Founded in 1937 (we celebrate our 80th Anniversary in 2017), BIOS is a professional and educational body for the UK and Republic of Ireland representing Orthoptists. A registered charity and company limited by guarantee, members mostly live and work in the British Isles.
There are around 1500 Orthoptists in the British Isles; its all-graduate workforce comes from three universities, Glasgow Caledonian, Liverpool and Sheffield. They provide Orthoptists for all four UK countries and the Republic of Ireland.
Most orthoptists work in the NHS and are HCPC registered.
Orthoptists deal with patients of all ages from premature babies who need assessment, to the elderly with double vision due to age-related macular degeneration, or who may have visual difficulties after a stroke.
BIOS is affiliated to the Allied Health Professionals Federation, a group made up of 12 bodies representing more than 130,000 workers in the UK.