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Job Description
The Orthoptist is an Allied health Professional who has the ability to investigate, diagnose and treat defects of binocular vision and abnormalities of eye movement

Orthoptist is allied health specialists who work with an ophthalmologist in the investigation, diagnosis and treatment in disorder of vision, eye movements, and eye alignment. The Orthoptist performs a series of diagnostic tests and measurements on patients with visual disorder, including lazy eye, strabismus (misaligned eyes), and double vision. Through interpretation of testing procedures and clinical evaluation, the Orthoptist helps the ophthalmologist, or a combination of the two. Much of their works with children, but they can work with patients of all ages who have eye disorder, maxillofacial injuries, or who are undergoing rehabilitation following a stroke. Some patients may have special needs or severe learning difficulties. Orthoptists keep records of treatment plans and patients’ progress.

Their role is closely linked to that of the ophthalmologist and they also work with other medical and surgical specialist.

Employment opportunities
A fully qualified Orthoptist works in a variety of professional settings:

  • Hospital Bases either Private or Government
  • Primary Vision Screeners traveling to communities and Health centres.
  • Academic opportunities also exist for individuals who want to offer clinical expertise and instructions to Orthopic students, medical students, and resident physicians. Orthoptist may also participate in clinical research and in the presentation and publication of scientific papers.

Entry Requirements for Orthoptist

The Minimum academic entry requirement for Orthoptist:

  • In UK: You will need a minimum of 5 GCSE passes (or equivalent) including English language, mathematics and at least one science, plus 3 A level passes at grade C or above.
  • In Australia: 2 ‘A’ level Grade B & C

Subject preferred: Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics.

Length of Study
The program covers approximately 3 years of full time study in the United Kingdom and 31/2 to 4 years in Australia

Places offering BSc Orthoptics

  • University of Sheffield & University of Liverpool, UK
  • University of Sydney & La Trobe University Melbourne, Australia

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Other Criteria
Along with your academic qualifications, the applicant will need to have good communication skills and be able to relate to both children and adults. You will also need to have good organizational skills, patience and a good sense of humor. Additionally, you will need to be self motivated, observant and be capable of working under your own initiative or as part of a team.