Orthoptic Department
Eye Clinic
Outpatients Level 2
Torbay Hospital
Lowes Bridge

Tel: 01803 655122
Email: Orthoptic Department

If you wish to contact ophthalmology please call 01803 655123.

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)

‘Orthoptist’ information leaflet


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
  • Glaucoma
  • Retinal disease

Our clinics

The Orthoptic Department is based at Torbay Hospital, although it may sometimes be possible to arrange some appointments at one of our Community clinics.

  • Brixham
  • Dawlish
  • Newton Abbot
  • Paignton
  • Teignmouth
  • Totnes
  • Bidwell Brook School
  • Mayfield School
  • Oaklands Park School

Teaching department

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.

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