Children’s Vision (Paediatrics)


LOCSU’s model pathways for children’s eye care services allow for the early intervention and management of poor vision in an integrated service model delivered in optical practice.

The integrated care model supports partnership working; primary care practitioners and the hospital paediatric team working together to provide care closer to home for children.

Benefits of the pathway include:

  • Early intervention for patients who have a suspected eye defect which has been identified at school screening, with a maximum waiting time of two weeks
  • Increased access and choice for patients
  • Increased capacity and reduced waiting times in secondary care to treat more complex patients
  • Development of the role of community optometrists
  • Improved communications between secondary and primary care
  • Reduction in costs compared with the acute model

LOCSU support for the pathway

  • Diagnostic pathway following Child Vision screening – diagram*
  • Diagnostic pathway following Child Vision screening – guidelines*
  • Child integrated care – pathway diagram*
  • Child integrated care – guideline*

*Please login to the members’ area below first to access and download these documents. Only committee members have access to this area. If you are not on the LOC’s committee, please contact your LOC who can provide you with this information.


We offer online training for this pathway.  Please go to our webpage to find out how to claim a training code.

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LOCSU’s directory of local eye care services as commissioned by CCGs in England and delivered by community optometrists and opticians.

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