An Orthoptist is a Health and Social Care Professional who specialises in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of strabismus/squint (eye turns), eye movement disorders, binocular vision (how the eyes work together as a pair) and childhood visual problems such as amblyopia (lazy eye).
Orthoptists work closely with Ophthalmologists and Optometrists and will see a range of patients as part of the wider eye care team.
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Orthoptists are specially trained to see children of all ages and abilities. Patients that will be reviewed in the Orthoptic Department include those with:
Strabismus/squint (eye turn/misalignment)
Reduced vision/vision which is not fully corrected with glasses
Eye movement difficulties or uncoordinated eye movements
Orthoptists will advise different treatment strategies depending on the patient’s difficulties with vision, binocular vision, eye movement and control.
Treatments may include eye patching treatment or use of eye drops if “lazy eye” (amblyopia) occurs. Orthoptic exercises or prisms may be advised in cases with eye movement and binocular vision difficulties.