What do Orthoptists do?

A brilliant career in focus

What does Orthoptics involve?

Orthoptists are highly qualified members of the eye care team. They specialise in diagnosing, managing and treating conditions relating to eye movement, coordination and vision.

These conditions include Amblyopia (lazy eye), defective binocular / 3D vision, abnormal eye movements caused by injury or disease, Diplopia (double vision) and Strabismus (squint).

How do I qualify to become an Orthoptist?

You'll need to complete a 3-year Honours Degree in Orthoptics. Our undergraduate course in Liverpool includes all the professional elements needed to practise on graduation.

What sort of patients will I see?

Many of your patients would be very young or older people, as these groups experience the most orthoptic problems.

Others needing your care might including people with special needs, learning difficulties, facial injuries, problems associated with stroke, low vision or neurological illnesses that affect their eyes.

What will I be trained to do?

Orthoptists need to be skilled in diagnosing problems and applying various solutions, including simple eye patches and lenses, drugs and exercises. They must also be capable of spotting underlying causes.

On your course you'll learn about human physiology, neurology and disease, specific eye conditions and how to use the equipment Orthoptists need to diagnose and treat conditions.

Where could my career take me?

Certainly around the world! The Degree qualification we offer is recognised in many countries, so this is a portable profession that's in demand.

Closer to home there are good opportunities to work your way up through the various grades in the NHS or private practice. With further study you can specialise or you could head into research, management or teaching.

We should add it's an incredibly satisfying job. Orthoptists make a real difference to people's vision and quality of life.