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Information on the optometry department at St Paul’s Eye Unit at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital

Optometrists will examine your eyes to detect any problems with your vision and general health, and then treat any problem, often with glasses or contact lens.

Find us

We are on the ground floor of the Royal Liverpool Hospital, behind and to the left of the main reception and opposite St Paul’s outpatient department.

What we do

Refraction service

This service assesses your vision and uses different tests to spot and correct any refractive error (a problem with the way light moves through your eye). We use a range of specialised techniques.

We also carry out visual assessments before your consultant will consider you for partial sight or blind person registration.

Dispensing service

Here we fit, adjust, supply and repair spectacles and other optical appliances. We dispense all types of glasses, but specialise in difficult, complex and extreme prescriptions and special frame requirements.

Our dispensing service has an open policy, which means that anyone who has a current prescription can have their glasses made up by our service. We accept NHS spectacle vouchers issued either by the hospital or your optician.

Contact lens service

This service assesses and fits suitable patients with contact lenses, and provides the necessary aftercare for those patients. We specialise in ocular conditions where contact lenses are clinically necessary.

We have produced a video that explains how to care for your contact lenses.

Low visual aid service

We assess visually impaired patients with the aim of helping them to maximise their vision using distance and near low vision aids. We also supply low visual aids and typoscopes (reading guides), and advise on lighting contrasts and other matters that might affect visually impaired people.

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

Vision assessment services

In this department we provide a wide range of vision assessment services for a variety of research purposes.

Biometry services

We carry 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 lenses to be used in cataract surgery.