age children in the
We work in conjunction with the Eye Service and provide joint
ocular motility clinics with the Consultants who specialise in this
The Orthoptists also provide various extended roles within the
Eye Clinic for
investigations such as biometry, fluorescein angiography,
photography and teaching.
They assess, examine and prescribe:
Optometrists (opticians) provide glasses tests, low-vision
assessment and contact lens fitting.
They also work with the consultants to provide Age Related
Macula Degeneration (ARMD) Clinics, and Glaucoma clinics.
Some sessions take place in an outside clinic in Eldene,
Great Western Hospital - first floor (next to the Eye
Clinic) (please see Floor plans).
We have a child-friendly waiting area, nearby baby
changing facilities and you are seen in separate clinic rooms to
Monday-Friday, 8.00am-5.00pm (last appointment at 4.20pm).
For all appointment and booking queries, use the online Patient Appointment Form or phone 01793
For patient and carer enquiries for Orthoptic and Optical
Services, including contact lens and low vision (during normal
Tel: 01793 604702
Fax: 01793 604845
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