The team in this service offers a full range of treatments for children’s eye conditions, both in our dedicated children’s centre and in community locations.
Our children’s service covers all major types of eye condition. These include squints (strabismus) and lazy eye (ambloyopia), refractive errors, problems with the eye socket, tear glands and lids, anophthalmia and microphthalmia (for children born without eyes or with very small eyes), cataracts, external and corneal diseases, genetic conditions, glaucoma, retinal disorders, and inflammatory eye conditions (uveitis).
Our team includes consultant ophthalmologists (eye doctors) and paediatricians (children’s doctors), nurses, orthoptists and optometrists, as well as family support workers and play specialists.
Up to the age of 16, children are cared for in our hospital within a hospital – the Richard Desmond Children’s Eye Centre. This is a purpose-built facility connected to our main hospital in City Road in central London. It houses outpatient consulting rooms, a day-care ward and a children’s A&E department (weekdays, 9am to 5pm only). We also provide children’s services in several of our satellite locations. Click on the links to the right for a full list.
We run a special children’s A&E, just for eye conditions, which is based in the Richard Desmond Children’s Eye Centre. Our children’s A&E provides treatment for urgent, sight-threatening problems and for issues that cannot wait for a routine appointment with your GPs. It is open during the day, Monday to Friday. In the evening, overnight or at weekends, children can be treated for eye emergencies in our main A&E department, based in Moorfields Eye Hospital in City Road. The main A&E is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
You can also get information and advice on eye conditions and treatments from our telephone helpline, Moorfields Direct, on 020 7566 2345. Staffed by experienced ophthalmic-trained nurses, the helpline is open from 9am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. At busy times, we might not be able to answer your call straight away – please bear with us and call back a little later if this happens.