What does an Orthoptist do?
Orthoptists diagnose and treat defects of vision & abnormalities of eye movement; now all have a first degree on entering the profession.
Usually part of a hospital team, they look after people with eye problems - often related to binocular vision, amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (squint).
Please visit our new microsite aimed at patients and carers. It contains information about common eye problems and links to helpful organisations.
FOR COMMISSIONERS & HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
Understanding the importance of orthoptists in the eye healthcare mix is essential to effective commissioning and planning of healthcare services.
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Providing standards for upskilling HCPs in multidisciplinary team working. BIOS has played a significant part in agreeing with eye sector colleagues a framework for extended roles. It will enable orthoptists to gain accredited skills which are transferable between trusts. Thanks go to members of the working groups: Lorraine North, Helen Davis, Nadia Northway, Lorna McKay, David Newsham, Lesley Anne Baxter and Jane Tapely.