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An orthoptist & not in BIOS?

The more who stand together to share knowledge and promote the profession, the stronger the profession will be.  Visit  Why Join BIOS?

BIOS and Orthoptics

Orthoptics is a small profession (fewer than 2,000 in the British Isles), regulated in the UK by the Health & Care Professions Council.  Its all-graduate workforce is fed by  Liverpool, Sheffield and Glasgow Caledonian Universities. BIOS is a professional body and (in the UK) a trade union - Learn more  About BIOS .

Become an orthoptist

Careers in Orthoptics section.

Seeing an orthoptist?

Need more information on conditions of the eye and how orthoptists may be able to help? Information for Patients


What do orthoptists do?

Diagnose and manage disorders of binocular vision mainly  for the NHS. Orthoptists assess and manage patients of all ages in various settings - and the work includes:

  • Assessing babies and small children for defects of vision including children with special needs
  • Treating adults with double vision associated with  diabetes, thyroid disorders, neurological conditions e.g. multiple sclerosis
  • Ensuring speedy rehabilitation of patients who have suffered stroke and acquired brain injuries and have vision problems
  • Diagnosing and monitoring glaucoma - a long term eye condition
  • Assessing patients before and after surgery for cataracts and visually impaired patients for aids

Orthoptists are ideally placed to ensure effective services for patients.  Their versatility provides exceptional value for money as part of the eye healthcare team.

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