Services and clinics


We provide clinical investigations including:

  • Fundus digital photography
  • Ocular coherence tomography
  • Visual electrophysiology
  • Fluorescein angiography
  • Ultrasound biomicroscopy
  • Retcam imaging

Retinoblastoma service

The National Specialised Commissioning Team has designated the Children’s Hospital as one of the two retinoblastoma treatment centres in the UK. Our Retinoblastoma Unit has an excellent international reputation. We see approximately 35-40 new referrals annually, including cases of retinoblastoma and other eye-related tumours.

Other services

The unit provides care to children and young people in Birmingham, across the West Midlands and beyond. This includes referrals from other hospitals in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. The services provided include:

  • Paediatric cataract
  • Glaucoma
  • Squint
  • Uveitis
  • Oculoplastics
  • Corneal service
  • Retinal vascular service
  • Neuro ophthalmology
  • Regional ocular genetics services

In addition to ocular (eye) oncology, several other national services are delivered via, or supported by, the eye department, including:

  • Bardet-Biedl
  • Alstrom
  • Epidermolysis Bullosa
  • Wolfram
  • Craniofacial services and inherited metabolic disorders (among others)

Specialist Clinics

  • Aphakia and pseudophakia clinics
  • Uveitis
  • Retina
  • Rare diabetes (BBS, Wolfram, Alstrom)
  • Von Hippel Lindau service
  • Ocular genetics
  • Craniofacial
  • Inherited metabolic disorders
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Lacrimal
  • Facial palsy
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Paediatric cornea
  • Paediatric sockets and orbits
  • Contact lens clinic

Orthoptic service

Our orthoptic team is integral to the services the eye department provides. They support ophthalmology and optometry clinics and also provide an orthoptic-only service to diagnose, monitor and treat a wide range of binocular vision, ocular movement and visual development anomalies.

Our orthoptists have an extended role in orthoptic-led clinics, and provide an outpatient service for aphakic (absence of the lens of the eye ) and pseudophakic (a lens implanted in the eye) patients and provide the training for insertion and removal techniques for contact lenses.

Optometry service

The optometry team provide specialist paediatric refraction and contact lens services.