What we do

As the Orthoptic team we aspire to provide our patients with compassionate and individualised care by diagnosing and managing disorders of binocular vision effectively using evidence-based practice. We strive to create a pleasant, respectful and supportive environment for our patients and colleagues.

Orthoptics is one of the allied health professions, and orthoptists are key members of the eye care team. We investigate, diagnose and treat disorders of binocular single vision (e.g. squints) and problems concerning reduced vision in younger children. This can be due to amblyopia (lazy eye) and/or the need for glasses.

Orthoptists also assess abnormal eye movements. Patients with eye movement problems may complain of seeing diplopia (double vision).

Our work involves seeing patients of all ages from infants to the elderly and may include treating patients with prisms, glasses, eye exercises or patches.

Services we offer

  • General orthoptic clinics at Bradford Royal Infirmary, Skipton General Hospital and Airedale General Hospital
  • School eye screening service within Bradford and Keighley
  • Special school vision assessments
  • Low vision service
  • Visual fields service
  • Stable glaucoma monitoring clinics
  • Vision assessment service for adults with learning difficulties

Eye clinic liaison officer

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has a dedicated eye clinic liaison officer (ECLO), Iftekhar Ahmed, who can provide advice and support for anyone affected by sight loss on topics that can make life easier. They include:

  • maintaining your independence
  • equipment and technology that can help you do the things you need to do
  • eye condition and treatment understanding
  • access to education, employment, and leisure
  • benefits and concessions that you may be entitled to

Iftekhar can be found in the Ophthalmology Department and can be contacted on 01274 382 045 or on email at: Iftekhar.Ahmed@rnib.org.uk

For more information on RNIB’s Sight Loss Advice Service, please visit www.rnib.org.uk/advice

Service statistics

Approximately 7,000 outpatients are seen at BRI each year, 3,000 outpatients seen at Airedale & Skipton and approximately 6,000 children across Bradford and Keighley are seen each year as part of our school screening programme.

Waiting times vary according to clinical need.

Useful links

Patient information leaflets

  • Wearing an eye patch
  • Atropine drops – lazy eye therapy
  • Adult squint surgery
  • Squint surgery for children
  • Botulinum toxin in the treatment of squints

Interested in joining our team?

Our talented and compassionate staff care for a diverse population, which is what makes Bradford such a special place to work. Choosing the right people is key to our success. If you think you’ve got what it takes, please contact us by email at careers@bthft.nhs.uk to discover more about our latest opportunities.

Who we are


Stephanie Mindham – Head orthoptist
Louise Outhwaite – Deputy head orthoptist
Caroline Rawse – Highly specialist orthoptist for adults with learning difficulties
Kathryn Barton – Specialist orthoptist (glaucoma)
Jenny Cheung-Crossley – Specialist orthoptist (low vision)
Deborah Steel – Highly specialist orthoptist/low vision team leader
Shegufta Farooq – Research orthoptist
Sarah Spain – Highly specialist orthoptist/acute service lead
Aisha Sultana – Orthoptist
Suniya Raouf – Orthoptist
Sidra Amjad – Orthoptist
Janet Barber – Clerk/typist
Natalie Farrar – Admin clerk

Contact details

EYE and ENT Outpatients,
Orthoptic Department,
Bradford Royal Infirmary,
Duckworth Lane,


Please see the AccessAble pages on the Orthoptic department at Bradford Royal Infirmary and accessible parking. Information on general car parking at the hospital is available here.

Patient Enquiries

Appointments Line: 01274 274 274
Orthoptic Department: 01274 364175

Telephone: 01274 364175
Fax: 0127 364175
Service Manager – Stephanie Mindham

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