If you / your child has a squint (lazy eye) and you want help and advice,
As an adult:
what should you do now?
See your GP or Optician.
Ask your GP or Optician for a referral to an ophthalmologist that specialises in squints.
If you wish to come to the West Suffolk Hospital your GP needs to write a referral to Mr Vivian. Under the Patient Choice Initiative a referral can be within your own area or from spring 2008 anywhere in the UK.
Mr Vivian is happy to see anyone at the Eye Treatment Centre in Bury St Edmunds under the NHS. He also operates in a private capacity should you wish to pursue that route.
You are welcome to seek a second opinion under the NHS should you wish to.
Your referral is put forward to the ophthalmologist.
Once your referral has reached the appropriate ophthalmologist you will be sent a date for a consultation. This should be within 11 weeks of your referral.
The first consultation.
At the first consultation you will see an orthoptist who measures all the positions of gaze. You will then be seen by the consultant to discuss options of possible treatment.
As a child:
If you are concerned that your child has a squint there are a number of ways for you obtain an opinion from a specialist.
If your child is pre-school then you can ask your GP to refer them to a Consultant Ophthalmologist, or alternatively speak to your Health Visitor who may be able to refer them to your local (Orthoptist led) visual screening clinic.
If the child is older then it is best to ask your GP for a referral or ask your optician to refer them to the Eye Clinic.
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