Orthoptists are specialist members of the Eye Care team.

We are known as Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) because we work alongside other medical staff to provide a broad range of care.

Our role is primarily to diagnose and treat eye misalignment problems called strabismus.

We are trained to assess binocular vision and visual development problems so we dedicate a large amount of time to testing children in order to ensure that they achieve the best visual outcome.

Orthoptists work primarily in hospital outpatient departments but we also undertake visual screening in state, public and specialist schools as well as monitoring patients in some community health centres. Orthoptists will visit some hospital wards to assess patients there.

As well as looking after children, orthoptists manage visual problems in adults including double vision (diplopia).

Diplopia, blurred vision, abnormal eye movements or having a problem performing normal visual tasks may necessitate a referral to us.

These sort of problems can arise from neurological conditions, an endocrine problem, having suffered a stroke or if you are a patient that has suffered trauma to the eye.

Not all clinics run every week.

St Annes Health Centre – Monday am, Durham Avenue, St Annes, FY8 2BD

Thornton Clinic – Tuesday pm, Church Road, Thornton-Cleveleys, FY5 2TZ

South Shore Primary Care Centre – Tuesday pm, Thursday am and pm, Lytham Road, Blackpool, FY4 1TJ

Lytham Primary Care Centre – Friday am and pm, Victoria Street, Lytham FY8 5DZ

Freckleton Health Centre – Monday pm, Douglas Drive, PR4 1RY

Fleetwood Clinic – Thursday am and pm, Fleetwood Hospital Outpatients, Pharos Street, Fleetwood, FY7 6BE.

Garstang Health Centre – Currently closed 

Moor Park Health Centre – Wednesday am and pm, Bristol Avenue, Blackpool FY2 0TG

Whitegate Health Centre – Currently closed

Cleveleys Group Practice – Friday pm, Kelso Ave, Cleveleys, FY5 3LF