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Optometry is where a professional examines your eyes and helps with any problems with glasses, contact lens or other treatments.

This page gives more information about the Optometry service at the hospital. It tells you about the times that the clinic is open.


Optometry is where a professional examines your eyes and treats any problems either with glasses, contact lens or another treatment.

What we do

Reception staff in the Optometry department fully understand the needs of patients, and can vary their approach to suit individual needs. They have a dual role: they undertake duties as a receptionist in an outside opticians, but also undertake duties as an out-patient receptionist.

The services provided are:

Refraction Service

The refraction service assesses the patient’s visual function and uses objective and subjective methods to determine refractive error. The service uses a range of specialised techniques.

This services carries out visual assessments prior to the consultant’s consideration of partial sight or blind person registration.

Dispensing Service

The dispensing service fits, adjustments, supplies and repairs spectacles and optical appliances. The service dispenses all types of spectacles, but specialises in difficult, complex and extreme prescriptions and special frame requirements.

The dispensing service has an open policy, which means that any person who has a current prescription can have spectacles made up by this service. The service accepts NHS spectacle vouchers issued by either the hospital or general ophthalmic services.

Contact Lens Service

The role of the contact lens service is to assess and fit suitable patients with contact lenses and to provide the necessary aftercare for those patients. The service specialises in the management of ocular conditions where contact lenses are clinically necessary.

Low Visual Aid Service

The low visual aid service assesses visually impaired patients with the aim of helping individuals to maximise their vision using distance and near low vision aids. The service assesses patients, supplies low visual aids and typoscopes, and advises on lighting contrasts and other matters affecting the visually impaired.

The service also performs assessments of visually impaired patients who are seeking work with a view to identifying their special equipment needs.

Vision Assessment Services

The department provides a wide range of vision assessment services for a variety of research purposes.

Biometry Services

This service carries out ultrasound investigations prior to intra-ocular lens surgery. Ultrasound measurements are used in computerised calculations, which help surgeons to predict the optical refraction outcome of intra-ocular lenses to be used in individual eyes for cataract surgery.

Where we are

The Optometry Department can be found on the ground floor of the Royal Liverpool Hospital, at the back of the foyer, directly off the main reception and opposite St Paul’s Eye Unit Out-Patient Department.

Opening Hours:

Monday - Friday 8.30am – 5pm

Evening clinics are held for the Low Vision Aid Service.