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Orthoptist

Orthoptists diagnose and manage eye movement disorders and associated sensory deficiencies.

Overview

Orthoptists diagnose and manage eye movement disorders and associated sensory deficiencies.

Day-to-day

  • diagnoses eye movement disorders and defects of binocular function
  • prescribes lenses, contact lenses and low vision aids, and checks suitability and comfort
  • prescribes exercises to co-ordinate movement and focusing of eyes
  • manages programmes for eye movement disorders, as well as instructing and counselling patients in the use of corrective techniques and eye exercises
  • advises on visual health matters such as contact lens care, vision care for the elderly, optics, visual ergonomics, and occupational and industrial eye safety
  • conducts rehabilitation programs for the visually impaired.

Considerations

  • stressful.

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To become an Orthoptist

  • You need a bachelor degree in vision science or orthoptics to work as an Orthoptist. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

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  • Registration or licencing may be required.

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