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PLEASE NOTE: from 28th August 2023 this service will be joining our Health HUB. To contact this service after this date please call: 0300 555 0606 or email:

Children's Community Eye Service

The Children’s Community Eye Service is provided by ophthalmologists, optometrists, and orthoptists who specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions by medical and surgical means.

Orthoptists are allied health professionals who use non-surgical methods to diagnose and treat abnormalities of vision and co-ordination of eye movements in people of all ages.

Main services provided to residents of Bedfordshire and Luton in community clinics:

  • Specialist ophthalmic and orthoptic services for children and young adults in community clinics across Bedfordshire and Luton
  • Specialist clinics for children with special needs at the Child Development Centre and Special Schools across Bedfordshire and Luton
  • School vision screening in Reception classes across  Bedfordshire and Luton

How to access the service

Please ask for a referral from the following:

  • GP
  • Orthoptic Support Worker at school screening
  • 0-19 Team
  • Community Paediatrician
  • Optometrists
  • Multi-disciplinary teams at CDC and Edwin Lobo Centre
  • Parents/carers of children who meet the criteria

Where the service is based

Children’s Community Eye Service
Enhanced Services Centre
Bedford Health Village
Kimbolton Road
MK40 2NT

With clinics taking place at the following locations around the county:

  • Enhanced Services Centre (Bedford) - please read - Beds eye service - appointments [PDF] for what to expect when attending a face to face appointments in this location. 
  • Child Development Centre (CDC – Bedford)
  • Liverpool Road Health Centre (Luton)
  • Wigmore Lane Health Centre (Luton)
  • Flitwick Health Clinic
  • Lindsell Ward at Biggleswade Hospital 
  • Shefford Health Centre
  • The following special schools: Ridgeway; St Johns; Ivel Valley; Chiltern School and Lady Zia Wernher

To see a video of what it will be like to attend the Children's Vision Clinic, please watch the video below 

Hours of operation

Monday – Friday: 08.45 – 17.00

How to contact our service


To find out more about booking your appointment using our Choose & Book system, check out the video below:

Additional links and resources

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The staff are wonderful; the receptionists were polite and efficient, the nurses I have seen, were incredible.