Role and key duties
Orthoptists diagnose and manage eye movement disorders and associated sensory problems.
Duties may include: measuring and assessing visual acuity (ability to discriminate detail), focusing ability, eye movement, binocular function and colour vision; detecting disorders of the eyes which prevent normal vision, such as strabismus (turned eye) and amblyopia (lazy eye); devising treatment plans for disorders, using eye exercises, techniques to control eye movement and other strategies; conducting specialised tests to determine the effects of general pathology and eye diseases (such as glaucoma) on the eyes, and in some circumstances, refract and prescribe spectacles; providing strategies to assist people with neurological disorders (such as stroke or head injury) or low vision to maximise their remaining vision; and providing reports on the existence of eye defects to medical practitioners, therapists and transport authorities.
Minimum qualification required
Completion of a Degree in Orthoptic and Ophthalmic Science.
Degree in Orthoptic and Ophthalmic Science.