This week (5 – 9 March) is Orthoptics Awareness Week, and Orthoptics Australia are asking us to ‘Discover the Depths of Orthoptics’.
So what is an orthoptist?
Orthoptists are university trained eye healthcare professionals who specialise in the assessment, diagnosis and non-surgical management of various eye disorders.
Traditionally, orthoptists were involved in the management of patients with eye movement disorders and specifically with strabismus (squint), double vision and amblyopia (lazy eye).
Over the last several decades orthoptists have expanded their role and not only specialise in eye movement disorders but are now also involved in the care of patients with eye disease including glaucoma as well as cataracts, diabetic eye disease, age related macular degeneration, systemic or neurological vision disorders and low vision.
Orthoptists work across a range of settings including hospitals, private specialist practices and research centres. Whilst not many people know what an Orthoptist is, many have been helped by one.
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