Eye Department COVID-19 support - click to read

During the Covid-19 pandemic we are offering patients remote support and advice in monitoring your own eye condition by using a home vision test.

If you have been contacted by your eye professional, you may download the home vision test and safely use it under their guidance. Patients must not test their own visual acuity without the help, advice and support of a qualified eye professional. These professional titles are ophthalmologists, orthoptists and optometrists.

This will help support us in making clinical decisions whilst protecting our patients and staff. There are two apps available which are free of charge; iSight and Peek Acuity Pro. You will be advised by your health care professional which app is most appropriate for you  and your child. ​

Any clinical advice or support queries please contact the Eye Department on Tel: 0121 333 9467 or bwc.eyedepartment@nhs.net   

Vision testing at home user guides

Eye Department

The Eye Department provides services to Birmingham, the West Midlands and beyond. We have nationally commissioned services like retinoblastoma and paediatric ocular oncology (including Scotland and Wales). 

We interact closely with other units and teams. Most services are provided in-house, and some services like retinal surgery and corneal transplantation are provided in partnership with visiting consultants.

Our team also provides support to other nationally-commissioned services such as epidermolysis bullosa, hepatology, rare diabetes, epilepsy, craniofacial and inherited metabolic diseases. We provide inpatient consultations for children admitted to the hospital.

Our expert team is involved in multi-disciplinary services like facial palsy and craniofacial services, lacrimal disorders (with ear, nose and throat), uveitis (with rheumatology) and neuro-ophthalmology (with neurology). We also deliver the retinopathy of prematurity service at our Women’s hospital.

What to do if you are concerned about your child's eyes

If you are concerned about your child’s eyes, your GP or optician should be able to give you advice. This would be appropriate if the condition is longstanding and not thought to be urgent.

If you have more immediate concerns you can attend the Accident and Emergency department at Birmingham Midlands Eye Centre. If it is an emergency you can call 0121 507 6780.

Location

The Eye Department is located on the ground floor of our Children’s hospital.

To find us from the hospital’s main entrance, walk forward past the Welcome Desk. Once you have reached the main hospital corridor, turn left and then turn right (opposite the neurophysiology sign). Walk along the ‘rainbow corridor’ until you reach the Eye Department on your right-hand side.

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The team

Our team is made up of four consultant Ophthalmologists, 12 Orthoptists, two nurses and three optometrists. As a specialist teaching centre, we often have a rotation of junior doctors that further add to our dynamic team. As well as our core members, we also benefit from the support of seven visiting consultant ophthalmologists and locum consultant ophthalmologists, who help deliver subspecialist wider-regional services.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday, 8.15am - 5.00pm

Contact details

0121 333 9462, bwc.eyedepartment@nhs.net

Eye Department
Birmingham Children’s Hospital
Steelhouse Lane
Birmingham
B4 6NH