Children and the HES

Specialist optometrist at Russells Hall Nicky Ferguson has produced a hospital perspective on referral and management of children’s vision:


The LOC feel it is very worthwhile having this information to inform our judgement and decision making. We must stress that this document doesn’t amount to a local protocol. Any optometrist who wants to look after their amblyopes/squints can still do so. They are still free to use their clinical evidence based judgement informed by guidance elsewhere. There is also no requirement under GOS to perform cycloplegic refraction before referring every child. We are still free to see young children for sight tests even with a local screening service with a robust design operating. Our profession’s guidance indicates we should be encouraging parents to bring their children for eye tests as soon as possible.

We hope it gives practitioners the confidence to prescribe for children prior to referring. It should also help decide at what level of hyperopia to prescribe where there is reduced vision, as well as what constitutes reduced vision.  The guidance also includes contact details for Nicky, so feel free to contact her with any queries.

Miraflex and Special Needs

The LOC consider that GOS provision is insufficent and inappropriate for Special Needs. We continue to lobby for the CCG to commision the LOCSU Community Eye Care Pathway for Adults and Young People with Learning Disabilities.

Russells Hall have asked the LOC to complile a list of practices that stock Miraflex frames (or equivalent), and those that are happy to see older (typically 7 years old and above) children with special needs who have completed any hospital treatment for sight tests under GOS. It should be noted that, in the case of sight tests, this list is indicating a preference only, and doesn’t indicate a refusal to test or any implied breach of GOS contract(s).

This website is not patient facing, so if you want to give a patient a list please click here to download the list to print.

Practice NameFull AddressTelephoneMiraflex Stocked?Happy to see older special needs?
AJ Moore264 Castle Street, Dudley, , DY1 1LQ01384 252903NoAsk to be booked with Mr Thompson
John Hamer Opticians11 Wordsley Green Shopping Centre, Wordsley, Stourbridge DY8 5PU01384 401201YesYes
Robert Hill Opticians39 High Street, Lye, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY9 8LF01384 422270YesYes
Specsavers Opticians 13 Castle Street, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 1LF 01384 214 851Equivalent Yes
Chapman & Myers14 Hagley Mall, Cornbow Centre, Halesowen, West Midlands B63 4AJ0121 585 7065Can be orderedYes
Pinder & Moore Mill House, 58 Market Street, Kingswinford, West Midlands, DY6 9LE01384 274426YesYes
Pickford Opticians 177 High Street, Brierley Hill, West Midlands DY5 3BU01384 77326Yes Yes
R T Knight8 Dudley Street, Sedgley, Dudley, West Midlands DY3 1SB01902 883 260YesYes
Boots OpticiansBoots Opticians 2 Hagley Street, Halesowen B63 3AS0121 550 1610EquivalentYes
David Wright Opticians88 Halesowen Rd, Netherton, Dudley, West Midlands DY2 9PS01384 238084NoNo
Docker & Wilson84 High Street, Stourbridge, , West Midlands DY8 1ED01384 394300Can supplyYes
R A Lawley3-3a The Cross, Kingswinford, West Midlands DY6 9JA01384 271888YesYes
4 Sight Eyecare Centre15 Churchill Shopping Centre, , Dudley, West Midlands DY2 7BL01384 242444NoNo
Cacoullis Opticians68 Halesowen Road, Halesowen, , West Midlands B62 9BB0121 422 3356YesYes
J&S Bangay Opticians60 Bridgnorth Road, Wollaston, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 3QG01384 396 585YesYes

This list will be updated as new information is received, and if you want your practice to be added or the information changed please contact us.

We would also encourage practices that are happy to see special needs patients to register on the Seeability website. Below is a direct link to register.