Orthoptists assess, diagnose and treat visual defects and abnormal eye movements in adults and children. They work as part of the Eye care team in Hospitals or Health Centres along with Hospital Optometrists (Opticians) who test for glasses and Ophthalmologists (eye doctors). Orthoptists are Allied Health Professionals registered with the Health Professions Council.

Conditions Dealt With

Conditions treated include:

  •  Lazy Eye (Amblyopia) in children.
  • Children/adults with misalignment of the eyes (strabismus/squint)
  • Other visual disturbances including double vision.

A treatment plan is discussed and agreed with you at your appointments. It may involve further appointments with other members of the eye care team.
Orthoptists in South Eastern Trust strive to deliver high quality safe and effective care working to evidenced based practice.



Can be refered via GP, Health Visitor, High Street Optometrist, Paediatrician and other Medical Specialties.

All children in Northern Ireland between the ages of 4 to 5 years are offered a Vision check as part of their Health Appraisal. The Vision Screen is Orthoptic led and delivered by School Health. If a child fails to reach the pass level as deemed by the UK National Screening guidelines a referral to Orthoptic services is made.


Can be refered via Ophthalmology, GP,  High Street Optometrists and other Medical Specialities.


For General enquiries contact:

Orthoptic Clinic
Ulster Hospital
BT16 1RH

Telephone: (028) 9048 4511 ex. 3370

Useful Links

British and Irish Orthoptic Society
Health and Care Professions Council