Bedfordshire LOC

Luton Childrens/Orthoptic Referral Guidelines

Eye Clinic – Children’s Services
Liverpool Road Health Centre
9 Mersey Place
Liverpool Road

Children’s Community Health Hub
0300 555 0606



Dear Optometrists,

The Community Eye Clinic consists of Orthoptists,  Specialist Optometrists and a Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist. 

Referral Guidelines into the Community Eye Clinic 

-Ensure all information is accurate and up to date

-Referrals will only be accepted for amblyopia if vision is 6/9.5-2 or worse. We do not undertake active amblyopia management in children with vision better than this.

We would recommend that children under the age of 7 should have a cycloplegic refraction. 

Please prescribe any significant refractive error found 

If reduced vision is caused by refractive error alone please review the child after a period of refractive adaptation (3 to 4 months). Referral in these cases is only required if the vision still remains reduced after refractive adaptation.

If there is a coexisting binocular vision anomaly such as a squint please prescribe spectacles. You can then choose to refer or monitor the effect of the spectacles and refer onwards if required.  



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