Orthoptic Department

Welcome to the Orthoptic Department

Our aim is to provide an efficient and effective Orthoptic Service.img_1
All patients referred to the department will be treated as individuals and be involved with their treatment whenever possible, in conjunction with medical staff and relatives.

Blackpool Orthoptic Department provides professional, caring staff whose aim is to administer a high quality of treatment to our patients. All staff  will respect the individual’s right to courtesy, dignity and privacy during their time in clinic. Our treatment is evidence based and follows guidelines issued by the British and Irish Orthoptic Society.


Please access this website for further information on Orthoptics as well as patient advice leaflets.

Contacting the Orthoptic Department

Telephone 01253 953 457 (an answering service is available to leave a message should we be unable to take your call).

Alternatively you can e-mail us at: bfwh.orthoptics@nhs.net

Orthoptic Department Opening times

Monday to Friday: 8:30am until 4:30pm
Closed for lunch between 12:15pm and 12:45pm
Optometry clinics: Monday am and pm. Tuesday am.  Thursday am and pm sessions.

How to find us
The Orthoptic Department is located in the Outpatients Department, Area 1.

The Orthoptic Department is located in the Outpatients Department, Area 1.

General Information

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 3d-testsadults 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.

Peripheral Orthoptic Clinic Sites

(Please note that these clinics are NOT available 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
Kepple Lane, Garstang PR3 1PB

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

Whitegate Health Centre – CURRENTLY CLOSED
Whitegate Drive, Blackpool, FY3 9ES

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