Outpatients Level 2
Tel: 01803 655122
Email: Orthoptic Department
What is Orthoptics?
Orthoptics is a profession which specialises in the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the visual system.
Your Orthoptist is a member of the hospital eye care team, which works closely with Ophthalmologists (Doctors) and Optometrists (Opticians).
Referrals are usually made through a GP, optician, health visitor or school nurse.
Orthoptists mostly specialise in disorders of:
- Eye Movement
- Strabismus (Squint)
- Binocular Vision (How the eyes work together)
- Amblyopia (Lazy eye)
Treatment for children:
- Vision screening
- Reading difficulties
- Paediatric Low Vision Clinic
- Glasses test
- Patching therapy
- Children with learning difficulties
Treatment for adults:
- Visual problems following a stroke
- Adults with learning difficulties
- Retinal disease
The Orthoptic Department is based at Torbay Hospital, although it may sometimes be possible to arrange some appointments at one of our Community clinics.
- Newton Abbot
- Bidwell Brook School
- Mayfield School
- Oaklands Park School
Torbay Orthoptic Department is a teaching department for undergraduate Orthoptic students and other health professional staff. If students are present for your assessment, we will ask for your permission to be observed or tested by a student. Students will always be supervised by a clinical member of staff.