Orthoptists detect, diagnose and treat disorders of the eye and associated eye movement and vision problems.
Personal requirements of a Orthoptist
- interested in people's health needs
- enjoy health sciences
- good communication skills.
Duties & Tasks of a Orthoptist
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 for a Orthoptist
Orthoptists often work with ophthalmologists, medical practitioners and other allied health professionals.