Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

What is Amblyopia?

Amblyopia (Lazy eye) is reduced vision in an eye that is ‘normal’ in structure. It can occur in one or both eyes. It is very common. There are many causes of amblyopia. Common causes are squint, or the need for glasses. Amblyopia is in some children caused by the presence of a cataract or ptosis (see ‘ptosis’).

Amblyopia is usually treatable in children. Treatment includes patching (occlusion) of the better-seeing eye and/or the prescription of glasses.

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Where can I be seen?

St. Thomas’ Hospital, Westminster
Harley Street
The Portland Hospital, 215 Great Portland Street
BUPA Cromwell Kensington
Queen Mary’s Hospital Roehampton

How do I get to my appointment?

St. Thomas’ Hospital
Harley Street
BUPA Cromwell Kensington

Do I need a referral letter?

  • NHS Appointments require a GP referral letter.
  • Private Appointments do not require a referral letter, although these are often helpful.
  • If you have private health insurance please check with your provider, as a referral letter may be necessary.

How long is an appointment?

Consultations vary in length but you can expect a ‘New’ first appointment to take an hour.

 

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