What is an Orthoptist?

An orthoptist is an eye health professionals who specialise in the detection, diagnosis and management of children’s and adult’s eye disorders.

Orthoptist - patching

Orthoptists are university-trained allied health practitioners who work in a variety of settings such as private practices, hospitals, low vision and rehabilitation clinics, community health centres and universities.

Orthoptists work independently, in association with ophthalmologists or in a multidisciplinary team.

Orthoptists are specialised in the field of:

Children’s vision

Amblyopia (lazy eye)

Strabismus (squint, turning eye)

Double vision assessment

Ocular motility examination

Pre- and postoperative assessment for squint surgery

Prism assessment and fitting

Non-surgical treatment e.g. exercises

Neurological vision disorders

Orthoptists play a vital role in eye health care in providing help for patients with

Cataracts

Glaucoma

Diabetic eye disease

Retinal disorders

Assessment for laser refractive surgery

Involvement with education and research

Orthoptic equipment

More information can be found at the following links

American association for Pediatric Ophthalmology