We have a special interest in paediatric and children’s vision in our new Norwest practice. We choose NOT to practise as behavioural optometrists. We offer a full check of a child’s eyes and a comprehensive assessment of the visual system including any abnormalities of binocular vision and are fortunate to have the services of an experienced orthoptist, Liane Wilcox, who is university qualified to provide any therapy that will assist a child to see, learn and process visual information.
The treatment of strabismus by an orthoptist can involve the use of glasses, patching and eye exercises (vision therapy). We are able to utilise all of these treatment modalities to gain the best outcome for our patients. Time is allowed in all Eyetreat consultations for appropriate treatment sessions for patients and allows valuable discussion time with parents to explain the options for all treatments available using best evidence based practice.
Children’s Vision Assessments are performed on children as young as 6 months to determine if an eye problem exists. Any eye problems are then investigated and the appropriate care for the child is planned and dispensed in consultation with parents and other professionals if necessary.
Adult patients can develop double vision from long standing strabismus or following trauma, head injury or stroke. Occasionally double vision can also follow cataract surgery. Where possible, our orthoptist will advise about most appropriate treatment or visual correction to reduce these symptoms.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and stroke can cause many eye problems related to eye movement disorder and visual field loss such as hemianopias. Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) can also be associated with head injury and can require vision training to improve outcomes and functional vision. The outcomes of this type of therapy for these conditions can be very rewarding. Liane has had many years of experience as an orthoptist working with head injury or stroke patients and improving the outcomes in these types of patients.