About binocular vision problems
There are a variety of binocular vision problems such as, errors in the control of accommodation (change in focus for different viewing distances), difficulties in maintaining appropriate alignment of the eyes (convergence insufficiency, decompensated heterophoria, strabismus/squint) and many others.
Most of the anomalies we see are straight forward and respond well to eye exercises and/or a modification of the spectacle (or contact lens) prescription.
The management of these anomalies may involve a few visits over a period of a few weeks/months. Some anomalies are signs of more serious conditions that may warrant further investigation by an ophthalmologist.
Patient and child referrals
Patients who come for assessment by the Vision and Reading Clinic will usually be seen initially in the Binocular Vision Clinic to ensure any underlying health, refractive or binocular vision problems are addressed before continuing with any further investigations.
The clinic is also well equipped to undertake Paediatric Eyecare appointments (the assessment of children's vision and eyes).
In these clinics we have many techniques to assess the development of vision and the eyes objectively, i.e. which do not require verbal feedback from the child, including a variety of specific eye charts for paediatric vision assessment. We have the expertise and equipment to test babies from birth.
Please let us know the age of your child when booking the appointment.
Binocular vision clinic charges
As this is a teaching clinic, patients referred to the Binocular Vision Clinic are usually seen for free.
All children under the age of 16 years have their routine eyecare paid for by the NHS. The fee structure for the Vision and Reading Clinic is outlined elsewhere.
To provide you with the best possible care, it is helpful if you bring the following with you to your appointment:
- your last spectacle prescription
- all spectacles and contact lenses you currently use
- list of your current medication
- your GP's details
Patients are usually referred to the Binocular Vision Clinic by their eye care practitioner or the Eye Clinic's Primary Care clinic, as a result of symptoms or signs of a binocular vision anomaly.
Eye care practitioners can download a referral form for this purpose.