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.
Orthoptists often work with ophthalmologists, medical practitioners and other allied health professionals.
interested in people's health needs
enjoy health sciences
good communication skills.