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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.


Understanding the importance of orthoptists in the eye healthcare mix is essential to effective commissioning and planning of healthcare services.

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Rowena McNamara, chair of BIOS joins the panel on 1st December 2016 at the Royal College of Ophthalmology to launch the Common Clinical Competency Framework. 

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.



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British and Irish Orthoptic Society

0203 853 9797

Salisbury House · Station Road
Cambridge · CB1 2LA
United Kingdom

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