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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.

Recommended qualification

Degree in Orthoptic and Ophthalmic Science.

Job Family

Health and allied health
Allied health is about the prevention, treatment and management of illness and ensuring the wellbeing of Victorians, young and old. Allied health professionals can work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and be hospital or community based.

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