Orthoptic and Optical Services - Frequently asked questions

Will my child need to have drops in their eyes for every examination?

Your orthoptist, optician or consultant will advise you for which visits they are necessary.

For certain visits we may give you the drops to put in your child just before you leave home and this means that the drops will be working well by the time of your appointment and reduces your waiting time.

Who will my child be examined by when they have drops in?

The drops are usually used for visits to the consultant and optician, where examination of the inside of the eye and/or a glasses test is required.

How long will the appointment take?

If you are just seeing the orthoptist/optician, then your appointment will probably last between 20 to 40 minutes.

If you are having an examination with drops put in on the same day, then it may take up to 40 minutes for these to take effect, so please allow two hours for these visits.

If my child is given glasses, where do I get them from?

You will be given a prescription/voucher to take to any optician and they will make the glasses up.

You will need to take your child to have them measured and the optician will fit the glasses once they are made.

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