What is the role of an Orthoptist? 

Orthoptists specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular motility and visually related problems which may include. 

  • Amblyopia, or reduced vision in one or both eyes, caused by a defect in infancy or early childhood, which interrupts normal visual development. 
  • Defective binocular vision, due to an inability to use two eyes correctly as a pair. 
  • Abnormal ocular motility, which may be a result of neurological conditions, injury, disease or Strabismus. 
  • Diplopia resulting from misalignment of the eyes or strabismus. 

We are part of the ophthalmology team working along side Ophthalmologists, Ophthalmic Science Practitioners, Optometrists and nurses. 

What is the role of the Ophthalmic Science Practitioner (OSP)?  

The OSP’s perform a number of diagnostic procedures which provide key information for the diagnosis and treatment of ocular pathology e.g. Glaucoma. 

Areas of Speciality within the Orthoptic service 

  • Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Stroke
  • Glaucoma
  • Eye Casualty
  • Visual field assessment
  • Ocular Coherence Tomography
  • Primary and secondary Community Vision Screening 
  • Fundus photography
  • Automated Disc assessments
  • Biometry

How do I get an appointment with an orthoptist?

We accept direct referrals from Ophthalmologists, GP’s, Optometrists,  Health visitors, Community Paediatricians and Community Orthoptic vision screening service 

How long will my Orthoptic assessment last?

A routine paediatric Orthoptic assessment usually lasts for 30 minutes. An adult attending for an Orthoptic assessment should allow an hour. Children attending the joint Paediatric Ophthalmology clinic will need to allow up to two hours as they may also need to see the Ophthalmologist and the Optometrist. 

How often will I need to attend? 

Frequency of orthoptic visits depends on the condition and treatment required. The patient will be advised on the frequency of appointments at each visit. 

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