Eyesight problems leave patients very scared and that is where an orthoptist plays a crucial role: You focus your attention on helping patients recover fully. Following scientific methods, you assist ophthalmologists with assessing, diagnosing and treating patients with binocular vision disorders, eye coordination problems, abnormal eye movements and visual dysfunctions.
By helping patients determine the weaknesses in their eyes, you will help them regain optimal use, or relieve their symptoms with eye exercises. For young patients who need to wear an eye patch to treat their “lazy eye” condition, you will counsel them and their parents to ensure they stick to the treatment regime.
Stroke and rehabilitation of patients with low vision
Bachelor’s degree in orthoptics/ophthalmic sciences
Bachelor’s degree in applied sciences and master’s degree in orthoptics
Three to four years
Note:The allied health practitioner may not be able to conduct the full range of services and activities listed above, as the scope of practice depends on the level of training, experience and competence attained. The onus is on the employer and the practitioner to ensure that all services and activities are conducted within the scope of competence of the respective practitioner.
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