Orthoptist

Orthoptists diagnose and manage eye movement disorders and associated sensory deficiencies.
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    Overview

    Orthoptists diagnose and manage eye movement disorders and associated sensory deficiencies.

    Day-to-day

    • diagnoses eye movement disorders and defects of binocular function
    • prescribes lenses, contact lenses and low vision aids, and checks suitability and comfort
    • prescribes exercises to co-ordinate movement and focusing of eyes
    • manages programmes for eye movement disorders, as well as instructing and counselling patients in the use of corrective techniques and eye exercises
    • advises on visual health matters such as contact lens care, vision care for the elderly, optics, visual ergonomics, and occupational and industrial eye safety
    • conducts rehabilitation programs for the visually impaired.

    Considerations

    • Stressful

    To become an Orthoptist

    • You need a bachelor degree in vision science or orthoptics to work as an Orthoptist. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

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    • Registration or licencing may be required.

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