The Orthoptic Department was founded in 1932. It has a permanent staff of 16.
The work of the department involves mainly the diagnosis and treatment of patients with defective binocular vision or abnormal eye movements. Much of this work is done with children suffering from different kinds of squints where orthoptic exercises can help the restoration of normal binocular vision.
In 1982 the department dealt with more than 15,500 attendances of which 1,000 were new cases. Patients are mainly from Birmingham, although there is some regional work.