Orthoptist

Summary

Orthoptists detect, diagnose and treat disorders of the eye and associated eye movement and vision problems.

Duties & Tasks

Orthoptists may perform the following tasks:

  • measure and assess vision and prescribe glasses when appropriate
  • investigate, monitor and assist with treating eye disorders such as glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic eye disease and age-related macular degeneration
  • measure and select intraocular (within the eye) lenses for cataract surgery
  • detect and manage eye movement disorders, such as strabismus (turned eye) and amblyopia (lazy eye), and their sensory consequences
  • conduct specialised diagnostic and imaging techniques, such as ultrasonography and topography, to determine the effects and progression of eye disease
  • assess and provide management strategies for people with neurological disorders
  • devise strategies for rehabilitating impaired vision and design therapy programmes to maximise an individual's remaining vision
  • provide reports on the existence of eye defects to practitioners, therapists and relevant authorities, such as transport authorities
  • provide educational information to patients, families and members of the community about eye conditions and their effects
  • assist the community by providing vision screening tests and promoting preventative eye health care.

Working Conditions

Orthoptists often work with ophthalmologists, medical practitioners and other allied health professionals.

Personal Requirements

  • interested in people's health needs
  • enjoy health sciences
  • good communication skills.

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