Orthoptics Service

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The Orthoptic Service provides children’s eye clinics at 20 locations across the city.  The orthoptist is highly trained to detect and treat any eye problem such as reduced vision, squint, lazy eye and eye muscle imbalance.  Referrals are accepted for children with a Manchester GP under the age of 8.

A service is also provided for children up to the age of 16 with special educational needs, either at their special school or at their local clinic.

The service has close links with the specialist children’s eye doctors at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital (MREH).

Our Orthoptists are specially trained to test children of all ages and abilities.  No child is too young to be tested or to start treatment, even babies of 3-4 months old.

Once an eye problem has been diagnosed, your child will need a refraction eye test, which is a test, usually with eye drops, to see if glasses are required as part of your child’s treatment.  We provide this service at 10 of our clinics.

Treatments may include glasses, eye patches, eye exercises and in a few cases, corrective eye surgery which takes place at MREH.  Regular attendance is required to treat your child’s eye problem effectively.

How to Contact

The Children’s Community Orthoptic Service is based at Longsight Health Centre

526-528 Stockport Road,

Longsight M13 0RR,

Telephone: 0161 225 9274

There are also orthoptic offices at:

Clayton Health Centre

Telephone: 0161 231 1151

Levenshulme Health Centre

Telephone: 0161 861 2300

GPs may refer directly using a secure email address:  mft.orthoptic.referral@nhs.net

How to Refer

The Children’s Community Orthoptic Service has an open referral access.  Parents/carers can self-refer their child by phoning or visiting their nearest clinic and speaking to the children’s community reception staff.  MFT staff can make a direct internal electronic referral on EMIS.  GPs can refer via the secure nhs.net e mail account.  External NHS staff and optometrists can refer by post to Longsight Health Centre.


Clinics are generally open from 08:30 to 16:30

Additional information


The Children’s Community Orthoptic Service works closely with the School Health Service to train the vision screeners, that test children age 4-5 years in reception, to ensure a high standard of testing is achieved.