Orthoptists investigate, diagnose and treat defects of binocular vision and abnormalities of eye movement. The work involves seeing patients of all ages from infants to the elderly.
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Orthoptists are a crucial members of the NHS eye care team and work closely with ophthalmologists, optometrists and vision scientists. Being part of a multi-disciplinary team means they are involved in the diagnosis and management of conditions such as:
Examining patients with eye problems, such as those related to ocular motility, binocular vision, amblyopia (lazy eye) or strabismus (squint) is one of their main responsibilities. Some screen the vision of children in schools and community health centres.
Being an orthoptist requires an interest in working with people and good communication skills. After comprehensive education you will be prepared to work with both competence and confidence.
The majority of orthoptists are employed within the NHS but orthoptists have the choice to work in a variety of settings including:
There are also may positives to training and working as an orthoptist:
The profession offers enormous opportunities for career development and of endless variety such as:
Job vacancies are advertised in a range of places. Most NHS trusts will advertise their vacancies on NHS Jobs. Some will also advertise in trade journals and on trust websites. For a list of trusts, please visit the NHS Choices website